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Bloom Energy Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
57 Reviews
2.7
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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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  1.  

    In General

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Great talent being hired...mainly top universities and ivy league.

    Cons

    Most positions outside of senior management are underpaid and overworked. Many employees work out of fear of loosing their job vs. enthusiasm for their job once hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearly define career plans and milestones for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away!

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Manufacturing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Manufacturing in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Bloom Energy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging Workplace; interesting technology, high level peers to work with

    Cons

    No clear goals; upper management will look who to blame; employee turnover is one of the highest I've seen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep clear goals and stop the back stabbing!

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

    You can see all the telltale signs that Bloom is just a sinking ship at this point

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Bloom Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I left this place a year ago after I went to company all hands and heard the CEO talking. I applied to other startups on that same day and was gone in no time.
    Now the good news is that I hear KR, Bloom CEO, is going to be replaced soon. I think this is the best move to save the company.

    Cons

    Bad news is that if you join at this point and CEO gets replaced, your shares will drop to one third of the value which may not be bad in the long run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop selling, start listening!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing opportunity to be part of something truly transformative

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    • 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

    Some the best and smartest people you will ever work with. Everyone here is a rockstar in their own right. Exciting projects and challenges and you are pioneering something that has never really been done before.

    Cons

    Long hours are the norm, employee perks and morale boosters are lacking. Compensation is middle of the road.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bloom could benefit from activities and perks to motivate and reward the employees that all work very hard to make Bloom successful. Management is also a little top heavy. Promoting a flatter environment could spark more creativity and innovation among the less senior folks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great use of SOFC technology, poor work environment

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    Former Employee - Production Associate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Cool that you can be on the forefront of a potential life changing technology.

    Cons

    Politics is expected in most companies, this company is no different to say the least. There are too many unqualified people higher positions because of who they know and not what they know. Expect long and inconsistent work hours. Scheduling is sometimes done last minute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions and pay raises should be more systematic and based on merit. Management is out of touch with employees. Most employees are contractors so speaking up is not an option unless they have another job lined up

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

    Exciting product, dictatorial / nepotistic Engineering management style. The magic is gone!

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    Current Employee - Operations in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Great product and exciting option to learn about new technology for a decentralized way to generate power.

    Cons

    Lots of politics/ backstabbing involved. Need to be friends of the right people (engineering heads) to keep your job, not matter how hard or how committed you are with the company. Long hours, low pay. Nobody is safe in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value and care about the basic workforce, including entry-level Engineers and Managers. Engineering, let the CEOs (4 in 4 years?) and develop the future state of this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Technician

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    Current Employee - Technician in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Technician in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Building fuel cells systems,solar systems

    Cons

    Responsiblities for RGA ;Helium leak detection

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good

  9.  

    Worked in sustaining engineering support?

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Bloom Energy part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting, innovative fuel cell application.

    Cons

    Too much politics in middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None to help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    manufacturing

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Sunnyvale, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Overworked & underpaid -enough said

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Hard working, dedicated and world class talent in many areas, such as engineering. Good benefits and PTO.

    Cons

    Management - particularly in certain critical areas of engineering is extremely poor, full on personal vendettas, back stabbing and petty drama. Priorities shift day to day resulting in a ridiculous waste of money, time and resources, and then underlings have to take the blame and work 15 h days to make up for the mess that VP's and managers caused in the first place. Don't even try to point out whether a project has flaws - depending on the manager, you can even get fired, or at least have a very bad review coming your way.

    I personally think that CEO is overrated, and very unfocused in creating a consistent vision for the company. I believe that he has drank to much of his own Kool-aid as a visionary that will change the world, when in fact, this technology relies in NG, that is extracted via fracking, an extremely polluting process. So a lot of green-washing to say the least.

    Also, there are way too many managers and VP's, as positions were created when hot hires requested their buddy, golf pal or neighbor to join as well as a condition to switch jobs to BE.

    Pay is low, considering that poor project planning results in 12+h/days. High stress, poor communication, non-existent training for new employees. Avoid!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on being a niche company first, were the premium for distributed energy looks attractive,and then focus on mass producing it. I would seriously review company structure. as it seems bloated and ineffective, and made to serve interest groups within the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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