SunPower Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Crumbling From The Inside

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology
    Diversified business
    Solid growth potential
    Competitive compensation and industry leader in the equity plan department
    Will be one of the long term winners in the battle for solar

    Cons

    I left SunPower half way through 2013 after I concluded I had no growth potential. It was a disappointing conclusion for me, but life after SunPower has been great and further points out the internal dysfunction at this company. I have received >10 inquiries from current employees over the last 6 months who too are dissatisfied with SunPower and looking to move elsewhere. SunPower's success in retaining employees is solely based on the fact that their existing employees believe there are only a few 'safe' options within the solar industry as it goes through consolidation.

    Limited internal growth prospects due to the segmented nature of their business
    Negative spirit of competition within its employee base (people rooting for others to fail)
    Inconsistency in compensation on the sales side, rewards luck versus hard work and innovation

    Advice to Management

    Address the employee issues or retention will be a problem in the long run.


  2. Helpful (2)

    If you are passionate about green technology, this is the place to be.

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

    I worked at SunPower full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant strategy - in the cutthroat world of solar, this one is going to survive. Leadership is excellent at explaining the strategy and how SunPower is performing against it. Culture is very rigorous: set objectives, measure success, set a new batch of objectives. You will get more done than you ever thought possible. You know that you are making a genuine difference in the world, and that has incalculable value.

    Cons

    Absolutely grueling. Highly global, which means that most employees are "on" 24x7, and your closest colleagues are likely to be in a very different time zone. To have standing meetings at both 7AM and 7PM is common. Very activity oriented - standard reports, plus ad hoc, plus fire drills (lots) plus ongoing projects. To some extent, this is necessary due to the competitive environment. But some is self-inflicted.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees. SunPower has some of the most passionate, hardworking, intelligent people I have ever met. The culture of centralized control adds layers of approvals to the simplest request, wasting precious time and sucking the soul out of people.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Decent place to work

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

    I worked at SunPower

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people in the company. They can be really helpful. But some of them are just overloaded and not having bandwidth to help.

    Cons

    Some bad colleague and management. All talking and no actions. You have to pick your battle or just leave on time and enjoy your personal life outside the work.

    Advice to Management

    Action speaks louder than words


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  5. Great Product, horrible CAO

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good product and technology, unassuming CEO and very knowledgeable, great manufacturing team

    Cons

    Horrible CAO, more of talk less knowledge, until this CAO is removed you cannot trust financials

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your CAO and appoint ethical and knowledgeable person


  6. Helpful (1)

    New processes weekly

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not much. Quarterly bonuses not always paid.

    Cons

    Work life balance. The current management doesn't care how many hours are worked and the hiring process is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourself.


  7. Excellent vertically integrated solar co

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

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

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

    Pros

    excellent team attitude, work life balance is a priority

    Cons

    areas of business focus are varied and vastly different one another

    Advice to Management

    beat the street


  8. At the beginning it was a lot of fun to work there. Then it became a sweat shop

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

    I worked at SunPower full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working for an Alternative Energy company. Some of the people there are very good

    Cons

    Some of the people there make your work difficult. Meetings after meetings, little time to get the job done.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of bad apples that continue with bad attitude, year after year.


  9. Helpful (1)

    SunPower Manager Post

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SunPower

    Pros

    Awesome growth industry that provides oppertunity to radically change the way the world is powered by disrupting the fossil fuel industry with cheap renewable power

    Cons

    The culture of the company is very focused on working very long hours in a demanding environment where it's expected that you are totally focused on your job


  10. Huge ability to have an impact and greater breadth and complexity than lots of mid-cap & solar companies.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Management in Austin, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, wide breadth, very diverse business units, will be pushed to perform at a much higher level than many other companies. Great focus on constant improvement. Global company with residential, commercial and utility segments.

    Cons

    You have to set boundaries for your version of work-life balance, and we will try to stretch them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on growing customer focus and service capability.


  11. Helpful (1)

    SunPower is a great place to expand on experience and effect change positively in our world.

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

    I worked at SunPower full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Many brilliant minds at work in one place. Exposure to a global team environment. Feel good about environmental improvement work.

    Cons

    Process can bog down progress. Politics can interfere with advancement.

    Advice to Management

    The bottoms up approach is a wonderful way to instill responsibility in others and promote growth. However there is a need for a real connection to be made interdepartmentally. I'm sure things have changed since I left.



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