Bloom Energy Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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Bloom Energy Principal Co-Founder & CEO K.R. Sridhar
K.R. Sridhar
7 Ratings

Pros
  • Interesting vision and mission, smart people (in 5 reviews)

  • The technology is cutting edge and fascinating to see develop (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Normally work Long Hours to get the job done, due to not enough personel (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management does not try to find truth and assumes saying something is the same as being able to accomplish it (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great engineering teams, poor company culture / compensation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Intern - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bloom Energy as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the specific engineering teams were fantastic: highly intelligent people that were fun to be around. My mentor was fantastic and helped me learn an immense amount that summer, and I have nothing but kind things to say about the entire team I was working for. Plus, you're working on a really cool piece of technology.

    Cons

    Compensation was below market value. LOTS of office politics. IPO was always "in 6 months" - this was true several years ago, and it's true today. Terrible work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Some in-office perks (snacks, etc) would go a long way. Also, treat the contractors better! The contractors / part time employees were in constant fear of sudden, out of the blue layoffs.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Too many unknowns

    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Business is relatively new and constantly evolving.

    Cons

    No stability. Constantly "fighting fires" instead of developing processes that work. Never know when the funding will run out.

    Advice to Management

    Too many engineers in business roles doesn't work well. Don't be so afraid to pass bad news up the chain.


  3. Growing Pains

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Assembly Tech in Newark, DE
    Current Contractor - Assembly Tech in Newark, DE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company has potential and make an excellent product

    Cons

    Management is all over the place, newer company growing pains, pay is mediocre


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Learned alot no long term opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people and some cool technology

    Cons

    Terrible management no opportunties for advancement


  6. Helpful (3)

    In General

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bloom Energy full-time (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 Management

    Clearly define career plans and milestones for advancement.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great people, okay management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Thriving company, and exciting projects

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people


  8. Helpful (3)

    Lack of Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bloom Energy full-time (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 Management

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


  10. Great use of SOFC technology, poor work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Production Associate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Production Associate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bloom Energy as a contractor (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 Management

    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


  11. Worked in sustaining engineering support?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bloom Energy part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting, innovative fuel cell application.

    Cons

    Too much politics in middle management.

    Advice to Management

    None to help.



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