SunEdison Reviews

Updated August 25, 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. Great Benefit

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work from home policy

    Cons

    Hard to determine career path

    Advice to Management

    Promote within


  2. Great place for career driven individuals

    • 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

    Pros

    SunEdison is a high performance culture with a lot of opportunities to offer. Leadership is energized and committed to making SunEdison one of the largest renewable energy companies in the world. Because it is a growing company, it is easy for driven individuals to cause change, make a difference and feel accomplished. Employees are high caliber and the work culture is very fast paced. Few other employers can match the opportunities, experience and challenges that SunEdison offers.

    Cons

    Immense amount of process and system changes need to follow the high growth. There are too many projects to accomplish all at the same time and it is easy to get off focus and feel frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to start practicing putting people first. Efforts should clearly address work life balance and initiatives that address the broader employee base. A tired and exhausted workforce will only last so long.


  3. Great opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Energy Consultant in Belmont, CA
    Current Employee - Energy Consultant in Belmont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to succeed and all around very nice and hard working people

    Cons

    Lots of growing pains. You need to have a thick skin and be ready to roll with setbacks otherwise you won't be happy. No silver platters here


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Unethical Executives

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SunEdison full-time

    Pros

    If "work-life" balance is deemed a "Pro" Think again. See the cons and arrive at your own conclusions.

    Cons

    Incompetent guys are holding C level titles. Big talk on "culture" and CYA style directives like "Take accountability". Essentially it is more of " Do what you want. If it clicks I get the credit. If it fails - you take the fall". No clear direction but kid talk. Here's where you need to think. Work with Incompetent people And Miss an opportunity to be known for your competence? Report to Unethical "Managers" and loose the good time in building your career? "Work life balance" - But was time doing unproductive work? The CEO is only Talk - Just creating distraction . But Unfortunately , CEO does not Weed out the Termites that are Eating the company from inside. Such termites / weeds are encouraged by none but CEO. If you still want to be carried away by the sugar talk. Good luck Still Don't trust this honest ex-insider review? Just join them , waste your life's good time and then regret.

    Advice to Management

    No advices to unethical rogues.


  6. Sunedison is growing.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Management in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Contract Management in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Progressive and lots of growth. Not too much micro management. Start up environment with public company backing. Lots of diversity.

    Cons

    Not synced in policies. Each department has 'your milage may vary' culture. Profit driven when they say they have 'culture'

    Advice to Management

    Walk what you preach. Team should be team, managers forget that there is no i in team. Everyone dreads C level mandates, mid level management should be more team driven.


  7. Attorney

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Immense growth opportunities and people who really care about the renewable industry.

    Cons

    With so many mergers, IT and business processes are fragmented.

    Advice to Management

    Set up and ESPP and streamline your IT processes. With so many mergers, business processes are fragmented.


  8. Progressive Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of room to grow, but you have to be self-directed and -motivated.

    Cons

    Lack of company-wide cohesive proccesses


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  10. Sr. Senior R&D Lab Technician

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Lab Technician in Belmont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Lab Technician in Belmont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SunEdison (More than 3 years)

    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.


  11. Renewable Energy Leader transforming the Energy industry

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