Trina Solar Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
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  1. Awesome company culture

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager

    I have been working at Trina Solar full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast-paced, team oriented, results driven company. Excellent senior management team, genuinely interested in the development of the local team through continues improvement.

    Cons

    None to report; excellent organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strengthen product marketing/management team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Working at Trina Solar was truly challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trina Solar full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Low stress if you just do your job.

    Cons

    The company culture is too localized. People are too focused on their job and nobody has the big picture in mind. The fact that most of the executive team, including the CEO cannot speak English makes communications difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A successful company starts with the people. Cost cutting measures to get rid of your highest paid employees also mean you are cutting out your most talented employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. The best trainer ever

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    Current Employee - Sales Agent in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Agent in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Trina Solar full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I love my trainer I love the training

    Cons

    Training to short throw you on calls way to soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none yet Just started

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Strong Brand, Weak Overall Management, High Turnover - Great visibility into the market, and industry credibility

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Trina Solar full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This company is a leader in the solar industry, and the US team has been a consistent contributor to the bottom line.
    It's a GREAT way to get a good brand on your resume if you're looking for a good way to gain experience and cache in an early or even mid career in Solar.
    You will get exposure to the highest level of dealflow and "action" in the solar industry at Trina or any of it's main competitors, which will prepare you very well to contribute downstream after your time at Trina.

    Cons

    There is minimal management "oversight" on sales team, but also there is very very little guidance and virtually no team-selling effort.
    IT infrastructure in the US is far below standard, especially Enterprise and CRM software.
    They botched Project Development in the US pretty badly.
    But, worst of all, the turnover is attrocious and alarming. Average turnover time is about 18 months, and there's about a 35% attrition rate over the last 2 yrs. Worse, in a solar market with contracting margins, management has elected NOT to backfill a number of support positions, nor have really expanded necessary support roles to become a best-of-class manufacturing company.
    Pay at Trina seems to be below industry-average, often "Justified" by the "you should be glad to be working here" approach to employee retention.
    There is very little spent on "investing in the team", especially in the non-sales team.
    And, in case you're going to go to Trina in the hopes of career investment, the answer is - your advancement will come from Leaving Trina for a competitor. Do NOT expect a promotion at Trina US. Less than 4 promotions (total in the Americas) in the last 3 years, and neutral to negative growth of the team. There is NOT a culture of management investment in employee growth, but you will get exposure to the highest levels of action in the solar industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees and focus on getting the "right people on the bus". The attrition at Trina is DIRECTLY correlated with dissatisfaction with job requirements, overwork, or just a tyrant boss. The sales team particularly seems to have low morale, so perhaps a VP of sales under the President would help to ensure there is adequate coaching and hands-on involvement in the sales process with each team member.
    The Operations side of the house has some very hard working people, but also some folks who are Woefully under-trained or underqualified for their job(s). Even a little Excel training could vastly improve the efficiency of this team.
    Thank you for bringing in a new HR manager - now if only as a company you can actually make the KPM and Feedback loops more iterative and, well, useful, you'll likely be able to shore up some of the attrition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Bad company !!!

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    Former Employee - Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Trina Solar part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    There is no pros working for this company. It just gets you really depressed...

    Cons

    Bad company values. People tend to hold on to their title strongly and treat others like garbage... They don't encourage any ideas or growth but very good at suppressing them. Until they change their thinking and ways they will never grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to listen to all the employees not just managers....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Poor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Trina Solar part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good brand, great customers, great industry

    Cons

    Unskilled management, No career path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire poor performers

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

    Great people, poorly run company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people here are great as individuals, and many of the employees who have been with the company longer are very passionate about the industry.

    Cons

    Not a very well-run company. Support functions, particularly HR, are not particularly skilled or professional. Processes and communication are play-by-ear jokes. Coworkers are unhappy: everyone has one foot out the door. Compensation seems uniformly low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stability and clarity about what is going on in the company would be appreciated. Understand that your employees are unhappy and constant changes with very little communication does not help build good morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Bad management

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Trina Solar as a contractor

    Pros

    Colleagues will be friends for life and you may learn a few new tricks in the business.

    Cons

    Bad management , no growth prospective

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to fix the employee morale soon or you will lose all your best employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Career Suicide for New Hires

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trina Solar full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Experiencing chinese management and the harsh difficulties that chinese workers must endure.

    Cons

    Lower than market pay. Employee attrition. Bonuses promised but not paid. Higher expectations far beyond job description upon hire. Low job security. Unhappy colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out the cancer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Very Tough for middle management..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trina Solar

    Pros

    nothing is very good, maybe just the salary package for foreigner

    Cons

    messy, lousy org. chart, complicated environment, politic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    simple org. chart

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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