SunPower - Great place to work but I question their motives in the policies they push internally | Glassdoor
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"Great place to work but I question their motives in the policies they push internally"

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Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Jose, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

It is a great place to work, good pay and benefits. Mostly nice people to work with. There is room to experiment on new ideas.

Cons

The upper tier are pushing all values to customer centric items that seem to place us all at a disadvantage. Increasingly it is a do more with less and anything the customer wants vice what they truly need. A customer focus is great but it is making the internal operations very short sighted.

Advice to Management

Balance your values. Stop being afraid to add personnel when they are needed. The org is so lean that it cannot sustain the demands of the company. This is where the future breaking point will be. Organizational Exhaustion will lead to higher turnover and lack of confidence in the leadership. Knowing what I know as an investor (not insider) I would sell if it continues.

Other Employee Reviews for SunPower

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Many good people treated badly - No recognition, no job security, no confidentiality, no confidence in exec staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High quality product, many excellent and dedicated employees, good benefits

    Cons

    Most salaries are below market. No clear report of actual earnings due to obfuscation by HR. Statement of earnings includes projected bonuses, benefits and paid time off, but not adjusted for unpaid time off required at year's end. There is no job security. HR, based in Texas, is ignorant of California law and provides incorrect information, routinely violates state and federal labor laws. High-visibiity long-term staff have been laid off without notice when their jobs were arbitrarily transferred to lower paying US or foreign markets. Good people leave and are not replaced. Management circulates "anonymous" questionnaires prior to quarterly open meetings, but it is common knowledge that they are not anonymous and no one answers truthfully for fear of reprisal. Performance evaluation software is also touted as confidential, but no one answers truthfully for the same reason. There is little confidence in the executive staff, some of whom are utterly unqualified for their positions, but prevalent demeanor is obsequious. Established e-staff members and management staff vanish abruptly and are replaced with no explanation. Austerity programs are applied randomly. Software is either obsolete or, in the case of new programs, selected without apparent regard for functionality. Training is inadequate or absent. Management in many cases have no management skills and, despite lip service to the contrary, are not loyal to or supportive of their subordinates. Information regarding where to turn for answers does not exist. Accounting department (which is excellent) is overseas; unclear and haphazard U.S. approval processes result in bills being consistently unpaid or paid late, sometimes many months late. Some e-staff, through sheer apathy or inattention, allow their subordinates to claim credit for the hard work of others and to assume power disproportionate to both their position and their abilities. Power corrupts. Watch your back.

    Advice to Management

    Loyalty.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Very Intense, with lots of great experience, but the experience tends to be the reward"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are generally very nice and fun to work with.
    The growth of the industry and the company provide a lot of opportunity to gain great experience that would normally require more seniority.

    Cons

    Work life balance is only balanced if you don't like your life.
    They tend to bring in outside talent rather than promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time and effort to decide what NOT to do. You tend to give directions that mean do everything. It leads to the work/life balance challenges.

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