Women's Job Satisfaction
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Opower has made an open commitment to gender equality and empowering women. This is great and I generally believe women and all people are treated fairly, however mid and upper-level management is very male-dominated and generally on the younger end (under 40). I believe there are unconscious biases that work against women, especially mid-career women who are experienced but have come in from the outside of the company. There are "circles of trust" that are hard to crack. There are mid-level women with far more expertise in specialty areas than their managers and senior leadership, but they are either not asked for input, or their input is not valued as highly as their male counterparts and/or those individuals who have been in the company for longer.
I've been with Opower for 3 years and while I love aspects of it, there are some major gender and racial issues. Senior leadership team is nearly all male and the attitude of many coworkers is one of constant, low-level dismissal. It also feels like the bar for women to be promoted is significantly higher than that of men. The cliche of women being promoted on performance while men are promoted on potential is appropriate, and this is contributing to the gender disparity in leadership. Some departments are doing better than others, but in general I wouldn't recommend the company to female connections without knowing who they would report to.
I have been at Opower for 3 years. Some teams are very woman friendly and some have a lot of bias. Upper management is definitely "bro" culture, but they appear to be getting better. My team was wonderful and my manager took criticism to heart when I sent him articles on unconscious bias. Our team is now gender balanced and his policy of resume name/pronoun scrubbing has led to a lot more diverse interviews and hires (in terms of race and gender). Other parts of the company are VERY bro-y. Our engineers are mostly male, our client support, and especially our Sales is overtly and covertly hostile to women.
Crowdsourced Employer Benefits
How do women feel about working at Opower? 29% think they are treated fairly and equally to men. 33% would recommend Opower to other women, and women have a job satisfaction rating of 3.4 out of 5. What are the benefits at Opower? Opower offers 16.5 weeks of paid maternity leave, healthcare, flextime. These benefits are based on tips anonymously submitted by Opower employees.
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