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Bloom Energy Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Bloom Energy Principal Co-Founder & CEO K.R. Sridhar
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Pros
  • Good place to learn, meet smart people, advance one's career etc (in 9 reviews)

  • Every team member is very nice, smart and hard-working (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours are the norm, employee perks and morale boosters are lacking (in 9 reviews)

  • Lack of upper Management trust, support & direction (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Technical Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced work style. Collegial team approach to problem solving. Exciting new technology for alternative energy solution that is applicable around the world.

    Cons

    Unrealistic and unattainable business objectives. Company is pushed to the limit every quarter. The best case is your team maybe makes the stated goals. Realistically every quarter everyone falls short which takes a toll on morale. Company Sr. management suffers from an arrogance that impacts how it treats customers and employees. Bloom Energy's slogan should be "Ask not what you can do for your Customer ask instead what you can do for Bloom Energy".

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to figure out it is in the energy business, instead of viewing itself as a technology and manufacturing company. Many of the Senior management team came from a technical background and suffer from poor business and people skills. Financial plan needs to start from potential sales instead of a manufacturing number that has no tangible connection to actual orders.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "The product is great but the culture sucks"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some very smart people and very nice and hard working people there. Some teams are very good. The product is great.

    Cons

    there are also some very mediocre people and they are tolerated by the management. Managers seem quite unable to manage people. There is very little openness to dissent. It is a very secretive culture. Too many people have never seen manufacturing and are still thinking and operating as if it is a start up.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to trust each other so they can create a culture of trust

  3. Helpful (4)

    "I excelled once I started playing dirty"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bloom Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Kool-Aid tastes good at first. If you begin to adopt underhanded ways to sabotage your fellow co-workers like I did you will be promoted. People outside of the company drank the 60 minutes Kool-Aid too, and Bloom on a resume has some benefit, deserved or not. The company seems to be well-positioned politically, which may prevent the company from outright crashing. For getting ahead: information hoarding works, badmouthing and exploiting your fellow employee works, character assassination too. Once you realize this is how it is run from the top, you can align your values accordingly and advance. You can spend your time on this approach for success and let others worry about the "work".

    Cons

    The bad guys are running the show here. The Green Tech facade is a crock, these are natural gas generators and far from exotic. The culture within is rotten to the core, exhibiting toxic behavior indicative of companies far older and longer corrupt. The pay is well below industry standard, exploiting employee's belief they are 'contributing to the world'. Employees in India are also payed below industry standard, which is completely unnecessary as they work for a fraction of the salary of US employees. Nepotism and general favoritism is rampant too, no surprise.

    Advice to Management

    Hurry up and IPO already. Keep lying to the investors to keep the stock price afloat so I can cash out.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Venomous Company"

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain/Ops in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain/Ops in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Hard working employees and contractors (18+ hours per day)

    Cons

    Leadership:
    1. Nepotism and preferential treatment of Engineering to the exclusion of all other teams
    2. God-complex of engineering to the point of infallibility
    3. Darwinian culture and values
    4. Prevaricators
    5. Intellectual Elitism/bullying

    Advice to Management

    They are God! They don't listen to advice!


  5. Helpful (3)

    "manufacturing"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good co workers, location is good,

    Cons

    At first I was excited about the job,everyone was helpful, good pay as I was an entry level worker. They will say good character about you just to stay for them because they still need you, promising conversion from contractor to regular employee. after 2 years of worked nothing happened all your ambitions and high aims sudden change and all you wants is to get out of the company. A lots of favoritism, politics. if you know how to play you will get your permanency in less than of 1 to 2 years. Manager and supervisors as well as Team leads don't know how to manage the department, long hours of work, working weekends,

    Advice to Management

    make it a point that everybody work really hard, some people get permanency because of politics and favoritism.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Future not clear"

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bloom Energy full-time

    Pros

    Place is full of good talent.

    Cons

    Uncertain if the company will relocate.

    Advice to Management

    Big mistake opening a company on the East Coast.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Staff engineer"

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    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart and dedicated employees
    Excellent business perspective
    Strong CEO that took excellent care of money matters and set correct directions for company

    Cons

    Sometimes we move slower due to bureaucracy
    CTO has too much power

    Advice to Management

    Balance power among senior management

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Bloom"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, collaborative team, cool and exciting technology

    Cons

    Attitude that bloom can do no wrong, everything is always some else's fault, bills not paid on time, promises to employees and customers not kept. From what I've seen, we treat our customers poorly as well.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that unless bloom becomes more flexible, employees and customers will start to leave.


  9. Helpful (14)

    "No more Blooming here...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bloom Energy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some really nice and smart employees. That's about it.

    Cons

    Where do I even start.....
    1. Completely mediocre mid level management: managers have no clue about what they are doing. The only reason they were made managers is on their duration in the company, not experience or knowledge.
    2. No sense of structure in place: it's almost 16 years since the company's existence, yet there's always chaos all the time. All the smart people who sacrificed a lot of their life for the company's sake left out in frustration.
    3. Work culture: this is something which never existed. Anyone is randomly picked and moved out to a different team. There's always a battle between cross functional teams, tasks which could be performed in two days take 2 weeks or even months. Everyone wants to do things their own way, just to prove a point.
    4.Compensation: Lies and even more lies just to get people in. An intern in the Bay Area earns more than an experienced engineer here. Bonuses are never paid with some lame excuses like the company's goals aren't met.

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking and start doing. The employees are gonna start moving due to your lame gimmicks. Also, start to respect your employees and have a good organization in place.
    The lame all hand speeches aren't going to work anymore as everyone is smart enough to be aware of the current situation.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "HR Trolls ( been with Bloom for 2 years)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloom Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are very few positives working for this company. Just a pay check with benefits, if that.

    Cons

    This company is incentive based and about to loose some key incentives, therefore not profitable at all. Moral is incredibly low and the talent is running out the door daily. They fire people often for no good reason, especially around the holidays. HR is constantly writing good reviews to try to offset all the truthful reviews.

    Advice to Management

    You should all fire yourselves for being out of touch with the employees, very incompetent and making poor business decisions.


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