SunPower (San Jose, CA)

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SunPower (San Jose, CA) Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2014
SunPower (San Jose, CA) – US – “Main office”

SunPower (San Jose, CA) – US – “Main office”
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3.2 69 reviews

64% Approve of the CEO

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

Tom Werner

(39 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA company on the rise

    ConsCharge customers a lot of money

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsSunPower'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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Director (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsBrilliant 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.

    ConsAbsolutely 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 Senior ManagementTrust 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Product, horrible CAO

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of your CAO and appoint ethical and knowledgeable person

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Decent place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementAction speaks louder than words

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Manager (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of bad apples that continue with bad attitude, year after year.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Business Development (Current Employee) Richmond, CA

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

    ConsToo 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 Senior ManagementBetter 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great engaged people

    Manager Product Development (Former Employee) Richmond, CA

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

    ConsInadequate 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 Senior Managementstaff projects adequately or axe them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Penalizes long term employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGood co workers, a lot of camaraderie

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop mentioning old glory..

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place

    QA Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsThe company treats its people well.

    ConsDidn't pay much attention to the software team

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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