SunPower (San Jose, CA)

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SunPower (San Jose, CA) Reviews

Updated May 7, 2014
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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    Great place to work but I question their motives in the policies they push internally

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsIt is a great place to work, good pay and benefits. Mostly nice people to work with. There is room to experiment on new ideas.

    ConsThe upper tier are pushing all values to customer centric items that seem to place us all at a disadvantage. Increasingly it is a do more with less and anything the customer wants vice what they truly need. A customer focus is great but it is making the internal operations very short sighted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBalance your values. Stop being afraid to add personnel when they are needed. The org is so lean that it cannot sustain the demands of the company. This is where the future breaking point will be. Organizational Exhaustion will lead to higher turnover and lack of confidence in the leadership. Knowing what I know as an investor (not insider) I would sell if it continues.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very Intense, with lots of great experience, but the experience tends to be the reward

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsPeople are generally very nice and fun to work with.
    The growth of the industry and the company provide a lot of opportunity to gain great experience that would normally require more seniority.

    ConsWork life balance is only balanced if you don't like your life.
    They tend to bring in outside talent rather than promote from within.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time and effort to decide what NOT to do. You tend to give directions that mean do everything. It leads to the work/life balance challenges.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots to do in the their NetOps group

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe NetOps team is cohesive and effective. Previous Ops leadership was lacking but in the last 6 months both IT/Apps VP's have left.

    ConsPrevious IT management was ineffective and set against each other. When not jockeying for position they could make progress.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up! I enjoyed my time there.

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

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    SunPower is a great place to expand on experience and effect change positively in our world.

    Program Manager (Former Employee) Richmond, CA

    ProsMany brilliant minds at work in one place. Exposure to a global team environment. Feel good about environmental improvement work.

    ConsProcess can bog down progress. Politics can interfere with advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe bottoms up approach is a wonderful way to instill responsibility in others and promote growth. However there is a need for a real connection to be made interdepartmentally. I'm sure things have changed since I left.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Exciting industry, immature company

    User Experience Design Manager (Former Employee) Richmond, CA

    ProsGreat to be in the renewable energy industry
    Great to be working for one of the leading quality products in the market
    Energetic people who do what it takes to get it done
    SunPower has a lot of credibility in the big solar arena and has great potential to burst out and really become big

    ConsImmaturity in many respects - company is still growing and learning.
    Don't get the impression that staff are that important and you always feel replaceable.
    The company is up against stiff competition in an unpredictable and growing market. Could go well, could go badly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great workplace. Great people.

    Associate (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat people, great industry, and very strategic.

    ConsExpectations are high and many deliverables are required in a short period of time.

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

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    Great support from staff

    Accounts Payable Clerk (Former Employee) Richmond, CA

    ProsGood people environment and good work atmosphere (at least in the Richmond office).

    ConsThe Company lacked leadership and development programs to employees to develop new skills or to learn more about the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop employee skills through development programs. Such programs will help foster current employees and allow them to fill positions without having to hire from the outside. Promote from within.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great technology and smart people in a mix of chaos and big business

    Lead Engineer (Current Employee) Richmond, CA

    ProsIt is a green company with many who believe in the cause. Pay is good. There is lots of work (lots), but it comes with lots of flexibility. Many talented people around. They are smart and it is an easygoing atmosphere.

    ConsTo be completely sustainable, a company has to be socially sustainable too, which may be missing sometimes. Organized chaos in an organization with many hierarchy levels. Internal communication and common sense can suffer due to sweeping business decisions. Profit margins rule.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome seem to pretend to be hip and green, but they are not and it shows.

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsUseful work experience, good company and friendly mates

    ConsManagement team and internal organization in some departments, few training opportunities

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Fast paced environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSunPower is a stable company with the best solar technology available on the market.

    ConsThe solar industry is interesting and ever changing, for some it's too chaotic.

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