Program Manager (Former Employee) – Solon, OH – September 14, 2017
Senior Management needs to focus in the long term rather than the short term company window dressing. Products launched without resources, product changes that address symptoms rather than problems. Way too much money chasing short term revenue.
Talent Acquisition Specialist (Current Employee) – St. Louis, MO – January 12, 2018
When I took the job at Aclara I was concerned that I wasn't going to like it as much as the job I had left. I had such a great environment previously, I just wasn't moving in a good direction. Once I started at Aclara I found I was wrong to be so apprehensive. The team immediately made me feel like part of their family in my office. Everyone has been extremely helpful on my team. My manager gives me ideas and tools to be successful. We work independently, but also very collaborative. The company is constantly trying to find ways to make everyones job more worthwhile.
Installer/Technician (Former Employee) – Stony Point, NY – January 11, 2018
False advertising. They tell you one thing and do another. They are only worried about hitting numbers and quotas. They have you do all this safety training only to have you rush through jobs. They encourage you to cut corners but if you get caught they hang you out to dry. People are constantly in and out. Don't even waste your time.
Class "C" Assembler (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – December 12, 2017
management are terrible .there is know job security at Aclara if you like being stressed out this is the place to be . they didn't care how much OT you did they would still give you a point for coming in 1 minute.
When you did something above and beyond they gave you chocalate or candy and thats cheap.
Short breaks only 20 minutes, 10 minutes and another 10 minutes after working 12 hour shifts and manditory saturdays.
Technical Writer (Current Employee) – Saint Louis County, MO – November 28, 2017
CEO & crew made sweeping changes when they came aboard a few years ago. Nothing has been developed in several years, and now they are floundering and trying to reverse course on their own changes. They have created a culture of fear and one that encourages backstabbing and dishonesty.
They use the open office concept as a façade to save money on office furniture.
VPs are dishonest and are continually trying to undermine each other so they can take over more departments. The asininity would be amusing if good employees weren't affected by the pathetic and dishonest behavior
Typical Corporate Benefits
Ridiculous lies and backstabbing created by latest CEO's culture
Aclara provided, due to its suite of AMI solutions, many avenues for cross-functional collaboration and learning of new skills. Working here allowed/ required me to take initiative in broadening my skills base.
fun and interesting
some silos tend to develop, just as a condition of the business needs
Operator (Former Employee) – Somersworth, NH – May 8, 2017
Was a full time employee of eight years, had to quit due to manager harassment/toxic workplace. Nepotism is alive and well here, so don't expect to be hired/advance without familial ties. Pay scale was changed for new hires since General Electric sold it, not worth returning. No management or encouragement/utilization of skills or growth as such. Will be mostly temporary workers to save money and maximize profit, if not already.
Engineer (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – March 26, 2017
what I learned: what have not to do for success. In this company, I have been witnessing deep failures because of the bad strategies and toxic work environment. By watching these, I learned how bad decisions and strategies can lead valuable resources and opportunities to deep failures.
management: unclear, uneducated decision making, unfaithful, confused, always-in-rush, very resistant to change, very intolerant different ideas, and no long investment in employees in general.
workplace culture: old-school, very conservative, toxic, bullying, and sexist. No long term investment for research and innovation except only talking about it. The fear of getting fired is always on the air everywhere. Very stressful environment which could be even seriously harmful for your health.
life-work balance, work environment, room for advancement
Scientist (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – March 23, 2017
This is a toxic work place, I recommend friends to stay away for their own health. Poor management, divided teams, no good communication and tribble environment for advancement. Old school culture and people. The systems bounces back talents and changes very fast. Bullying and sexism was unfortunately normal in the team I used to work in it.
Poor culture, poor management, no room for advancement, no value for employees
Program Manager/Project Manager (Current Employee) – Herndon, VA 20171 – January 25, 2017
Managing multiple projects, satisfying customer's needs day by day. Deliver non competitive solutions to end users and meet or exceed their expectations on daily basis to help them perform their businesses efficiently.
Very interesting place to work. Major changes and more to come. Not an easy place to move up. Company is going to be sold within 2-3 years and maximizing profit is the main goal over worker compensation/work life.
SQL Developer (Former Employee) – Hazelwood, MO – May 2, 2016
A typical day consisted of logging on to a remote server, and starting my development of SSIS and SSRS components. I learned alot about TSQL, specifically how to configure, manage, and deploy SSRS reports and SSIS packages. My coworkers were very supportive, offering help when I had a problem, and providing feedback to my own work. The hardest part of the job was learning a newer technology, SQL server 2014. It was also the most rewarding, as it exposed me to challenges of backwards compatibility, as several types of SQL server versions were being used at the time.
Great people to work with, education friendly environment
I resigned from my position at Aclara in 2011 when manufacturing was still happening there. I worked for this company for 26 years (it was formerly Hexagram, Inc.). My enjoyment of working for this company started to decline when it was bought by ESCO and became public.