SunPower (San Jose, CA)

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SunPower (San Jose, CA) Reviews

Updated June 17, 2014
Updated June 17, 2014
69 Reviews

3.4
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SunPower (San Jose, CA) CEO and Director Tom Werner
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Review Highlights

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

  • Leading edge technology in the solar industry - makes you proud of changing the way the world is powered (in 3 reviews)


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

  • Work life balance is only balanced if you don't like your life (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunPower (San Jose, CA)

    Pros

    A company on the rise

    Cons

    Charge customers a lot of money

  2.  

    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 (San Jose, CA) full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 (San Jose, CA) full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Product, horrible CAO

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good product and technology, unassuming CEO and very knowledgeable, great manufacturing team

    Cons

    Horrible CAO, more of talk less knowledge, until this CAO is removed you cannot trust financials

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your CAO and appoint ethical and knowledgeable person

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunPower (San Jose, CA)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Action speaks louder than words

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    At the beginning it was a lot of fun to work there. Then it became a sweat shop

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

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

    Pros

    Working for an Alternative Energy company. Some of the people there are very good

    Cons

    Some of the people there make your work difficult. Meetings after meetings, little time to get the job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of bad apples that continue with bad attitude, year after year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a company with great solar technology but mid level management is poor. Understaffed.

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    Current Employee - Business Development  in  Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Richmond, CA

    I have been working at SunPower (San Jose, CA) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Best technology in solar panels
    Very smart people work there
    Good industry reputation
    Likely to be standing after solar wars because of Total ownership

    Cons

    Too many silos - people don't talk to people in other internal groups
    Too much reliance on contract workers. The quality of projects being built is often poor.
    Quarterly results more important than building a strong team. Constant layoffs when things get tight.
    Too much turn over
    Some mid-level managers (director level in particular) are HORRIBLE. This is especially true in North America Commercial sales.
    Projects are understaffed so some projects are turning out badly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better employee support. Consider the impact on good employees of bad managers. Rely less on contract workers. I am seeing the results of some of your built projects and it is bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great engaged people

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    Former Employee - Manager Product Development  in  Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Manager Product Development in Richmond, CA

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

    Pros

    great benefits and work environment
    Very smart, engaged and motivated coworkers

    Cons

    Inadequate resources allocated to complete projects on schedule, WAY too many meetings without presence by people with authority to make decisions.
    Poor career growth path for most employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    staff projects adequately or axe them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Penalizes long term employees

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

    I have been working at SunPower (San Jose, CA) full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good co workers, a lot of camaraderie

    Cons

    Penalizes long term employees. Typically the later you come in in the company the better the position and the salary offer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop mentioning old glory..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place

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    Current Employee - QA Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - QA Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The company treats its people well.

    Cons

    Didn't pay much attention to the software team

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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