Idaho Power

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Idaho Power Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
17 Reviews
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    IT Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Leader in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - IT Leader in Boise, ID

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    I worked at Idaho Power

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Zero loyalty or integrity for hourly employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Idaho Power

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    Former Employee - IT Professional
    Former Employee - IT Professional

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Re structure the entire management tree.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Headquarters in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Corporate Headquarters in Boise, ID

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Insanely Political Leadership...

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    Former Employee - Professional in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Professional in Boise, ID

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Traditional Corporate Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Boise, ID

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Its just a job, I have worked at worse places though

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boise, ID

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

    Pros

    Work Life balance is good

    Cons

    Not a great place to work and progress if you already have lots of experience and highly educated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize experienced, educated people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent company, an Electrical Utility open to innovations and treating it's employees with respect.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Technician in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Idaho Power

    Pros

    This is the only Electrical Utility in the State of Idaho.
    The Company pays decent salary and provide pretty good benefits package, including pension plan.
    Family-like atmosphere.
    This is NOT a Union shop, so no class warfair between Administration/Management and lower level employees.
    It is possible to get a promotion if you really want it.
    Very competitive - everybody is proud to be a member of a team, so for the most part everything is done fast.
    The Company provides GREAT training.

    Cons

    Hardly any, but the benefits could be a bit more competitive as compared to the leaders of the Industry, that have Union run operation (though IMO - unions promote mediocrity, class warfair and stagnation)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Full of politcs and bullying- you never know how you are going to be treated from one day to the next.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Idaho Power

    Pros

    Compensation is above average
    Pension plan
    Subsidized downtown parking

    Cons

    Bullying is allowed
    Power is obtained by owning and not sharing information
    Training opportunities are only allowed for department pets
    Time off for care of family is "allowed" but then held against you as not being committed to company
    Managers do not know how to lead
    Inconsistent feedback
    You are not given tools to do your job successfully
    Managers rely on "spies" (this told to me directly from my supervisor) to get feedback on your daily activities and perfomance
    Leaders have inappropriate relationships with subordinates (taking vacations together,etc)
    Completing projects on time is more important than completing projects successfully

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the obvious...high turnover in a department (8 out of 13 in 3 years) means that something is wrong with the leadership. Have realistic expectations of your employees and put your money where your mouth is when you say "Family is First".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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