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Bloom Energy Principal Co-Founder & CEO K.R. Sridhar
K.R. Sridhar
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company has grown to a place where the product is great, and so are the people that have built the product (in 4 reviews)

  • There are some very smart people and very nice and hard working people there (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Expect to work long hours, but the reward is there if the company succeeds in its ambitious goals (in 8 reviews)

  • Engineers at BE work long hours with aggressive schedules and lean budgets (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    manufacturing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good co workers, location is good,

    Cons

    At first I was excited about the job,everyone was helpful, good pay as I was an entry level worker. They will say good character about you just to stay for them because they still need you, promising conversion from contractor to regular employee. after 2 years of worked nothing happened all your ambitions and high aims sudden change and all you wants is to get out of the company. A lots of favoritism, politics. if you know how to play you will get your permanency in less than of 1 to 2 years. Manager and supervisors as well as Team leads don't know how to manage the department, long hours of work, working weekends,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make it a point that everybody work really hard, some people get permanency because of politics and favoritism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Venomous Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain/Ops in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain/Ops in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Hard working employees and contractors (18+ hours per day)

    Cons

    Leadership:
    1. Nepotism and preferential treatment of Engineering to the exclusion of all other teams
    2. God-complex of engineering to the point of infallibility
    3. Darwinian culture and values
    4. Prevaricators
    5. Intellectual Elitism/bullying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are God! They don't listen to advice!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    I excelled once I started playing dirty

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Bloom Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Kool-Aid tastes good at first. If you begin to adopt underhanded ways to sabotage your fellow co-workers like I did you will be promoted. People outside of the company drank the 60 minutes Kool-Aid too, and Bloom on a resume has some benefit, deserved or not. The company seems to be well-positioned politically, which may prevent the company from outright crashing. For getting ahead: information hoarding works, badmouthing and exploiting your fellow employee works, character assassination too. Once you realize this is how it is run from the top, you can align your values accordingly and advance. You can spend your time on this approach for success and let others worry about the "work".

    Cons

    The bad guys are running the show here. The Green Tech facade is a crock, these are natural gas generators and far from exotic. The culture within is rotten to the core, exhibiting toxic behavior indicative of companies far older and longer corrupt. The pay is well below industry standard, exploiting employee's belief they are 'contributing to the world'. Employees in India are also payed below industry standard, which is completely unnecessary as they work for a fraction of the salary of US employees. Nepotism and general favoritism is rampant too, no surprise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hurry up and IPO already. Keep lying to the investors to keep the stock price afloat so I can cash out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The product is great but the culture sucks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some very smart people and very nice and hard working people there. Some teams are very good. The product is great.

    Cons

    there are also some very mediocre people and they are tolerated by the management. Managers seem quite unable to manage people. There is very little openness to dissent. It is a very secretive culture. Too many people have never seen manufacturing and are still thinking and operating as if it is a start up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to trust each other so they can create a culture of trust

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Technical Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced work style. Collegial team approach to problem solving. Exciting new technology for alternative energy solution that is applicable around the world.

    Cons

    Unrealistic and unattainable business objectives. Company is pushed to the limit every quarter. The best case is your team maybe makes the stated goals. Realistically every quarter everyone falls short which takes a toll on morale. Company Sr. management suffers from an arrogance that impacts how it treats customers and employees. Bloom Energy's slogan should be "Ask not what you can do for your Customer ask instead what you can do for Bloom Energy".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to figure out it is in the energy business, instead of viewing itself as a technology and manufacturing company. Many of the Senior management team came from a technical background and suffer from poor business and people skills. Financial plan needs to start from potential sales instead of a manufacturing number that has no tangible connection to actual orders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    90% of employees are contracted out with no plan of being hired on any time soon

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Bloom Energy as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good People work there, but not for long if the don't change. Seems like everyone is running to Tesla!

    Cons

    Unorganized and old Military style leadership. Do as I say not as I do. Some people have been contractors for over 2 years. Because of the contract Bloom signed with their staffing agency, contract employees do not get ANY Sick or vacation days! I've never heard of that, so even if you have worked there for 2 years if you get sick.... too bad!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers how to lead teams in a positive and motivating manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Manufacturing plant hours are long and contractor pay is low

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Bloom Energy as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The product is innovation and successful. Company sales increase every quarter. Exciting private company to be in right now.

