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Helpful (1)

Very difficult place to work

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Director in Richmond, CA
Current Employee - Director in Richmond, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Great young team of people that are passionate about solar energy good facilities in Richmond, overall attention to health of employees

Cons

Very difficult environment with a lot of disfunctional teams that operate in silos, executives (VPs, Presidents) do not have management experience and do not know how to make difficult decisions nor how to inspire and motivate people.

Advice to Management

Go get training, pay attention to the competition, stop talking about cost reduction and start actually reducing costs. Be willing to take decisions and stop making decision by committees

Other Employee Reviews for SunPower

  1. Helpful (5)

    Great technology and smart people in a mix of chaos and big business

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Richmond, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a green company with many who believe in the cause. Pay is good. There is lots of work (lots), but it comes with lots of flexibility. Many talented people around. They are smart and it is an easygoing atmosphere.

    Cons

    To be completely sustainable, a company has to be socially sustainable too, which may be missing sometimes. Organized chaos in an organization with many hierarchy levels. Internal communication and common sense can suffer due to sweeping business decisions. Profit margins rule.

    Advice to Management

    Some seem to pretend to be hip and green, but they are not and it shows.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Decent place to work if you get the right manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Sunpower is growing very fast so there is opportunities for growth. It's in a good position in the solar market because it has the best solar cells in the world. The office in Richmond is incredible. It's like a little forest in there with trees inside the office, low-wall cubicles, open space, roomy, high ceiling, and lots of sunshine and windows. If you get a chance to work at the Richmond office, take it. It's one of the best offices you'll ever see in the corporate world.

    Cons

    I had a terrible manager. He was young so he cared about himself way more than his own team. He would throw his team under the bus when things get tough. He had almost no people skills or any knowledge of how to manage a team. I quit even though I was very valuable to the team and they tried hard to get me to stay. Also, the atmosphere/culture of the company make sit "Ok" for higher level managers to be asses. There seems to be more angry managers here than in other companies I've worked for. Keep in mind that the solar industry is not doing so well so they are less likely to convert you to full time.

    Advice to Management

    Teach managers people skills and how to manage their teams. This company needs to value its employees more.


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