A few of the reasons you should consider a career with SunEdison
At SunEdison, you can drive your career in a collaborative non-bureaucratic culture, where people at all levels can make decisions and initiate change.
Broaden your horizonsWe are committed to diversity – we believe that capturing the unique perspectives, experiences and talents of our employees creates a culture of inclusion where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We live it too – we promote inter-company rotational opportunities between our offices and facilities in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and India.
Be a part of big things
In shortly more than a year, we’ve executed two major IPOs and several acquisitions - and we’re just getting started. There are immense opportunities to advance your career at SunEdison.
Get involvedOur mission is to transform lives through innovation. At SunEdison, you have the opportunity to directly transform lives by volunteering for a social service project. From rural electrification projects in India and Africa, to local programs like installing solar systems for lower income families in your neighborhood, you can get directly involved in making a difference.
Transforming Energy and Lives
Renewable energy is not just a product, it's essential for our long-term health and prosperity. People in big cities and rural communities alike should enjoy the same advantages that come from a reliable supply of electricity--streetlights that make it safe to walk at night, clear skies free of pollution, technology that connects and protects us.
Electricity brings the inanimate to life. Our lights brighten at the flip of a switch, our computers awaken with the touch of a button. Yet over 1.5 billion people worldwide still lack electricity, and nations still compete for limited energy resources. At SunEdison, we choose to act. We have the technical know-how, the scale of operations, the partnerships, and, most important, the vision to put renewable energy within reach of everyone.
SunEdison invests in developing incoming talent through 4 exciting programs
Solar Leadership Program
SunEdison launched the Solar Leadership Program (SLP) in 2012 to develop management talent for the company and prepare associates for future leadership roles at SunEdison. The SLP seeks graduate students in programs with an emphasis on broad commercial skills sets such as MBA and similar advanced degree programs with backgrounds in key functions such as engineering, operations, and finance.
The program emphasizes broad training across different functions and business units within the company, as well as mentorship and training. SLP Associates enjoy support from senior management and extensive exposure to SunEdison executives.
Full-time Associates complete four 6-month rotations in different business units, followed by placement into a management role in a functional area based on the Associate’s interests and SunEdison’s needs. Initial rotations are designed to solidify foundational skills such as project finance, marketing and operations. Later rotations allow Associates to work in additional functions such as business development, sales, project M&A, government affairs, design and engineering, supply chain, and commercial management across utility, distributed generation and residential business units.
Solar Development Program
The Solar Development Program (SDP) offers training and professional development to undergraduate or recent graduate school candidates. Over the course of two years, SDP analysts rotate through different departments, gaining a diverse array of experiences while facilitating knowledge sharing and interdepartmental collaboration. Analysts are mentored by mid-level managers and receive regular feedback and coaching with an emphasis on career path development. At the end of the two year rotational period, analysts can assume senior roles in a particular area of focus based on company need and personal preference.
SDP analysts in the past have worked on project pricing and analytics, strategic marketing, assessment of economic viability of project proposals, engineering design and operations across SunEdison’s utility, distributed generation and residential & small commercial market segments. Analysts support a variety of functions including sales, project finance, project management, government affairs, design & engineering, global services, supply chain & logistics.
Financial Leadership Development Program
The Financial Leadership Development Program (FLDP), based out of the corporate headquarters in Maryland Heights, MO, provides recent graduates with degrees in accounting, finance, or economics an opportunity to launch their careers in a fast-paced learning environment. This two-year program will have the associate rotate through four different six-month rotations, developing a multitude of technical skills and an understanding of a complex, global company.
These rotations are combined with unique mentoring from mid-level and top-level managers, as well as a training curriculum focused on technical finance, industry economics, and leadership. Potential rotations may include financial planning and analysis, financial reporting, treasury, tax accounting, segment financial analysis, operations accounting, internal audit and services finance.
Renewable Energy Leadership Program
The Renewable Energy Leadership Program (RELP) strives to develop leadership talent to help grow the renewable energy business into the future within TerraForm. Based in Bethesda, MD, the program is composed of both a summer internship and a full-time rotational leadership program. First year MBA students looking to gain broad exposure to TerraForm’s core businesses and functions complete a 10-12 week internship over the summer under the guidance of an assigned business leader. Full-time Associates within the rotational program are recent MBA graduates and complete two 12-month rotations in different business units which offers meaningful experience across the company.
After the two years, Associates “graduate” from the program and transition into a manager level role within the company. The RELP will provide Associates and Interns with broad exposure to top executives and business leaders and will allow participants to bring their experience, perspective, and talents to bear on the important business challenges that confront TerraForm today.
- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
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- SunEdison is the largest Renewable energy company but has the agility of a startup
- Very dynamic industry implies...opportunities for growth arise as the business grows rapidly (also a con see below)
- CEO cares deeply about culture and the people. Many examples of the company going above and beyond to support employees in some kind of a difficult personal situation
- Extremely dynamic industry and company means that jobs, roles, managers can change frequently. Can be hard for employees to get enough critical mass of 'high performance' to get promoted. Its unfair but a fact of life at SunEdison.
Advice to Management
Go beyond what's on the walls on culture and think very carefully about who gets promoted, who gets raises and who gets fired. Its what employees notice every day. Ruthlessly eradicate (particularly) senior management who pay lip service to the cultural transformation... even if they are high performers.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at SunEdison (Saint Louis, MO).
Multiple interviews. Presentation required. Phone calls and then onsite. Very through interview. Involvement was from hiring manager from day one. HR involvement came only after the interviews. Interview was taken by many people at different levels of the company.
- technical presentations, soft skill questions and technical device physics questions Answer Question
No major negotiation that could take place.
SunEdison finances, installs, and operates solar power plants and systems for customers including corporations, government agencies, and utility companies in North America and Europe. It also provides monitoring and maintenance services for customers with existing solar power systems. Customers have included Anheuser-Busch, the US Department of Energy, and Whole Foods. The...
Mission: We believe that access to clean, affordable energy is a human right and that energy transforms lives.