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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. 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

  3. 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


  4. 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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Lost opportunity"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great work environment. Sales are struggling."

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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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good people to work with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Capstone Turbine full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced environment with the ability to learn different things

    Cons

    Sometimes you tend to chase your tail with all the constant restructuring

    Advice to Management

    Let stuff sink in before you decide to make changes

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing product lack of management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a place to get involved with high tech product. You challange your knowledge and fall in love with a cool technology.

    Cons

    Lack of management ends up to losing money, missing deadlines, purchasing useless tools and etc. They start with a reasonable salary but no growth for future!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "A few tweaks away from Profitability"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Technician in Chatsworth, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Technician in Chatsworth, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Capstone Turbine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Awesome green energy technology
    - Ideal office location
    - Good office space
    - Nice co-workers
    - Competitive Salary

    Cons

    - Too many smart people that leads to too many meetings
    - Too many product configurations offered
    - Team building and R&R Program is non-existent
    - Limited growth opportunity

    Advice to Management

    - Stop offering so many product configurations
    - Stop working on Liquid Systems for now and Focus on increasing reliability on Gaseous Systems


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A great product and a company that needs more structure"

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

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

    Pros

    The company finds a way to keep on going despite never having made a profit. The product is fantastic and needs to find its way into the market to be successful.

    Cons

    The company has not made a profit and does too many different configurations instead of doing a few very well and is always chasing the sale instead of making a consistent product

    Advice to Management

    Management is too lenient with sales and is always making engineering then purchasing play catch up. Need to narrow down catalog offerings and stop special orders unless down payment, minimum quantity and reasonable times are stipulated.


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