    Cons

    They hire contractors for a low hourly wage to work 60 hours+ in the manufacturing plants (once worked 19 hours in a 27 hour period over a weekend). It takes almost 2+ years to be considered for a permanent position - all along making low hourly pay and working holidays and every weekends. Meanwhile, the supervisors and planners all get mad and make comments when you ask for any amount of time off - on a weekend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should spend more time in your plants. The planners and permanent managers are expecting the low paid contractors to work insanely long hours and if they ask for even 1 day or 1 full weekend off - they get threatened with not becoming permanent - one day. Even though it's hard to see when contractors will become permanent when it takes 2 years+. This is not how employees should be treated. The contractors are working hard knowing that there aren't a lot of manufacturing plants in this area. They want to work at Bloom and they want to stay. But if your sales triple in 1 quarter, then you should think about tripling your plant workforce then too. Instead of asking people to work 19 hours in a 27 hour period over a weekend. If it's a last month of every quarter push to meet demand, that's reasonable, but it's not just these months - it's turned into every month - every day. Employee and contractors' wives are leaving them because they have to work so much and they are missing their kids birthdays - all because there are not enough employees to cover all the product that needs to be built and delivered in one quarter. People are tired and the class system (perm vs. contractor) should be fixed. This is worst treatment of employees and contractors I have ever heard of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Consider working there if you don't have a job

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time

    Pros

    Interesting technology, you will make some good friends, it is the trendy green. It is a good location if you live around Sunnyvale, Togo's and Subway are close.

    Cons

    Backwards management, poor leadership, poor managers, there is a foreign cast that dominates the company. Politics are the worst I have ever seen. Don't try to shine, you will regret. Just nod and do what your manager tells you to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not worth it trying to state anything. I hope the company makes it, and doesn't become another Solyndra. The meaning of leadership is not understood in your organization, you need to really understand what is the essence of leadership. If you had a sincere employee survey, lots would come up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Favortism, arrogance and lack of professionalism. Indian and Navy people preferred and pampered.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - High Level Engineer
    Current Employee - High Level Engineer

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company has grown to a place where the product is great, and so are the people that have built the product. The management is terrible.

    Cons

    This company is ALL about poliitcal cast system, just like in India. It is an indian company in the US, not a culturally balanced American company at all. Only Tamil people are recognized and there is no company loyalty to long term employees. Your only answer is yes, no room for discussion to all topics, despite how illogical some can be. Complete management with negative reinforcement, no positive reinforcement or coaching or development of team members from the managers. Not enough resources or money to get your job done properly. Discrimination is visible with the Indian cultures and also females.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    realize that the people who made this company are valuable, and some serious adjustment needs to be made to retain the people who know all about Bloom's strengths and weaknesses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    A lot of hype, not a good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bloom Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bloom Energy has a lot of hype in the cleantech space and you ca leverage that into making connections and finding a better job. People will be impressed that you work there. The main (and one of the few) strengths of this company is the media spin and public image they project.

    Cons

    You will be expected to work long hours (12+/day) regularly with little recognition for your efforts. A desire to work less will be viewed as you being "not a team player" and you will be looked down upon. The company pretends to be a "startup" but does not care about you as an employee, the work environment is not enjoyable. The company has dozens of VPs (i.e. 1 VP per 20 lower level employees) and even more Directors. Unless you are in this upper class it is extremely unlikely you will advance and will have to navigate a political minefield of everyone else (including your manager) trying to get ahead of you. Lastly they may be the only company in Silicon Valley to be low enough to give out (worthless) stock options that are almost guaranteed to be under water if and when they ever go public. All you need to do is look at other public (or bankrupt) fuel cell companies to get several data points for reference. Possibly the next Solyndra if you are willing to take the risk with your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees like dirt. Your company engenders an environment of fear and mistrust. I left and found another job that paid 30% more within 2 weeks with more supportive management. Your company is like being there during the last days of Rome, a glowing vision but rotten at the core.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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