Bloom Energy Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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Bloom Energy Principal Co-Founder & CEO K.R. Sridhar
K.R. Sridhar
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Pros
  • Interesting vision and mission, smart people (in 5 reviews)

  • The technology is cutting edge and fascinating to see develop (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Normally work Long Hours to get the job done, due to not enough personel (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management does not try to find truth and assumes saying something is the same as being able to accomplish it (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Staff engineer

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    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart and dedicated employees Excellent business perspective Strong CEO that took excellent care of money matters and set correct directions for company

    Cons

    Sometimes we move slower due to bureaucracy CTO has too much power

    Advice to Management

    Balance power among senior management


  2. Helpful (2)

    Technician

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bloom Energy as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Getting paid every week and getting to know new people. Most of my coworker are friendly and easy to get along.

    Cons

    I work at moffett field in mountain view CA. Where I work there are many family member working there. It seems everyone that works there have a brother, brother in law or uncle working at the same building. They lay off a lot of good employee while keeping there own. After you work there for awhile people tend to figure it out and start looking for new jobs else where.


  3. Future not clear

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bloom Energy full-time

    Pros

    Place is full of good talent.

    Cons

    Uncertain if the company will relocate.

    Advice to Management

    Big mistake opening a company on the East Coast.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    manufacturing

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good co workers, location is good,

    Cons

    At first I was excited about the job,everyone was helpful, good pay as I was an entry level worker. They will say good character about you just to stay for them because they still need you, promising conversion from contractor to regular employee. after 2 years of worked nothing happened all your ambitions and high aims sudden change and all you wants is to get out of the company. A lots of favoritism, politics. if you know how to play you will get your permanency in less than of 1 to 2 years. Manager and supervisors as well as Team leads don't know how to manage the department, long hours of work, working weekends,

    Advice to Management

    make it a point that everybody work really hard, some people get permanency because of politics and favoritism.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Venomous Company

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain/Ops in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain/Ops in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Hard working employees and contractors (18+ hours per day)

    Cons

    Leadership: 1. Nepotism and preferential treatment of Engineering to the exclusion of all other teams 2. God-complex of engineering to the point of infallibility 3. Darwinian culture and values 4. Prevaricators 5. Intellectual Elitism/bullying

    Advice to Management

    They are God! They don't listen to advice!


  7. Helpful (2)

    I excelled once I started playing dirty

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bloom Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Kool-Aid tastes good at first. If you begin to adopt underhanded ways to sabotage your fellow co-workers like I did you will be promoted. People outside of the company drank the 60 minutes Kool-Aid too, and Bloom on a resume has some benefit, deserved or not. The company seems to be well-positioned politically, which may prevent the company from outright crashing. For getting ahead: information hoarding works, badmouthing and exploiting your fellow employee works, character assassination too. Once you realize this is how it is run from the top, you can align your values accordingly and advance. You can spend your time on this approach for success and let others worry about the "work".

    Cons

    The bad guys are running the show here. The Green Tech facade is a crock, these are natural gas generators and far from exotic. The culture within is rotten to the core, exhibiting toxic behavior indicative of companies far older and longer corrupt. The pay is well below industry standard, exploiting employee's belief they are 'contributing to the world'. Employees in India are also payed below industry standard, which is completely unnecessary as they work for a fraction of the salary of US employees. Nepotism and general favoritism is rampant too, no surprise.

    Advice to Management

    Hurry up and IPO already. Keep lying to the investors to keep the stock price afloat so I can cash out.


  8. Helpful (1)

    The product is great but the culture sucks

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some very smart people and very nice and hard working people there. Some teams are very good. The product is great.

    Cons

    there are also some very mediocre people and they are tolerated by the management. Managers seem quite unable to manage people. There is very little openness to dissent. It is a very secretive culture. Too many people have never seen manufacturing and are still thinking and operating as if it is a start up.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to trust each other so they can create a culture of trust


  9. Helpful (3)

    Technical Director

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    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced work style. Collegial team approach to problem solving. Exciting new technology for alternative energy solution that is applicable around the world.

    Cons

    Unrealistic and unattainable business objectives. Company is pushed to the limit every quarter. The best case is your team maybe makes the stated goals. Realistically every quarter everyone falls short which takes a toll on morale. Company Sr. management suffers from an arrogance that impacts how it treats customers and employees. Bloom Energy's slogan should be "Ask not what you can do for your Customer ask instead what you can do for Bloom Energy".

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to figure out it is in the energy business, instead of viewing itself as a technology and manufacturing company. Many of the Senior management team came from a technical background and suffer from poor business and people skills. Financial plan needs to start from potential sales instead of a manufacturing number that has no tangible connection to actual orders.


  10. Helpful (3)

    90% of employees are contracted out with no plan of being hired on any time soon

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bloom Energy as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good People work there, but not for long if the don't change. Seems like everyone is running to Tesla!

    Cons

    Unorganized and old Military style leadership. Do as I say not as I do. Some people have been contractors for over 2 years. Because of the contract Bloom signed with their staffing agency, contract employees do not get ANY Sick or vacation days! I've never heard of that, so even if you have worked there for 2 years if you get sick.... too bad!

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers how to lead teams in a positive and motivating manner.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Manufacturing plant hours are long and contractor pay is low

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    Current Contractor - Manufacturing Technician in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Manufacturing Technician in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bloom Energy as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The product is innovation and successful. Company sales increase every quarter. Exciting private company to be in right now.

    Cons

    They hire contractors for a low hourly wage to work 60 hours+ in the manufacturing plants (once worked 19 hours in a 27 hour period over a weekend). It takes almost 2+ years to be considered for a permanent position - all along making low hourly pay and working holidays and every weekends. Meanwhile, the supervisors and planners all get mad and make comments when you ask for any amount of time off - on a weekend.

    Advice to Management

    You should spend more time in your plants. The planners and permanent managers are expecting the low paid contractors to work insanely long hours and if they ask for even 1 day or 1 full weekend off - they get threatened with not becoming permanent - one day. Even though it's hard to see when contractors will become permanent when it takes 2 years+. This is not how employees should be treated. The contractors are working hard knowing that there aren't a lot of manufacturing plants in this area. They want to work at Bloom and they want to stay. But if your sales triple in 1 quarter, then you should think about tripling your plant workforce then too. Instead of asking people to work 19 hours in a 27 hour period over a weekend. If it's a last month of every quarter push to meet demand, that's reasonable, but it's not just these months - it's turned into every month - every day. Employee and contractors' wives are leaving them because they have to work so much and they are missing their kids birthdays - all because there are not enough employees to cover all the product that needs to be built and delivered in one quarter. People are tired and the class system (perm vs. contractor) should be fixed. This is worst treatment of employees and contractors I have ever heard of.



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