Vestas Wind Systems

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Vestas Wind Systems Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
174 Reviews
3.0
174 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company great benefits

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    • 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
  2.  

    Great company...

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  3.  

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

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Good overall company

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  6.  

    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.  

    Great pay and benefits but rapidly shrinking

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    European company with good pay and benefits but dealing with the constant change and reorgs is challenging.

    Cons

    Dealing with Danish counterparts can be a challenge to say the least. Be prepared to work at night or early am from time to time if you want to get anything done so that you can coordinate with Denmark employees. Very centralized structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about the moral of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Field Management

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

    I worked at Vestas Wind Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Growing industry, excellent benefits, world wide company

    Cons

    Layoffs quite often due to ups and downs in the wind industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to visit clients and listen to employee concerns.

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

    Resource Technician

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    • 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 for 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
  10.  

    Could be better. I have been in worse

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

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance and compensation. Lack of structure can lead to getting more done if you have a good network. You can get exposed to a lot of different parts of the business if you put in the work.

    Cons

    There are groups who have made it an art form to deflect all accountability and rarely do you have someone take ownership for a problem. There is a culture of finger pointing to the point where I believe it is part of the corporate culture. Be prepared for the hours of busy work caused by teams trying to justify their existence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accountability and measurement. There are too many people justifying their existence without providing you tangible results. Align budgets with cost savings initiatives where you have given money and time during the year. Look at staffing a little closer. You have some groups who have way too many people and others who are stretched very thin.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Potential and Risk

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

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Denmark control sometimes is not beneficial.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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