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FuelCell Energy Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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FuelCell Energy President, CEO, and Director Arthur (Chip) Bottone
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  1. "Can be a good environment"

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    Former Employee - Chemical Engineer in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Chemical Engineer in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FuelCell Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Engineers have a long leash and can take on their own projects. There's a lot of freedom to explore one's own ideas and solutions to issues arising in the existing technology. That attracts fairly interesting coworkers.

    Cons

    Work can be very routine.
    Depending on the group, there can be limited advancement potential.
    Funding is always a little uncertain.
    Pay tends to be a bit low.

    Advice to Management

    The organization can be a little bit tribal. It's important to foster communication and collaboration, not only between groups but between different levels of management. Broad data meetings are probably not the best way to do this.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fuel cells are fascinating, complicated and need a lot of engineering to improve them!

    Cons

    Just had a huge layoff, the future of FCE is very uncertain. Morale is very low in the company as we begin 2017. Very little direction from upper management. Many senior technical people are about to retire with

    Advice to Management

    Train new employees! Invest in your people.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "View from the bottom"

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    Current Employee - Process Operator in Torrington, CT
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Torrington, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    One can rely upon the technology to continue into the future, thereby somewhat assuring a bit of job security and career growth. Educational support is available.

    Cons

    Struggling to balance/ convert an entrenched R&D culture to a production / market aware one: it's an uphill slog but progress appears to be happening.

    Advice to Management

    Seek wisdom where the rubber meets the road.


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  5. "Good Company to Begin a Professional Career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company gives you the ability to make a difference and isn't overloaded with bureaucracy. Co-workers are friendly and easy to work with. Laid back work environment.

    Cons

    The company has never made a profit so upward mobility is limited and downsizing is an ongoing reality.


  6. "An age-old company on the cutting edge"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Danbury, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FuelCell Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    For a mechanical or chemical engineer, FuelCell Energy is the perfect place to work on cutting edge technology. The company is on the forefront of stationary fuel cell technology, and opportunities are available for doing different things such as R&D, product development, field service. Several employees have tenures exceeding 10 years and this speaks highly of the work environment.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  7. "anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Torrington, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Torrington, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    you may be able to gain some new skills to help you move forward in life.

    Cons

    the only thing that awaits the worker that put his time in is a good pay check vs. bad knees. After a period of time the knees and legs of their workers starts bending as a result the awkward awkward duties required. the solution is simple , better equipment and more modern production technology so the worker has a shot at retirement with out the issues many of them face, but if they got better equipment would they create as many jobs/ hmm...

    Advice to Management

    better automatic equipment is much needed to become a more civilized production floor


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Former employee"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Manager in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FuelCell Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The technology is catching on. You also get to work with and learn from some of the most brilliant people in the field.

    Cons

    The company is low or no profits after 40 + Years in business. The company was being run using 1970-80 MRP systems and you're expected to perform at todays pace and standards

    Advice to Management

    Give your company an upgrade in culture, infrastructure, and pay.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Healthy work-life balance amidst growing pains of a company trying to gain market share."

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy full-time

    Pros

    Healthy work-life balance, working excessive hours is not an expectation.
    Coworkers are generally friendly, willing to work together while making the day enjoyable.
    Fast-moving environment with many opportunities to improve design and product.

    Cons

    Salary is competitive, but sub-par benefits make net salary below competitive rates.
    Promotions are difficult to come by in some instances.
    General feeling amongst employees that annual raises are sub-par.
    In some cases, management seems to lack familiarity of important parts of the business.
    Physical work environment well overdue for some upgrades.

    Advice to Management

    It seems that a lack of forward planning tends to hold the company back. Suggest planning for realities of the market, rather than optimistic view of the market and using that to move the company forward to gain market share.


  10. "Great group of people, good engineers and support staff."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    One can quickly learn a lot about this technology.

    Cons

    Small company, salaries are below industry standard across the board. It's a good stepping stone for a good engineer or technical person.

    Advice to Management

    Working for an emerging technology is a risk, to get and keep good people they must be paid to compensate for that risk.


  11. "Interesting work, smart co-workers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation
    Opportunities to learn
    Able to balance work/life
    Intelligent co-workers

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement
    Location is okay if you like hot, humid summers and lots of snow in winter


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