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Bloom Energy Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
57 Reviews
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Bloom Energy Principal Co-Founder & CEO K.R. Sridhar
K.R. Sridhar
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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.  

    Amazing opportunity to be part of something truly transformative

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    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
  2. 1 person 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.  

    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
  6. 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
  7.  

    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
  8. 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Venomous Company

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    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    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

    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

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