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First Solar Reviews

Updated August 6, 2018
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Pros
  • "Outstanding work/life balance and the culture that has developed here is the best benefit of working at First Solar" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Very progressive and dynamic work environment that will challenge you and your team each day" (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "It is a bit challenging to have work life balance" (in 13 reviews)

  • "some of upper management was lazy" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Internship"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Solar full-time

    Pros

    Learned a lot and various learning opportunities

    Cons

    Lots of traveling. Maybe specific to my position though.

    Advice to Management

    Good stuff

    First Solar Response

    Jan 22, 2018 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    We appreciate the review and are glad that you have had a positive experience overall! Thank you.


  2. "Very Solid Company"

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

    I have been working at First Solar full-time

    Pros

    Great company mission and extremely intelligent employees.

    Cons

    Very lean. Opportunities for upward mobility can be limited

    First Solar Response

    Aug 13, 2018 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We appreciate the review and feedback. We are glad that you have had a positive experience overall! If you have any further comments or... More

  3. "Nice to work temporarily"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at First Solar full-time

    Pros

    Good Work culture and fun environment

    Cons

    Less promotions and no space to growth.

    First Solar Response

    Aug 6, 2018 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    Thank you for your review and feedback. We appreciate both the positive and negative feedback. We’d love the opportunity to resolve your concerns. Please email jobs@firstsolar.com and we will get... More


  4. "development engineer"

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    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Toledo, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    open atmosphere, great team members, good place for entry level engineers

    Cons

    company getting large and slow. benefits is mediocre. not much space for career growth

    First Solar Response

    Jul 2, 2018 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    Thank you for taking time to share your thoughts. We appreciate your feedback and are glad your experience has been positive overall! We'd love the opportunity to learn more about your mentioned... More


  5. "Designer 1"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at First Solar full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced
    Lots of room to grow

    Cons

    Leadership can sometimes be indecisive

    First Solar Response

    Apr 23, 2018 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad to see that your experience has been positive overall. If you'd like to share more insights please email jobs@firstsolar.com. Once... More


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Do not trap your self here"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low work load
    No scientific/ fundamental understand needed.
    If you are someone who has no motivation and just want to take a paycheck home - THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!
    Yes, company has money but only because of the first movers advantage. Advantage is fading rapidly.

    Cons

    Low pay - salary may look good at start but you won’t get much raises so it will soon become negative in a couple of years
    Thick/rife politics - you will only be promoted if you are ready to get a brown nose. (This goes from sr vp all the way to a low level manager)
    Merit doesn’t matter!
    Nickel and dime every thing , absolutely everything - most of the things are not even worth mentioning.
    Company is very short sighted, changes plans and direction every single day. The management calls it “being agile”... well, it’s clear the company have no vision.
    Very poor internal promotion structure - as mentioned, if you are not a “YES” man, you won’t do good here.
    I have worked here for 6 yrs and recently, a high level director with backbone left the company because the management wanted him to be spineless - company is loosing a lot of employees and has very high attrition rate because of management dishonesty (tell you one thing and do opposite)
    Unfortunately, I still work here because this area doesn’t have any jobs - I have kids who will soon be out of school and I will be out of this trap.. until then, I will have to just suck it up (lots of ppl here who do the same and have no motivation to work- their motivation has been killed by the level of management)
    Not an innovative work environment.

    Advice to Management

    I am sure first solar stooges will pop up here and say,”please email us with complains”.. well, are you really that oblivious to things? Open your eyes, you don’t need me to tell. You send surveys and then you track ppl down. You are worse than WYNN resorts..
    Also, please don’t ask your managers to write glass door reviews so that you get more positives. Your managerial training classes indoctrinate attendees to do social networking (linked in, glass door and such) the way you want (i.e. don’t say anything negative about the company).. anyone who sees a positive review on GD with 5 star, please be aware.

    First Solar Response

    Apr 9, 2018 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I am very sorry to hear that you experience has not been meeting your expectations. We value your feedback and would appreciate the opportunity to... More


  7. "Great environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of highly talented people

    Cons

    Lack of overall strategic direction

    Advice to Management

    Stick to a direction and allow it to fully develop.

    First Solar Response

    Feb 12, 2018 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    Thank you for your review and advice. We are glad to hear you mainly had a positive experience overall. If you have further insights or questions please feel free to email us at jobs@firstsolar.com... More

  8. "Engineering Tech"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Perrysburg, OH
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Perrysburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at First Solar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Once a great place.....years back.

    Cons

    Upper management clueless, wasteful spending... benefits going away.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. Quit protecting each other and place value on who gets the work done.

    First Solar Response

    Feb 19, 2018 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    Thank you for your review and insights. It’s unfortunate for us to hear that your experience has not met your expectations. We’d love the opportunity to resolve your concerns. Please email... More


  9. "BEWARE-NOT THE SAME COMPANY THEY USED TO BE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bainbridge, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bainbridge, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at First Solar full-time

    Pros

    1. Compensation
    2. People
    3. Fun Atmosphere

    Cons

    1. Employees mean absolutely nothing
    2. Empty Promises
    3. Awful Upper Management
    4. Corporate office and personnel are absolutely clueless
    5. Too many chiefs not enough Indians
    6. Could care less about their employees
    7. Will lay you off without a second thought BEFORE CHRISTMAS with ZERO notice

    Advice to Management

    Get it together, really!

    First Solar Response

    Feb 19, 2018 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    Thank you for your review and feedback. We’d love the opportunity to resolve your concerns. Please email jobs@firstsolar.com and we will be sure to get you in touch with a representative that can... More


  10. "Very Flexible and Friendly"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at First Solar full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, friendly and understanding supervisors, interesting work.

    Cons

    Working every other weekend is not for everyone

    First Solar Response

    Dec 11, 2017 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    Thank you for taking time to share your experience. We appreciate the review and are glad that you have had a good experience overall!


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