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ISO New England Reviews

Updated July 3, 2014
Updated July 3, 2014
14 Reviews

3.7
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good Company to Work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Holyoke, MA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Holyoke, MA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No Growth Space. It is a good place for people approaching the end of career life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to give the young employees space to grow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lead Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Springfield, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Springfield, MA

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very fast-paced environment 'keeping the lights on'

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical  in  Holyoke, MA
    Former Employee - Technical in Holyoke, MA

    Pros

    Very competitive salary and benefits

    Cons

    Work-life balance
    Limited growth opportunities
    Favoritism is prevalent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus more on strategy. the organization is being seen as more reactionary in recent times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice place if you're looking for a stable job

    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  Holyoke, MA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Holyoke, MA

    Pros

    Nice people, relaxed working enviroment

    Cons

    The location is not so good

  6.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Holyoke, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Holyoke, MA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Political 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Holyoke, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Holyoke, MA

    Pros

    fair, nice, good learning experience

    Cons

    i can't think of any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i can't think of any

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A company that has good benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Holyoke, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Holyoke, MA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    no room for creativity for lower level employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ease off

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work environment ,benefits and flexible schedule

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Holyoke, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holyoke, MA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There are very few opportunities for growth.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    GREAT PLACE TO START AFTER SCHOOL

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Holyoke, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holyoke, MA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    less opportunity for quick career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more flexible

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Holyoke, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Holyoke, MA

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Quite 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 ManagementAdvice

    Restructure 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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