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Enphase Energy Reviews

Updated March 18, 2017
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Pros
  • good people - great product - good benefits Work Life Balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Fun working environment and great people (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great solar energy innovators going through rough times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Hardware Engineer in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Hardware Engineer in Petaluma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Enphase Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work to make the world a better place and to leave our children a less polluted planet. Collaborate with the smart guys that founded the business and grew it from nothing to $300M+

    Cons

    Due to price erosion, fierce competition and a constantly changing market landscape, the company is in serious troubles. A series of layoffs caused some of the smartest people to leave and many others to loose the enthusiasm and drive of the early years.

    Advice to Management

    Competing in the solar business is hard and most other players in this market are in trouble too. However, top notch managers would have seen the iceberg coming and would have turned the course of the ship sooner.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Fantastic, promising technology hamstrung by the perceived need to show exponential growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Enphase Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Awesome and well-received product lines. Has come through some very rough times and that is a credit to the many dedicated individuals still present there. Created and dominates the utility-interactive solar PV microinverter space.

    Cons

    Staffed up too much, too soon and not necessarily in the right areas. Unable to grow organically while maintaining a net positive profit margin. Constantly distracted by markets with a low probability for a profitable outcome.

    Advice to Management

    Stop building empires. If bonuses are not warranted due to lack of financial performance, that's everyone's responsibility. That means you should also decline yours in this event, even if it means re-tooling your compensation packages to do it. Step it up.


  3. "Client Engagement Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Engagement Manager in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Client Engagement Manager in Petaluma, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent product and vision. They will succeed and be the best microinverter on the planet.

    Cons

    Company currently under financial stress and stock price is very low.

    Advice to Management

    Need better communications with direct reports.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Visionary product but company going through awkward adolescent stage"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Petaluma, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    TrulyAmerican company with HQ and R&D in the US
    Excellent products with new products coming that will have potential to be game changers
    Flexible work hours
    Unlimited vacation

    Cons

    Enphase is in the solar industry. While an exciting industry, it is not for the faint-hearted.
    Tried to grow too quickly too fast. Adding new products that weren't right for market. Added wasteful systems and processes to scale that were more akin to an established fortune 500 than a post startup.
    Very few internal promotions opportunities
    Many new director and VP hires come from outside of solar and just don't get it or are slow to get up to speed.

    Advice to Management

    Cost reductions in day to day operations are necessary but don't get caught up in being "penny wise pound foolish". Those Mckinsey consultants aren't God and have been known to be wrong.
    While analytics are good tool it needs to be balanced with customer sentiment provided by sales team. This is where experience in solar matters; no matter what high tech or consulting company the new VP's came from.


  6. "Master Planner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Master PLanner in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Master PLanner in Santa Rosa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Enphase Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    start up company more flexible

    Cons

    Start up company limit support

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Avoid this company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Enphase Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting products for an exciting new market made it fun to go to work.

    Cons

    The company is very disorganized and upper management doesn't know or care about what's really going on.

    Advice to Management

    Need to learn how to operate a company post the start-up phase and how to become profitable.


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Staff Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people, fabulous products, good work-life balance, good compensation

    Cons

    Wrong cost saving strategies, two many middle managers

    Advice to Management

    Cost saving can be performed better. Two many intercontinental trips which might be simply avoided (by using tele-conference systems to attend critical meetings) to save thousands of dollars of cash. Bonus of engineers is not paid for cost saving while managers, directors and VPs are excluded! Lay-off process is so brutal and unfair, in the middle of testing in the lab people are let go! This discourages other employees making them to seriously search for other places to work for (two many examples already observed - very talented people already left!) and also adversely impacts company projects by not letting the laid-off employees transfer technical documents to other to take the role.


  9. "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Petaluma, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Transparency, great product and mission, relaxed culture

    Cons

    Weak commitment to environmental principles beyond their product


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petaluma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Enphase Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good work life balance in some way

    Cons

    salary is low, and management is crap


  11. Helpful (8)

    "Great energy tech company, poor management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Petaluma, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Petaluma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Enphase Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting technology development - hardware, software and professional services - with highly qualified staff. Friendly, casual, informal workplace. Flexible work hours and great location.

    Cons

    Uncertain future. Rapidly evolving technology place. Inadequate scale to grow and succeed. Poor leadership. Price premium for claimed value does not hold up in a price-competitive deal.

    Advice to Management

    Come down to earth. Focus on simplicity. Eliminate cost. Drop price. Think of end customer. Reduce complexity of product choice. Focus on small, specific market segments and regions to avoid spreading your resources too thin.


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