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Pros
  • No heavy lifting, friendly work environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Great people with diverse background (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • They pay minimum wage, standing in same spot on factory line for 12 hours everyday all day is very painfu and boringl (in 3 reviews)

  • Poor communication with employees (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Disappointing Changes"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Solar full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable compensation
    They are starting to focus on employee ergonomics
    Some wonderful people work there

    Cons

    Chinese company = Factory worker thinking
    All decisions made in China, US office is just a re-seller with no decision power, even when the decisions coming out of China are ridiculous.
    Some managers do no understand the industry, and are not capable of properly evaluating potential partner technology.
    Poor work distribution leads to a lot of busy work and little meaningful work.
    Non existent work life balance: Middle management discusses work life balance, but the work load and timing do not allow it. Once again, since it is a Chinese company, a lot of meetings, discussions and decisions happen in China time (starting at 4-5pm PST). This leads to a full day of work + extra hours expected for discussions with the team in China.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate current middle management. Go through one by one if necessary to assess whether or not they actually understand the industry and the upcoming technologies being released.
    Hire a China/US liaison, with enough clout in China to actually make a difference.


  2. "Worst Company in Business"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are zero pros to working here. Collectively the most unethical group of people. Working here will make you a worse person and will contribute negative effects on your mental health. You are better off collecting unemployment checks until you get hired somewhere else. Anyone decent has already left.

    Cons

    Too many to count. I'm not sure how they are in business since almost everything that goes on here is highly unethical and in most cases illegal. Very political. If you lack a soul and enjoy stabbing others in the back for your personal benefit then you will do well here. Affairs are also common and make it difficult for anyone with any dignity.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. The way you are doing business is not sustainable. What goes around comes around...

  3. "No communication"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Solar (More than a year)

    Pros

    Red tape seems minimal, office is in a nice location, compensation isn't terrible.

    Cons

    No communication, no direction, no opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on transparency and company-wide communication.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "You do NOT want to work here"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Ramon, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Solar as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working at this company is a perfect way to learn on how to NOT manage a company/staff

    Cons

    The USA office is a showcase of an HR nightmare:

    1) Racist and sexist remarks spewed from upper management nearly every day.
    2) No career growth trajectory or promotion plan
    3) unless you are in sales, good luck receiving any respect.
    4) Inappropriate relationships seem to be whole heartily respected
    5) Archaic "office rules". Run almost like a High School
    6) Lies lies lies and more lies coming from the very top
    7) Staff largely uneducated. Major decision makers hardly can string together a sentence of proper English.

    If you go for an interview, I suggest asking the turnover rate of the company and demanding an answer as to why.

    Advice to Management

    If you live in this country, please respect its laws and culture. Your behavior will not go unnoticed much longer.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "A very unprofessional place to try and work"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Solar full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are some nice people in the marketing and finance departments who come to work to do their job and who are very professional too.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? This place is run by bullies. They insult coworkers regularly and gossip is rampant. They set up people to fail if they don't like them and talking loudly and swearing is common here. And if you are bold enough to speak up to management it gets worse. Ironically you have to take a harassment course when you start working there and everything they say they will not tolerate...is tolerated.

    Advice to Management

    Take IMMEDIATE actions towards bullies and protect people that are there to work and be professional. Don't close your doors and allow it because that person has been there for a long time. And then when someone comes to you for support PLEASE back them up with the appropriate action and please let it remain anonymous so that person is not subject to more retaliation.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "waste of time"

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    Current Employee - Production Worker in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    clean environment, good shift and friendly employees.

    Cons

    the upper management sucks. They are only concerned for themselves and get their work done in any way possible. They cheat and lie to their employee and make fake promises. The cutting cost and new bonus structure is misleading. It does not benefit anyone but the upper management. The upper management plays politics, while chines only hires chines and quality control team only hires indian. There seems to be no way to move up the company. I find it waste of time working here. Besides the company being not stables does not help either. I will not leave my future in the hands of the company such as this where maybe tomorrow my job wont be there for me.

    Advice to Management

    If you think you can run the company alone, good luck but its the employee who makes you money so think of keeping them happy as well not your self only. Sooner of later you will not have anyone wanting to work here.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Would Not Recommend"

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    Former Employee - General Labourer in London, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - General Labourer in London, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Solar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    No heavy lifting, friendly work environment

    Cons

    Impossible to move up, unfair wage, management does not listen

    Advice to Management

    People who learn the jobs properly and work hard should have a chance at moving up, instead everybody is just a number and it doesnt matter if you work harder than the guy beside you

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Unprofessional upper management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Canadian Solar is hiring due to a very high turnover rate. The rotating door allows many people to experience the Canadian Solar life.

    Cons

    Upper management is clueless and operate on intimidation. Upper management bully their employees. The Ministry of Labour should have an office at the Guelph location for all employees to seek advice.

    Advice to Management

    Fire upper management in Guelph and replace every one.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Production operator"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Operator Slave in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Production Operator Slave in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Solar full-time

    Pros

    Employees are nice and plant is clean

    Cons

    Plant stinks of chemicals, very hot in summer, very noisey and standing for 12 hours everyday is painful. Managers are mean and always yelling to work faster. Lots of people quit from injuries and cannot get paid for injuries because company says it is not their fault.

    Advice to Management

    Lack of management and people skills, always treating employees like slaves and firing people without any notice.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Solar full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you are working in office, the environment is somewhat relaxed. In general the colleagues are nice except the Engineering directors. The free coffee provided in the cafeteria is of poor quality. It feels like you are working as a slave not as an employee. Simply put its a new form of slavery.

    Cons

    The company is on a track to lose. Technically competent people tend to leave the company within few months of joining. They are really facing a tough time to retain the competent people. The people working in the plants are not treated well. The management has not ethical and moral values. They are just concerned about how they can make more money.

    All the positive reviews on this website seems to be posted by their marketing department and by the staff who has been asked to put good reviews on here to keep their rating good as many new employee may check this website before accepting an offer. So if you are one of those, be ware that the good reviews are mostly put on by the employees on the direction of management. They also have this habit of bringing new employees from the companies who work as their contractors or equipment suppliers. Beware that they may offer you a higher salary but once they have got what they wanted from you, they will kick you out.

    Advice to Management

    Change your attitude towards employee. Learn how to respect people and don't put money over everything.


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