SunEdison Reviews

Updated July 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)

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

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  1. Sunedison is growing.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Management in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Contract Management in Bethesda, MD

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

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

    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.


  2. Progressive Company

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    • 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

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

    Cons

    Lack of company-wide cohesive proccesses


  3. Attorney

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Boston, MA

    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

    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.


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  5. Sr. Senior R&D Lab Technician

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    • 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    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.


  7. Renewable Energy Leader transforming the Energy industry

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    • 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.


  8. Exciting Times

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    SE is the place to work in this decade!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Belmont, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Belmont, CA

    I have been working at SunEdison

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

    Pros

    Clear vision of future potential; Feels like startup but has capital for major investments; Green is the way to go; great things like Rural Electrification and Solar Water Pumps make us feel like we can really make a difference in the world; And much more; When recruiting candidates talk to me, they are motivated to become part of SE; I am a very vocal emissary;

    Cons

    I don't think this company follows a trajectory more than 15 minutes at a time. One company; one culture is an amazing concept but several recently appointed executive leaders have not walked the talk. I feel like decisions were made last fall that would take SE to a scalable force in the Renewable Energy industry. I feel like these decisions were undermined, not giving the right people the right options to be successful due to political undermining. While every company has politics, the recent organizational announcements have put people in positions where their experience/resumes clearly do not match the requirements of the newly appointed positions. In addition, with these changes, in the last 3-6 weeks, we have been told OPEX cuts are the most critical need while at the same time being told to hire the most expensive partners to reduce risk. Clearly these two executive positions are not in alignment, creating all sorts of uncertainty and fear in the middle to lower level of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Get down to the proven track records and experiences in companies of the size and industry impact SE has. There are very talented and experienced leaders in this company who are not being treated as such. Stop listening to the manipulation by less seasoned veterans, and really drill down on the experience of people you are putting in critical positions.


  10. Helpful (2)

    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!


  11. Process Engineer

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    • 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,



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