Opower Employee Reviews about "manager"
67% would recommend to a friend
(29 total reviews)
75% approve of CEO
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- "Smart people... I've been working in Intel and Oracle before and the professional level in Opower is even higher." (in 36 reviews)
- "Fun culture" (in 18 reviews)
- "coworkers are smart and friendly" (in 17 reviews)
- "Great People who are passionate about what they do" (in 6 reviews)
- "The company culture was great." (in 6 reviews)
- "(Management is aware and has addressed this head" (in 7 reviews)
- "average compensation, but in my case I feel I am receiving average compensation." (in 7 reviews)
- "Certain managers continually get promoted with less than a year in their current position while individual workers actually getting stuff done don't receive any recognition for the hard work they do." (in 6 reviews)
- "So work life balance was a major plus, nobody cared and you could coast along into oblivion or just… work from home…" (in 6 reviews)
- "No 401k match" (in 5 reviews)
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- 4.09 Mar 2012Anonymous EmployeeCurrent EmployeeArlington, VA
The people are all A-list and care about at least one of the two aspects of the dual bottom-line mission: profit and energy use reduction. The CEO & President genuinely care about everyone in the company. The stocked breakroom, group lunches, various clubs, and happy hours are a plus.
Over the past two years, the coupany has tripled in number of employees. Perhaps because of this, politics between parts of the company has ranged from confusing to nasty in the past few months. Some middle-managers are more focused about their rank and position when they should be supporting people on their team or focusing on bottom-line results. The result is an environment is one where lower-level employees tend to get things done despite their respective bosses as well as a bit of fear.14
- 5.014 May 2012A Newish EmployeeCurrent Employee
This is a great place, with very smart people doing a great thing for a great purpose, to save our planet. That's the best thing about Opower is the people and the capability to learn as many new technologies as your brain can hold, and even more fun is applying that learning to solving very complex problems. It's results that matter here, so it makes it pretty straightforward. The people make the work fun. I highly recommend Opower as a career move you will not regret!
Middle management has a lack of people skills, and because of that people's careers can seem at a standstill. It's very much an 'up to you' kind of place, so you have to toot your own horn, make sure you get recognized and appreciated. Everyone including the managers are so heads down and getting things done they can overlook good contributions by others. Also it's getting a bit political as change occurs and people start carving out fiefdoms. The good thing about that is it's not done haphazardly, the bad thing is that it may come as a surprise to many as the changes occurs. More engagement with employees would be a good thing to settle any nervous reactions.2
- 1.018 Dec 2013Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 1 year
- great vacation/healthcare/gym benefits compared to other companies in the area - positive reviews are probably from those fortunate to work in those departments with clear cut goals and the few great managers; many of the managers I respected have vested and left. I hope they bring in better middle managers before they IPO. Stay until you vest! -you build long lasting business and personal relationships after you leave with the few people who are ethical and like-minded; it's a tight network of those who are shared my views and try to help each other stay afloat - the food closets are as amazing as stated - you will gain weight like freshman year which I guess is a con. it's nice to have fresh fruit and breakfast at the office. -execs are well-spoken and put on a great public image which will surely make the IPO a reality.
- Talk of the double bottom line and energy saving and saving the world is part of the PR story. If you're a do gooder who wants to work at Opower to believe that the founders are dedicating their lives to this vision, then you will realize that their goal is to make money for the company and the subsequent payout when they cash out. And utilities sign up for good PR and because of government subsidies. Yes it's a win for the environment but not for the faint of heart if you're a big idealist. -If you accept, you will trade your current salary for lower compensation in exchange for stock options and all the promise of working for a cool company based near DC (but in Virginia - see the capitalist streak yet?). Look closely at the vesting. I accepted a job with a 30% pay increase when I left and invest in the stock market myself. Factor the benefits into your compensation as well - I took a ~$5k hit on that when I did the comparision/negotiation with my next job. - You're excited to work with other smart people with ivy league degrees until you realize everyone is so hyperfocused on themselves and their own careers that few are collaborating and managers just aren't looking out for you. They are dodging political bullets to keep their own jobs. They need to hire middle managersagersagers with experience over big name degrees. - Note the turnover in HR and Recruiting on LinkedIn. This is an area they need to pay more attention to. It's not just about amazing benefits, it's about career development, training, mobility (and that doesn't mean 'Do you want to work in our SF office one day?') and advancement. Right now, they are overloaded with applications so they can be choosy but look at how long people stay in their roles and balance that with how long they can wear the golden handcuffs to wait out the IPO. - When I started, someone told me that bonuses are never clarified and never paid out, and I completely discounted his advice. I was wrong. I negotiated a higher bonus to make up for my salary and didn't get paid out. Pay attention to this in your offer letter and track your performance/achievement. Note what is expected of you and how you are tracking against this. Odds are your manager is not going to put in the time to help you do this, so do it yourself. - You can't have a meeting without having to put together a PowerPoint deck. It's more BS forecasts and visualizing one's vision than solid, actionable plans. If you like this, then you'll do fine. If you actually want to talk during a meeting instead of watching one person present the slides they spent half their day doing while execs look at their iphones and make you skip to your summary slide, then you may want to slit your wrists. -People are hanging on until the IPO. Once that happens (like many other companies), there will be a mass exodus. This is obvious of course, but the people that I like will all leave by then unless they are unaffected by the politics. (who does that actually leave?) So you'll have the doers and the egos and that just sounds terrible. -Some of the business decisions and practices made by VP and Director-level management conflicted with my personal and professional ethics which is why I have not recommended Opower to others despite its public hype and much to my friends' dismay.14
- 4.03 Sept 2019Client SuccessFormer Employee, more than 5 years
-Great people who care passionately about energy efficiency. -Good medical benefits and leave policy once you hit manager or above
-your happiness will depend heavily on which team you get staffed on. There are some highly under-resourced teams that result in frustration and burn-out among employees.
