Bloom Energy Reviews

Updated June 25, 2014
Updated June 25, 2014
56 Reviews

2.9
56 Reviews
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Bloom Energy Principal Co-Founder & CEO K.R. Sridhar
K.R. Sridhar
21 Ratings

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)

  • The technology is cutting edge and fascinating to see develop (in 4 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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12 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    In General

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Great talent being hired...mainly top universities and ivy league.

    Cons

    Most positions outside of senior management are underpaid and overworked. Many employees work out of fear of loosing their job vs. enthusiasm for their job once hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearly define career plans and milestones for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, okay management

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

    I have been working at Bloom Energy

    Pros

    Thriving company, and exciting projects

    Cons

    Company has grown, but management has stayed the same;.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Lack of Management

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

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very smart people working on amazing projects to advance the technology and eventual IPO

    Cons

    Fragmented vision, management has shifting priorities that aren't clearly communicated. Most employees spend a majority of their time fighting fires without clear communication of what the big picture is or how they can affect positive change in the organization. Lots of politics in upper management that sometimes will have people making changes to the detriment of the organization for their own gains or to serve their own agendas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your people, keep them informed. Don't treat everyone in the organization like children, seek feedback prior to making major changes instead of implementing changes for jobs you don't understand, then asking employees what they think after the fact. Rolling out of new programs is never well planned, and the people who are experts in the area usually aren't consulted until after the decisions have been made.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great idea and product, management unsure how to drive to success.

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

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

    Pros

    Small enough environment that you can make an impact and help build a great company.

    Cons

    Management not in sync with each other making it difficult to execute good ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people and check your egos at the door.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great use of SOFC technology, poor work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Associate  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Bloom Energy as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Cool that you can be on the forefront of a potential life changing technology.

    Cons

    Politics is expected in most companies, this company is no different to say the least. There are too many unqualified people higher positions because of who they know and not what they know. Expect long and inconsistent work hours. Scheduling is sometimes done last minute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions and pay raises should be more systematic and based on merit. Management is out of touch with employees. Most employees are contractors so speaking up is not an option unless they have another job lined up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Worked in sustaining engineering support?

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Bloom Energy part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting, innovative fuel cell application.

    Cons

    Too much politics in middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None to help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Exciting Energy Player

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Freedom to engage fully into the work, and engaging atmosphere. Lots of room to grow and good quality employees to collaborate with.

    Cons

    Expect to work long hours, but the reward is there if the company succeeds in its ambitious goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bustling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great think tank with lots of high end talent. People here have the potential to accomplish everything the company sets its goals to.

    Cons

    Major disconnect between the white collar and the blue collar. Kings vs. peasants culture and peasants are replaceable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build business connections with the internal employees and the vision will come to pass. Keep the business connections broken and the struggle may continue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Bloom Energy

    Pros

    Impressive technical talent. Interesting work.

    Cons

    No HR standards whatsoever, huge title discrepancies for similar jobs. Some areas are overstaffed, others understaffed. Poor leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs better organization and structure. Employee recognition is manager dependent, with little input from peers. Should give promotions to whoever delivers, not complains loudest or spends most time trying to please manager

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    amount of work is very high

    Cons

    less than perfect resources available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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