Itron

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Itron Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2014
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3.0 71 reviews

44% Approve of the CEO

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Philip Mezey

(18 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work / life balance and the ability to work in different fields(in 5 reviews)

  • Itron benefited greatly from the government stimulating the utility companies to investing the Smart-Grid technologies(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • India (Energy) business being deliberately killed(in 4 reviews)

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    The job is not hard if you have solid background

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople are friendly when you are working there. Of course, it will change after you leave.

    ConsThere are a lot of people occupied senior positions but doing nothing. So promotion will be very slow.

    Advice to Senior Managementreduce the number of management team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good exposure to the corporate world for new employees, bad for retention and growth.

    Technical Support Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsItron has been around a long time, and has weathered a variety of hardships. The company itself is stable, though job stability can vary between groups. In the IT organization, job stability is fairly solid these days. The company is undoubtedly successful, and many of the groups within Itron function beautifully.

    ConsThere is practically no advancement potential within Itron IT. The IT groups went through a reorganization which worked beautifully on paper. In actuality, the organization is in the worst state ever. The bulk of the central IT team is inexperienced, or have mediocre skillsets. Advancement is based on where you work, not what you know, and promotions are inconsistent. A Technical Support Analyst II can easily know substantially more than a Technical Support Analyst III, but the organization will refuse to recognize the superior knowledge, based on where they work. IT project management is a horrible joke. Projects are left unfinished or incomplete, and some systems most companies consider critical, are mismanaged and/or changed yearly (the IT ticketing system, for example).

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have a couple people in your corporate headquarters that are really good. The rest are mediocre. Start looking outside of the Spokane area for talent, and take a more distributed, silo-style approach to IT. You consistently task under-qualified (and sometimes incompetent) people with critical tasks, then ignore them when they fail miserably, and don't take the necessary steps to fix them. You have, at the time of this writing, IT staff members in locations outside of the Spokane area that are more skilled and competent than almost anyone within your Spokane group. Tasks that take a Spokane employee a month could be finished by a different employee in a day or two.

    In a related point, stop under-staffing. You can either hire people that actually know what they're doing (or maybe even use those on your payroll that already do), or you can hire piles of mediocre people. Either way, your workload vs. employee balance is horribly off, and the entire company suffers for it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    You must be careful about Itron International

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBefore Actaris acquisition, Itron was an extraordinary Company, respect and honesty towards the employees were the cause of motivation and innovation.

    ConsSince Itron Inc. gave the full control to Actaris, betrayal and blows twisted between employees become something normal. Consequently no motivation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe situation in the International become out of control, It is time that people from Itron Inc., which not come from Actaris, take over control to rectify this situation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Itron is a paycheck, but doesn't provide much more than that.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) West Union, SC

    ProsIt's a job with a steady income. I have many friends at Itron and I enjoy their company, and they are part of the only reason why I have not yet moved on. Benefits appear to be good but its hard to compare now-a-days.

    ConsLack of future growth. Under compensated. They claim that they can't compare with other companies less than 30 miles away. Expectations are generally higher than can be acheived in a year's time and managment usually sets very vague goals and little management to see them through.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to wake up and start sharing the wealth with your entire work staff.

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    Finally turning around management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInternational company, amazing coworkers, good pay for Spokane

    ConsNot enough investing in growth and development

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you're not comfortable managing or directing people, you shouldn't be a manager or director.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good work / life balance

    Analyst (Current Employee) Oakland, CA

    ProsGood work / life balance and the ability to work in different fields. Management is generally very friendly. Salaries are fair.

    ConsThe work can become monotonous, so it's up to the employee to develop a career path and keep things interesting. Mentorship from senior staff is lacking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncentive structure for promotions could be better articulated. Management should focus more on promoting employee growth from within.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people, but a little provincial for a tech company. Need to improve strategic decision making

    Senior Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Spokane, WA

    ProsUpbeat, positive culture. Expect a lot of people but try to take care of them.

    ConsToo provincial for company trying to be global.
    Need to improve strategic decision making processes, at executive and junior executive levels.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's OK

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Spokane, WA

    ProsDecent paycheck, interesting industry, and the people are mostly nice.

    ConsPolitics are extreme, you must be part of the in-crowd to get promoted. Not much of a career path unless you are willing to travel up to 75% of the time. Training is rare. It feels like the company is poised for either a takeover or big layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell us what's going on, even when the news isn't great. The gossip throughout Itron is constant and demoralizing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Big corporation, little care of its people

    Software Developer (Current Employee)

    ProsThe benefits are not bad. Depending on the position you may have a good compensation.

    ConsManagement has no vision. All they know is how to reduce every available benefit from year to year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Average

    Quality Engineer (Former Employee) Liberty Lake, WA

    ProsPleasant work environment.
    Very friendly people.

    ConsLuck of direction and support

    Advice to Senior ManagementStrategic focus

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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