Idaho Power Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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  1. Customer service representative

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Idaho Power full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The wage and bonuses are generous. Very competitive salaries. Enjoyed the work.

    Cons

    Management doesn't listen to employees. You don't feel heard by management here. Turned into a typical call center job. They don't handle poor performance very well. It's run like a union without union benefits.


  2. IPC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good employees with long tenures

    Cons

    Hard to see career path at times


  3. Planning Engineer

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    Former Employee - Planning Engineer in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Planning Engineer in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Participation in Regional forums. Company invests in its infrastructure = a lot of planning work. Quality employees and teamwork. Good morale.

    Cons

    Exec Management appears to have different goals and objectives at times. Communication to rank-and-file could be better.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    If you just want a job and not a career...

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Stability for most positions - Great work life balance and working hours - Compensation is close to market for many positions - Many great and talented people who are enjoyable to work with

    Cons

    - The same great and talented people are being psychologically beat to a pulp by incompetent managers - Always being treated like a 10 year old - Micro management at every level - HR is feared and has too much power - Limited career opportunities unless you say "yes" to everything - Company does not value skill and education

    Advice to Management

    Please pay attention to the games your middle managers are playing with HR and people's careers. Some of your best and brightest people are being chased out of the company while the trouble makers remain and perpetuate their games. It's easy to keep the lights on today, but what happens when your stakeholders change and your business environment changes? You're going to need those skilled people you chased away.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Zero loyalty or integrity for hourly employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Good work/home life balance. Safe work environment/conditions.

    Cons

    No matter how many times you relocate for the company, it goes unappreciated. No matter how many years you work for the company, you are easily laid off. Sometimes multiple times. Being an internal applicant, means nothing to IPCO. No camaraderie. HR Dept. will not hesitate to cut your throat or simply avoid direct questions, leaving you to just wonder. HR Dept. will also make the determination for you, as to whether you will "like the job" you are internally applying for, regardless of qualifications. Common practice is to lay people off and rehire for that exact position, so they can drop the hourly rate back down. But...guess who expects their year-end bonus' and stock options... Overall, they are just a complete mess with the management of personnel, resources, and real estate. The company would rather lose millions on something like a very poor real estate purchase than keep a few hourly employees on the payroll.

    Advice to Management

    Genuinely do things like your supposed 'business optimization" and stop wining and dining interns. Actually listen to your employees instead of stroking your egos with saying you want to listen but really you're rolling your eyes. Have some loyalty for the little worker bees that give you their lives and only want a job in return.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Idaho Power

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    Former Employee - IT Professional
    Former Employee - IT Professional
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Idaho Power full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits, most departments are great to work for.

    Cons

    The IT department has a very young management base. Management requires employees to put work above their own lives and families. Salary employees required to work 50 plus hours weekly. Top down management style that takes little or no account for employee opinions and suggestions. They still use a Bi annually employee review system that concentrates on the negative with little or know reward for the outstanding employees.

    Advice to Management

    Re structure the entire management tree.


  8. Helpful (7)

    IT Manager

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    Current Employee - IT Leader in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - IT Leader in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Idaho Power full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People are amazing. The company reflects values of Boise and work life balance is great!

    Cons

    Very conservative approach to technology. Risk adverse utility, so the pace can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate! A lot of employees have great ideas listen with an open mind and take a chance on some of them....


  9. Helpful (4)

    IPC is starting to become a "CYA" company. Does not value innovation.

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    Current Employee - Corporate Headquarters in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Corporate Headquarters in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is good. Benefits are okay. The top three executives are smart, genuine, authentic, transparent individuals. I'll go as far to say they are great leaders.

    Cons

    I think the great leaders are being "played" by HR. HR creates the political environment and can't be trusted. Too much finger pointing and not enough transparency. Some managers rely on "spies" to get feedback about their employees. The same managers listen against their employees and frustrate them to leave. Job descriptions get "dumbed down" to allow "favorites" to qualify for a promotion. High performers are penalized by carrying to load of non-performers.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate incompetent middle managers and recognize the "Super Stars" middle management is holding back. Teach the difference between leadership and management to your current "leaders". Pay attention to HR motives. Ask yourself why inexperienced "new hires" in a department with tenured employees are providing "Strategic Direction" instead of the tenured employees from the same team.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Insanely Political Leadership...

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    Former Employee - Professional in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Professional in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Idaho Power full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits. Although, the Cons these days seem to outweigh the Pros by a large margin.

    Cons

    Job security is a thing of the past. Over the last several years there has been a "cleansing" of many highly experienced managers. This has resulted in a lack of real leadership and much discontent amongst the ranks. Idaho Power used to be an amazing place to work...very desirable. Unfortunately, management has given in to the pressures of "share holder value" in lieu of long term success. I've been solicited to come back to IPC and have turned them down. The long term prospects (IMO) for Idaho Power are less than spectacular. Look for Warren Buffet to absorb the company within the next 3 to 4 years....

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourselves. Idaho Power is not your own personal little playground. If you continue to mistreat your employees you can bet that the union will become an attractive option.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Traditional Corporate Environment

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job Security Competitive Salary for the Boise area Ethical Leadership

    Cons

    So traditional, sometimes not up with the times. Touts as work/life balanced, but that is only in some areas. Depending on what part of the company you are in, you could be held to a much higher standard than everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Cut HR some slack. Continual cutbacks cause employees to feel less valued. Being told you are valuable only goes so far. Being treated as valuable is something different.



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