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Updated October 30, 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 17 reviews)

  • "Competent and Professional leadership, very healthy and conducive work environment" (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. Featured Review

    "Great Company"

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

    Pros

    Nimble, welcoming, aggressive and fun.

    Cons

    Needs to keep innovating, the culture is innovative but technology roadmap needs expedited.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing.

    First Solar Response

    Sep 24, 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! Please feel free to email jobs@firstsolar.com if you would like... More


  2. "Work"

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for

    Cons

    None at this company in tempe

    First Solar Response

    Nov 6, 2018 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    Thank you for the positive review! We are glad you are having a good experience so far!

  3. "Engineer"

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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

    Quality work, flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Poor coordination between the departments.

    First Solar Response

    Nov 6, 2018 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear you've had a positive experience overall. We are continuing to work on our collaboration efforts between departments. If you would like to share... More


  4. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perrysburg, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perrysburg, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People.
    Good Benefits.
    Remote Work Options for some office roles.
    Continuously evaluating their processes so that things are always improving.
    Great Work/Life Balance.
    Good Training and Development Programs.
    Career progression at First Solar is not just about promotions but focused on what you want out of your career personally.

    Cons

    Vacation time is average or below average.

    Advice to Management

    Keep evaluating and improving. Happy employees = happy customers = company growth.

    First Solar Response

    Oct 22, 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!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad place to work when there was money to spend."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Construction Supervisor in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Construction Supervisor in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement.
    Safety conscious workplace.
    Opportunity to travel.
    Decent pay.

    Cons

    Expected to work a lot.
    Management doesn't always know what is going on.
    Money is not always spent in the wisest ways on projects.

    First Solar Response

    Oct 1, 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 learn more to help us identify areas for improvement here at First Solar... More


  6. "Service Desk Manager"

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    Current Employee - Service Desk Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Service Desk Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large coverage scope for both Office and Production IT field.

    Cons

    None as this moment, to be updated.

    Advice to Management

    Be open for inputs and feedbacks

    First Solar Response

    Sep 24, 2018 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

    Thank you for your review and advice. We appreciate the feedback. We’d love the opportunity to resolve any concerns as they arise. Please email jobs@firstsolar.com if you would like to give further... More


  7. "Great industry, ever expanding company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, can work from home

    Cons

    I don’t get paid for all the hours I work. If your salary you get screwed often. I work weekends and night with no extra pay.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people for all the work they do!

    First Solar Response

    Sep 4, 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

  8. "Great team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Most senior people had impressive backgrounds and global expertise . Great experecience for young people

    Cons

    LIT was only available for directors and above. Might have changed since then

    First Solar Response

    Aug 20, 2018 – Global Talent Acquisition Analyst

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


  9. "Very Solid Company"

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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

    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


  10. "Nice to work temporarily"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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