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Ascent Solar Reviews

Updated September 5, 2018
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  1. "Good place to work with little interference"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ascent Solar full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to do my job as I saw fit. Management support always available if I needed it. Co-workers were wonderful! Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Financially unstable company. Always wondering when we were going to get laid off. June 2018 as it turned out.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open about financial situation with employees.


  2. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thornton, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thornton, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ascent Solar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of variety in job responsibility daily.

    Cons

    Unclear future.
    Problems with financing the company.
    Too many products without contracts.

    Advice to Management

    Solidify direction and narrow focus.

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    "Mixed Bag"

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Thornton, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Thornton, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ascent Solar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The technology is great and has substantial promise for lucrative niche markets. The technical and manufacturing people are generally fantastic.

    Cons

    It is a small company and when the pendulum swings, it swings far. Some reorganizations have been better than others.

    Advice to Management

    Value the people who understand either the technology or the processes to create the technology. Without them, there will not be a product to sell.


  4. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Laid back culture, very little micromanagement.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity for growth within the company.


  5. "Have you ever wanted to be disrespected or intimidated by a C level executive? Than this is the place!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Thornton, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Thornton, CO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ascent Solar full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I set my own schedule and my direct report doesn't micro manage me. Pretty great pay. All my peers are great people and fun to work with.

    Cons

    The SVP/COO is delusional and manages by intimidation. The worst executive I've ever been associated with. He should be reported to the EEOC. He's had multiple complaints filed against him and nothing has come from it. Maybe because he's best friends with HR and goes to lunch with them every day.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue! Get ready. I'm sure the IRS will be coming for you soon for all your shady dealings. Loose lips sink ships. A lot of employee's won't have any issue telling the Feds their true stories.


  6. "Not a bad place but not sure of the future"

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    Former Employee - Process Technician in Thornton, CO
    Former Employee - Process Technician in Thornton, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ascent Solar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co worker's. Flexible with your schedule.

    Cons

    Poor pay we got zero raises in 3 years but where expected to somehow compensate for insurance increases every year. In a merger with a Chinese company and who knows what will happen once facility in China is open. Sent more money each quarter then they made living off the Chinese merger money.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate employees for what they are worth. I made alot less an hour than the new hires that i would train.


  7. "Zany communication (or lack of it)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thornton, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thornton, CO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ascent Solar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Largest Solar Manufacturing company in the state

    Cons

    Poor communication, seems ad hoc

    Advice to Management

    Clarity is needed

  8. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Thornton, CO
    Current Employee - Sales in Thornton, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ascent Solar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people I've ever worked with. Good amount of responsibility. Benefits were better than average. Part of a world changing product.

    Cons

    Leadership has had high turnover. Difficult to follow when every new leader has their way, never seems to gel with a real strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Little more stability please.


  9. "Great products, great employees, iffy management."

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    Current Employee - Enerplex Sales Representative in Arcadia, CA
    Current Employee - Enerplex Sales Representative in Arcadia, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ascent Solar part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good starting pay ($11 for sales rep, $15 for team lead)
    Interesting products
    My coworkers rule!
    Never a shortage of hours for part timers

    Cons

    Shifts are 8 hours long, no matter the position.
    Management needs to reconsider where some of its locations are.
    Commission varies GREATLY between location. Some locations make $200/month regularly, others struggle to make $30.

    Advice to Management

    Relocates some retail locations
    Promote internally to maintain employee satisfaction.


  10. "A small solar technology company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ascent Solar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A very exciting technology with great market potential

    Cons

    Management had been struggling to turn the company around


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