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Bloom Energy Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
57 Reviews
2.7
57 Reviews
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Bloom Energy Principal Co-Founder & CEO K.R. Sridhar
K.R. Sridhar
23 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company has grown to a place where the product is great, and so are the people that have built the product (in 4 reviews)

  • There are some very smart people and very nice and hard working people there (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Expect to work long hours, but the reward is there if the company succeeds in its ambitious goals (in 8 reviews)

  • Engineers at BE work long hours with aggressive schedules and lean budgets (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Venomous Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain/Ops in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain/Ops in Sunnyvale, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    I excelled once I started playing dirty

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Managment. People, and work enviroment. Not great compensation...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Hardworking people in engineering, and excellent management interms of getting things done. The atmosphere is always fun. Exciting projects and always challenged.

    Cons

    Normally work Long Hours to get the job done, due to not enough personel. Clear project deffinitions are sometimes lacking. Compensation is below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exllent Managers when it comes to helping me get the job done, however project priorities shift weekly, which can be frustrating. Resolving conflictng priorities between departments is needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Exciting Energy Player

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Freedom to engage fully into the work, and engaging atmosphere. Lots of room to grow and good quality employees to collaborate with.

    Cons

    Expect to work long hours, but the reward is there if the company succeeds in its ambitious goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Gave it my all helping them achieve success - all forgotten and booted out by new management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Materials in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Materials in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    It was exciting at first to be working for a clean-energy company making a product that is less damaging to the environment than traditional power generation equipment. They seemed to care about people once I was brought into the inner-sanctum (converted from contract to regular employee). Kept me employed throughout the recession.

    Cons

    Original core of creative thinkers and doers throughout the company are being replaced with ex-auto industry workers, especially in management. The dream has not been realized. A lot of talk but not much action from these folks. It's all about them and the show they are putting on for each other. They don't care about the people under them and seem to have particular disdain for the long time original Bloom employees. The company is also heavily reliant on contract employees. You can work there for years as a contractor while they dangle the "regular-employee" carrot under your nose. Then if you, by some miracle actually get converted, you find out it really isn't all that, except for the good medical, dental, eye care, etc., benefits that everyone needs and deserves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the employees who believed in the mission and got you where you are today. They toiled long and hard working ridiculous amounts of overtime to successfully launch an exciting product. The excitement of the early days is disappearing and you are becoming just A company that makes A product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great product, difficult work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Change the world potential; amazing technology. Some very smart folks around.

    Cons

    Senior management has no empathy for the employees, sense of arrogance. Scientists sometimes neglect the basics of running a business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more. Less focus on VIPs, more focus on running the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The product is great but the culture sucks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great product

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Doing something great for the environment and potentially providing Electric energy solutions in areas that don't have

    Cons

    Company is still very silo'd. Too much Executive micromanagement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Technical Director

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bustling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Great think tank with lots of high end talent. People here have the potential to accomplish everything the company sets its goals to.

    Cons

    Major disconnect between the white collar and the blue collar. Kings vs. peasants culture and peasants are replaceable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build business connections with the internal employees and the vision will come to pass. Keep the business connections broken and the struggle may continue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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