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Updated Jun 3, 2014

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2.0 16 reviews

42% Approve of the CEO

Trina Solar Chairman and CEO Jifan Gao

Jifan Gao

(12 ratings)

14% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Strong Brand, Weak Overall Management, High Turnover - Great visibility into the market, and industry credibility

    Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsThis 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementInvest 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bad company !!!

    Marketing (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

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

    ConsBad 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 Senior ManagementNeed to listen to all the employees not just managers....

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor

    Operations (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGood brand, great customers, great industry

    ConsUnskilled management, No career path

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire poor performers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsBad management , no growth prospective

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to fix the employee morale soon or you will lose all your best employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, poorly run company

    (Current Employee)

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

    ConsNot 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 Senior ManagementStability 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Career Suicide for New Hires

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsLower 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 Senior ManagementCut out the cancer

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very Tough for middle management..

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosnothing is very good, maybe just the salary package for foreigner

    Consmessy, lousy org. chart, complicated environment, politic

    Advice to Senior Managementsimple org. chart

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor pay, poor management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIn this poor economy it's a paycheck

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees better
    Stop cutting pay and benefits
    Be more flexible

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Intern (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsRelaxed
    requires some traveling if work in Project Developement

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Too many changes, no direction, bad management team.

    Manager (Current Employee) Changzhou, Jiangsu (China)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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