SunPower (San Jose, CA)

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SunPower (San Jose, CA) Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
70 Reviews

3.4
70 Reviews
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SunPower (San Jose, CA) CEO and Director Tom Werner
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good people environment and good work atmosphere (at least in the Richmond office) (in 6 reviews)

  • Leading edge technology in the solar industry - makes you proud of changing the way the world is powered (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Few in upper management have contracting experience (in 5 reviews)

  • Work life balance is only balanced if you don't like your life (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Richmond, CA

    I worked at SunPower (San Jose, CA) full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    system engineer

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    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer  in  Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in Richmond, CA

    I worked at SunPower (San Jose, CA) full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    exciting renewal energy technology and applications

    Cons

    confusing management and too many meetings

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a company with great solar technology but mid level management is poor. Understaffed.

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    Current Employee - Business Development  in  Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Richmond, CA

    I have been working at SunPower (San Jose, CA) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Best technology in solar panels
    Very smart people work there
    Good industry reputation
    Likely to be standing after solar wars because of Total ownership

    Cons

    Too many silos - people don't talk to people in other internal groups
    Too much reliance on contract workers. The quality of projects being built is often poor.
    Quarterly results more important than building a strong team. Constant layoffs when things get tight.
    Too much turn over
    Some mid-level managers (director level in particular) are HORRIBLE. This is especially true in North America Commercial sales.
    Projects are understaffed so some projects are turning out badly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better employee support. Consider the impact on good employees of bad managers. Rely less on contract workers. I am seeing the results of some of your built projects and it is bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great engaged people

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    Former Employee - Manager Product Development  in  Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Manager Product Development in Richmond, CA

    I worked at SunPower (San Jose, CA) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great benefits and work environment
    Very smart, engaged and motivated coworkers

    Cons

    Inadequate resources allocated to complete projects on schedule, WAY too many meetings without presence by people with authority to make decisions.
    Poor career growth path for most employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    staff projects adequately or axe them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Exciting industry, immature company

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    Former Employee - User Experience Design Manager  in  Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Design Manager in Richmond, CA

    I worked at SunPower (San Jose, CA) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great to be in the renewable energy industry
    Great to be working for one of the leading quality products in the market
    Energetic people who do what it takes to get it done
    SunPower has a lot of credibility in the big solar arena and has great potential to burst out and really become big

    Cons

    Immaturity in many respects - company is still growing and learning.
    Don't get the impression that staff are that important and you always feel replaceable.
    The company is up against stiff competition in an unpredictable and growing market. Could go well, could go badly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Management doesn't have a clue

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunPower (San Jose, CA) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not sure I can think of one

    Cons

    Hours, No Structure to project priority, SunPower management are more concerned about the environment then there staff. working conditions in the Philippines are scary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at Total management and ask them to take over running the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Penalizes long term employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at SunPower (San Jose, CA) full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good co workers, a lot of camaraderie

    Cons

    Penalizes long term employees. Typically the later you come in in the company the better the position and the salary offer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop mentioning old glory..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place

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    Current Employee - QA Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - QA Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at SunPower (San Jose, CA) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company treats its people well.

    Cons

    Didn't pay much attention to the software team

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great workplace. Great people.

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at SunPower (San Jose, CA) full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people, great industry, and very strategic.

    Cons

    Expectations are high and many deliverables are required in a short period of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very flat organization

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    Current Employee - Business Development  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at SunPower (San Jose, CA) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    One of the most important points is that SunPower has a very flat organization, enabling you to exchange opinions with everyone at every level.

    Cons

    SunPower doesn't have many possibilities of job rotations at international level which would be a very interesting possibiliy - opportunity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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