Trina Solar

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Trina Solar Reviews

Updated June 3, 2014
Updated June 3, 2014
16 Reviews

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  1.  

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

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

    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
  2.  

    Bad company !!!

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

    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
  3.  

    Poor

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

    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
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  5.  

    Great people, poorly run company

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

    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
  6.  

    Bad management

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

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Career Suicide for New Hires

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

    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
  8.  

    Very Tough for middle management..

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor pay, poor management

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

    Pros

    In this poor economy it's a paycheck

    Cons

    Management doesn't care at all for employees
    Compensation way below market
    No chance for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better
    Stop cutting pay and benefits
    Be more flexible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    intern in Trina Solar

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

    Pros

    Relaxed
    requires some traveling if work in Project Developement

    Cons

    Personnel issue going on within the firm. A lot of personnel turnover

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Too many changes, no direction, bad management team.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Changzhou, Jiangsu (China)
    Current Employee - Manager in Changzhou, Jiangsu (China)

    Pros

    One of the best company in the industry. Many opportunities within the company.

    Cons

    Bad Sr. management team, too many politics & changes: strategy, orgnization. Employees always trying to fit the new management style all the time. Manage level working very hard, but no appriciation, no salary increase or promotion. Who will stay in the end are those have good relationship with big boss, gain the power. Without thinking the customer and market real need, keep their employees, the company will not successs in the long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the market/customer and diff. voices, respect employee and keep strategy and orgnization more stable!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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