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Updated June 19, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at First Solar full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance, opportunities for advancement, awesome culture

    Cons

    None to mention at this time


  2. "Clean Energy Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Embedded Controls Engineer in Mesa, AZ
    Current Employee - Embedded Controls Engineer in Mesa, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at First Solar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative clean energy technology.
    Talented teams

    Cons

    Global solar energy market is unstable and subject to sudden changes.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not as good as it used to be!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Non-Descript Person Ignored By Management in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Non-Descript Person Ignored By Management in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at First Solar full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay, fairly good benefits and flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Not a good company to grow. Being in constant fear of losing your job due to stupidity and calousness of upper management. No proper goals set for employees. Internal politics between different departments. Reworking designs for more than 6 months with no clear direction. Partiality towards some members of the team. Lack of mentorship. The list keeps expanding.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to management. I do have advice to the board of directors. Sack the whole upper management and restructure the organization. Upper management sucks for the most part.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Great company to work for, if you value a hard working company culture."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at First Solar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The talent pool in incredible and the level of autonomy and trust in peers is unique.

    Cons

    First Solar lays people off cyclically.

    Advice to Management

    Executives explain layoffs are necessary, but there are other ways to weather a volatile industry without letting go a third of the workforce. A majority of the employees who are let go are hardworking and much more loyal to the company than the company is to them.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Solid Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Safety Manager in Butler, GA
    Current Employee - Safety Manager in Butler, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at First Solar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Paycheck was always correct and on time

    Cons

    some of upper management was lazy

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the old lazy people who can't do their job


  6. "Good company with Talented Engineers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Perrysburg, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Perrysburg, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company with Talented Engineers

    Cons

    Too many politics among management. Too many managers and upper managers wondering around without knowing anything.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Has opportunity to be a Great Company,But!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Associate in Perrysburg, OH
    Former Employee - Associate in Perrysburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at First Solar (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, adequate pay and benefits

    Cons

    Management seems lost in their own delusions of granduer

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the real people doing the work

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at First Solar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very innovative and good compensation with work and personal life balance

    Cons

    Politics and wide variation in policies for individual promotion and growth

    Advice to Management

    Validate talent recognition process through cross vetting and take care of true star players so they don't leave


  9. Helpful (2)

    "project engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at First Solar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good salary, good benefits, good industry

    Cons

    Tier 1 management doesn't always have a bead on who the best performers are and who the imposters are. Good employees usually get shuffled (since they are usually engaged and working hard), while the imposters spend a good deal of time trying to impress the Tier 1 team with misrepresentations of their activities while promoting themselves. This condition makes it impossible for the company to make the transition to next level.

    Advice to Management

    Use common sense and listen to the employees who really work hard and are honest in their work ethic


  10. "good for working here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Civil Structural Engineer III in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Civil Structural Engineer III in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    First solar has a very nice working environment

    Cons

    The work here is always busy since tight schedule.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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