Opower Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Opower is a great place to learn how to work with different kinds of super-smart people all while working for a noble cause (in 11 reviews)

  • Great company culture that has been maintained as the company has grown (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is a challenge (in 9 reviews)

  • None to speak of - long hours come with the territory but aren't a con, they should be expected when one has the desire to work in this space (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    OPOWER -- hyper-growth cash flow positive startup having a hugely positive impact on the environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    OPOWER has a terrific culture, a great mission, and is a fun place to work. We're growing like crazy, and we're doing so by having a strong positive impact on emissions. As we grow past one hundred employees tens of millions in revenue, we're providing the same emissions reduction as 1/3 of the entire US solar industry.

    Cons

    It's a startup, so you have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and solve problems from the ground up. Very little is spoon fed here -- you have to own your work and take responsibility for the good and the bad.

    Advice to Management

    I'm a member of the management, so I don't think I should be giving myself advice on a public website. :-)


  2. great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    amazing people, some of the smartest I've ever encountered professionally

    Cons

    lots of new faces and it became tough to keep track of everyone. good problem to have though.


  3. Fun, exciting place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Opower full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My coworkers are smart, competent, and fun. The work is interesting, and I feel good about the results - I'm helping people learn more about their energy use and empowering people to save money and save the environment.

    Cons

    Depending on your position, you might work long hours.


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  5. Great place to work!

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    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Arlington, VA
    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Opower as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture like a tech start-up. Work-life balance is good and some of the smartest people you will meet. Fun work for a great cause.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to competitors.


  6. Oh, power to be your best.

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    Current Contractor - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Opower as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opower recruits from the A-list of talent.

    Cons

    This team executes swiftly, bring your running shoes.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire the best.


  7. Opower is a whole company full of the smartest people you will ever know.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Opower full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    culture is fun and exciting, its a company that is very clearly about so much more than making a profit, it has a mission you can actually get behind. best group of people to work with.

    Cons

    there is so much work to be done that its hard to know when to stop some days...

    Advice to Management

    try to keep the level of open communication as much of a reality as we continue to grow as you have for the last five years


  8. Opower is Owesome!

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Opower full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome & unique culture, wicked smart, collaborative & passionate employees, great perks/pay/benefits, transparent & approachable senior leaders

    Cons

    Hyper growth means increased volume. You must work hard to work at Opower

    Advice to Management

    Continue to consider every employee's perspective, regardless of tenure, level, etc & always communicate down.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Where smart, technology-loving, environmentalists come to work

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    Current Intern - Summer Ossociate in Arlington, VA
    Current Intern - Summer Ossociate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Opower as an intern

    Pros

    Super casual and approachable workplace culture. Opower invests heavily in their employees from constant Opower U cross trainings to a fully stocked kitchen, espresso machine, catered lunches, and massages.

    Cons

    They are the smartest people in the room and they are the first to tell you.


  10. Helpful (3)

    I Still Pinch Myself - The best place filled with the best people I have ever worked with

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Opower full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a fast paced, smart double bottom line company with a solid company culture that values innovation, rapid problem solving, quirky humor, and individual and collaborative contributions: - "A" players / top-notch hires - location - solid benefits / care for their employees (equity, stocked organic kitchens / food, weekly massages, very flexible WFH policy, dogs in the office, regular company sponsored HH, events and outings, paid training, seminars, etc.) - plentiful growth and development opportunities - regular feedback and visible quarterly goals in addition to annual reviews - connection to your work and visible impact of contributions - positive, motivated and enthusiastic work environment / awesome company culture - visible and accessible management and upper management (including the founders)

    Cons

    - Intimidating / drawn-out recruitment process (not for the faint of heart) - The egos that occasionally come with "A" players are tiresome - Most people struggle to find a work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    When you speak, we listen.


  11. Great people, great mission, great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Opower full-time

    Pros

    High bar for hiring - everyone I've met while working here is very talented and highly motivated. Fulfilling work - you truly do feel that your work helps make the world a better place. Great company culture and office environment make it an enjoyable experience to come to work every day. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Pay/benefits could be better. Career advancement opportunities could be a bit more structured.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.



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