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Chaos

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Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Portland, OR
Former Employee - Project Manager in Portland, OR

I worked at Vestas Wind Systems full-time for more than a year

Pros

Vestas is a company with strong values and treats its employees well. The company employs great people and has a nice atmosphere. People who work there really believe in the company's product, wind energy and are experts in this industry. Vestas is a great engineering company.

Cons

Unfortunately the company was in a constant state of chaos and transition with multiple rounds of layoffs during the two years I worked there (2010-2012). Often these layoff rounds appeared to be conducted without much assessment of what the staff who were laid off were doing and no plan for how to pass their work on to others- this slowed down productivity significantly. In addition the company is too big for what its management can handle, resulting many operational inefficiencies and in a lack of proper tools, resources and training for employees to do their jobs. Some parts of the company are very technologically advanced and some are stuck in the 90s.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    A sinking ship, clueless management

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    Former Employee - Vice President-International Operation  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Vice President-International Operation in Portland, OR

    I worked at Vestas Wind Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits in that they don't require any contributions from the employee. Interesting technology.

    Cons

    Absolutely clueless leadership in Denmark. Working for the Americas sales/service organization I saw leaders who had no idea what it meant to lead. VPs were prolific, and didn't need to be at such a high level. Money was being spent left and right on the most silly things, yet we were going through constant layoffs, and they still are. Quality issues are abundant, and yet the technical staff are all more interested in working on the next generation rather than on what's current. Very high stress given the cost cutting initiatives going on constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the CEO in Denmark, and put leaders of the business units in place who actually know how to run a business instead of lawyers and politicians. While this is a very political subject area, you don't need a politician to run the business, you need business leaders!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Things change quickly and not for the better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, vacation package, and potential for international travel

    Cons

    Reorganization made it very obvious that management will all be in Denmark and not the US. Discouraging to those in the US who now see there is little to no room for growth. The company spent too many years spending money freely, designing a top of the line product, and not focusing on actual market demand. Now they are trying to scramble to find a plan and are cutting all the wrong corners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to control costs before you run into a crisis again. Be more proactive, less reactive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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