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Opower Reviews

Updated September 5, 2018
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  • "great people; free Friday lunch; good swag" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Comfortable and encouraging work environment with a great team of people" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "A great company with a great mission"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Implementation Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Implementation Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. "Human Resources"

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

    I worked at Opower full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful, wonderful mission! Young staff. Lots of energy.

    Cons

    Because of the youth, there is a lack of seasoned veterans with real business acumen.

  3. "Used to be great until Oracle"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Environment-focused. Intelligent & hard-working co-workers.

    Cons

    Opower's mission was lost the moment the acquisition was announced. People left in droves as the company they knew changed before their eyes. In the beginning, upper management assured employees things would not change outside of the company name and a few leaders, but entire workflows changed, orgs disbanded, and benefits slashed.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget where it all started and what Opower stood for.


  4. Helpful (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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a great experience so far"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Oracle changed the game"

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    • Senior Management
    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!)


  9. Helpful (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


  10. "Accoutnant"

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    • Senior Management
    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