SunEdison Reviews

Updated April 22, 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)

  • Top heavy - far too many chiefs (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Dynamic growing organization with lots of opportunities

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

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and benefits, growth, opportunities for professional and career development

    Cons

    Poor systems, growth straining existing resources

  2. Empowering and Dynamic Environment in Green Energy Space

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Tax Officer in Maryland Heights, MO
    Current Employee - Chief Tax Officer in Maryland Heights, MO

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

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

    Pros

    SunEdison has a very empowering/ respect based culture and rewards performance. The current growth along with emphsasis on individual performance allows those with ability to advance rapidly. Executive management has a very aggressive and visionary view in an industry that is at the very beginning of explosive demand globally. Although work is demanding, management allows flex-time and other work/ life balance policies. Benefits are now exceptional and in many cases Best-in-Class.

    Cons

    The rapid growth (organic and through acquisitions) along with diverse ERP systems makes the collection and use of data challenging. Employees must be able and willing to deal with these challenges until the current ERP transformation being implemented is complete.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to aggressively implement new processes and ERP systems to improve business visibility. Maintain aggressive business strategy.

  3. Unbelievable growth potential with a great executive team

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

    Incredible strategic thinking from the CEO to the executives. Agile company that looks capitalize on the need for renewable energy globally. Compared to the market cap, there is unlimited room for growth and the trend of MWs install shows this. Compensation and benefits are great and the company continues to improve this further to make SunEdison the best place to work.

    Cons

    SunEdison is going through tremendous growth with multiple IPO's and acquistions over the last year. This will continue so getting everyone on the same page with process and systems has been a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to think big, but let's not forget execution.

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    Top heavy organization

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

    I have been working at SunEdison full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary
    Growing company
    Great family benefits (mat/pat leave, child bonus, etc.)

    Cons

    Cut throat management
    Growing way too fast for itself
    Lack of accountability from management which will finger point directly to lower leveled workers
    Lack of clear vision and direction because it constantly changes on the fly
    Healthcare benefits are terrible

    Advice to Management

    It may look amazing from 100,000 ft above (as evident in many of these reviews), but try talking to some of the employees from 100 ft. above ground.

  6. Successfully Transforming the Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director In Human Resources in Maryland Heights, MO
    Current Employee - Director In Human Resources in Maryland Heights, MO

    I have been working at SunEdison full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    There is positive energy here and employees are motivated to help the company succeed. Senior Management empowers employees to make decisions and recognizes their contributions. This is a great place to grow your career in terms of gaining new experiences that will differentiate you in the market place. Employees are passionate about renewable energy. SunEdison has amazing benefits for men and women who planning to have children.

    Cons

    There is alot of work to be done and that is why you can gain alot of experience in a short amount time. This company is 24/7 and moves at the speed of light. This company is in transition. Things are always changing.

    Advice to Management

    Increase your informal interactions with employees. The senior management team is a key differentiators for SunEdison. Senior Management should leverage that by increasing their exposure to employees through forums, blogs, webcasts, and in person interaction.

  7. Transformational and Focused

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

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

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

    Pros

    Cultural transformation that company started 3 years ago seems to be working. Example : Very positive atmosphere in working teams across Business Units and across geographies towards a common goal. Excellent benefits, flexible work environment helps with work/life balance and more importantly open cubes in Belmont office (transparency at its best) for everyone including the CEO amazes me.

    Cons

    Lack of mature processes and scalable tools is hurting the company to grow faster. More time spent on getting data than analyzing and making decisions based on data. This shortfall is recognized and actions in place to fix this for good.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drive Culture transformation.
    Speed up the implementation of critical processes - This is more of a growing pain problem and we need to address it quickly.

  8. Great engineering job if you like self-directed work.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High level of independence if you have the right boss. Fair pay. Quite interesting work.

    Cons

    The usual corporate politics at the mid-level and up. Not much advancement opportunity in engineering, possibly just due to turnover. About 50% leave a few years after joining. I think that may be all of the solar industry though.

    Advice to Management

    Pay engineers double pay on even years?

  9. Associate Fellow

    Current Employee - Missouri in O Fallon, MO
    Current Employee - Missouri in O Fallon, MO

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

    Pros

    The products we make will help the environment and reduce carbon emissions

    Cons

    Location- St Louis is not the most fun city, nor very well connected to the rest of the world; work-space is dreary and old style; no fun activity on-site to relax

  10. A company that truly cares for its employees

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

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

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

    Pros

    The company has great career growth opportunities and is exploding with growth. The company encourages taking ownership and values leadership qualities. SunEdison has undergone phenomenal culture transformation which has truly shaped the work culture in a positive way. The CEO and management are truly committed to making SunEdison a work class company. The company recently instituted a new benefits (including paternity leave, college assistance etc) that makes it best in class. Personally, for me the main reason I am committed to the company is its CEO. The CEO is truly a visionary and un-paralled in how much he cares about his employees. Does not matter what level you are in the organization - if he recognizes talent he will make sure that they are given opportunities to excel.

    Cons

    Has a very strong entrepreneurial culture partly driven by the changing dynamics of the industry and rapid growth the company has seen. If one is not able to keep pace with some of the changes, they will not last long.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and continue to focus on execution. Please continue to grow your top talent and ensure that they thrive in the organization.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Committed to being World Class

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

    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

    Great accountability of the senior management to improving the culture and in making SunEdison a world class benefits company. The CEO puts his money where his mouth is. Significant improvement in benefits this year. Company is focused on growth and people who want to progress have every opportunity.

    Cons

    Too many new initiatives, changes in strategy, cause execution to be slow in some cases.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on execution. Fast pace and world wide organization forces employees to manage work life balance individually.

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