SolarWorld

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Great Place Originally, But...

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Former Employee - Anonymous Mid-Level Staff in Hillsboro, OR
Former Employee - Anonymous Mid-Level Staff in Hillsboro, OR

I worked at SolarWorld

Pros

* Excellent latitude if you have the skills and experience
* You are (well, were) given far more responsibilities than at most places for the position, and were allowed to take ownership of projects
* Very team oriented, and (well, was) very collegiate.
* A rather exciting industry overall.
* With the right leadership, SolarWorld USA can not only survive, but thrive.
* At the middle and senior levels, an exciting chance to work internationally.

Cons

* Competent management had begun to leave in droves, with very few competent leaders replacing them. The norm had tended towards the less-than-competent.
* Benefits began to dry up (tuition compensation stands out as a good example)
* Global HQ began to increasingly tighten their control over over how the US subsidiaries are run
* The executive levels went from being collegiate and friendly to being political and back-biting, with fiefdoms, hostilities, and territories forming. Most of this arrived when new executives did. In the IT department, for example, all but two of the senior IT ops staff had been quite literally driven away by upper management. Those were the people who knew how it was all put together
* Schedules and hours worked began to increase instead of decrease after the start-up phase ended.
* Compensation is well below average. When I finally began to look around for a different position, I immediately began receiving offers, nearly all of which included some very impressive pay and benefit increases.
* SolarWorld USA's method of dealing with union troubles was, well, interesting. When the Machinists' Union in the Vancouver facility demanded higher wages in late 2008, the executives responded by agreeing perfectly, then converting the Vancouver site to a warehouse three months later, laying off or terminating the production workers there. In early 2011 the Vancouver site was quietly vacated once the lease ran out.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Advice to upper management? Take out the scythe and remove the incompetents from your ranks. While you're at it, remove the politics-centric, and give the production workers a better entry-level salary, lest you lost all the competent ones to Intel (once Intel completes their new new fab, quite literally just down the street. Semiconductors and solar cells require very similar skill sets, after all).

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    Good

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    Former Employee - Intern in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Intern in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at SolarWorld

    Pros

    They were helpful and let me be independent

    Cons

    Questions some of the upper management hiring decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define goals better

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Overworked, underpaid, and rarely hired on.

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    Former Employee - Product Technician in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Product Technician in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at SolarWorld

    Pros

    Quick money, and fairly easy to get a job as a temporary employee, and a lot of the staff is fairly good to work with.

    Cons

    Heavy work load with very little pay and no benefit until hired on, which took 6+ months of being employed minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take bigger steps to give your employees incentive for working as hard as they do, and try to do less temporary hires.

    Doesn't Recommend
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