Bloom Energy
2.8 of 5 53 reviews
www.bloomenergy.com Sunnyvale, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jul 3, 2014

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

K.R. Sridhar

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

    Senior Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsI 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.

    ConsBad 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 Senior ManagementStop selling, start listening!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Talk and actions don't match

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsVery 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Operations (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

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

    ConsLots 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 Senior ManagementValue 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't waste your time here

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsLow 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Permanent position or bust

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of learning/good experience. Exciting technology.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementAt least after you get into the black, hire more permanent positions instead of contractors.

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    Overworked & underpaid -enough said

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsHard working, dedicated and world class talent in many areas, such as engineering. Good benefits and PTO.

    ConsManagement - particularly in certain critical areas of engineering is extremely poor, full on personal vendettas, back stabbing and petty drama. Priorities shift day to day resulting in a ridiculous waste of money, time and resources, and then underlings have to take the blame and work 15 h days to make up for the mess that VP's and managers caused in the first place. Don't even try to point out whether a project has flaws - depending on the manager, you can even get fired, or at least have a very bad review coming your way.

    I personally think that CEO is overrated, and very unfocused in creating a consistent vision for the company. I believe that he has drank to much of his own Kool-aid as a visionary that will change the world, when in fact, this technology relies in NG, that is extracted via fracking, an extremely polluting process. So a lot of green-washing to say the least.

    Also, there are way too many managers and VP's, as positions were created when hot hires requested their buddy, golf pal or neighbor to join as well as a condition to switch jobs to BE.

    Pay is low, considering that poor project planning results in 12+h/days. High stress, poor communication, non-existent training for new employees. Avoid!

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on being a niche company first, were the premium for distributed energy looks attractive,and then focus on mass producing it. I would seriously review company structure. as it seems bloated and ineffective, and made to serve interest groups within the company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Gave it my all helping them achieve success - all forgotten and booted out by new management.

    Materials (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsIt was exciting at first to be working for a clean-energy company making a product that is less damaging to the environment than traditional power generation equipment. They seemed to care about people once I was brought into the inner-sanctum (converted from contract to regular employee). Kept me employed throughout the recession.

    ConsOriginal core of creative thinkers and doers throughout the company are being replaced with ex-auto industry workers, especially in management. The dream has not been realized. A lot of talk but not much action from these folks. It's all about them and the show they are putting on for each other. They don't care about the people under them and seem to have particular disdain for the long time original Bloom employees. The company is also heavily reliant on contract employees. You can work there for years as a contractor while they dangle the "regular-employee" carrot under your nose. Then if you, by some miracle actually get converted, you find out it really isn't all that, except for the good medical, dental, eye care, etc., benefits that everyone needs and deserves.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember the employees who believed in the mission and got you where you are today. They toiled long and hard working ridiculous amounts of overtime to successfully launch an exciting product. The excitement of the early days is disappearing and you are becoming just A company that makes A product.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great product, difficult work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsChange the world potential; amazing technology. Some very smart folks around.

    ConsSenior management has no empathy for the employees, sense of arrogance. Scientists sometimes neglect the basics of running a business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen more. Less focus on VIPs, more focus on running the business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company dooms when employees stop to Bloom

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsBusiness students looking for a good case study in how not to run a company have a perfect opportunity here.
    Product is good and will eventually cause some benefit to earth.

    ConsAmount of dust accumulated by licking your Boss's feet is the only criterion considered during appraisals.
    Wondering do they still call it Performance Appraisals ?

    There is no employee empowerment so even though you might have been hired because of your expertise, they don't actually want you to use it.
    If you ask a questions, you are out rightly branded as "negative" and that incident is the basis for all the future communications and decisions.
    Feedback is absolutely destructive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSadly, management has no interest in anyone's advice or feedback.
    However, here is mine. As a technology company, your biggest asset is not only the technology but the knowledge of the people that you have which goes into the development of the product.
    When you loose a large portion of that knowledge, it is not replaceable with the next person in the door.
    The issue with the company is you, and unless you take a look in the mirror and fix the poor, discriminative executive management practices at Bloom, this company will eventually implode.

    I wish there was something I could add more that would get through to them but it is a lost cause. At this point my sole reason for writing this review is the slim chance that it might give somebody contemplating coming to work at this hell on earth a second thought.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Team Lead (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsBloom Energy pay rates are very good, from the top down.
    Bloom energy cover 100% of Permanent employees benefits.
    Growth in the company is achievable
    Permanent Senior Engineers and upper management enjoy working for the company.

    ConsAs the company grows pay rates and benefits are decreasing.
    80+ hour Mon-Sun work weeks are at times demanded/ while at other times workers are laid off when work is minimal.
    Poor planning and organization equals very unstable schedules.
    Contractors make up a majority of the workforce and are treated poorly, told to work 12-14 hour days and are easily replaceable.
    Bloom Energy is behind in its planed progress.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat others how you want to be treated, remember work and life balance is important to everyone.

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