Iteris Reviews

Updated June 3, 2015
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  1. Would not recommend working here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Non-managers seem content.

    Cons

    Autocracy: Senior staff micromanages, and/or manages by creating conflict - ie. gives two people the same project without telling either one. Enjoys openly degrading staff in meetings; not open to new ideas or suggestions. Decisions vary depending on mood. We would know layoffs were coming because he would promise "no more layoffs" , then lay people off the following week.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right people; focus on running the company, and let people do their jobs.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Waste of time

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Toc Controller in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Toc Controller in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Iteris full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None they were a contractor of another contractor

    Cons

    Low pay and poor management

    Advice to Management

    Do your job


  3. Helpful (1)

    It is a job not a career.

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    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Benefits Package is Competitive -Salary is almost competitive

    Cons

    -Promotions are difficult -Raises are difficult -Praise for good work is lacking -Middle Management is poor

    Advice to Management

    -They lack a connection with the employees


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Big management and salary problem

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Forks, ND
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Forks, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Iteris full-time

    Pros

    Work/life balance is good. As long as the work gets done, hours are pretty flexible. There are some good benefits (i.e. computer purchase assistance, tuition assistance)

    Cons

    Salary is not at all competitive. Iteris wants as much work as it can squeeze out of its workers for as little pay as they can possibly give. For this reason, keeping actual talent and experience is a big problem; especially in the Grand Forks office. Iteris likes to brag about all the cash it has in reserve during its quarterly reports so it really doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Communication among Iteris management is miserable. Left hand never knows what the right hand is doing. A lot of employees have "Vice President" in their title which makes company organization appear incredibly cluttered, inefficient and lazy.

    Advice to Management

    Salary of workers (not management or one of your many Vice Presidents) needs vast improvement. Stop trying to meddle in everything; especially the things that already work well.


  6. It's ok but not great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Iteris full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    There tends to be too much micromanagement from the top down.


  7. Decent firm but could do better

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    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Iteris full-time

    Pros

    Great people (engineering and support staff). Extremely friendly and helpful. Decent work.

    Cons

    No proper training to the junior staff in Project Management. Everything has to be self-driven, nothing from the top management. Extreme micro-management. This makes a lot of staff feel very uncomfortable. Super tight budgeted projects, no proper visioning. Salaries are ok, but there are no bonuses at all.

    Advice to Management

    Please involve the junior and mid level staff in some decision making. Have proper training tools for project management. Involve the staff in more team building and community related activities. Lastly, but the main point - please stop micro managing your staff. This will literally take the company down.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Top-Down Management, CEO Micromanages

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fellow employees are great at all locations, for the most part enjoyable working with knowledgeable staff (except VPs, who are numerous and not held to same standards as rest of employees). Staff has strong technical engineering abilities.

    Cons

    CEO and VPs do not follow same "rules" as rest of company and everyone knows it. Wages and bonuses are not consistent, little room for advancement unless you are a male engineer. Several "dinosaurs" who do not produce work yet are highly paid because they are CEO "pets". CEO micromanages all work and does not engage with any employees other than a few in California. If conflict arises, VPs and CEO avoid or hide it rather than addressing the issues and moving on. Employees feel disenfranchised and disengaged due to lack of respect and communications from CEO and his team.

    Advice to Management

    CEO needs to go away. New vision is needed, beyond just accumulating cash. Better incentives for retaining employees other than counter-offering salaries AFTER employee decides to leave. Layoffs in recent years have reduced staff to skeleton size and it shows in project management and lack of on-time, quality deliverables. This is NOT the way to run a decent company, get a clue.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Lack of trust! Lack of communication! Lack of direction! Lack of Collaboration!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the people are friendly to work with. They want the best for the company and have the desire to work in a team. Unfortunately, the desire and ability to do so gets clogged by senior management. Great technical projects... expertise is cutting edge, particularly in weather and ITS. Smart, smart people! Too bad the CEO and general culture doesn't encourage collaboration...

    Cons

    Good luck making any changes... they have done things the same way and don't intend to listen or accept new ideas. If you are not a senior employee, you have no clout, regardless of your efforts. Senior management seems to be appreciated while younger staff rarely receives a pat on the back and are not included in conversation or meetings that influence project direction and scope. CEO doesn't trust anyone to make their own decisions... he has to be involved in EVERYTHING... this lack of trust extends to everyone in the organization. There's a lack of mentorship - to be mentored and to provide it to others. The culture doesn't emphasize team work or success in its people. Its a job, not a career.

    Advice to Management

    Get younger staff involved! Work on training, teamwork and mentorship. Acknowledge people with more than just "associate of the quarter" which just causes smirking among peers. Hire a new CEO with a positive direction and PASSION for people and success in others. Who knows where this company could go!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Frustrating

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Iteris full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are motivated more by charging hours than creating value

    Cons

    Micromanagement at EVERY level Too many VPs Risk averse Weekly timesheets Accounting gets company stock delisted Bad 401k choices PTO reduction Raise freezes


  11. Helpful (1)

    Nice company, but not stable

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Iteris full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, nice employees

    Cons

    The jobs are not stable at all. Their income is very limited. It's a nightmare to fill out time sheet every week. When a project slow down, it's time to ready to pack up & leave or get laid off.



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