FuelCell Energy Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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  1. Good Company to Begin a Professional Career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company gives you the ability to make a difference and isn't overloaded with bureaucracy. Co-workers are friendly and easy to work with. Laid back work environment.

    Cons

    The company has never made a profit so upward mobility is limited and downsizing is an ongoing reality.


  2. An age-old company on the cutting edge

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Danbury, CT

    I worked at FuelCell Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    For a mechanical or chemical engineer, FuelCell Energy is the perfect place to work on cutting edge technology. The company is on the forefront of stationary fuel cell technology, and opportunities are available for doing different things such as R&D, product development, field service. Several employees have tenures exceeding 10 years and this speaks highly of the work environment.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  3. Cutting edge technology company with growing pains.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service
    Current Employee - Field Service

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The technology, for the most part, is the future of energy productions for niche markets.

    Cons

    Cost cutting and lack-luster engineers stifling growth. Managers and VPs protecting high salaries to the detriment of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Management (and the board) need to hire a talented process improvement specialist to vocalize the real loss in revenue instead of managers and engineers trying to do it themselves..


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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Torrington, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Torrington, CT

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    you may be able to gain some new skills to help you move forward in life.

    Cons

    the only thing that awaits the worker that put his time in is a good pay check vs. bad knees. After a period of time the knees and legs of their workers starts bending as a result the awkward awkward duties required. the solution is simple , better equipment and more modern production technology so the worker has a shot at retirement with out the issues many of them face, but if they got better equipment would they create as many jobs/ hmm...

    Advice to Management

    better automatic equipment is much needed to become a more civilized production floor


  6. Helpful (1)

    Former employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Manager in Danbury, CT

    I worked at FuelCell Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The technology is catching on. You also get to work with and learn from some of the most brilliant people in the field.

    Cons

    The company is low or no profits after 40 + Years in business. The company was being run using 1970-80 MRP systems and you're expected to perform at todays pace and standards

    Advice to Management

    Give your company an upgrade in culture, infrastructure, and pay.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Fool cell energy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy full-time

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

    Pros

    Low expectations. Lots of low hanging fruit.

    Cons

    Managers fail to understand requirements and engineering fundamentals as well as the need for project ROI. business only comes from gov.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Healthy work-life balance amidst growing pains of a company trying to gain market share.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Danbury, CT

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy full-time

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

    Pros

    Healthy work-life balance, working excessive hours is not an expectation.
    Coworkers are generally friendly, willing to work together while making the day enjoyable.
    Fast-moving environment with many opportunities to improve design and product.

    Cons

    Salary is competitive, but sub-par benefits make net salary below competitive rates.
    Promotions are difficult to come by in some instances.
    General feeling amongst employees that annual raises are sub-par.
    In some cases, management seems to lack familiarity of important parts of the business.
    Physical work environment well overdue for some upgrades.

    Advice to Management

    It seems that a lack of forward planning tends to hold the company back. Suggest planning for realities of the market, rather than optimistic view of the market and using that to move the company forward to gain market share.


  9. Old boys club

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FuelCell Energy

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

    Pros

    Great HR people, decent wage

    Cons

    on my 5th boss in 2 years.
    Old boys club, if the veteran workers dont like you for some reason dont expect to work here long

    Advice to Management

    watch your veteran workers, they have become lazy, 4 hours of O/T to sweep a 6' square.... costing the company money while some of us struggle to get 2 hours O/T a week


  10. Great co-workers.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy

    Pros

    The co-workers are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity to advance due to the small company size.


  11. Great group of people, good engineers and support staff.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    One can quickly learn a lot about this technology.

    Cons

    Small company, salaries are below industry standard across the board. It's a good stepping stone for a good engineer or technical person.

    Advice to Management

    Working for an emerging technology is a risk, to get and keep good people they must be paid to compensate for that risk.



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