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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)

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. "Logistics Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  2. "Confidential"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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. "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.


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  5. "An industry leader, but bogged down in inefficient processes and lack of communication between departments"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working on projects that involve Solar Power
    Large vertically integrated company

    Cons

    Inefficient office procedures
    Lack of communication between departments
    Lack of direction from senior management

    Advice to Management

    Need to show some vision and some direction of the company.


  6. "It pays the bills"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Friendly co-workers
    - Talent is recognized with career advancement opportunities
    - Being involved in green energy
    - Fair wages and night shift premiums

    Cons

    - Working in a vulnerable industry
    - Poor foresight from management
    - Continental shifts aren't ideal for people with families

    Advice to Management

    - Communicate better all around - with workers and your fellow management!


  7. "the good company, if you wanna a quiet life"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Solar full-time

    Pros

    good work/life balance, people there are nice

    Cons

    growth is quite limited, i don't see too much the future for myself.


  8. "It was a pleasure to work with the helpful colleagues there."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Associate Engineer in Suzhou, Jiangsu (China)
    Former Intern - Associate Engineer in Suzhou, Jiangsu (China)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    We worked under the direction of the chief engineer and he was really experienced and always can give us some advice on the problems we met.

    Cons

    The office was near the assemble stream and the noise was harassing.

    Advice to Management

    maybe they can pay more attention to their low level employees.


  9. "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


  10. "sourcing and purchasing"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  11. "Good place to learn"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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