Cover image for First Solar
Logo

First Solar

Engaged Employer

First Solar

Add a Review

First Solar Reviews

Updated Sep 7, 2022

Verify your email to use filters. Having problems? Resend email
Found 473 of over 548 reviews
4.0
76% Recommend to a Friend
First Solar CEO Mark Widmar
78% Approve of CEO

Found 472 of over 548 reviews

4.0
76%
Recommend to a Friend
78%
Approve of CEO
First Solar CEO Mark Widmar
Mark Widmar
182 Ratings

Top Review Highlights by Sentiment

Pros
Cons
Pros & Cons are excerpts from user reviews. They are not authored by Glassdoor.

Ratings by Demographics

This rating reflects the overall rating of First Solar and is not affected by filters.

Want more demographic options?
  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Manager Finance

    Aug 11, 2022 - Account Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing company to work for. Great atmoshpere.

    Cons

    nothing which i felt till date...

    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 5.0
    Current Employee

    best job ever

    Aug 22, 2022 - Warehouse Supervisor 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    great hours, great benefits, great perks.

    Cons

    overall treatment and advancement for long term employees. overall pay.

    Continue reading
    1 person found this review helpful
  3. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    They love you when you sell your soul

    Aug 15, 2022 - Manufacturing Engineer in Toledo, OH
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good starting company for Development Engineering. Good in company mobility for those driven to work hard. Good benefits for staff initially.

    Cons

    Engineering department mentally is unsustainable and unhealthy. Seniority trumps actual productivity for proper compensation. I literally had to threaten to quit before being offered a proper pay increase. Requires 24/7 dedication to the company, this was typically punished by ridicule if expectations weren't made.

    Continue reading
    1 person found this review helpful
  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Solid place to work

    Aug 23, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Half a year off, multiple holiday paid days

    Cons

    Very long hours, needs better pay.

    1 person found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Worst Manager Ever

    Aug 8, 2022 - Manufactruing Engineer in Perrysburg, OH
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Many good people that care about each other. Good internal development and growth. Constant openings (Sometimes because of growth). Great place to have as a Former Employer.

    Cons

    Culture of blame, not solutions. Managers will blame their own team, not support them. Prioritization tends to be "He who screams the loudest gets the most attention". Have developed "Silos" to an art form. Expectation of responding 24/365 even for items that the on-site team has under control and for which your presence will bring no benefit. Management attention span tends to last until the next meeting. Reactive not proactive. Constantly "Upgrading" equipment with rushed/budget driven projects that aren't ready for production. Once the "Planned start-up scheduled end is reached, it's your problem!

    Continue reading
    1 person found this review helpful
  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great place to work

    Aug 19, 2022 - Invetory Specialist in Perrysburg, OH
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule Benefits Tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Pay rate on low side for market

    1 person found this review helpful
  7. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Big company

    Aug 18, 2022 - Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Cool technology. Exciting to contribute to renewable energy

    Cons

    Company big. Lots of politics

    1 person found this review helpful
  8. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Was a good 10 year ride!

    Apr 7, 2022 - Mgr in Tempe, AZ
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Leading-edge, fast paced and great co-workers

    Cons

    I'm sorry they chose to go back to just manufacturing. After a series of less than stellar management hires they divested themselves of many business lines, ones that provided the profitability to allow them to get to where they are today.

    Continue reading
    3 people found this review helpful
  9. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great

    Jun 29, 2022 - Production Operator 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The work is very easy

    Cons

    But the job is long

    1 person found this review helpful
  10. 3.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Review

    Jul 31, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment and incentive for night shift

    Cons

    Hard work, have to work 12 hr shifts

    1 person found this review helpful
Viewing 1 - 10 of 472 Reviews
</>Embed

First Solar Reviews FAQs

First Solar has an overall rating of 4.0 out of 5, based on over 548 reviews left anonymously by employees. 76% of employees would recommend working at First Solar to a friend and 72% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 4% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, First Solar employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.5 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at First Solar. This rating has decreased by -5% over the last 12 months.

76% of First Solar employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated First Solar 3.6 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.9 for culture and values and 3.6 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at First Solar to be culture, coworkers, benefits and the cons to be senior leadership, management, career development.

Popular Careers with First Solar Job Seekers

JobsSalariesInterviews

Work at First Solar? Share Your Experiences

or

Reviews by Job Title

First Solar Photos

+ Add Photo
First Solar photo of: Site preparation and installation
First Solar photo of: Leadership Essentials 2018 Class
First Solar photo of: Associates in Malaysia
First Solar photo of: Operating and maintaining our products
First Solar photo of: In-house recycling
First Solar photo of: First Solar Assembly Line
First Solar photo of: Working together
See All Photos

Expert Career Advice

Guide to Getting Your First Job

Find a Great First Job to Jumpstart Your Career

How to Get a Job

Getting a Job Is Tough; This Guide Makes it Easier

How to Get a Promotion

Climb the Ladder With These Proven Promotion Tips

How to Negotiate Your Salary

A Guide to Negotiating the Salary You Deserve

How to Write a Resume

Write a Resume Recruiters Can't Resist

First Solar Job Seekers Also Viewed

SunEdison Logo
SunEdison

3.0

522 Reviews
Compare

Glassdoor has 548 First Solar reviews submitted anonymously by First Solar employees. Read employee reviews and ratings on Glassdoor to decide if First Solar is right for you.