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Advanced Energy Reviews

Updated February 2, 2017
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Pros
  • There is flexibility for work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • With any company there are good people but many are leaving or have already left (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • upper management is controlled byt Marketing and causes disastrous changes (in 3 reviews)

  • Employees not valued, customer barely valued, all that matters is shareholder value (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Learning opportunity... What not to do to your employees!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    AE offers a decent pay.

    Cons

    lack of respect & professionalism

    Advice to Management

    grow up


  2. Helpful (1)

    "AE moto: we cannot deliver!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Bend, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Bend, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    * Location - Bend, OR is fabulous.
    * Promises - they said a lot - did nothing.
    * Offer Letter - had the correct legal disclaimers.

    Cons

    * Offices - trailers, construction, cubes, dust, bad light, noise, and lack of ventilation (smell).
    * Management - talk, talk, talk; promise, promise, promise ... no deliveries.
    * Direction - none.
    * Dishonesty - I was promised a 10% bonus and quit because they changed the policy and dropped bonuses.
    * Petty - their HR docs states 401k matching at 50% of the first 5%; which they did until somebody decided to retroactively remove 1/2 of all their matching - months after I had quit. Can they do that ?

    Advice to Management

    * Before you write offer letters make sure you will honor them.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Very disappointing experience. Company has on attention to employee-related issues/balance, only on shareholder value."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Professional in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Professional in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    One person on my team was great. The rest were back stabbing and vindictive. The level of unprofessionalism was staggering. I've never worked in such a horrible environment.

    Cons

    Too many to mention. As someone who is intimately involved in this company's affairs - DO NOT WORK HERE.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves and hire replacements.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Just a shadow of its formal self"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you can get into one of the view engineering groups left (that has not been off-shored), there is much to learn and for sure you will be challenged with a great engineering experience. Pay and benefits seem to be in par with similar industries. There are some extremely talented engineers there (not many left though); the employees that remain are very good people.

    Cons

    Executive management simply does not care about employees...period! Board of directors is focused on "share-holder value". If you want a company were you can contribute your ideas to upper management then this is not the place for you. Lots of slogans and mission statements, but no substance behind them. Layoffs are frequent and deep; but they spin it in such a way as to not have to make announcements, so most of the public does not see half the layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    People are what make up a good company! Your taking the most productive, innovative, and motivated people (as the USA is known for) and tossing them to the side. And by the way, employees are share-holders too! Your short term strategy will not pay off.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A once-great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Before recent management took over, was a great company where innovative people could flourish and were well-compensated. It used to be the kind of company where you want to work forever...

    Cons

    New management came in and reduced compensation dramatically, fired extremely talented people (many just left), and off-shored much of the business. The people who have survived are overworked and there out of fear of losing their jobs. The "engineering" team is now working in a manufacturing facility with no sunlight ("the dungeon"), inside cubicles that are flood-stained (I'm not making this up) and with no promise of a future there. Everyone I know who worked there has quit (if they were lucky) or have been layed off. The only good news is that all the extremely talented people that have left have gone to work for their competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Get your resume updated.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Employee's are the same as office furniture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some very talented engineers and technical people.

    Cons

    The CEO and subsequently his direct reports (he brought them all in) have ZERO value for human capital. If you have worked there prior to his arrival, are getting older or make what he believes as too much money.....Pack your bags, you WILL be gone. Regardless of your performance. They exit people in a manner that is VERY close to illegal.

    Advice to Management

    Get out Rogerson!!! You have ruined a once great company.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Humiliating experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Advanced Energy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I would be hard pressed to come up with any pros about this company and this is the extra words to make the 20 word minimum as if that was important.

    Cons

    At Christmas, they had all employees line up to get envelopes from "Santa", which we all assumed was an end of year bonus. I open the envelope and it's just a cheap generic Christmas card. I felt humiliated. I had only worked there 4 months, I quit 2 months later.

    Advice to Management

    Become a human being, and the rest of these words are to make the 20 word minimum, and here it is.


  9. "Finance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Accountant in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Advanced Energy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None. Maybe meeting the VIP whom everyone is terrified of only to find out he is 4'9'' gives you hope that if he can have people afraid and run the company, we ALL have a chance!!!!!!

    Cons

    Starting with your first day you enter confusion that no one explains and no training. Just horrible place to be in Accounting and Finance Dept. Yelling is considered OK, so you just have to fend for yourself and don't allow it.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what your employees actually do! Give guidance and constructive criticism only if you understand what the person actually does. Learn manners, just because Europe thinks it's OK to yell and embarrass people, not everyone will take it!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Stop Hiring Unqualified People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None at this point in time.

    Cons

    Too much hiring of unqualified people just because someone "knows" someone. For example, hiring a person who has a degree in FASHION!! for an engineering position and then moving them into a development position when they fail miserably at the engineering position. This person is neither qualified nor competent.and brings the level of accomplishment and success down to zero. Check the facts and backgrounds of new hires before bringing someone on board just because they are "acquainted" with someone.

    Advice to Management

    Check the facts and backgrounds of new hires before bringing someone on board just because they are "acquainted" with someone.


  11. "Worst local management, poor work location"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Pune (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Advanced Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    No serious pros to join this company, unless you don't have a job...

    Cons

    Very poor local management. Incompetent people managing the show.
    Very bad work location - the claimed technological company is in the warehouses 30 km away from centre of the city
    No canteen facilities
    No public transport in this location, so half day leave is seriously a big concern.
    Poor commutation facility
    Incompetent and poor skilled HR and Admin departments

    Advice to Management

    Improve management techniques by first going through proper training. Build transparency, communicate well about your efforts to employees. Find a senior and experienced HR.



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