FuelCell Energy Reviews

Updated Nov 20, 2019

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FuelCell Energy President, CEO, and Director Arthur (Chip) Bottone
Arthur (Chip) Bottone
25 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Operator Level II in Torrington, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FuelCell Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I loved working there. The environment is relaxed and not stressful as long as you stay on task. They're constantly updating their process to put less physical stress on the employees. Discrimination and bullying is not allowed. It's a very employee friendly workplace.

    Cons

    Mass lay off caused me not to work here anymore.

  2. "Unethical management"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FuelCell Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    New technology and good workers.

    Cons

    Management were unethical, selfish, short sighted.

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  3. "Great people poor execution"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Innovative people, being part of the green energy market, ability to have input into the process

    Cons

    Critical lack of capital to purchase even the simplest things to get the job done high turn over in the last year,. Disconnect management team.

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  4. "Executives Destroyed the Company"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FuelCell Energy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people. Interesting Technology. Ability to make changes in certain circumstances. Exxon Mobil deal could save the company.

    Cons

    Awful C-Suite. Stock bonus worth nothing by the time you vest. Middle management almost as bad a C-suite. It is hard to put in words how bad the C-Suite were (CEO, COO and CFO). Fortunately two of them were fired. Unfortunately they surrounded themselves with VPs whose only skills were nodding their heads and not reporting bad news, and the VPs are still there. Fuel cell technology is a tough business to be in, but the management team accelerated the decline. Hopefully the new CEO cleans house because they will destroy the company if he doesn't. Most of the great people were fired during the recent layoff or left soon after. It is hard to see how they can overcome their challenges with their extremely top heavy structure. I would guess 10% of the company are VPs or higher. The new management gave themselves bonuses right after the layoff. The new CEO sign-on bonus and other awards were crazy considering the company is on life support. So it doesn't look like the apple fell far from the tree. The company has lost over $250 million in the past five years and has little to no cash on-hand. If an outside entity does not save it, it has no hope to survive. Bloom Energy (who have their own problems) have corned the fuel cell market and FuelCell Energy have not adapted properly to compete.

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  5. "Quality Engineer"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Torrington, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A Good place to work

    Cons

    Too much tribal knowledge need a push to say OK

  6. "One head on backwards company"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Tech in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FuelCell Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people were great to work with

    Cons

    Upper management did not have a clue on how to run a company and now they are ready for bankruptcy. They fired CEO and upper managers but too late. Board of Directors are useless they help caused this problem.

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  7. "Poor management!"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FuelCell Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The rank and file are great to work with, and even many of the executives.

    Cons

    Clueless top executives have been and should continue to be fired.

  8. "Great company but has a long way to go"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Staff is highly trained

    Cons

    Management needs to be restructured

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  9. "Future outlook is something to be aware of"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Systems Integration Engineer 
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Can wear many hats, there is a need for creative and innovative thinking to drive down costs and improve plant uptime and durability.

    Cons

    Lack of industry competition has made sales outlook pretty unstable.

  10. "Hoping for the Best"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FuelCell Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fuel Cell Technology and Research opportunities

    Cons

    The company is in a very challenging financial situation. Spending is essentially on hold.

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