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Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Advanced Energy, Fort Collins

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    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Advanced Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was a good place to work on LabView skills and RF expertise. Good autonomy and lots of responsibility. Chance to travel to China.

    Cons

    No extra compensation for travel even though gone for more than a month. Large workload and long hours expected/needed to hit anywhere close to performance expectations. This company hires and fires on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    I understand the need to respond to market fluxuations, but the constant hiring and firing burns out the people left and causes a loss of respect for the company. You get rid of the good with the bad. Try keeping the good and firing the bad.

  2. Unstable environment for employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Talented people in a tough environment.

    Cons

    High bonus payouts to executives, while staff don't see much.

    Advice to Management

    Remember it's the employees that make the company.

  3. Great mission, poor senior leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission, good team to work with, good program managers, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Very poor senior management - top talent (leaders and staff) left or leaving. Poor communication to staff; hence, it seems like decisions are reactionary and not well thought out. Lack of vision and long range plan. Seems to be directed by electric utilities opposed to representing the interest of the rate payers.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more with staff. Share corporate vision and plan - more than just high-level power-point slides. Anyone can make those, what is the real plan behind them. Do more for the rate payers instead of the utilities.

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  5. For Technicians, assemblers and other non engineers- temp to unemployed is their most common offering.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Repair Technician in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Contractor - Repair Technician in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at Advanced Energy as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They somehow manage to keep a base of regular workers that are great people. Since technicians are usually talented and motivated people even the many temps are great to work with. If you are a veteran, even an older one, you have a better chance there. Pay was okay but not stellar through the temp agency. The training was great when they brought me in the first time, but they will do little to refresh anything when/if you come back. The tools to do the job are generally available, but special tools are scarce. If you can carve out a niche all the better. The power supplies they build are very interesting to learn about and technologically advanced. I have little personal knowledge of their solar side.

    Cons

    They bring their techs in as temps and let them go when they can no longer get away with not hiring them, or when they feel like it even if you are quite busy. In my case the first time was around 18 months, the second much less. I worked there multiple times. They will call you and tell you not to come in right before your shift, so don't leave any valuables in your locker. I hear they are outsourcing their Design work to India. They will keep bringing you back for more if you are willing to be used and kicked to the curb again and again. You will hear rumors that they are about to convert the temps to regulars, then you will get a call to not come back. It isn't personal, it is AE, and the culture sucks. The shareholder is all that matters, people are just tools to use and toss aside. The work environment is crowded and if you feel safe there you are crazy. People will be bumping into you as you work on high-voltage, high-power equipment. You will spend much time looking for a service carts upon which to place the unit you plan to service. You won't like it as you have to charge that stupid waste of time to the customer or else look inefficient. Sometimes your cart and even the unit on it will "disappear" making for more searching. Their repair process is cumbersome, but in some ways the system does work well. You will sometimes hope you didn't miss something because it can get very complicated. The regulars won't freely share knowledge with you, what they know and you don't is why they are there for the long haul. Tribal knowledge is possibly the only job security in AE. This seems to be the key to staying there. They will outsource the same jobs again and again, and then bring them back for a while. Expect to be cut at any time.

    Advice to Management

    Bring the jobs back. Shipping things back and forth to China is inefficient and a stupid waste of time, money, and energy. The customers deserve better, remember them? They pay the bills, not the shareholders. Even though upper management seems it couldn't care less about Americans and American jobs, there are a lot of us that would like to see AE grow and continue to excel in the marketplace. Fix your crappy culture, if you maintain a loyal US workforce with AE's best interests in mind, you will have a powerful base on which to build a future. You aren't alone in losing IP everyday due to outsourcing to countries that are happy to steal the technology you send them. Why not be different and protect it? You lose talent by abusing the people that want to make things better. You have changed temp agencies, is that because the old one couldn't persuade any of your former victims to sign up for another round of abuse? Stop ruling the employees with fear for their jobs and try looking at the big picture. The company is it's people, not it's upper managers and shareholders.

  6. A company in change and not in a good way

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Technical and Engineering People

    Cons

    Self absorbed upper management ( VP and above) that only knows how to how to cut cost in order to increase the stock price to a target of $27 per share. The founder of the company wants to sell the company and move on.

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility for your actions. Also it is time to change upper management!

  7. Crops withering for lack of water

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advanced Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good technology and many competent people, excellent market share, profitable.

    Cons

    New management is focused only on the bottom line, not on employees or customers. They reduced headcount to the point where resources are too limited to succeed in the long-term. Stock options have been eliminated for all but senior level employees, and morale is low. There is not a lot of joy in this place. Not much room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and fund development programs enough to succeed int he long-run.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Too risky

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    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Collins, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smaller company which gives opportunity to wear multiple hats. I was able to learn more new skills there than at larger companies.

    I was also able to advance due to all the layoffs, until I was laid off...

    Cons

    Their market is very cyclical and so is the hiring/layoff cycle. I was only there a few years and I was one of the 'old guys' there due to multiple rounds of layoffs each year. Then lots of hiring on the up cycle.

    The management chain was constantly changing due to layoff/firings so every few months we got a new leader with a new vision to implement.

    They are also moving many jobs to India and China for cost savings. Although the savings are really questionable as they pay so much for outsourced contracts vs what they could have for in house.

    Advice to Management

    Quit trying to expand so much until you can get your core business stabilized. Treat your employees like the valuable assets they are instead of like commodities to be bought/sold as needed.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Could be great, I want to be inspired

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advanced Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of bright people here, Love the location, love the industry.

    Cons

    Management has everyone who's left that there are more layoffs, and outsourcing coming. No real focus on making this place a great place to work. All the talk is to please the shareholder, and no appreciation for the people that made this company (The Employees). Too bad. I was real inspired to come work in the solar industry but the environment here is not ideal.

    Advice to Management

    It's clear that you want to make as much money as possible and leave, so I guess good for you. Your employees could be so much more productive and inspired if you did a good job at leading us.

  10. Great until manufacturing was moved to China.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with. A large mix of low volume products makes it interesting - always something new to learn. This is a good place to get some experience.

    Cons

    Yes men are more likely to be promoted. Management does not want to hear the truth but just a yes. Layoffs are very common. I would not recommend this company for a long-term career.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees more.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Company does not plan/prioritize

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Finance in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Advanced Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    interesting industries with strong growth
    decent pay

    Cons

    lack of planning/ prioritization
    one crisis after another
    systems, processes require tons of tactical work from relatively senior people

    Advice to Management

    realize that the systems and processes we are using are inadequate for a company of our size, and put your support behind fixing this

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