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SunPower (San Jose, CA) CEO and Director Tom Werner
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    A hard-driving company, but with a tremendous sense of mission and collegiality.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
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    SunPower has strong, positive company values. It seeks to attract top talent, and runs more like a high-tech, Silicon Valley company than a traditional manufacturer. It's great to work for the technology leader - SunPower has the highest efficiency panels by far - but this also makes things challenging, since the product is never going to be the cheapest. The employees are great, and salary and benefits are moderately competitive. The Key Performance Indicator system, while a little laborious, is applied consistently throughout the company and results in a clear common language about performance across all groups.


    Because it is a manufacturing company, there are many pressures from outside, such as supply chain issues, regulatory compliance, and dealer/distribution channels, in addition to the usual marketing and technology development. Sometimes these issues arise quickly and cause major changes in work (including a lot of overtime) and nearly impossible deadlines. The growth of the company and its various operations has meant continuing siloization, in spite of many attempts to address this. People have the right intentions, but there can be structural barriers to working together effectively. Unfortunately, a focus on keeping profitability as high as possible during a time when solar prices have been dropping has meant under-investing in some key supporting functions, such as training.

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    Continue to focus on aligning and optimizing resources across organizational barriers. Set consistent messages about talent development, career development, and personal work-life balance, and back them up with consistent, adequate resources. Continue ongoing communication efforts, and increase where necessary. Increase the use of professional project managers for major initiatives. Keep KPIs, but continue to streamline them by promoting best practices.

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SunPower (San Jose, CA) Interviews

Updated Jun 11, 2014
Updated Jun 11, 2014

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    Senior Manager, Customer Relationship Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
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    Over six weeks elapsed between initial submission of my online application and contact from a recruiter. Once the recruiter was actively engaged, the process moved slowly but consistently. Everyone was polite and helpful throughout the process.

    The first step was a phone screening by the recruiter. This was a relatively short (less than 30 minute) and very friendly conversation. A week passed and I was given a schedule of five additional phone interviews. These were scheduled for 45 minutes each over a period of two days. I made it a point to keep them on schedule although one did choose to go longer.

    After the phone interviews were completed and another week passed, I was invited to give a presentation and given prep questions (see below). Apparently three finalists were invited to give presentations.

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    • The final step was a one hour presentation to a group of future team members and stakeholders - including some of the same people I previously interviewed with by phone. The initial topic was:

      "Given the trends and evolution in digital marketing, what CRM capabilities should SunPower consider deploying in order to be best positioned to efficiently acquire customers in this fast-growing market?"

      Additional topics were added to include: how to set vision and strategy for the team, approach for working with other departments, and defining a plan for the first 90 days.
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Headquarters San Jose, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1985
Type Company - Public (SPWR)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

SunPower won't keep you in the dark. The company makes solar cells, panels, rooftop-mounted tiles, and photovoltaic systems under the brands SunPower, SunTile, and PowerGuard. SunPower sells its solar products to dealers, distributors, and system integrators for residential and commercial projects. It also develops large-scale solar farms for utility companies to offer alternative energy. Europe accounts for about two-thirds of sales. The company manufactures more than 1,400 MW of solar panels at its plants in Malaysia, the Philippines, and the US; a new plant in Mexico is... More

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