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Updated February 20, 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 14 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)

  • Upper management clueless, wasteful spending (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great place to work, always changing!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Perrysburg, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Perrysburg, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at First Solar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    First Solar is a great place to work. I have been with First Solar for over 8 years. I believe that First Solar has a strong leadership team that is driven to ensure we stay ahead of our solar rivals in a highly competitive marketplace. First Solar is an environment of constant change which is a dynamic that I enjoy. I believe the willingness to change when it makes sense is one of the key factors as to why First Solar has been successful. First Solar is and organization with diverse backgrounds and employees with tremendous skillsets. I feel fortunate that I continue to have the opportunity to be a part of the First Solar team. High level internal communications were an organization weakness and over the last 1-2 years have become a strength of the organization. Another strength I have seen is First Solar promoting internal associates when we have the skill set and talent internally. Overall Perrysburg has great facilities including an onsite café and workout facility. I would recommend First Solar to friends as a place to consider if they are evaluating a career change or if they are looking for their first career opportunity.

    Cons

    As I mentioned as one of my pros, First Solar is an organization of constant change. I understand this isn't for everyone. Some employees don't like the fast pace and the demands of the job.

    First Solar Response

    Aug 21, 2017 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    Thank you for taking time to share your thoughts. We appreciate you sharing your experience with us and are glad you have had a great experience!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Internship"

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    • 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.

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "Very Flexible and Friendly"

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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

    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!


  7. "Module Only Company"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tech-like environment, good (but diminishing) benefits, market pay.

    Cons

    EPC business takes a huge hit at the expense of modules. Never know if you're safe. Ineffective supply chain with even less effective leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Formally make the decision to drop EPC so we can RIP.

    First Solar Response

    Dec 18, 2017 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We appreciate your insight and we are disappointed to hear that your experience has not met your expectations. We'd love the opportunity to... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Best Of Both Worlds"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I appreciate the value First Solar sees in part time positions, as it provides opportunities for moms like me to dedicate more time to the family needs, all the while staying relevant in the work force. I truly feel like I am getting the best of both worlds.

    Cons

    If not managed wisely, the workload can seem overbearing, but First Solar has amazing core values and beliefs that encourages balance and collaboration, which is recognized by the leadership team. Firs Solar pride is also felt throughout the organization, which is added motivation to press on through the high pace environment.

    Advice to Management

    Not necessarily advice, but a praise report on the leadership/management team, that increase their communication to the broader teams. It adds to creating that "One First Solar."

    First Solar Response

    Nov 6, 2017 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    Thank you for taking time to leave a review. We are glad to hear that your experience has been positive! Keep up the great work!


  9. "Pay wasn't the best"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome benefits, awesome work environment

    Cons

    Only paid me as an hourly employee despite my master's degree education.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of "valuing" your employees

    First Solar Response

    Nov 27, 2017 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    We appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us and we’d love the opportunity to learn more about your experience and any concerns you may have had. Please email jobs@firstsolar.com and we will be... More


  10. "Depends on your ambitions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at First Solar full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and pay were decent to above average. Plenty of work to keep you busy and challenged in most areas.

    Cons

    No chance to move into new opportunities within the information technology department. Stale. Political. In need of new executive management to establish a healthier culture.

    First Solar Response

    Nov 1, 2017 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. It’s unfortunate that your experience did not met your expectations. We’d love the opportunity to resolve your concerns. Please email... More


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