SunWize Technologies Reviews

Updated June 2, 2015
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  1. Always a new challenge around the corner

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager

    I worked at SunWize Technologies (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Learned a lot about all aspects of the business.

    Cons

    The solar coaster industry is difficult one to ride out. Too many outside factors


  2. New Mgmnt. team cannibalized the company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at SunWize Technologies (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Team spirit amongst co-workers and a belief that we were making a difference in the solar industry.

    Cons

    Unnecessarily competitive, too many MBAs with no RE experience, upper management exhibited selfishness and a superior attitude

    Advice to Management

    Too bad you never understood the core business and foundation of the company - we were well on the way to being a top 10 company in the solar industry.


  3. Worst company ever!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Easiest job interview I have ever been on. People were cordial, location of office is very convenient.

    Cons

    Management treats you like a criminal on work detail. Watches every move, totally mirco-managed while not giving you the opportunity to really do your job efficiently. Treated employees like children. Made a lot of promises but never came through. Very tense work environment. Rampant favoritism. Cheap with office comforts but wasted money on luxuries for the Executive. Tried to create a positive work environment but it came off as insincere. If you're thinking of working here... run!

    Advice to Management

    Take some courses on leadership and motivation. Treat people with more respect.


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  5. Fantastic co-workers, Leadership and culture COLD

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    SunWize has a long history as a pioneer in the industry. Great to be working for the benefit of society. I learned a lot about the solar industry due to their extensive experience.

    Cons

    Leadership detached and cold which dictated corporate culture. Hard to commit heart and soul with that kind of leader. Would never work their again unless there was a leadership change.


  6. Downsized for the past 2 years and laid off all salespeople and support teams. The business model is not sustainable.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Before the organization was flattened and Mitsui gave up ownership, it was a good company with the potential to be great. The team members who were in the trenches were smart, and pulled together well to make things happen, in spite of the constant changes in business strategy.

    Cons

    It appears that the company owners did not have the capital to support the business long-term.

    Advice to Management

    Keep middle managers in place that provide a buffer between the top leaders and the employees, and learn how to be more effective by treating employees with respect.


  7. Poorly managed without loyalty

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunWize Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great coworkers with very nice people across the country. Good benefits.

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities, although promised many times. Not enough disclosure by management might help improve overall employee optimism. Loyalty is sacrificed for the bottom line dollar.

    Advice to Management

    Come clean with employees and they will help you to reach your goals. Resentment amongst the ranks leads to poor performance. You will end up with a rag-tag bunch holding the ship together while they wait for the other shoe to drop... and it will...and they know it.


  8. Stretching the truth, their eye's are bigger than their bank account!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Superintendent in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Site Superintendent in San Jose, CA

    I worked at SunWize Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Sadly I can't think of anything.

    Cons

    Why hire from the outside, if you only plan to use them for one job? Manage the projects better and start the project when your team is available, rather than bringing someone on-board to lay them off 4-6 months later.

    Advice to Management

    See Cons above.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great co-workers to work with but product comes first safety and employees last.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Kingston, NY
    Current Employee - Technician in Kingston, NY

    I have been working at SunWize Technologies

    Pros

    Medical Benefits/dental and medication package is the best here.
    People in my department are great to work with, very easy going atmosphere.
    Company buys lunch on many occasions.
    Lenient with having to take time off when needed.

    Cons

    Manufacturing end treated unfairly by Management.
    Low wages and low yearly raises.
    Certain departments have special privileges over others.
    Safety seems to be the least important.
    No overtime offered.
    No praise for a good job or extra effort put forward.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and they will take care of you. Its the hardworking employees who keep a successful company in business. Loyalty is key.



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