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Updated Jul 3, 2014
ISO New England – Holyoke – “ISO New England”

ISO New England – Holyoke – “ISO New England”
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3.6 14 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

ISO New England President, CEO, and Director Gordon van Welie

Gordon van Welie

(9 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good Company to Work with

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Holyoke, MA

    ProsGood Salary and Benefit. Good balance between life and work. Pressure free environment. Good place to learn about the industry.

    ConsNo Growth Space. It is a good place for people approaching the end of career life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to give the young employees space to grow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Analyst (Current Employee) Springfield, MA

    ProsGreat company to work for, very secure job. Experience varies significantly by manager. Yearly bonuses are very consistent.

    ConsUpward mobility is difficult. Some managers are not very good, better off as technical leads rather than managing people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCareer path development and promote people who understand how to manage people instead of being based on seniority

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very fast-paced environment 'keeping the lights on'

    Technical (Former Employee) Holyoke, MA

    ProsVery competitive salary and benefits

    ConsWork-life balance
    Limited growth opportunities
    Favoritism is prevalent

    Advice to Senior Managementfocus more on strategy. the organization is being seen as more reactionary in recent times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place if you're looking for a stable job

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Holyoke, MA

    ProsNice people, relaxed working enviroment

    ConsThe location is not so good

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    Interesting Challenging Work for Fair Pay, Some Weak Leadership Backbone, Less Personal as Growing

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Holyoke, MA

    ProsInteresting Technical Challenges
    Dynamic evolving business with steady stream of work
    Smart people to work with and learn from
    Fair pay

    ConsPolitical forces outside the business drive management decisions
    Lack of management backbone to stand up for right decisions
    Too many managers, not enough leadership
    Not much esprit de corps
    Some groups are better to work in than others

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't let small factions of market participants drive decisions which benefit only a small minority. raise the bar for middle managers to learn and practice better leadership. Solicit input on problems from the lowest levels. Middle managers are not representing problems accurately. Reward professional courage, risk taking, and excellence; take action against cowardice and self-protective behavior among your middle managers. Support your technical experts by giving them the time to expand their professional skills outside of the workplace.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great

    Intern (Former Employee) Holyoke, MA

    Prosfair, nice, good learning experience

    Consi can't think of any

    Advice to Senior Managementi can't think of any

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A company that has good benefits

    Analyst (Current Employee) Holyoke, MA

    ProsIso New England has some of the best benefits in the area, but you pay for it in terms of letting employees inovate

    Consno room for creativity for lower level employees

    Advice to Senior Managementease off

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good work environment ,benefits and flexible schedule

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Holyoke, MA

    Prosopportunities for learning abound throughout the company. The company is well respected as an industry leader and the work is very interesting and challenging.

    ConsThere are very few opportunities for growth.

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    GREAT PLACE TO START AFTER SCHOOL

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Holyoke, MA

    Prosgreat work ex right after school...friendly environment...mostly people have higher degrees...

    Consless opportunity for quick career growth

    Advice to Senior Managementbe more flexible

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    Bureaucracy, lots of bad management, and snail-paced progress up the yin-yang!

    Manager (Current Employee) Holyoke, MA

    ProsGreat place to be if you want to be a "lifer"--Good pay given the cost of living, good (but deteriorating) benefits, decent work-life balance. You can come in and do your job, stay there for the rest of your life, and if you don't mind never getting promoted, this is the place for you.

    ConsQuite a bit of incompetent management. Management is VERY risk-averse, even for issues not related to the electric grid. Limited career growth options. Complete lack of strategic direction both at the corporate and department levels. Huge amounts of beaurocracy: a lot of lifers who need the red-tape to keep their jobs. Some VERY bad managers and sr. managers despised by many but they never get removed because of a culture of tolerance for incompetence. There's no competition (for the company or, internally) and that in itself breeds an enviornment where A) it's hard to get ahead and B) there's no way to measure people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRestructure the company and get rid of a lot of the dead weight--there's three categories of people to scrap: A) "lifers" that don't perform and are waiting for retirement (there's lifers that do perform!), B) slackers that get by because of nepotism and and because there's no culture of getting rid of dead weight, and C) the incompetent who stick around because of 'B'.

    Establish a competitive project structure where there's rewards for work well done.

    Establish a 360-feedback system so managers get reviewed by their peers and subordinates. Act on feedback: demote, move, or fire bad management.

    Stop cutting benefits year after year--it's rubbing people the wrong way, badly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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