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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 (More than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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.

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  1. 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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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    Great job while it lasted...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, CO

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Vestas is a great place to learn about wind, renewables, how products and components work and to meet a lot of great people. They have an awesome onboarding system and really work to make sure you get trained in whatever area you need.

    Cons

    Layoffs started within 3 months of my hire date. The wind industry is not a stable career unless you are in the service technician category. They hired the best and brightest and laid them off without qualms. Although Vestas is a "global company" don't ever forget that it is a Danish company and when the going gets tough, everything goes back to Denmark.

    Advice to Management

    Don't expand worldwide in 2 years - then retract back to Denmark in 6 months.
    Really understand what different backgrounds bring to the table and utilize those in a more effective manner.
    Neither engineers or manufacturing people are expendable. You spend a huge amount of time and money training them. Make it count.

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