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Canadian Solar Reviews

Updated January 25, 2017
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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. "Not your average 9-5"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Conducive environment for fine-tuning and strengthening your professional skills,
    *Fast-pace, metrics-drive environment
    *Dynamic leadership
    *Globalized and international outlook T
    *The team is filled with talented individuals who care about their performance.

    Cons

    If you are based in SF/Oakland, it is a bit of a commute

    Canadian Solar Response

    Jun 5, 2014 – marketing communication specialist

    Thank you for your review! We appreciate the feedback.


  2. "Marketing Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was a marketing intern at Canadian Solar. Everyone was extremely kind and helpful.

    Cons

    I was still young at the time so I was not able to do as much substantial work.


  3. "Great company, Great industry leader"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, high-tech automation technology in manufacturing, great place to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Sometimes tiring, depends on the projects on progress

    Advice to Management

    Continue on innovation and improvement!


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  5. "Great Company, Great People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience. Great place for a student to learn and grow.

    Cons

    No complaints as a student


  6. "Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good team, lot to learn due to size of business. Good manager to mentor and support. Company does recognize your hard word and reward appropriately.

    Cons

    Some times overwhelming work load.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good business strategies.


  7. "An honest perspective from someone that believes in the mission..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - People Operations in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - People Operations in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Amazing team members that pull together to accomplish a common goal...we no longer have challenges with team members that simply say, "...that's not my job..." but instead, work with each other to figure out solutions
    - Improvements are continuously being made around the structure and overall culture, including the development of our management team to successfully set them up to support and guide the team members they lead, and employee morale
    - Tremendous success and accomplishments made by the overall team, providing a feeling of satisfaction in the work I do

    Cons

    - With any successful organization or business unit, some structures around processes and systems are not as sophisticated or developed; however, there are initiatives in place with the right people to lead them, making a change
    - Had the feeling of not being appreciated; however, this has changed in the past 2 months with new leadership in place and efforts being put forth to implement the changes
    - At certain times of the year, we pull very long hours and are pushed to capacity, but that comes with success and at the end of the day, we are rewarded for our hard work

    Advice to Management

    Continue keeping the lines of communication open and reminding us that what we do does Make A Difference... keep an open mind and open ear to what our team members are saying as we truly are one of the most valuable assets an organization has


  8. "Interview for Quality Control Supervisor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Supervisor in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Supervisor in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Solar full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are set procedures in this company

    Cons

    I did not receive any result uptill now after passing all my interviews and reference checks

    Advice to Management

    I would advice the management to investigate where is the problem and enforce strict rules to overcome such type of happenings in future


  9. "Good company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, good team, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Work life balance, cultural differences


  10. "Decent but could have been a better start to a career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Benefits (RRSP matching 4%, Dental, Health, Eyes and work boots)
    -Work independently without micromanagement.
    -Provides basic set of tools needed

    Cons

    -Not enough pay for job performed
    -Favouritism among promoted and pay raised empoyees
    -Lied about where job will lead in interiew

    Advice to Management

    -Hire people who are competent at their job
    -Invest time in the skills and backgrounds of employees


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place to work, but with an uncertain future."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Canadian Solar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Reasonable pay, opportunities for growth/promotion, coffee provided to employees.

    Cons

    Uncertain future in Canada, fairly disorganized as a company, very top heavy.


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