SUNTECH AMERICA Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
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SUNTECH AMERICA Founder, Chairman & CEO Dr. Zhengrong Shi
Dr. Zhengrong Shi
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  1. Suntech's dead, baby, Suntech's dead

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

    I worked at SUNTECH AMERICA full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    A thriving, profitable, viable company with smart employees and great benefits, ground into the dust by the incompetency and greed of its Chinese overlords. A big waste, a damned shame.

    Cons

    It doesn't exist any more, I guess that would constitute a pretty big Con.

    Advice to Management

    Go back in time a couple of years and have a good, hard think about some of your decisions.

  2. Director of Business Development

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    Former Employee - Director of Business Development
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development

    I worked at SUNTECH AMERICA full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Biggest Chinese solar manufacturer at the time. CEO is progressive and Internationally-minded by Chinese standards. Employees were generally bright and competent.

    Cons

    Decisions made by Chinese management is largely opaque. Bonus structure stingy by US standards.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more transparency to US management, perhaps through more exchange visits to/from China.

  3. Worst place to work

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

    I worked at SUNTECH AMERICA

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

    Pros

    None really. I do not recommend!

    Cons

    Low pay, work till you drop environment, and over all volatile management. I was not surprised to hear they went under. The average turn over when I was there was 3 months!

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    Company is Dead

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SUNTECH AMERICA full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Was a great company that grew to the largest solar company in the world. But corporate mismanagement and over expansion pushed it into bankruptcy.

    Cons

    Bankrupt. Avoid this company.

  6. Incompetent leadership from Chinese HQ bankrupted the company despite the success of talented US office professionals.

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

    I worked at SUNTECH AMERICA full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The job provides a paycheck while you look for a job elsewhere.

    Cons

    Company is in bankruptcy and has no future plans for US office,

    Advice to Management

    Give up.

  7. Not worth your time

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SUNTECH AMERICA

    Pros

    Great People that are passionate about what they do

    Cons

    There is no job security at Suntech at all. Very poor management! one minute they are hiring the next minute they are laying the same people off as if nobody checked their budget before these people came on board.

    Advice to Management

    It doesnt make sense to hire people and offer them great salary when you know you are going to lay them off after a month or so...Job security is always better than a good salary especially during this recession.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Avoid, Unless Starving and Desperate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SUNTECH AMERICA full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Free nuts in the kitchen.
    Convenient location near mass transit.

    Cons

    Misrepresentation of roles, responsibilities and upward mobility (good people often enticed to leave stable jobs relying on misrepresentations)
    Inexperienced, arrogant CEO in China.
    Vision for company seems to change every other month.
    Inexperienced, incompetent and/or unstable management in many departments (not all, but most).
    Complete lack of accountability of management.
    Understaffed at every level.
    Politics pervasive at every level.
    Constant employee turnover.
    Lack of job security.
    Horrible employee morale here.
    Quarterly (seriously) reviews for employees (except anyone in a management role, they have carte blanche).
    Incredibly cheap (how about bringing in lunch for mandatory all-hands meetings once in a while?)

    Advice to Management

    Clean house of most management and hire competent replacements.
    Institute upward reviews (employees reviewing managers).
    Stop quarterly reviews.
    Hire enough people to do the work.
    Value your employees.
    Look behind you, your competitors have gained ground and it's only going to get worse.

  9. Helpful (2)

    A complete misrepresentation of the responsibilities and opportunity.

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    Former Employee - Operrations Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Operrations Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at SUNTECH AMERICA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A paycheck is the only benefit afforded.

    Cons

    almost 90% employee turnover annually at all levels including senior most positions. A China parent with no interest in developing the Americas organization. it is simply a channel stuffing operation with no senior level ownership. Evenings and weekends are expected due to time differences with China parent and no consideration due to perception of Americas employees being overpaid compared to China based employees.

    Advice to Management

    Close the US subsidiary and sell through distributors. Consistency would be helpful. The concept of employee retention should not be dismissed simply because China interns are available as substitutes.

  10. Review For Suntech

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    Former Intern - Quality Control in Luoyang, Henan (China)
    Former Intern - Quality Control in Luoyang, Henan (China)

    I worked at SUNTECH AMERICA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Matches my major, advanced equipment

    Cons

    This is a good place for me to work at. Nothing challenges me.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Good People, Bad Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SUNTECH AMERICA

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

    Pros

    Pros:
    It's a paycheck.
    Very good health benefits.
    Great people, very close-knit workers.

    The people are what make this place.

    Cons

    Cons:
    Extremely political upper management filters down into attitudes of operation-level workers.
    Lack of job security.
    Deliberately poor and evasive company communication.

    Suntech has experienced enough shake-ups in the last year to make even a native Californian nervous. Just a look at the news shows heavy lay-offs, a scandal or two, and the removal of top-level management.

    It all contributes to a strong 'abandon ship' mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Make the company more about profitability and less about egos.

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