I worked at Solectria Renewables full-time (More than 5 years)
4% 401k matching
HR is very responsive and responsible
Open for international students
Great opportunity for fresh graduates to get exposed to on-going projects
Fresh graduates can be quickly "trained" during this never-ending project, so that you can get a better job afterwards. This is exactly what happened there
Very competitive and fast-paced industry. Small margin
Difficult to compete with foreign competitors
Technology is old-fashioned and nothing new. Patent? Forget about it.
Crippled/funny upper management. Chaos
Worst working environment I've ever been
High turn-over rate (est. 10 - 30 %/yr, depending on dept.)
Consistent loss of talented leaders and engineers
A+ or A players are either actively looking for new opportunities or thinking about leaving sooner or later
CEO (co-founders) already left. Good for them.
Solectria-fellow title does not mean job security. 2-day notice of letting you go.
Importing ~10 engineers from the Japan (mother company) because the company cannot obtain competent manpower in US. Is it worth it?
They know how to take advantage of international students' OPT, H1B and green card application, which I fully understand
Let three engineers leave before Christmas holiday because Company can save two-day paycheck? What a great idea.
Advice to Management
they wont' listen
The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Solectria Renewables in January 2016.
I got interviews at their office. 5 people showed up and without introducing themselves started asking questions. They asked few questions about my previous job without saying anything about the position that I was being interviewed for. The questions were legit, both technical and behavioral. I think they didn't want to hire and were just practicing interview process. That's something that you should be aware of.
Yaskawa Solectria Solar's CEOs hosted the annual company summer outing. Showing off our diversity with flags from each nation represented by our associates. Family, food, fun and games, train rides & plenty of good conversation was had by all
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