SunEdison Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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SunEdison President & Chief Executive Officer Ahmad R. Chatila
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Pros
  • Company promoted work-life balance, which some groups were able to implement within their organizations (in 3 reviews)

  • This is a great place for people who are clear on what they want from their career (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Very high turnover, probably was at least one person leaving per week and then the layoffs began (in 4 reviews)

  • Huge lack of communication and accountability (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Sr. Senior R&D Lab Technician

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Lab Technician in Belmont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Lab Technician in Belmont, CA

    I worked at SunEdison (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hands-on building Prototypes for new technologies.

    Cons

    There is not any cons during my work for Sun Edison.

    Advice to Management

    I do like the work environment in engineering department.


  2. Good Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunEdison

    Pros

    Really push for growth within the company.

    Cons

    The company is basically run by men so harder for women to grow within the company.


  3. Renewable Energy Leader transforming the Energy industry

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Belmont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Belmont, CA

    I have been working at SunEdison

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - SunEdison is the largest Renewable energy company but has the agility of a startup
    - Very dynamic industry implies...opportunities for growth arise as the business grows rapidly (also a con see below)
    - CEO cares deeply about culture and the people. Many examples of the company going above and beyond to support employees in some kind of a difficult personal situation

    Cons

    - Extremely dynamic industry and company means that jobs, roles, managers can change frequently. Can be hard for employees to get enough critical mass of 'high performance' to get promoted. Its unfair but a fact of life at SunEdison.

    Advice to Management

    Go beyond what's on the walls on culture and think very carefully about who gets promoted, who gets raises and who gets fired. Its what employees notice every day. Ruthlessly eradicate (particularly) senior management who pay lip service to the cultural transformation... even if they are high performers.


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  5. Exciting Times

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Belmont, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Belmont, CA

    I have been working at SunEdison full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is the best company that I have ever worked for. I really admire our leadership and the way that our company puts emphasis on employee benefits and opportunities. It is a truly inspiring place to work and our CEO is someone that I really look up to.

    Cons

    You will sometimes be expected to work long hours.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Total Disarray

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager In Global Services in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager In Global Services in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SunEdison full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Reasonable pay and benefits but they will low ball you
    Telecommuting is generally excepted

    Cons

    No processes or procedures
    Little empowerment
    Noninclusive leadership
    Do not promote from within
    Reorganization is constant, very unsettling

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and solicit advice when you are going to make changes. Listening to the same people over and over again is insanity. They created the problems!


  7. Process Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunEdison

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Energetic people, great benefits, comfortable atmosphere

    Cons

    stability, planning, educational benefits,


  8. Helpful (1)

    Global Design & Engineering

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Engineer in Belmont, CA
    Current Employee - Global Engineer in Belmont, CA

    I have been working at SunEdison full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A very dynamic, innovative and hugely diverse cultured environment. All staff and management cared for one another. It has global operations with diversified strategies but does not loose the local touch of solving issues.

    Cons

    Growing too big and too fast leading to huge pile of overhead expenses.

    Advice to Management

    Great work in financial engineering (Yield Co's) and staying ahead of the competition.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Growth-Change-Challenge-Grateful

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

    I have been working at SunEdison full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Grateful to be at SunEdison - we are changing the world; we are committed; we have bold objectives and aggressive goals; we have velocity. The growth also opens opportunity for each employee to contribute in more than one area. Nobody walks the talk better about having a positive culture.

    Cons

    Teamwork across time zones and borders via phone is a fact of life. Change is a fact of life and a source of inspiration to many. Despite a highly organized and communicated set of priorities, there remain lots of side projects and individual responsibility can be ambiguous.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build the world's greatest renewable energy company. Continue to invest in Culture.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great opportunities

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

    I have been working at SunEdison

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities with tons of growth!

    Cons

    not for everyone, you must be self motivated


  11. Summer internship

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

    I worked at SunEdison part-time

    Pros

    Access to a big project and organization transformation.

    Cons

    Mentor has less coaching experience



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