SunPower (San Jose, CA)

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SunPower (San Jose, CA) Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
78 Reviews
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SunPower (San Jose, CA) CEO and Director Tom Werner
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Best technology in solar panels (in 5 reviews)

  • Good people environment and good work atmosphere (at least in the Richmond office) (in 6 reviews)


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

  • Few in upper management have contracting experience (in 5 reviews)

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    Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX

    I have been working at SunPower (San Jose, CA) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding PPO health insurance plan. Good pay, quarterly and annual bonus. Very relaxed office culture in all facilities (TX and CA). Some great leaders in other departments.

    Cons

    Unclear and lack of direction for what their focus, goals, values, and vision is moving forward. Everyone and I mean everyone is overworked, departments understaffed, and only the favorites will get promoted. No work-life balance. Weekend and after hours calls the norm here. Recent major layoff in EMEA. Product is way too expensivie.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro managing and empower your team. Why does it take 7 people to aprove a req and then the same 7 people to approve the office letter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many good people treated badly - No recognition, no job security, no confidentiality, no confidence in exec staff

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

    I worked at SunPower (San Jose, CA) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High quality product, many excellent and dedicated employees, good benefits

    Cons

    Most salaries are below market. No clear report of actual earnings due to obfuscation by HR. Statement of earnings includes projected bonuses, benefits and paid time off, but not adjusted for unpaid time off required at year's end. There is no job security. HR, based in Texas, is ignorant of California law and provides incorrect information, routinely violates state and federal labor laws. High-visibiity long-term staff have been laid off without notice when their jobs were arbitrarily transferred to lower paying US or foreign markets. Good people leave and are not replaced. Management circulates "anonymous" questionnaires prior to quarterly open meetings, but it is common knowledge that they are not anonymous and no one answers truthfully for fear of reprisal. Performance evaluation software is also touted as confidential, but no one answers truthfully for the same reason. There is little confidence in the executive staff, some of whom are utterly unqualified for their positions, but prevalent demeanor is obsequious. Established e-staff members and management staff vanish abruptly and are replaced with no explanation. Austerity programs are applied randomly. Software is either obsolete or, in the case of new programs, selected without apparent regard for functionality. Training is inadequate or absent. Management in many cases have no management skills and, despite lip service to the contrary, are not loyal to or supportive of their subordinates. Information regarding where to turn for answers does not exist. Accounting department (which is excellent) is overseas; unclear and haphazard U.S. approval processes result in bills being consistently unpaid or paid late, sometimes many months late. Some e-staff, through sheer apathy or inattention, allow their subordinates to claim credit for the hard work of others and to assume power disproportionate to both their position and their abilities. Power corrupts. Watch your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loyalty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    New processes weekly

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

    I have been working at SunPower (San Jose, CA) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not much. Quarterly bonuses not always paid.

    Cons

    Work life balance. The current management doesn't care how many hours are worked and the hiring process is a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourself.

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

    IT Management doesn't have a clue

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunPower (San Jose, CA) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Not sure I can think of one

    Cons

    Hours, No Structure to project priority, SunPower management are more concerned about the environment then there staff. working conditions in the Philippines are scary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at Total management and ask them to take over running the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Work 'til you drop

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunPower (San Jose, CA)

    Pros

    Some may find that this institution provides a solar notch on one's resume, but this notch comes with a heavy toll. A honeymoon phase will most likely occur during your first 2 months if you are based in the Richmond office as the aesthetics are quite fabulous, but remember that this is just the building, not the business. Your peers will be nice (but be forewarned about management which will in fact dictate your job satisfaction).

    Cons

    I would highly recommend that you steer clear of the North American Commercial, California group. This group is plagued with poor leadership which does not uphold the values of the company, let alone, the fundamentals of a work environment. On a recent HR survey, on of their largest concerns was that employees reported that they would most likely not stay beyond 12 months, when I thought I was alone, I was in fact in a sea of many. Upper management seems to provide a venue for weak middle management to treat their subordinates extremely poorly.

    This is the most unorganized institution for which I shall ever hope to work. Chaos runs deep in this organization. You will spend more time looking for something or trying to find someone than you will actually spend doing your job. If you are a year or two out of a top ten graduate school, despite being very qualified and talented, you will serve as an overpaid admin for your group. Someone less intelligent than you are will probably have you at their beckon call. Despite having a lot of smart people who work here, everyone is kept so busy, that no one is really effective. I would say that the company is a year away from the word getting out that SunPower is losing its once golden touch. MBAs were leaving in droves seeking companies which would allow them to learn and be challenged instead of be the in-house kinkos guy. Long hours will be expected and with little to no thanks. The hours will get progressively longer which each month you spend there. This company is highly understaffed at every single level and department. This company fires and hires like it is the core of its business. Don't fall into the contractor trap, it is unlikely that they will honor a full-time hire.

    Good luck out there, but don't come to SunPower in hopes of something stable or rewarding. I wish that someone had told me that before I went down this road to nowhere avenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seems as though the best leave and the weakest stay. Do more to show your top employees that you appreciate them, it is sometimes worth more than the money you pay them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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