Vestas Wind Systems

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Vestas Wind Systems Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
185 Reviews
3.1
185 Reviews
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Anders Erik Runevad
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Vestas has fantastic benefits and really emphasizes a great work-life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Great work environment: friendly employees and lots of free coffee and snacks (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Danish senior management has forgotten what Vestas was built on which is the people (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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  1.  

    Great Training, Benefits, awesome company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Windsor, CO
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Windsor, CO

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    if you are interested in working for a company that cares for the employees, is still growing and you help produce something that you can be proud of - VESTAS Windsor could be your ticket to all that. You'll be part of a team - get awesome training and very good benefits.
    All the reports about sinking morale, no strategy, ... are probably from folks that have been around wen the downturn in the wind industry happened. When there is not enough customers paying - it is tough to work for any company. But this is a great company - check it out .. I am excited to work here in Windsor

    Cons

    got to be a teamplayer - don't try to hire if you are not .. you'll hate it.
    high quality expectations - if you want to show up at work having had a beer or smoked stuff that might be possible in Colorado now - DON'T HIRE HERE, you'll waste your time ... it's not gonna work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more sharing about the tax credit situation, changes and the customer demands.
    The more you share the less confusion about stability and longterm strategy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    If you want a normal life, forget about this company - Blades Division

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Worker - Blades in Brighton, CO
    Former Employee - Production Worker - Blades in Brighton, CO

    I worked at Vestas Wind Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay & good benefits. They supply the uniforms & have them washed for you. They pay for your safety shoes & safety glasses.

    Cons

    Very irregular working hours, can't have a stable life outside of the job. They expect you to keep switching from days to nights every week, and rotate what days & nights you work every week! Not a reliable schedule system if you have a family or anything else going on outside of work. Forget about trying to transfer to another department unless you are good friends with the dept lead you want to get into. You're pretty much forced to watch & listen to ONLY the sports channel if you want to eat or take a break in the lunch room, gets pretty old after a while. The training system is a joke, shortly after your hired & learned a few things, you then have to start training the new hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have set NON rotating schedules so your employees can actually have a life. There are plenty of people that would work just the night shift or just the day shift. Don't have dept leads doing the interview process, to much of a "good buddy" system there. The lunch room needs to be a "neutral environment", not a "sports center".
    Really its no wonder why you have such a high turnover rate, but who knows, maybe that's how you keep your employee costs down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Vestas as such is still an exciting company, but ...

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

    I worked at Vestas Wind Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    At Vestas I had great colleagues and generally a good work atmosphere despite cost pressure and relocation rumors.
    Windpower is a great business to be in, turbines are a great product.
    Vestas has a great benefits package, hands down.
    It just seems right to work in the renewable energy sector and I was always proud to explain where I worked.

    Cons

    Management does not operate very professionally when it comes to coaching and developing leadership.
    Work -life balance is substandard.
    Volatile market environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should take care of their people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company great benefits

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

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems

    Pros

    Can't beat the Benefits, top notch

    Cons

    Disconnect from managers and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use a temp agency that hires employees that are better that day Laborer's

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is my first time using Vestas Wind System. So far, it's ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time

    Pros

    Professional growth in the company.

    Cons

    more trainings, work-life balance and increase in personal growth

  7.  

    Good overall company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at Vestas Wind Systems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Curious in research, nice working environment, group discussions occurred frequently, my coworkers were generally very knowledgeable in their respective fields, produced a generally good product

    Cons

    While I worked there, the Houston office was being shut down. People were quitting and the office was changing quickly. Office wasn't friendly at first, took some time to fit in with the group.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Headache

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production-Lead in Windsor, CO
    Current Employee - Production-Lead in Windsor, CO

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits/Pay
    work-life balance is good if on day shift.

    Cons

    It's all about production goals, treat employees badly. No raises based on your performance, extra duties, years spent there, ect. They preach about being safe and that is their priority, but what they say and what you see as a worker our two different things, Equipment/machines are falling apart, electrical connects damaged, ect. But we never get new equipment, and there is not enough maintenance techs to keep everything in good/safe condition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start by doing what you say you do. And providing the equipment and support to production to do the job right and safe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Health and Safety Manager in Mojave, CA
    Current Employee - Project Health and Safety Manager in Mojave, CA

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very stable company, not afraid to think out of the box...

    Cons

    The corporate office is so out of touch with the field staff that if any issues are raised, and would normally be considered a serious issue (in most company settings), it seems as though they want to dose the issue in water and play the political card instead...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take matters seriously, especially when everyone is watching. Company morale and justice in the eye of the beholder could be at stake.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Living the struggles of a maturing organization with no strategic vision.

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

    I worked at Vestas Wind Systems full-time

    Pros

    One of the major pros to working with Vestas in the US is that their compensation (base pay and benefits) are very good. They are a young organization in the US and afford an opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    While the compensation is good, it may be too good. They often hire people in at levels significantly above their capabilities because they do not know how to find the right talent for the organization. Additionally, there are few people in the salaried ranks who have worked for this type of large scale manufacturing and that can be a draw back for factory start-up especially when they need to mature organizationally very quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Complete a real strategic organizational assessment of the business and make sure that the plans you implement help hire the right people, put appropriate development programs in place, and assure the employee that they can maintain a work life balance that is both challenging and rewarding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Resource Technician

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Resource Technician in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Resource Technician in Remote, OR

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    For traveling construction/service technicians the pay is decent when all the overtime and travel incentive are combined. However hours on construction sites range from 60 to 80 a week with only Sundays off. Benefits were completely paid for by Vestas until July of 2014. Now employees are required to pay into the system. Vacation time is good in terms of allotment (6 weeks) for travelers. Training is good and provided immediately and throughout career. Advice to a friend...Use them and Lose them. Good luck at beating management at this game.

    Cons

    Pay increases are very slow and do not match the type of work being undertaken. Advancement is minimal and is largely limited to those who do not have moral integrity or the ability to stand up for themselves and/or coworkers. Technical experts are largely uneducated and live in fear that they will be replaced if their knowledge is not kept secret from aspiring technicians. Do not expect to make a career with this company, the idea of disposable employees runs rampant from the headquarters to the service sites. The Vestas revolving door will continue until bankruptcy takes hold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If employee retainment was placed at the consideration level a large amount money could be saved and used to bring wages of blue collar employees up to appropriate standards. A greater than 25% turnover rate for service and resource technicians in the first year should raise a red flag or two. The majority of good employees leave for real opportunities ...why not try and offer those in house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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