SunPower Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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SunPower CEO and Director Tom Werner
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Pros
  • Leading edge technology in the solar industry - makes you proud of changing the way the world is powered (in 3 reviews)

  • Good pay, quarterly and annual bonus (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is only balanced if you don't like your life (in 5 reviews)

  • upper management has poor leadership skills (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, CA

    I have been working at SunPower full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If solar is your thing, it's certainly rewarding working at SunPower.

    Cons

    It's a big company and as a consequence of that things don't move like they would at a startup.


  2. Helpful (2)

    chaotic management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunPower

    Pros

    Good paymaster. Calm work environment

    Cons

    Pretty static and slow paced. Processes are archaic for software development


  3. Finance Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SunPower

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Top solar panel manufacturer, growing industry

    Cons

    Not a lot of development, or career growth opportunities.


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  5. engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunPower

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    one of the best technology companies in solar industry.

    Cons

    too much travel for work. work becomes hectic due to many oversea conference calls at night.

    Advice to Management

    Help subordinates prioritize to ensure the most important items get the most focus.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great pay, and benefits and people

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at SunPower full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are nice and warm. You have the opportunity to learn a lot and take up as much as you can take. Exposure to lots of industries all in one company.

    Cons

    (1) No clear career path due to reorg almost every nine months (2) lots of throw away work done due to no proper planning (3) too many yes men. (4) no focus on long term goals, focus is mainly short term

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what works there are too many projects that don't make sense


  7. Helpful (1)

    SunPower's management is too centralized and doesn't empower its team to make decisions to benefit the company.

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at SunPower full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are many excellent and interesting people. Work environment is casual.

    Cons

    Too many people focused on keeping their jobs and making themselves look good but not really helping the company.


  8. N/A

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunPower

    Pros

    A company on the rise

    Cons

    Charge customers a lot of money


  9. Good company, great coworkers, but ultimately felt misled about the chance I would be given to succeed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunPower full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked on a great team, really collegial. Great work-life balance. Superb benefits. Felt great supporting the company's products.

    Cons

    SunPower's (highest) price point makes them extremely vulnerable to competition and market factors. I think that without a cheaper PV product option, they are doomed to stagnant growth, at least in some market segments. Also, being a public company makes them a slave to Wall Street.

    Advice to Management

    You need a cheaper product to be more competitive. Don't blame staff for when you don't hit quarterly goals primarily due to this HUGE handica.


  10. Helpful (2)

    If you are passionate about green technology, this is the place to be.

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    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

    I worked at SunPower full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant strategy - in the cutthroat world of solar, this one is going to survive. Leadership is excellent at explaining the strategy and how SunPower is performing against it. Culture is very rigorous: set objectives, measure success, set a new batch of objectives. You will get more done than you ever thought possible. You know that you are making a genuine difference in the world, and that has incalculable value.

    Cons

    Absolutely grueling. Highly global, which means that most employees are "on" 24x7, and your closest colleagues are likely to be in a very different time zone. To have standing meetings at both 7AM and 7PM is common. Very activity oriented - standard reports, plus ad hoc, plus fire drills (lots) plus ongoing projects. To some extent, this is necessary due to the competitive environment. But some is self-inflicted.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees. SunPower has some of the most passionate, hardworking, intelligent people I have ever met. The culture of centralized control adds layers of approvals to the simplest request, wasting precious time and sucking the soul out of people.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Decent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunPower

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people in the company. They can be really helpful. But some of them are just overloaded and not having bandwidth to help.

    Cons

    Some bad colleague and management. All talking and no actions. You have to pick your battle or just leave on time and enjoy your personal life outside the work.

    Advice to Management

    Action speaks louder than words



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