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First Solar Overview

Tempe, AZ
5001 to 10000 employees
1999
Company - Public (FSLR)
Electrical & Electronic Manufacturing
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced thin-film modules. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity ... Read more

First Solar – Why Work For Us?


Unparalleled experience around the globe

First Solar has developed, financed, engineered, constructed and currently operates many of the world’s largest grid-connected PV power plants. Our experience across the solar value chain reduces risk while delivering more reliable, dependable and cost-effective solutions for our customers.

Fastest growing PV technology

No company invests more in R&D advancing our technology to rapidly increase our energy yield, lower LCOE and provide stable grid integration.

Cost Competitive

First Solar delivers an LCOE that is cost competitive with fossil fuels. First Solar technology delivers power during peak energy use smoothing costs for energy consumers against fuel-price volatility.


Your First Step to a Brighter Future

Working at First Solar means working for a company that brings clean energy to countries around the world. Discover how you can join the First Solar team.

Working at First Solar

First Solar employees work around the globe in R&D, manufacturing, marketing, project development, IT, engineering, Energy Services and much more. When you work here, you will be challenged every day while finding new solutions and developing new skills.

Benefits

• 4% 401K Match

• Medical/Dental/Vision 

• Employee Stock Purchase Plan

• Flexible Work Arrangements 

• Tuition Reimbursement

• Wellness Programs

436 employees were promoted in 2016!

Diversity at First Solar 

“First Solar welcomes and strongly supports a work environment inclusive of all. Ours is a corporate culture of inclusion, and we are stronger for the richness of our geographic, cultural, ethnic, social and gender diversity. In a world that demands agility and innovation, this diversity is an asset in dealing with the complexity of our markets. It is, in fact, vital to our long-term success.”

- CEO Mark Widmar

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    "Great place to work, always changing!"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Perrysburg, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Perrysburg, OH
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    I have been working at First Solar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    First Solar is a great place to work. I have been with First Solar for over 8 years. I believe that First Solar has a strong leadership team that is driven to ensure we stay ahead of our solar rivals in a highly competitive marketplace. First Solar is an environment of constant change which is a dynamic that I enjoy. I believe the willingness to change when it makes sense is one of the key factors as to why First Solar has been successful. First Solar is and organization with diverse backgrounds and employees with tremendous skillsets. I feel fortunate that I continue to have the opportunity to be a part of the First Solar team. High level internal communications were an organization weakness and over the last 1-2 years have become a strength of the organization. Another strength I have seen is First Solar promoting internal associates when we have the skill set and talent internally. Overall Perrysburg has great facilities including an onsite café and workout facility. I would recommend First Solar to friends as a place to consider if they are evaluating a career change or if they are looking for their first career opportunity.

    Cons

    As I mentioned as one of my pros, First Solar is an organization of constant change. I understand this isn't for everyone. Some employees don't like the fast pace and the demands of the job.

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First Solar Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at First Solar (Perrysburg, OH) in June 2016.

    Interview

    Basic questions, job prospective. Went over what was entailed in the job. Current projections of the company, information about the company. Asked me questions about my education, prior job history, computer knowledge.

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First Solar Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • Top 500 Green Companies, Newsweek, 2009

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