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

  • Great people with diverse background (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Going downhill"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The CEO has a good vision but needs to up the morale. Company has a relatively good product for a good price.

    Cons

    The company is too focused on cutting costs/corners in every level at the expense of its employees. Employees are constantly worried that they will be fired/laid off due to management's fear tactics. There is a lot of nepotism, favortism, and backstabbing going around. Employees that have been there for years have not seen raises. Low to zero appreciation for employees or their efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in managers that are not just out for themselves but that see the big picture and genuinely are interested in seeing their employees develop. The employee morale will see a boost if you do this. Invest in your employees and see them as an asset instead of a liability. Ditch the fear tactics.


  2. "Investors beware!! Sell now! (MV) units. Every unit manufactured to date needs major service, on-site overhaul."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Assembly (Temp) in London, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Assembly (Temp) in London, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Solar as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very relaxed un-supervised work environment. Other than that there has never been any real issue. When a goal is met ( far and few between ) they do celebrate with a good lunch currently quotas are in place but there is no repercussion for not making them. Or any changes.

    Cons

    Poor quality MV side in London plant. Poor management. Currently looking for other employment before public announcement of the failing progress. Another con is other than the 4 supervisors that have no idea what they are doing EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE IS A TEMP.

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced skilled workers. Not temps!!, the current employees have no desire for quality at all what so ever.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Complete lack of management skills in the higher achelons"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company accepts everyone that applies... to its factory jobs.

    Cons

    As per title, the management is hectic, conflict of interest and the lack of cooperation between the head office in China and the management here in Canada is jarring. And the feeling filters down to the bottom level employees, who are very often at a loss as to what to do and who to listen to.

    People are promoted to better positions not based on merit of experiences or skills, but rather, how apt you are at sucking up to your immediate supervisor. Automatic raises at intervals are denied based on, not how well the company is doing, but rather, whether your supervisor "likes" you. And for those whom the supervisor cannot tame into a complete yes-man, that means you'll be denied promotions and wage increase (allegedly automatic), for completely arbitrary reasons.

    The HR department defines the word useless. And problem you bring to these people and you'd get a glorified come-the-hell-down speech. And that will be the end of the matter. Internal job postings are fake, people were chosen for a certain job beforehand, (again, suggested by their supervisors), and posting them is merely a gesture, a procedure to be followed.

    Advice to Management

    Too many things to fix, there's no need for names here, but ask around for some general opinions and you'd be sure to get a few ones that will always pop up.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Line worker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Line Worker in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Line Worker in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people working on line are nice and factory is clean.

    Cons

    The worst job I have ever had! They pay minimum wage, standing in same spot on factory line for 12 hours everyday all day is very painfu and boringl. Never given 25 cent raise as promised every 3 months. The management is very lazy and mean, always yelling at people to work faster, calling them stupid and lazy. Factory stinks of chemicals and is very noisey and hot. If you are injured from constant repetitive, excessive physical demands and call in sick, you are fired and WSIB does not pay for you to recover. Most employees are Chinese immigrants that do not speak English and feel trapped and most people quit after a month, very high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    It is a lost cause, they simply do not care about people and think people are disposable. Treat the robots better and they only want to hide in their office and pretend to know how to manage - no training or experience managing people and it shows as staff hate the management there.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Production operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "waste of time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Solar is the future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very dedicated employees who really care about their job and the company.
    Hard working people.
    Really great to work for the future of our children and grandchildren by providing a renewable source of energy.

    Cons

    Communication needs a lot of work.


  9. "Ok, but room for improvement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Guelph, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Renewable Energy Market. People are talented and work hard. Work Environment is clean. BBQ a couple of times a year

    Cons

    Management are inconsistent on applying policies. Certain groups are favored over others and are not held to the same rules. Shifts can be hard.

    Advice to Management

    Promotions should be based on recent experience and performance, not which country you came from. Better pay and benefits for employees, especially as we are now doing more work.


  10. "Far from perfect, but we could be."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Employee in London, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Office Employee in London, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Rewarding work, plenty to learn if you have initiative
    - You're working in Green Energy.
    - Great benefits package
    - Fellow employees are very friendly, any disputes tend to end amicably.
    - HR is very frank and up front

    Cons

    - Several personalities in office staff who are either incapable of or unwilling to do their jobs, leading to constant errors that have to be cleaned up afterwards.
    - Pay is significantly below standard for the work being done (5k -10k per year less than equivalent positions in London)
    - Key individuals in Guelph are often unavailable or slow to respond when you need their help
    - Generally disorganized, everyone is scrambling all the time to rush out the next order, cutting corners to meet deadlines. Then we reach the end of an order and 'oh crap', we don't have another lined up so there are layoffs.
    - Future of the company is very uncertain; no place to raise a family.
    - Atmosphere has been very doom and gloom recently.
    - Staffing is stretched so tight now that taking any time off will cause a mess

    Advice to Management

    We could be so much better than we are. We need to plan ahead, not be revising the BOM right up until the final station we ship out the door. We need a proper order book in place, not a scramble as the last project ends to find more work.

    There are employees on the 'office side' doing precious little while collecting a paycheck. One of them starts dancing when he hears the words 'layoff'. That's a bad influence on others, and should be dealt with; if I'd pulled that sort of stunt in previous jobs, I'd have been shown the door.

    Management has that meeting room tied up 4-6 hours a day while people sit in there and waste time. We could seriously do with less of them, there's plenty of work to be done and sitting around a table while half the people inveited don't even need to be there is a waste of resources.

    Also, we can all see in the HR announcements that the only people being appointed to upper management are Asian. Like in a family owned business, good talent gets tired of being passed over for promotion and then ending up with an incompetent manager who just happens to be family/the right race/creed/gender, etc. The good talent then leaves, and the people appointed to that position without the chops to get it done are then scrambling to figure out how to do the job.

    This is not what I'd call rocket science, but it's scary how ambivalent management is to the mess these issues cause.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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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