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Petaluma, CA
201 to 500 employees
2006
Company - Public (ENPH)
Electrical & Electronic Manufacturing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Unknown
Enphase's vision is to make solar simple and energy smart so everyone is empowered to create a zero energy footprint for themselves, their home and their business. Our mission is to build the world's finest networked energy system and ... Read more

Mission: Enphase Energy brings a system-based, high-tech approach to solar energy, leveraging expertise in semiconductor integration, power electronics and networking technologies to continually advance the performance, intelligence and reliability of solar energy systems.

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    "Great Systems/IoT company in an important space (Energy)"

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    I have been working at Enphase Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great growth
    Great products
    Great ownership, accountability and visibility

    Cons

    lots of work. transformational stage.

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Enphase Energy Interviews

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    Software Engineer Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Enphase Energy in February 2015.

    Interview

    Most bizarre interview process I have ever experienced. Multi-step process with a lot of redundancies that seem designed to send the message to the candidate that you are lucky they are talking to you at all. Lots of expecting you to shift your agreed-to times for interviews at the drop of a hat, and devote many hours talking to people who make it plain that they barely have the time and attention to be in the same room with you.

    Why have so many interview rounds if none of the information you are told to 'perform for the crowd' with at the beginning ever makes it to the folks in the next rounds, and you are made to feel you have to start from scratch with each and every of the (upwards of a dozen total) conversations? By the last round, I'll be honest, I stuck with it because I was sort of fascinated enough to be curious to meet the people at the top of this mess (had another offer come in the day before.)

    Everyone I interviewed with dutifully (and almost with a manic edge) touted the "we're so collaborative, team oriented and really, team team team" and yet to a person the questions they asked were clearly more designed to reinforce the idea that they were the smartest person in the room. This kind of fell apart when one of them, clearly frustrated with my follow-up questions to clarify a 'problem' he gave me to solve, then realized (through my most diplomatic attempts to not show him up) that some basic math he had given me during the setup was completely wrong.

    And several people worked some trash talk about other departments into the conversation, in between the "I'm emulating my idea of the google-ish socratic interview process" opaque and nonsensical questions.

    The further I got up the food chain during the interview process, the more time the interviewers spent talking about themselves.

    Among other information I gleaned through the 4 rounds of interview:

    * They consider themselves a 'Silicon Valley model' company, so be prepared to work really long hours (and, plus: see how cleverly opaque my questions are, to see if you will squirm? I may not actually find anything out about you or your skills, but I'm so clever!)

    * But that actually, you really have to work long hours because there are meetings all day, so you do your actual job before and after regular business hours.

    * But that's ok, because "management is aware" that this is a problem, so they have instituted a whole list of rigid policies governing how meetings are to be held (which mostly seem to involve making meetings even more work and thus reducing even further the time people have to produce actual deliverables.)

    * That the primary reason they have a weekly release schedule is "because it's Agile". Which has to be the worst reason I have heard in my many years of working on and leading Agile teams.

    * Their software is actually pretty simple, and the front line engineers I talked to are really smart, but the management layers seem to want to spend their time competing with each other and overcomplicating things.

    And then, after the last interview, and a conversation with the hiring manager saying I was one of a very short list and they wanted to make a decision almost immediately...crickets. I didn't really care, I accepted the other (very good) offer with a great company where the process was almost 180 degrees different. But....really? Never heard a word from the hiring manager.

    Botom line is, this seems like a terrible place to work.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe one of your failures (and other assorted questions from the book of Interview Questions for People Who Don't Know How to Interview)   1 Answer
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Enphase Energy Awards & Accolades

  • Leaders of the North Bay, NBLC, 2012
  • Best Places to Work in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times, 2015

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