SunEdison

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SunEdison Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
71 Reviews
3.4
71 Reviews
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SunEdison President & Chief Executive Officer Ahmad R. Chatila
Ahmad R. Chatila
23 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Ideal environment for highly motivated, bold people looking to make an impact in both their workplace and the world

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    During my 5 years in the company, I have never had a dull moment, I have never stopped learning. I have always felt I had a direct impact on the bottom line of the company despite joining the company at only 29. And I feel I am fairly remunerated for my work. SunEdison is a true meritocracy where one will be given as much responsibility as one is capable/willing to take. In this sense and to a certain extent, it has some of the pros of much smaller businesses.

    Cons

    SunEdison is an innovative company part of a sector (alternative energy) that's experiencing a revolution. And a lot of growth. As a consequence, pace is intense and structures/processes (the company itself) change regularly. If you dislike change and dynamic environments, this might not be the best place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on focusing/narrowing our strategy and rationalizing the management structure. As we get bigger, it might be the right time to start focusing (beyond growth) on consolidating the company from both an OpEx control and efficiency perspective.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging highly dynamic environment for the curious yet humble leaders looking to make a difference in the world

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

    I have been working at SunEdison full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you are looking for a true meritocracy where you will be challenged on a daily basis but given the tools and exposure to get things done then SunEdison is the place for you. The renewable energy industry is a fast growth environment which has a duality of purpose in that it generates strong returns for shareholders whilst still having a positive impact on the world we live in. The leadership team is world class and truly lives the values they communicate and leads by example on a daily basis

    Cons

    SunEdison is not for someone looking for a stable environment with a ton of rigid processes and approval loops. SunEdison averages 90% growth every year and with that comes change, rapid decision making and development of processes and systems that need to be enhanced on an annual basis. I would not recommend this company for someone looking for a lot of structure in their day to day working lives, on the other hand I would recommend it to someone looking to implement structures as lean and project management are highly valued and sought after skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communicating, we understand the need for change and we all joined SunEdison to have a positive impact in this world and to one day tell our children that we participated in this clean energy revolution. Keep reiterating the strategy and where we have come from as this has been a long journey started many years ago and our success is based on this vision built by you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Leader in Innovation, This is the Company you Want to be in Today and Tomorrow

    • 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

    Pros

    I have a tendency to view personal and professional things from an analytical perspective. There are few things that are right after my heart and I use these things as my guiding philosophy to make personal and professional decisions. And if they are yours too , then I hope this review will help. The list below is not necessarily have an order of importance, but if it was, then Women Empowerment would stand Right as Number 1.
    1. Women Empowerment.
    2. Socially Responsible
    3. Actively promoting a Culture of Bonding and Respect among all.
    4. Actively promoting Diversity
    5. Leading in Innovation to make the World a Better place to live!
    6. Strong prospects to grow vertically and also diversify oneself.

    When I joined a year ago, SunEdison was just a "Solar Company". But this Ship is leading innovation in one of the most challenging areas unlike the “tech glamor” companies.

    For those right out of college - a great place to learn and grow and make right choices in your career. Yes you have the tools like mentorship etc. Just ask and be open.
    For those in mid or advanced career, there are equally good opportunities to scale heights in a company that is growing rapidly.

    It feels great experience the leadership of a Truly Visionary CEO Mr. Ahmad Chatila, who has taken this ship from a Solar brand to a World's largest Renewable Developer.

    From my own experience starting at SunEdison, my recommendation to everyone is in
    your First week , put on a Name label , just go around everyone's cube saying Hello" and introduce yourself.

    Don't be surprised if one gentleman comes around from the corner , puts his hand across to you , for a handshake and says " Hello I am Ahmad.."

    I am currently employed with SunEdison . And this is a purely unbiased opinion.

    I am positive that you will experience each and every word I write here

    Cons

    Some misfit people are filling in the shoes of "Leaders" and trusted by the CEO. The reason of stating individuals as "misfit" is primarily 3 fold.
    1. Poor communicator. And by that I don't mean speaking English in accent.
    2. Demonstrating a strategic lack of understanding of the landscape.
    3. Being empowered, rather then influencing change, they complain and offer excuses and division politics.

    Such qualities only build toxicity in the organization with progress of time. The toxicity is already building and does not seem obvious under the guise of Company Culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stay on course set by Ahmad no matter how busy you are.
    Please continue demonstrating One Company One Culture Values .
    They send a Clear and Loud tacit Message even though it might not seem obvious from the surface.

    4 stars go to senior management because there are a few individuals planted as "leaders" who still need to work on their EQ and fit the bill, though

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company

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

    I worked at SunEdison as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Leader in renewable energy, great work environment, challenging projects

    Cons

    Hiring process could be lengthy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience, ability to get lots of reponsibility, creative and smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Fast paced environment, not for everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Anyone considering working at SunEdison should understand that it is an environment of high growth and fast pace.

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

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

    Pros

    SunEdison has put an enormous emphasis on creating a world class culture with a focus on building a business around intelligent & efficient people. I was excited about working for SunEdison because of the growth potential of the company; I have stayed at SunEdison because of the people I am surrounded by.

    If you are considering coming to SunEdison I would only encourage you to think about the difference between “going to a job” and “building a business.” At SunEdison we are all intensely focused on building a business with a #1 focus of transforming lives with our innovative energy solutions. In other words, it's not just a job...

    Cons

    We sometimes work long hours, cannot rely on others to create solutions to problems, and are not always praised for our “wins.” Work life can be an issue if you are not able to effectively manage it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for ways to improve culture and opportunity for remote employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The company with vision, culture and future

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    1) The leadership teams are with vision and ambition, investing in the talents to expand the potentials
    2) The company has cultivated the right values and culture, such as appreciation, accountability, teamwork
    3) The company has strong talent pools with deep industry experience and technical skills
    4) The company has clear directions and focus on growth
    5) The company has invested in the continuous improvements and transformation projects

    Cons

    1) The process will need to be in place and flexible
    2) The infrastructure will need to catch up with the fast growth
    3) The culture and the right values will need to be rooted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Continuous culture and process transformation
    2) More infrastructure build-up timely
    3) More efficient and flexible processes in place

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Always changing

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

    I have been working at SunEdison

    Pros

    Large company and always changing. The turnover rate seems to be pretty high which means you can move up fairly quickly if you are willing to stick it out.

    Cons

    Company is always changing, it's hard for employees to keep up, everyone is new and sort uses their own method to do things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Greatest Company to Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Business Operations in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Director of Business Operations in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    SunEdison is by far the most dynamic, employee development oriented company I worked for. Our company strive on its workforce diversity and ability to come togehter as a team and drive results.
    SunEdison is very committed to develop a strong corporate culture, in which "Together we Win" attitude is engrained in our DNA. People are empowered and accountable, the Management is always receptive to everyone's input.
    The company's Leadership Team is very competent, and implemented a winning strategy that positioned SunEdison as the indistry leader.

    Cons

    I cannot think of cons, since we have too much excitement. You have to be prepared to travel, work hard and embrace our culture if you want to join our team. Hardly a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have been in at least six to seven companies, from pre-revenue startups to multi-billion multi-national corporation.
    I can say to our Management: Stay the course, continue to work hard in forging a strong winning and values based culture, keep leading the industry with a gam changing vision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Roller-coaster ride..the company is moving very fast and growing rapidly. Much better place to work than used to be

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

    I have been working at SunEdison full-time

    Pros

    Great People, benefits getting better, culture improving, lots to learn, great experience, never dull

    Cons

    Lots of hours, systems lacking (but being upgraded), training,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within instead of hiring externally

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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