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Solar sector is in a slump

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

I worked at First Solar

Pros

If you want to make a positive difference in the worl, solar holds great promise to provide environmentally friendly energy.

Cons

Management is foundering - and it doesn't look like improvements will be made anytime soon!

Doesn't Recommend
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    First Solar

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at First Solar full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay
    Great benefit
    Up to date with technology, all employee gets a laptop and a IPhone

    Cons

    Not people driven but result driven so long working hours
    Politics but that seems to be everywhere
    Recently laid off 30% of its workforce worldwide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be nice to truly let your employee know how the organization is doing before its all over the news.

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    Entrepreneurial opportunity - second time around!

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    Current Employee - Manager in Perrysburg, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Perrysburg, OH

    I have been working at First Solar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High caliber associates, "topgrading" hiring process, generally highly supportive culture.
    Leading company in unitlity-scale solar electric plants (own 67% of the 100MW+ market).
    Innovation leader in driving down the cost of solar electricity.
    Great potential for expansive future growth, once we make it through the transition to (larger) unsubsidized markets.

    Cons

    Significant risk from several factors: Chinese competition (with deep pockets willing to operate at a loss to drive out competitors.),

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prompt internal communications during reorganizations.
    Be more open with associates on real risks & promises, so they can make informed commitment to the turnaround effort.
    More vacation time to allow work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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