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Updated January 16, 2018
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Pros
  • Worked with some amazingly smart people who truly believed in company mission (in 21 reviews)

  • excellent work/life balance with freedom to work from home (though you won't want to) (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • A terrible work/life balance has now been made worse (in 14 reviews)

  • Everyone's main complaint is the lack of a 401k match (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "A great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Opower full-time

    Pros

    Opower (now a part of Oracle) is an exciting place to work if you care about energy, the environment and technology. In a verrrryyyyy slow moving vertical (the utility industry), Opower is one of the most nimble companies working at scale.

    Cons

    The utility industry has built (or has had built for it) incredibly robust, but customized, on premise applications to run their operations, and moving those applications into the cloud in the form of configurable SaaS applications is a long and painful process.

    Advice to Management

    The Oracle leadership is strong in some areas, weak in others, but thematically unified in it's almost total inability to "get" the culture of Opower, or frankly any new software startup.


  2. "Best Experience of My Career (until Oracle)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Executive
    Former Employee - Sales Executive
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best, brightest coworkers I've ever worked with. An incredibly positive work environment. Great managers.

    Cons

    It no longer exists as it was acquired by Oracle.

    Advice to Management

    Build another great company. You will thrive, and great people will flock to work with you.

  3. "Overall a great experience so far"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Opower full-time

    Pros

    Opower's mission is to truly make great customer experiences for them to become more energy efficient. This is a serious goal and an exciting one to be working towards and still very much apparent post acquisition.

    Leadership has been quite reasonable and is willing to implement ideas and changes that employees want. This is also seen in product direction. If you see an opportunity, you can definitely make your voice heard and affect R&D investments.

    Career growth is great and most managers are willing to help you move roles if you choose to do so.

    VA office has a great culture with fairly often potlucks, wellness events and a whole lot of birthday cake

    Cons

    post-acquisition, there have been more bureaucratic hurdles that need to be passed to get everything we need.

    Oracle internet is at times annoying to deal with

    the vision at times seems stretched on many fronts and there isnt a coherent focus on where the company is headed


  4. "Lots of potential"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Opower full-time

    Pros

    Great team members, everyone is smart and thoughtful.

    Cons

    Leadership was not transparent. Unclear strategy for business success.


  5. "Oracle changed the game"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Opower (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented group of professionals, great PR and Marketing

    Cons

    Not fun to work there anymore

    Advice to Management

    Don't sell to Oracle! (Ups! too late!)


  6. "Director, Product Management"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing team, product / company truly changing the world.

    Cons

    Growing pains of fast-growing company.
    Now has been acquired by Oracle

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture of Opower intact post-acquisition


  7. "Accoutnant"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was a great experiences and I learned a lot. Great environment where they always have free food avilable and many events

    Cons

    Ability for growth is somewhat limited. Salary is not competitive and work from home should be more of an option

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the Great environment where they always have free food available and many events. Find a way to make the salary more competitive for employees

  8. "Great Company, Smart People"

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

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

    Pros

    The management team is made up of a bunch of super-nerds. They are great.

    Cons

    Well... the whole Oracle thing maybe. I can't say anything bad about Oracle, it just means that Opower isn't the company it was.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Skip it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Opower full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - The people smart and nice
    - Flexible work environment (easy to work from home)
    - Compensation starts out pretty good (but don't look for it to go anywhere)

    Cons

    - Apathy is fairly widespread
    - Promotions and raises are a joke, based mostly on popularity, the popularity of your manager, or the dedication of your manager to do right by you. This cycle, leadership decided on promotions without even holding a review cycle - and this was after crazy attrition and people feeling like management is checked out. The opportunity to recover loyalty even a little bit was totally missed.

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on employee engagement. Post acquisition, management has been even more hands off, which is exactly the wrong direction. Unless they just don't care, which could easily be the case.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Software Engineer in Test"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer In Test in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer In Test in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Opower (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Still have snacks and a few smart people.

    Cons

    Recently acquired by Oracle. This place used to be great with lots of talent and hardworking people who loved our mission. In an effort to save the company in tanking market and dropping stock prices, the CEO made the decision to sell the company to Oracle. This went against everything Opower's mission was about and thus caused an attrition rate like Oracle has never seen before. The people lost trust in the company, the mission, and its leaders and continue to leave faster than Oracle can rehire. There is still work to be done, but just not enough people to do it. There are a few people left trying their best to keep morale up, but it is too little, too late.


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