Canadian Solar Reviews

Updated April 11, 2015
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  1. Relaxed environment but pathetic management

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Guelph, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Solar full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    -competitive pay
    -relaxed and easy enviroment

    Cons

    -unethical business practices
    -unprofessional management
    -racist people (if you have an office in Canada, learn to respect Canadian culture else you would not be able to survive for long)
    -no future growth
    -Engineering directors have poor performance resulting in poor team

    Advice to Management

    focus more on equal level and good conflict management solution.

  2. Complete lack of management skills in the higher achelons

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Guelph, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Solar (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    This company accepts everyone that applies... to its factory jobs.

    Cons

    As per title, the management is hectic, conflict of interest and the lack of cooperation between the head office in China and the management here in Canada is jarring. And the feeling filters down to the bottom level employees, who are very often at a loss as to what to do and who to listen to.

    People are promoted to better positions not based on merit of experiences or skills, but rather, how apt you are at sucking up to your immediate supervisor. Automatic raises at intervals are denied based on, not how well the company is doing, but rather, whether your supervisor "likes" you. And for those whom the supervisor cannot tame into a complete yes-man, that means you'll be denied promotions and wage increase (allegedly automatic), for completely arbitrary reasons.

    The HR department defines the word useless. And problem you bring to these people and you'd get a glorified come-the-hell-down speech. And that will be the end of the matter. Internal job postings are fake, people were chosen for a certain job beforehand, (again, suggested by their supervisors), and posting them is merely a gesture, a procedure to be followed.

    Advice to Management

    Too many things to fix, there's no need for names here, but ask around for some general opinions and you'd be sure to get a few ones that will always pop up.

  3. Dis-Organized, Non professional and unethical Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Job in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineering Job in Guelph, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Solar full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Competitive Salary
    - Relaxed Environment.

    Cons

    - Very disorganized.
    - Global Engineering directors don't know what they are doing.
    - There is no bright future for the company.
    - People at higher positions are not well suited for the position they are in.
    - The have favoritism inside the company based on the nationalities and origins.
    They tend to hire people who are working as reviewers on their projects in other companies and try to steal them or remove them from their job by offering them good salary and once the person is in, they keep him on the side. So if you are being offered a lucrative position at the company think from this aspect before you decide to join.

    Advice to Management

    You need to hire the right people for the right job especially global directors.

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  5. Marketing Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Solar

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was a marketing intern at Canadian Solar. Everyone was extremely kind and helpful.

    Cons

    I was still young at the time so I was not able to do as much substantial work.

  6. Decent place to work, but with an uncertain future.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Solar (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Reasonable pay, opportunities for growth/promotion, coffee provided to employees.

    Cons

    Uncertain future in Canada, fairly disorganized as a company, very top heavy.

  7. Disorganized and abrasive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Solar full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Pay is reasonable. Health benefits are excellent. Good tasting free lunches.

    Cons

    Disorganized management. Mysterious processes. Lots and lots of abrasive personalities. Rumor mill runs wild. Lack of leadership

  8. CSI

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Solar

    Pros

    CSI is involved in renewable energy

    Cons

    with FIT 3.0, is CSI going to continue in Ontario?

  9. worked there for less than a year

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Factory Worker in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Factory Worker in Guelph, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Solar full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - always hiring new people as staff always quitting and job opportunities in Guelph very limited with the economy in toilet - desperate to work and pay the bills (barely paid enough - $1800.00 a month)
    - factory job is very easy, very, very boring to be there for the 12 hour shift, but good to have more days off each week
    - employees are mostly new immigrants and very friendly people, managers are clearly unqualified and loud, agressive bullies that treat staff like slaves
    - very organized operation, clean building - smell of chemicals is very strong throughout factory (not sure what it is)

    Cons

    - very, very hot working in factory and very noisy
    - standing on concrete floors in steel toe boots for 12 hours is cruel and unusual, 30 minutes for lunch and 2 breaks is not enough to relax
    - staff training is poor, new staff are put on factory floor and left to figure things out on their own (other staff usually help each other learn) as managers are busy yelling at staff to work faster and they are always stressed trying to fix broken robots and then hiding in their office
    - managers and supervisers are very mean and unqualified, they work well with the robots and doing the paperwork but their people skills are the worst, never have anything nice to say to anyone (never a 'good morning', how are you?), insist on daily criticizing and yelling at staff to go faster and don't stop the line! Constantly blaming staff for delays when the robots breakdown and stop line production, and supplies are not available when needed to continue

    Advice to Management

    - hire people for managemant that can manage people and motivate them instead of always criticizing them and yelling at staff constantly just to make yourself feel important
    - pay more money as the work is very physica, challenging for 12 hours a day, $13.50 an hour is not enough to live and the work is wery hard and staff constantly quit because 12 hour shifts are exhausting

  10. Helpful (1)

    You do NOT want to work here

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Ramon, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Canadian Solar as a contractor (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Working at this company is a perfect way to learn on how to NOT manage a company/staff

    Cons

    The USA office is a showcase of an HR nightmare:

    1) Racist and sexist remarks spewed from upper management nearly every day.
    2) No career growth trajectory or promotion plan
    3) unless you are in sales, good luck receiving any respect.
    4) Inappropriate relationships seem to be whole heartily respected
    5) Archaic "office rules". Run almost like a High School
    6) Lies lies lies and more lies coming from the very top
    7) Staff largely uneducated. Major decision makers hardly can string together a sentence of proper English.

    If you go for an interview, I suggest asking the turnover rate of the company and demanding an answer as to why.

    Advice to Management

    If you live in this country, please respect its laws and culture. Your behavior will not go unnoticed much longer.

  11. Team-Oriented Company w/ Real Vision

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Canadian Solar full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love working here. Almost everyone is really friendly and willing to help. The company is well-managed with awesome work-life balance. There are holiday parties, plenty of free company promo items (T-Shirts, USB drives, caps, etc.). This is by far the best company I have worked at. The company philosophy is great, and Canadian Solar is very well-managed (almost all sales directors have MBA's). The general manager has real leadership, as does the CEO. I am excited to start my career in the solar industry!! (I was formerly in another industry)

    Cons

    None that I can find yet

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!!

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