Advanced Energy Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Garry W. Rogerson
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  1. Learning opportunity... What not to do to your employees!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at Advanced Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    AE offers a decent pay.

    Cons

    lack of respect & professionalism

    Advice to Management

    grow up


  2. Helpful (1)

    AE moto: we cannot deliver!

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Bend, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Bend, OR

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * Location - Bend, OR is fabulous. * Promises - they said a lot - did nothing. * Offer Letter - had the correct legal disclaimers.

    Cons

    * Offices - trailers, construction, cubes, dust, bad light, noise, and lack of ventilation (smell). * Management - talk, talk, talk; promise, promise, promise ... no deliveries. * Direction - none. * Dishonesty - I was promised a 10% bonus and quit because they changed the policy and dropped bonuses. * Petty - their HR docs states 401k matching at 50% of the first 5%; which they did until somebody decided to retroactively remove 1/2 of all their matching - months after I had quit. Can they do that ?

    Advice to Management

    * Before you write offer letters make sure you will honor them.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Very disappointing experience. Company has on attention to employee-related issues/balance, only on shareholder value.

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    Former Employee - Senior Professional in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Professional in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    One person on my team was great. The rest were back stabbing and vindictive. The level of unprofessionalism was staggering. I've never worked in such a horrible environment.

    Cons

    Too many to mention. As someone who is intimately involved in this company's affairs - DO NOT WORK HERE.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves and hire replacements.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Just a shadow of its formal self

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you can get into one of the view engineering groups left (that has not been off-shored), there is much to learn and for sure you will be challenged with a great engineering experience. Pay and benefits seem to be in par with similar industries. There are some extremely talented engineers there (not many left though); the employees that remain are very good people.

    Cons

    Executive management simply does not care about employees...period! Board of directors is focused on "share-holder value". If you want a company were you can contribute your ideas to upper management then this is not the place for you. Lots of slogans and mission statements, but no substance behind them. Layoffs are frequent and deep; but they spin it in such a way as to not have to make announcements, so most of the public does not see half the layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    People are what make up a good company! Your taking the most productive, innovative, and motivated people (as the USA is known for) and tossing them to the side. And by the way, employees are share-holders too! Your short term strategy will not pay off.


  6. Helpful (2)

    A once-great company

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Before recent management took over, was a great company where innovative people could flourish and were well-compensated. It used to be the kind of company where you want to work forever...

    Cons

    New management came in and reduced compensation dramatically, fired extremely talented people (many just left), and off-shored much of the business. The people who have survived are overworked and there out of fear of losing their jobs. The "engineering" team is now working in a manufacturing facility with no sunlight ("the dungeon"), inside cubicles that are flood-stained (I'm not making this up) and with no promise of a future there. Everyone I know who worked there has quit (if they were lucky) or have been layed off. The only good news is that all the extremely talented people that have left have gone to work for their competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Get your resume updated.


  7. Really screwed up company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    New technology, senior leadership seems committed to expansion and acquisition strategy and a diversified product line, generally a strong team that works hard

    Cons

    Shifting priorities from senior leadership with little regard for employees who are basically just assets, hire-and-fire mentality, zero expectation of loyalty on either side. Very little day-to-day engagement from senior leadership. The culture seems to favor prefer people who yell louder rather than collaboration

    Advice to Management

    The problem starts at the top. The CEO must be replaced for any hope of saving this company.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Employee's are the same as office furniture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some very talented engineers and technical people.

    Cons

    The CEO and subsequently his direct reports (he brought them all in) have ZERO value for human capital. If you have worked there prior to his arrival, are getting older or make what he believes as too much money.....Pack your bags, you WILL be gone. Regardless of your performance. They exit people in a manner that is VERY close to illegal.

    Advice to Management

    Get out Rogerson!!! You have ruined a once great company.


  9. Worst local management, poor work location

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Pune (India)

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    No serious pros to join this company, unless you don't have a job...

    Cons

    Very poor local management. Incompetent people managing the show. Very bad work location - the claimed technological company is in the warehouses 30 km away from centre of the city No canteen facilities No public transport in this location, so half day leave is seriously a big concern. Poor commutation facility Incompetent and poor skilled HR and Admin departments

    Advice to Management

    Improve management techniques by first going through proper training. Build transparency, communicate well about your efforts to employees. Find a senior and experienced HR.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Company does not plan/prioritize

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Finance in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Advanced Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    interesting industries with strong growth decent pay

    Cons

    lack of planning/ prioritization one crisis after another systems, processes require tons of tactical work from relatively senior people

    Advice to Management

    realize that the systems and processes we are using are inadequate for a company of our size, and put your support behind fixing this


  11. Great until manufacturing was moved to China.

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with. A large mix of low volume products makes it interesting - always something new to learn. This is a good place to get some experience.

    Cons

    Yes men are more likely to be promoted. Management does not want to hear the truth but just a yes. Layoffs are very common. I would not recommend this company for a long-term career.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees more.



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