Vestas Wind Systems

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Vestas Wind Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.8 159 reviews

75% Approve of the CEO

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Anders Erik Runevad

(4 ratings)

37% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Vestas has fantastic benefits and really emphasizes a great work-life balance(in 20 reviews)

  • Great work environment: friendly employees and lots of free coffee and snacks(in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • serious senior management political battles(in 6 reviews)

  • Job Security is highly concerned from employees perspective, as it makes out a sudden bulk lay-off's recent days(in 5 reviews)

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMany great people, although there has been quite a few leave.

    ConsDenmark control sometimes is not beneficial.

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

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    Company restructure meant no enough resources, stagnate projects and no accountability.

    Customer Relationship Manager (Former Employee)

    Prosinvestment into infrastructure when the company was profitable meant that facilities and IT systems were top notch. a truly global company at the time.

    Conslots of changes during 2012 meant that people were put into positions but had no idea how to conduct that role. Many people left the company and company restructuring meant not enough resources to complete projects that were "cooking" for several months/years. (Number of employees went from 23,000+ employees down to <17,000 at the time (30% of workforce made redundant or forced out in a year's time).

    Advice to Senior Managementcareer development, bonus, motivation - inexistent, possibly mainly due to company restructure. Penny pinching on small things just made situation worse.
    disconnect from day to day work/people reporting in to you possibly as well as many managers were put into roles they had no experience on with a completely new team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, poor management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsVestas attracts top talent, and all are very motivated to succeed. Fantastic benefits. Start up company mentality. Decent work-life balance as well.

    ConsLeadership is in Denmark, and the leadership team is poor. They don't have a good long term strategy and make bad decisions. The past few leaders they have hired have poor track records at other companies, so I'm not sure why they hire them other than they are Danes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire people with successful backgrounds in management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Changing company in a growth market

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWind sector is poised for growth in 2014 and 2015

    ConsQuickly changing and disjointed change process can make you feel insecure

    Advice to Senior ManagementTackle only 1 or 2 changes per year, instead of every other month

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    Overall, company values & listens to employees

    Quality Engineer (Former Employee) Windsor, CO

    ProsGood travel opportunities, especially to Europe.
    Great benefits package to include time off and full health, dental, and insurance coverages. Company pays full premium.

    ConsCompany is very sensitive to market and to customer comments / suggestions. Therefore, it reacts quickly making changes all the time. This can be somewhat disruptive on the production floor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement could try to stay loyal to company values on a daily basis

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    You can't change shifts for one year!

    Production Worker (Former Employee) Windsor, CO

    ProsThe people sprinkling are nice and a safe clean place to work not to hard of a job. Pay is fair for the work. Training was ok.

    ConsAfter training through a temp service Elwood staffing and they suck by the way you are assigned A shift for 90 days to get hired through Vestas and then you have to work another year at that point you can put in for a shift change no exceptions if you don't like your shift you are told to find another job.... Don't be late they will delay your hire as long as they want and will let you go for any reason. I seen it from other employees they will replace you for any reason. You are just a warm body and easily replaced. I resigned after being assigned 2nd shift 2pm to 10 pm. With a family that didn't work for me. Requested to 3rd shift I even had a guy that wanted to switch in the same department and was told if you don't like the shift you are assigned then find another job. They have the right to move you around and you have to do what they say or get fired. You have to be flex able to their needs only. Also no stability they work off sales so if they don't sell that year they will lay you off.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Big in Wind

    Wind Turbine Service Technician (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Compensations package, paid training, focus on safety

    ConsMid-range pay, limited opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake better care of your techs...always seek to improve their compensation, not reduce it. There is a difference between "cost cutting" and "value cutting"

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Unforgettable

    Manager (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsProfessional BS deliverables. Decent pay, especially for Sr mgrs.. Vacation, amazing only if one could use what was accrued.

    ConsRespect. Morals. Ethics. Integrity., NOT defined in this companies mission or values as a company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSr./Directors an up for management need to realize that they are NOT the one that makes that company. That the "replace idiots" are the ones that work long hard hours to make corporate shine to the public eye. After all if the company can afford to pay mgt training gathers, mgrs to fly around just because they want to see the Country then they can give more than .cents for a raise! $ is owed to them. Heck start with stop laying off the important people aka technicians, coordinators, factory workers, etc. and cut the 6+ Directors/Sr. Mgt in 1 department.

    I am sure everyone can give their peace to a company in how they can approve. Vestas can start with RESPECT, amazing how far an individual will shine when they are shown respect. Not to mention communication clearly they fail at that as well.

    To the up comers that show interest in this company go for it for the perks. Bring your waiting boots because they rest of the BS gets thick. Yes also make sure you get long term life insurance drinking with the good ol boys at noon hour is pretty heavy there as well. Cheers and best of luck!

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible training

    Production Worker (Current Employee) Brighton, CO

    ProsFull benefits paid by company

    ConsPoor training by unqualified co workers . Constantly being pushed to achieve unrealistic goals . Safety is suppose to be #1 but long term employees ignore new policies and management looks the other way .

    Advice to Senior ManagementAn actual training program that prepares new employees to do quality work . Just throwing people into a position and having 7 -10 co workers all training you a different way does promote craftsmanship . Its a disaster

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

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    Worked four years in total.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsRespect employees and in general good life and work balance.

    ConsToo many changes. Thought those changes did not impact me much but I do see impact on other colleagues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare the vision and strategy

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