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Tremendous personal growth experience.

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Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at First Solar

Pros

Meaningful work in a company strongly positioned to weather the current storm in the solar energy market. Work in a U.S. company that manufactures products in the United States as well as overseas.

Cons

Highly volatile solar market creates risk in future employment opportunities with the company. Company's internal processes and systems are still immature and need to develop.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need to think beyond the current Cadmium Telluride technology and explore other opportunities and markets that will be strong growth sectors for the future in solar energy.

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Based on who you suck up to not necessarily qualifications.

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    Former Employee - Technician  in  Perrysburg, OH
    Former Employee - Technician in Perrysburg, OH

    I worked at First Solar

    Pros

    The pay is comparable, the benefits are good. Working conditions are bad most of the time.

    Cons

    Repititous on the floor. 12hrs rotating shifts. Poor middle management skills. Promotion off floor is impossible unless you buddy up with supervisors. For most it is a ego trip and dog eat dog employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember who got you in the position you are in the first place. The people who actually make the products are the ones who deserve the most respect because it is their hard work and their bodies who suffered putting in 12hr shifts and time away from family. Get off your ego trips and remember the employees under you built this company with blood, sweat, and tears. Return the commitment and devotion to help employees succeed not just the financial success of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Rewarding result, Too much big-company overhead

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at First Solar

    Pros

    Work results in real progress in an important industry (clean energy)
    Good compensation package
    Get to work with smart people
    Lots of opportunities to learn new skills and broaden knowledge

    Cons

    Getting things done internally is slow and difficult, with too many approval levels and long delays as even minor decisions wind themselves through a complicated process.
    Company does not assign decision-making authority well, instead requiring many people to be involved in every decision.
    Day is filled with conference calls with 10-20 people, inefficient
    Too much time spent on reporting to management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower managers to make spending decisions, make sure employees are spending time on revenue-generating activities, not fighting their way through burdensome processes or writing weekly reports for several supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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