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Canadian Solar Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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Pros
  • No heavy lifting, friendly work environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Great people with diverse background (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Hard work. A good thing overall."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Solar (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good team. Good people. Room for advancement. Work hard and you can make a difference.

    Cons

    If you complain a lot or don't like hard work don't come here. Lots of work. Can be hard to keep up with. You will not have 40 hr weeks here. Don't be a whiner or complainer.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more capable individuals quickly to keep up with the workflow. Being pushed beyond 60 hrs a week really burns people out. Even the great go getters.


  2. "Confidential"

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    Former Employee - Confidential in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Confidential in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Solar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Competitive salary and benefit packages.
    2. HR/Recruiting team support.
    3. Strong conviction to meet the sale targets.

    Cons

    1. Supply Chain (SC)/Sales support ERP systems are basic.
    2. Frictions exist between the SC and Sales.
    3. Lack of team environment.
    4. Employee turned over.

  3. "Logistics Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Solar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with except for the Logistics Manager. Humbling experience.

    Cons

    Logistics Manager needs to repent


  4. "Ok place for a co-op"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Purchasing in London, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Purchasing in London, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Solar as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - good co-workers
    - good environment
    - company outings

    Cons

    - repetitive work
    - factory environment


  5. "Incoming quality auditor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Solar as a contractor

    Pros

    good work environment and excellent team work, helped me to familiar with the whole process of incoming quality control , good benefits for all the employers

    Cons

    usually work overtime, high work pressure, poor communication between manager and low level employers

    Advice to Management

    listen to the advice of subordinates and take the continuous improvement


  6. "It was alright, as an intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The accounting department at Canadian Solar is fairly small. It is easy to build relationships with your colleagues. Coworkers are pretty easygoing in general.

    Cons

    As an intern, you may not be provided with enough training, and some of the tasks are kind of trivial and repetitive.


  7. "Energy Group"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay, very international working environment

    Cons

    The project business is rather new, there is no proper processes in the company. Also there is no company culture observed here.

  8. "Good place to learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Canadian Solar provides a casual work environment and mostly friendly and diverse team. Hours are flexible and usually no overtime is required. A good place to learn and a good co-op experience but job becomes boring after a while and you'll want to move on.

    Cons

    Bad management. Managers have no obligation to align the needs of the company and the wants of the employees. Bad planning and decisions made by management is often questionable. Corporate restructuring is common and employee loyalty is non existent. People are always late for meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Some transparency towards your employees would be nice. Be truthful and upfront about big business decisions and company changes.


  9. "sourcing and purchasing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    close to home from work

    Cons

    long work hours for long ....

    Advice to Management

    flexible work style


  10. "Solar"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Clean workplace, steady schedules, non-union, free coffee, clean washrooms

    Cons

    Continental shifts
    Working during stat holidays

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to what the workers have to say


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