Aclara Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Firmware

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aclara

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Located at st.louis, not a very big company, but they say they are a raising company.

    Cons

    Not too many employees. Most people have to go out for lunch.

  2. Contractor

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Aclara as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Worked with very smart, nice people

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be difficult, office morale can be low at times

  3. Helpful (2)

    Work for Aclara if you like layoffs and dishonest companies!

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Engineering in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Aclara full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Doing the same thing day after day with no push might appeal to some. Others might enjoy the bluechip company atmosphere where you can fade into the shadows easy.

    Cons

    They use a 20-60-20 performance system now. Where the bottom 20% get no raises and laid off even if those 20% were decent employees. New company owners just want to flip the company for profit so there will be another sale shortly. Surprised the company hasnt been broken off yet. SUN promised up and down they bought for growth and wanted the people and were concerned about the vast numbers quitting, then turn around 6 months later and lay off 50 engineers. Other cons are no career advancement and crappy pay. Most of my friends that left got immediate jobs paying 20% more HR is not transparent you will feel like you have to watch your back all the time.

    All the company all-stars have quit, all thats left are scraps. Its a complete rebuild now and future is dim

    Advice to Management

    Tell those upper execs that aclara used to value ethics and you won't participate in their scam to employees. Then quit because we all know there is no hope as long as they keep hiring management thats just like themselves

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great Company and Product to work

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Aclara full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting new technology products. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Changes all the time due to selling and new owner.

  6. Helpful (2)

    A reasonably solid performer in an interesting industry

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Aclara full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Aclara is a diversified company with hardware and software products, operating in a range of industry markets (gas, electric, water, rural, muni, etc.) As such, it has different sources of revenue, different projects, different products. It makes for an interesting mix of business projects and good sources of revenue for the company. The people that I work with are professional, intelligent, and know how to do their jobs.

    Cons

    Aclara works in a competitive industry. It is solid, but not necessarily cutting edge. Because it has many moving parts spread in various directions, it can be out-competed or outpaced by competitors that are targeting specific market segments.

    Advice to Management

    Find 1 or 2 strategic objectives for each segment of the business so that goals and development are more clear.

  7. Helpful (3)

    tranditional company, friendly, slow pace

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Aclara full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    people are easy to work with, the organization is well structured.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management. promotion is slow. need to negotiate a fair starting salary or you will never catch up.

    Advice to Management

    reduced the layers of management

  8. Helpful (1)

    A good company to work for in an interesting industry.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aclara full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good employee benefits. Practical people.

    Cons

    Too many parallel projects at once.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes the efforts of the "little people" tend to be forgotten.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Somewhere to gain experience but not to make a career there.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aclara

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice benefits and good people working with you.

    Cons

    Upper management does not have a clue!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Go and get some more business schooling!!!!!

  10. Best work-life balance you will ever have

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aclara full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Absolute best work-life balance. Middle management is fantastic.

    Cons

    Heavy silos and professional entrenchment.

    Advice to Management

    They have a good direction, just needs time to execute.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Good people, no plan

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Developer in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Aclara full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Low pressure, good benefits, promotes internal candidates, great friendly people. Company loyal to employees.

    Cons

    No planning or long term goals, lack of accountability, poor communication between different groups.

    Advice to Management

    Clear out the people who are not producing or contributing. Invest in a long term strategy.

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