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Idaho Power Reviews

Updated October 20, 2016
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  1. "lineman"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lineman in Pocatello, ID
    Current Employee - Lineman in Pocatello, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great place to live and work

    Cons

    under staffed too much over time


  2. "It's good or bad, depending on the department manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Idaho Power full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This company goes through phases where it is well balanced between personal and professional lives. It is highly focused on the safety of employees and has great wages.

    Cons

    Some department leadership has soured the great reputation (read Customer Service) and turned the department from a great group working together to everyone watching their back.

    Advice to Management

    Change out the leadership in Customer Service and adopt the attitudes of the regional offices and you'll get great productivity and happy empoyees.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Frustrated"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Idaho Power full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, pension and 401K, competitive salary, opportunities for personal development and cross training, high job security, big emphasis on safety, and a great internship program

    Cons

    Experience is highly dependent on your manager and it's very much a top down micromanage approach. Historically people rather than process based, so it is incredibly frustrating when you're new because everyone does things their own way and you just have to know who to talk to. Extremely difficult if you don't fit into the typical mold. Progress is paralyzed because all decisions come from the top and everyone is in full cya mode. Longstanding toxic relationships result in silows, poor communication and general frustration and confusion.

    Advice to Management

    Empower people to make decisions while providing clear direction. Compensation should be based on performance rather than time and grade.


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  5. "The Kind Utility"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are sincere and honest

    Cons

    Some supervisors are given way too much leeway and their opinion is overvalued


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Employer of Choice? HaHa!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people who can still remember good ol' times, support of work life balance and professional development. Tenured folks who are optimists.

    Cons

    Misguided corporate initiatives, miopic and micromanaging senior management. Directors who do not have the backgrounds needed to lead in roles with inflated titles. Promoting lean business has burned out some of the brightest, best and hardworking people at the company.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people and create more doers vs. overseers, appoint a system to make HR a safe place, remove any corporate services from HR. HR is corrupt, promotes inbreeding and has placed the least qualified people at the helm of their own organization.


  7. "BEWARE!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the regular employees are great

    Cons

    Poor management, deceptive. They promise you whatever you want to hear during the job offer and then take it away once you accept the position.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Has a bad rep for a reason."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Idaho Power full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Puts food on the table.
    Seeing other reviews with high ratings makes me wish I could stuff my head in the sand too.
    But...

    Cons

    HR is an absolute joke in the role they play for the company. If you're looking to apply or interview, don't instill trust in HR and be ready to be jerked around. The company hands an embarrassing amount of power to HR, who is very blind to real work that takes place.
    There are a lot of big ego's, empty promises/commitments, lies to the public, and generally a lack of integrity. If you're looking to become a term/temp employee; it will most likely not turn into a permanent position regardless of good work or sacrifices you make for the company.
    The company is extremely fat in the regard of wasted time and resources. More effort is taken to talk about being lean but literally nothing truly done. Spend $100K to save $1.
    Their seemingly good stewardship to the public and environment is not because they want to, it is because they are mandated to by the federal government.
    I won't dog on them anymore...

    Advice to Management

    It is absolutely pointless to give advice to management, I have been trying for years in every level/role I have had during my time with the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Idaho Power (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They believe in personal development at all levels. They have their share of politics like every other company but they do care about the employees more than any other company I've worked for. The work experience depends on a persons manager, but for the most part it's a great company to work for. It was a very positive experience for me and I had a lot of opportunities given to me.

    Cons

    Not many cons for me. It really depends on your manager but it's actually a progressive company with well thought out business processes.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on personal development because it is what makes Idaho Power a great company to work for and a cohesive company.


  10. "Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company pays fair wages and treats its employees well.

    Cons

    The company can move slowly in some areas.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "IT is treated differently than the rest of the company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator II
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator II
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Idaho Power full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Talented and hardworking employees. Generous retirement with pension and 401k. Good pay for the Valley, great pay outside of it. A good amount of time off earned.

    Cons

    Myopic management. The vaunted work/life balance of Idaho Power is a myth in IT unless you're a manager. Work culture is about CYA. Nothing is approved by management unless there is a fall guy in place. Vacation can and has been cancelled. Management is growing, the actual amount of people doing the work is shrinking.

    Advice to Management

    Hire enough people to do the job right. Get rid of underperforming employees, less management and red tape.



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