Itron Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
93 Reviews
2.4
93 Reviews
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Philip Mezey
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work / life balance and the ability to work in different fields (in 7 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Struggling to move away from legacy products; hard to break into the upper management circle (in 7 reviews)

  • In my opinion, the only successful department is software development, IT, and cyber security (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Average

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant II
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant II

    I worked at Itron full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -- Good work culture
    -- Well regarded in its industry

    Cons

    -- Very poor managers
    -- Very poor expense report policy
    -- High prevalence of insider culture. Only a few people get the plum assignments
    -- No support for innovative and critical thinking
    -- As a company missing the boat on the big analytics market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture. It might be a painful process to build better products but it will be worthwile

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    take this with a pinch of salt

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Itron

    Pros

    Few have been lucky to be teamed up with good mentors and been rewarded for their efforts. This is good platform to familiarize with very good technology. Relatively lesser stress. Good place to start , provided you are ready to take it slow.

    Cons

    Terrible resource management, you assign tasks to a person by his skills not what's left over after everything else is taken by people who worked there forever.Hoarding knowledge is pretty popular..leaves one wondering if knowledge decreases when you share....! You need to be in so many good books for your efforts to be noticed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to trust your employees for what they are.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Restructure, restructure, restructure, etc...

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Itron

    Pros

    company has good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Company has been undergoing a restructuring for over 3 years, sales team under sells their product and networks, pm team does not understand concept of pm principles , advancement within is limited

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Laying off Good Employees!

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Itron full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere on the floor, poor performance in Human Resource deptartment, and upper management is more concerned about their bonuses than the well being of our family of employees. Load up on sales and production to meet quota's for end of year bonus, then all these lay offs?

    Cons

    The most recent layoff was based on tenure....so if you do a great job, you lose your job, because you haven't worked there longer than someone else who is just an average employer. Also, why not prevent lay offs by doing drug tests in the entire company. If there is nothing to hide, why won't they do that??

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to your middle management and focus on your family of employees.The business before Itron took over was a wonderful atmosphere.

    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Watch out for the politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Itron

    Pros

    Flexibilty to deal with family needs

    Cons

    Too many incompetent political cronies in management. Lots of playing favorites with promotions and opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house in middle management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be good, but management is awefull

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Itron

    Pros

    Multinational firm, Extended business, good value

    Cons

    Work as a small company...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The job is not hard if you have solid background

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Itron

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce the number of management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst

    I have been working at Itron

    Pros

    Itron 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    You must be careful about Itron International

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Itron

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Union, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Union, SC

    I have been working at Itron

    Pros

    It'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.

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    You need to wake up and start sharing the wealth with your entire work staff.

    Disapproves of CEO

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