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Capstone Turbine Reviews

Updated February 1, 2017
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Capstone Turbine President, CEO, and Director Darren R. Jamison
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  1. "VP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Capstone Turbine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Technology should be game changing

    Cons

    Inability to build business model


  2. "Sales at any cost"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Capstone Turbine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get stock and their shares are traded on the NASDAQ.

    Cons

    They sell their product at a negative margin.

    Advice to Management

    Create new incentives for your sales people that encourages them to think about margins instead of sales.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Level Incompetence, No Oversight for Costs"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Van Nuys, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Van Nuys, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people below the executive levels are amazing, hardworking and talented. They really care about the company and want it to be successful. You are well compensated, but you pay for it in other ways.

    Cons

    The gross incompetence of the executive team, with one or two exceptions. Engineers are given far too much power to make changes to product with no second thoughts about cost. People who bring up basic questions about cost are bullied or laid off. I do think the CEO cares about the success of the company, and he works very hard, but he is too involved in market and financial matters to see how people on his executive team are actually the ones destroying the business, particularly incompetent engineering and the directionless engineering leadership.

    The last months I was there, all the PhDs in the company left....and now you have people in engineering positions that do not even have degrees or related experience to justify their position, because they are friends with an executive. Cannot even read drawings or perform basic math, yet are allowed to make changes to our product. Rampant, destructive favoritism. The environment is far too political and destructive, I witnessed so many talented people get pushed out or leave.

    Anyone wishing to grow in their careers should look elsewhere, this place, although promising at one point, is being destroyed by poor leadership, and the CEO cannot, or chooses not, see it.

    Advice to Management

    Manage costs, make the tough choices and purge the business of those who are destroying it, incompetent engineering, or proceed to watch this great company die a slow and painful death.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Nice stepping stone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Capstone Turbine full-time

    Pros

    Company has a very liberal attendance, vacation, sick policy. Some very bright and nice employees

    Cons

    Senior Management is oblivious to the manufacturing process. The company has lost revenue 20 straight years and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Very little communication between departments leading to significant waste and no oversight

    Advice to Management

    Declare bankruptcy, realign the company and start over


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Sr.Buyer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Littlerock, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Littlerock, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Capstone Turbine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The product innovation we make. Family oriented coworkers. Very high exciting job description.

    Cons

    Lack of Account payable support. Not able to provide an answer to a supplier as when will they be getting paid. Forecast bookings are just forecast bookings; not firm orders.

    Advice to Management

    Firm linear bookings. Fix BOMS


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fabulous Technology - Green Energy Technology"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Capstone Turbine (Less than a year)

    Pros

    First to market with compact microturbine technology that generates power clean and efficiently. Product fits within multiple renewable energy applications. Working environment is fast passed and allows for staff to have ownership and accountability for their work.

    Cons

    A lot of reorganizations and changes to focus/ direction which can be positive, but make it difficult to understand what the future corporate growth will result in.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Abysmal Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chatsworth, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chatsworth, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Capstone Turbine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good product which is environmentally friendly. Smart co workers and decent work environment.
    The product is truly hi tech.

    Cons

    Most of the management is incompetent.
    Senior management is the worst. I met a past employee (2000) who said that they were bad even 16 years ago and several were replaced with equally incompetent people.

    Advice to Management

    Screen prospective managers thoroughly - use an outside service, since current hiring managers got into Capstone because fo their BS and they, in turn, fall for the applicants BS.
    You need knowledgeable people doing the interviews.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company needs all new leaders"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Capstone Turbine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great product, great employees, great benefits

    Cons

    Lot's of favoritism going on. Leaders nor board of directors get down to why this company is failing.

    Advice to Management

    You can't ignoring the real reasons for the failing company.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Lost opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Capstone Turbine full-time

    Pros

    They offer a good product line.

    Cons

    Capstone is a poorly managed company that conducts business in a chaotic way that makes it an insane place to work. They spend all their time putting out fires that they created themselves due to poor quality and by not following a sensible system. They have policies but never follow them. A lot of good people have quit or been laid off. Very sad.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should stop conning the employees and resign.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great work environment. Sales are struggling."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Capstone Turbine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great place to work
    - Great product
    - Challenging projects
    - Fast paced work environment

    Cons

    - High turnover rate
    - Company has never posted a profit in any quarter

    Advice to Management

    Have systems engineers be more engaged with electrical and mechanical engineers with strict definition of design requirements.



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