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Updated September 8, 2017
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Pros
  • The company was a fast moving, meritocracy, where smart people did good work (in 21 reviews)

  • excellent work/life balance with freedom to work from home (though you won't want to) (in 9 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. "Director, Product Management"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. 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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "A great company that is slowly changing for the worse"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work with smart, passionate, (somewhat) diverse people
    - Solid work-life balance
    - Mostly good managers, not too difficult to switch teams if projects get boring

    Cons

    - The best people have left or are planning on leaving
    - Passion is slowly but surely being replaced by complacency and apathy
    - Leadership paralyzed by bureaucracy, unable to set a concrete vision that people feel passionately about
    - Don't expect great raises


  7. "Best Tech Company in DC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A little slice of SF in the nation's capital. Competitive salaries, with many of the west coast perks you see in the HBO show, Silicon Valley (free massages, Friday lunch, etc). More importantly, you get to grapple with real challenges and design solutions few others have thought about.

    Cons

    Millennial workforce, which means that everybody else think they can do your job, and better. Hard to compete for resources in SF, but in DC it was the best game in town. Currently part of Oracle, and it remains to be seen if they will harness and nurture all the cool stuff we had.

    Advice to Management

    Accept your position of authority and tell entitled employees to grow up.

  8. "Intern ship"

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

    Pros

    This internship was one of the best that i have ever had. They supported me all the way through. The culture is amazing

    Cons

    There were no cons for this internship

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great overall, but feels the pain of growing companies and diminished startup culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Opower full-time

    Pros

    It's a solid product that's focused on reducing our carbon footprint. If you're technical, you get a lot of experience with big data systems that you might not get elsewhere. Tons of working products for you to learn and grow from, if you're smart at picking that up.

    Cons

    It's nowhere near a startup culture anymore. It's large, and it's very sales driven. Money, money, money. Plus the recent Oracle acquisition is flushing out all the old employees and bringing in a bunch of large corporate Oracle employees.


  10. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    My contact was very organized and easy going - great pleasure to work with him

    Cons

    As a contractor, did not have much involvement with other employees than my contact

    Advice to Management

    n/a


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