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Idaho Power Reviews

Updated October 20, 2016
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Full of politcs and bullying- you never know how you are going to be treated from one day to the next."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is above average
    Pension plan
    Subsidized downtown parking

    Cons

    Bullying is allowed
    Power is obtained by owning and not sharing information
    Training opportunities are only allowed for department pets
    Time off for care of family is "allowed" but then held against you as not being committed to company
    Managers do not know how to lead
    Inconsistent feedback
    You are not given tools to do your job successfully
    Managers rely on "spies" (this told to me directly from my supervisor) to get feedback on your daily activities and perfomance
    Leaders have inappropriate relationships with subordinates (taking vacations together,etc)
    Completing projects on time is more important than completing projects successfully

    Advice to Management

    Look at the obvious...high turnover in a department (8 out of 13 in 3 years) means that something is wrong with the leadership. Have realistic expectations of your employees and put your money where your mouth is when you say "Family is First".


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Idaho Power"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Professional
    Former Employee - IT Professional
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits, most departments are great to work for.

    Cons

    The IT department has a very young management base. Management requires employees to put work above their own lives and families. Salary employees required to work 50 plus hours weekly. Top down management style that takes little or no account for employee opinions and suggestions. They still use a Bi annually employee review system that concentrates on the negative with little or know reward for the outstanding employees.

    Advice to Management

    Re structure the entire management tree.


  3. "IT is spelled H-E-L-L at this company."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good pay; good benefits, one of the last places to have a pension plan besides a 401 K.

    Cons

    retarded "Leading at all Levels" """CULTURE""" that is only in effect IF they are using it against you!; IT is managed by ex HR people who don't get it.

    Advice to Management

    replace your IT top people!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Has a bad rep for a reason."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Employer of Choice? HaHa!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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. Helpful (5)

    "Insanely Political Leadership..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Professional in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Professional in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits. Although, the Cons these days seem to outweigh the Pros by a large margin.

    Cons

    Job security is a thing of the past. Over the last several years there has been a "cleansing" of many highly experienced managers. This has resulted in a lack of real leadership and much discontent amongst the ranks. Idaho Power used to be an amazing place to work...very desirable. Unfortunately, management has given in to the pressures of "share holder value" in lieu of long term success. I've been solicited to come back to IPC and have turned them down. The long term prospects (IMO) for Idaho Power are less than spectacular. Look for Warren Buffet to absorb the company within the next 3 to 4 years....

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourselves. Idaho Power is not your own personal little playground. If you continue to mistreat your employees you can bet that the union will become an attractive option.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Zero loyalty or integrity for hourly employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Idaho Power full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Good work/home life balance. Safe work environment/conditions.

    Cons

    No matter how many times you relocate for the company, it goes unappreciated. No matter how many years you work for the company, you are easily laid off. Sometimes multiple times. Being an internal applicant, means nothing to IPCO. No camaraderie.
    HR Dept. will not hesitate to cut your throat or simply avoid direct questions, leaving you to just wonder. HR Dept. will also make the determination for you, as to whether you will "like the job" you are internally applying for, regardless of qualifications.
    Common practice is to lay people off and rehire for that exact position, so they can drop the hourly rate back down. But...guess who expects their year-end bonus' and stock options...
    Overall, they are just a complete mess with the management of personnel, resources, and real estate. The company would rather lose millions on something like a very poor real estate purchase than keep a few hourly employees on the payroll.

    Advice to Management

    Genuinely do things like your supposed 'business optimization" and stop wining and dining interns. Actually listen to your employees instead of stroking your egos with saying you want to listen but really you're rolling your eyes.
    Have some loyalty for the little worker bees that give you their lives and only want a job in return.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "If you just want a job and not a career..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Stability for most positions
    - Great work life balance and working hours
    - Compensation is close to market for many positions
    - Many great and talented people who are enjoyable to work with

    Cons

    - The same great and talented people are being psychologically beat to a pulp by incompetent managers
    - Always being treated like a 10 year old
    - Micro management at every level
    - HR is feared and has too much power
    - Limited career opportunities unless you say "yes" to everything
    - Company does not value skill and education

    Advice to Management

    Please pay attention to the games your middle managers are playing with HR and people's careers. Some of your best and brightest people are being chased out of the company while the trouble makers remain and perpetuate their games. It's easy to keep the lights on today, but what happens when your stakeholders change and your business environment changes? You're going to need those skilled people you chased away.


  10. "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.


  11. "Idaho Power is a great employeer"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Time off, great salary, and commitment to family

    Cons

    Politics are overwhelming and impedes real communication

    Advice to Management

    Streamline



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