Power-One

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Power-One Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
42 Reviews
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42 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, good work environment, good hardware, lame applications

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Power-One

    Pros

    Really nice people. Great work-life balance. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of inspiration from managers and team leaders to do anything remotely cutting edge or interesting. Lack of funding for as well as understanding of the importance of the role that quality design work goes into a products success or failure. Stodgy and outdated management understanding of application development and design trends and their importance in gaining recognition by the market. Very difficult to hire quality ui developers on the front-end due to lack of public visibility of web applications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage and nurture employee inspiration. Allow time for developer exploration of concepts and future possibilities, instead of always focusing on the next line item in the laundry list. Find a way to channel and encourage inspiration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bumbling, Stumbling, Fumbling

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Power-One (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Really, pros... naps at noon time

    Cons

    Unstable IT, nothing will get in the group of 7

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent company in need of work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Power-One full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of very smart and motivated people, good products. Good name recognition and brand value. Decent pay, if below market in some cases. Reasonable benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of consistent top-level strategy and direction, which changed too frequently even when present. Engineering drives product/corporate direction too much. Lacks the understanding of the value of marketing in the organization, even when marketing demonstrates its value continually.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Power-One full-time

    Pros

    The people and the product. Power one makes inverters that create renewable energy. That is impactful to our society and environment.

    Cons

    ABB purchased Power One. It is so big and so so stuck up from Zurich. Yes Power One had issues, they tried to grow fast - but for the right reasons. They didn't mistreat people they tried to capture the market probably too fast. But ABB is just big and slow and glass towers from Zurich have no Idea what to do. If they did their own inverter business would have taken off and they wouldn't need to purchase Power One to get into the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you try to grow too fast the wheels rattle and eventually fall of at 90 MPH.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loved my Job, Hated the Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Power-One full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Innovative and interesting renewable energy product line. Constant interesting and challenging projects on which to contribute.

    Cons

    Upper management continuously getting in their own way. Lots of in-fighting and back stabbing.
    Too great importance placed on shareholder value above any other considerations such as product, customers, and least of all employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose a direction ans stay with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its a job

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Power-One full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company is successful in spite of itself

    Cons

    Leadership is weak, no direction is given except to work more or work harder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead and Manage: don't just supervise and use textbook KPIs to measure. Hire experienced and proven managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced with a lot of blocking and tackling.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Power-One full-time

    Pros

    There are lots of good people that work extremely hard. it is a brand new operation with lots to prove. I was able to build a lot of the processes from the ground up.

    Cons

    It is an unstable industry with a lot of turnover and this company fluctuates heavily with the market. They expect overtime and early mornings and late nights.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The operation needs stability and focus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Camarillo, CA

    I worked at Power-One full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great peers to work with
    Very friendly and caring people in the ranks
    Extremely clean nice work environment
    Employee parties and picnics during the year were great for employee and familys

    Cons

    Cut benefits
    Managers competing with each other and too much distrust among them
    Kick backs taken by some managers caused distrust
    Long term managers kept on that were incompetent and mean to employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put in more review and controls, esp over managers and contracts
    HR is a mess,,,, Employees trreated very poorly who went to get help and information.
    Too few employees for the work to be done. Too much work contracted out and feedback poor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Always had a great boss.

    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative

    I worked at Power-One full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers, great team players.

    Cons

    This Company needs better process

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Way too much corporate politics and too little focus on customers.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Power-One full-time

    Pros

    If you want to work in the renewable energy field, more specifically solar, then this is one good place. One of the leading companies when it comes to inverters and power supplies.

    Cons

    This office was a puppet on a string to engineering in Italy and HQ in Camarillo.
    Did not feel that management were completely honest with customers and personal growth was not in HR's vocabulary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on company values and specifically ethics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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