- 1.016 Apr 2016Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsSan Francisco, CA
Most of the people working here are smart, helpful, and wonderful to work with. The biweekly massages are great and yoga classes. The lax WFH policy is awesome. As for food and a gym subsidy, most tech companies offer them. So that may be a perk, if you never worked in tech.
The management team needs an overhaul. We have a lot of terrible managers that hurt the teams, more than help. 20% of the people managers are actually good. The rest are terrible. The CEO has a wonderful way of shrouding problems. The company will switch to unlimited PTO and say 'we are not taking away your PTO.' However, we know that switching from accrued was to clear the books of debt. Be honest. The pay is low. When friends, from other tech companies, hear how much you are paid, their response is to offer you a job or tell you to get out of such a bad relationship. They will not tell you much about how they arrived at their numbers either. If you ask HR, they will state that they only share it with Director level people and when you ask a Director, they will tell you to go to HR. This lack of transparency is smart because they can state that 'we are so proud to say that men and women are paid equally [low].' The company misleads with pictures of the company and culture that is much different from reality. Those happy people, they just found out that they are leaving. Those dogs, they do not exist in the SF office because we used our lawyers to look over how to short change our employees, instead of reading a rental agreement that states 'no dogs.' We are losing many good people. We may have more layoffs again.12Opower Response8y
We can’t agree more with your point about the employees at Opower being our best asset. With regards to compensation, we work hard to ensure that pay is fair and regularly benchmark salaries to industry standards. We’re proud to offer competitive salaries at all levels, but if you talk to anyone who works at Opower, they’ll tell you they are really here because we’re a mission-driven company with talented and passionate people, unique benefits, and significant internal mobility and advancement opportunities. Our Oployees create a welcoming community where good ideas thrive, no matter where they come from.
- 5.011 Jan 2014QA EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearArlington, VA
Everyone's motivated. Highly skilled and smart folks. Everyone gets a chance to prove themselves by doing great things within or outside their responsibilities.
Sometimes people may be stepping on each others' toes. Many young managers in the company with little people skills.Opower Response10y
Thanks for the review and feedback. All helpful!
- 1.09 Apr 2016Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 1 year
Food. Chair massages. Dogs. Smart coworkers. Casual workplace. Product was revolutionary in the market.... Until everyone started doing it and it became commoditized.
Where to even begin? How to even describe the disappointment in realizing the smoke and mirrors designed now to try to maintain opower's former glory? Opower is an example of what happens when a company rests on its laurels and gets a head bigger than its actual impact. Yeah the product was good, but it stopped being cool years ago. Since then, the company has only innovated only when it was forced to- can you even call that innovation? Because of the impact and success of their energy efficiency product, they found it somehow acceptable to treat people like crap. And this included the company's own customers and prospects. In what world is it ever acceptable to tell your customers' teams that they're outdated and stupid? Perhaps in Opower's world, where the CMO has 0 marketing background and saw it fit to fire anyone whose actual marketing experience threatened him. And don't even get me started on the middle managers. Arrogant chauvinistic middle managersArrogant chauvinistic middle managersArrogant chauvinistic middle managers who tell their female employees they have to be 'nicer' while rewarding equally aggressive male employees. Middle managers who tell subordinates to be bottlenecks when processes don't go the way they envision. Underutilizing highly talented, high educated lower level staff because the first priority at opower is catering to senior managers' ego- not actually getting business done and producing better products. The free food and perks can only smoke and mirror so long. You forget, Opower, that your employees are extremely smart and eventually they see right through the shiny distractions But you know the most heartbreaking thing about all this? You could have been so good. You had all the right people. All the right momentum. And then you thought you were smarter than having to play by the basic business rules and threw it all away.44Opower Response8y
We appreciate the feedback. Management feels very good about Opower’s product and business strategy. 2015 represented the best year in company history both in the size and scope of deals we signed with key utility partners, many of whom made major investments in our new Customer Care products. Given Opower’s considerable success in 2015—along with our $500 million revenue backlog, $100 million cash on hand, and zero debt—current and future Oployees have a lot of reasons to be excited about the future.