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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Traditional Corporate Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    IT Manager

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    • Senior Management
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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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Insanely Political Leadership...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7. 1 person 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Great company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID

    I worked at Idaho Power

    Pros

    Stable, Knowledgable employees, Thoughtful leaders.

    Cons

    Somewhat traditional and male dominated.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Idaho Power is a great employeer

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

    I have been working at Idaho Power

    Pros

    Time off, great salary, and commitment to family

    Cons

    Politics are overwhelming and impedes real communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    employee review

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Station Tech in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Station Tech in Boise, ID

    I worked at Idaho Power

    Pros

    Training, safety, lots of advancement oppertunities, respected by other utilities, generous compensation package.

    Cons

    wait time for grievence process to long. out of touch upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    see above

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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