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Bloom Energy Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
Updated February 15, 2015
20 Reviews
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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  

    Low paid temp

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembly Tech in Newark, DE
    Current Employee - Assembly Tech in Newark, DE

    I have been working at Bloom Energy

    Pros

    The technology is really interesting. The people that work here at the plant are very cordial and try to help each other .

    Cons

    Making 15 an hour for what is definitely at least a 22 an hour job, working through a temp agency not having any timetable of when or if you might actually become a Bloom employee. No vacation, holiday pay. To get health insurance would take about 75% of what I bring home weekly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give those who have proven themselves to you to be good workers a permanent full-time job with some benefits. Don't let them endlessly work for peanuts, make them feel like they have a future with this company and that they will be able to take care of their families.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Very bright people, especially in engineering. Pitiful management and lofty mission statement is really a facade.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Bloom Energy

    Pros

    Bloom is blessed with a lot of talented, passionate people who really care about making a difference and routinely pull off amazing feats.

    Cons

    Decisions are made top-down with essentially no input taken from engineers and operations personnel.
    Management structure and mentorship are almost totally absent.
    Short term, cost-cutting decisions by management cause long-term, expensive consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advice from the people at the ground level, balance out engineering with operations, stop relying on contract labor and offer decent benefits so that employees have a real stake in the company.

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

    The IPO waiting game

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

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

    Pros

    The company has done amazing things with solid-oxide fuel cell technology. This is a chance to work on a disruptive technology that will actually improve the environment and the lives of people, vs. working on a game or app as many of my friends do.

    Cons

    Politics here are very bad. Management is facing challenges and is secretive about their plans for dealing with them. Widely-known problems are not discussed by management, as if they don't exist. Information is not shared between departments. The company does not feel like a start-up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are much brighter than you give them credit for being. Come clean with the problems even if you don't have complete plans to address them. Give us the truth. We can take it.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great promise, losing faith it'll ever happen

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interesting vision and mission, smart people

    Cons

    political environment, secretive management, unclear objectives

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

    Stay Away!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Manufacturing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Manufacturing in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Bloom Energy full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging Workplace; interesting technology, high level peers to work with

    Cons

    No clear goals; upper management will look who to blame; employee turnover is one of the highest I've seen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep clear goals and stop the back stabbing!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    You can see all the telltale signs that Bloom is just a sinking ship at this point

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Bloom Energy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I left this place a year ago after I went to company all hands and heard the CEO talking. I applied to other startups on that same day and was gone in no time.
    Now the good news is that I hear KR, Bloom CEO, is going to be replaced soon. I think this is the best move to save the company.

    Cons

    Bad news is that if you join at this point and CEO gets replaced, your shares will drop to one third of the value which may not be bad in the long run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop selling, start listening!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talk and actions don't match

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bloom Energy

    Pros

    The technology is cutting edge and fascinating to see develop. There a many top notch people at the company. It's a good learning experience if you don't mind being thrown into the fire.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical and political. Organizationally is a mess with blame and in-fighting common between and withing groups. Senior management does not try to find truth and assumes saying something is the same as being able to accomplish it. R&D has the last say on any decision, be it supply chain issues, manufacturing planning or sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting product, dictatorial / nepotistic Engineering management style. The magic is gone!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Great product and exciting option to learn about new technology for a decentralized way to generate power.

    Cons

    Lots of politics/ backstabbing involved. Need to be friends of the right people (engineering heads) to keep your job, not matter how hard or how committed you are with the company. Long hours, low pay. Nobody is safe in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value and care about the basic workforce, including entry-level Engineers and Managers. Engineering, let the CEOs (4 in 4 years?) and develop the future state of this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time here

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

    I worked at Bloom Energy

    Pros

    Inspiring mission and the opportunity to work with some great people who are very smart and hardworking.

    Cons

    Low morale and low pay. Favoritism and a lot of politics. Management has lack of trust in employees. Lack of career opportunities unless someone quits. Bad company culture. Employees are overworked and undervalued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Permanent position or bust

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Bloom Energy as a contractor

    Pros

    Lots of learning/good experience. Exciting technology.

    Cons

    In general, nobody sincerely cares about you. Lack of team building. Sub-par wages.
    A whole lot worse for contractors (no job security).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least after you get into the black, hire more permanent positions instead of contractors.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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