SunPower (San Jose, CA)

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SunPower (San Jose, CA) Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
75 Reviews
3.3
75 Reviews
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SunPower (San Jose, CA) CEO and Director Tom Werner
Tom Werner
42 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Best technology in solar panels (in 5 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Work life balance is only balanced if you don't like your life (in 4 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2. 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
  3. 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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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great learning environment, poor management practices

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Richmond, CA

    I have been working at SunPower (San Jose, CA) as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The Richmond office is a beautiful place to work and I like the people with whom I work. SP makes great products.

    Cons

    "As a contractor, there is a very low probability that you will get hired full time." This is what I was told recently by my manager. Once contractors reach their 1500 hour limit (as dictated by CA labor policy and assuming full time work) SP cannot renew their contract; they must wait 3 months before they can hire back that person. Otherwise SP will find a replacement. SP has and will continue to loose good people due to this "policy". Also, there is very little training here, you are on your own with regard to services and resources you may need to do your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Profit isn't everything. Without people there is no profit. Eventually your hiring practices and retention failings will catch up with you. How do you expect to grow revenues without investing in your operations? Fire the CMO and hire someone who understands digital marketing and brand nuance. Currently Sunpower does not have a brand. You think its the products but its not. Its more akin to investment services like an IRA or 401k.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting environment in a presently unpredictable industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Wonderful being in renewable energy.
    Sense of being part of something socially responsible.
    Co-workers feel like you're all part of something bigger.

    Cons

    The company is still learning itself, and for software, it is very weak.
    This is a hardware company who doesn't really understand software importance and development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for if you like solar.

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

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

    Pros

    Good to work for the company

    Cons

    Salaries can be low and you have to fight for raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    HR needs a clue

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    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    LOVED my fellow co-workers. They were the best. We motivated each other; not management.

    Cons

    The senior management in HR have no clue. They do not think there is a retention problem. As of right now SIX people from HR had been there over three years the rest are new (mostly replacements) In one year 15+ plus people left HR voluntarily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you are doing layoffs it is not the best thing for the SVP of HR to go around saying he just bought a multimillion dollar house.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Also ran

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Early starter in the industry

    Cons

    Original thinkers have left the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop depending on past glory and technical achievements

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Fast pace workplace with much growth.

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    Current Employee - Desktop Administrator  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Desktop Administrator in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Room for growth. Decent pay range compared to the market.

    Cons

    Trying to accomplish too much within short periods of time. Company moves too fast.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Projects Department

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

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

    Pros

    Decent severance package and great view in Richmond office

    Cons

    Lacking structure. Company grew faster than process and proceedures were emplimented. Management making decision without knowing what the processes are and expect undeliverable results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue....find out what actually is being done before changes are made.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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