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Arlington, VA
Unknown
2007
Company - Public (OPWR)
Computer Hardware & Software
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Tendril, C3 IoT, Aclara Group
Opower is an enterprise software company that helps utilities elevate the customer experience. Energy providers use Opower's customer engagement platform to deliver proactive, digital communications that raise customer satisfaction, manage energy demand, and ... Read more

Mission: To help utilities build a clean energy future.


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2015 (#25)

Opower Reviews

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  • "A great company with a great mission"

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    Current Employee - Implementation Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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    I have been working at Opower full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone was friendly to work with. Surprisingly well run as a company.

    Cons

    Not sure how their culture has changed after being acquired by Oracle. Betting it was for the worse.

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Opower Photos

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Opower Interviews

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Opower (San Francisco, CA) in September 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online over Jobvite and had first phone interview 6 days later with a recruiter in Arlington, VA. Interview went well- she was very friendly and asked standard initial questions, also asked me if I was comfortable with the pay rate. Second phone interview was three days later with the manager in San Francisco, CA that I would directly be working under. Since she is the one I would be working with, I thought the interview would be more conversational but she sounded more like a recruiter than the recruiter did. Asked very straight-forward questions, straight to the point, not conversational at all. Very focused on specific goals I want to have met during this 6-month internship. Heard back within the week that I made it to the final interview process which was three back-to-back interviews, a half hour each. Had a phone call from the recruiter to prep me for the process and what to expect, but she sounded very rushed so it was short. She also said I was one of three final candidates. The interviews were done using online video conferencing. The first interview was with someone in Arlington. She hadn't looked at my resume yet so she spent the first minute familiarizing herself with it. Asked simple questions about my resume for a few minutes then asked me if I had questions for her. She then said she had to leave early to pick someone up from the airport and was hoping we could end early. Second interview was with someone in Arlington who currently has the same position I'm interviewing for in Arlington. He was very nice and we had the best conversation. We really covered everything about myself and the position, but he said he had no part in the hiring, he was just there to make sure I understand everything about the position. The third interview was with someone in San Francisco, and she was 15 minutes late so she said we would have to rush very quickly to cover a few questions. Focused on providing past examples of having too much on my plate and having different priorities than other people. After these three interviews I didn't know how to feel since two were cut short and the one really good conversation was not part of the hiring. I didn't hear back for a while and followed up again with the recruiter a couple weeks later. She replied a few days later with: "We did actually hire someone into this position, but I will let you know if we have any other openings in the future." as the entire message. I found that unprofessional that after spending the time to go through multiple interviews and waiting to hear back for the final decision, they don't even make sure to notify all three final candidates of the decision, and replied with such a short and impersonal message.

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    • Tell me about a time you were working on a project that was important to you but other people were not taking the project seriously or making it their priority.   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time you worked on a very complex project and how did you approach those complexities?   Answer Question
    • What was your biggest challenge in a past position? What was your proudest moment in a past position?   Answer Question
    • What are your expectations for this position? What are specific goals that you would like to have met at the end of this 6-month position?   Answer Question
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Opower Awards & Accolades

  • Industry Award ‘Company of the Year’, EURELECTRIC, 2014
  • Top Workplaces 2014, The Washington Post, 2014
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