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  1. "Could do better."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free fruit. Good food when Joe and Jimmy were cooking there. Unlimited interesting scientific challenges, and some very nice, very smart people to work with.

    Cons

    No one really understood what was going on, many of the production processes were black boxes, and so was our finished device. Unsustainable business model: making low efficiency, unreliable panels that weren't actually very low cost. Silicon PV works really well, we and the VCs should have realised that $400/kg poly Si was a temporary shortage.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck with the job hunt: "Go For It!". Ok there is a 20 word minimum so I should say something else, but I don't have anything nice to say.


  2. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Employees are all smart and friendly.

    Cons

    I don't have any negative feedback.

  3. "Hard working employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard working employees who put their all in trying to save the company at the end. Last product was excellent. Great work life balance. Compensation was comparable to similar opportunities. When doing the lay off - they were very fair and considerate of employees.

    Cons

    Company Dissolved - last product was excellent - why didn't they think of it sooner?

    Advice to Management

    You should have brought in final CEO earlier (Karl)! He had excellent leadership and vision and was working very hard to get the company sold.


  4. "Fast paced and challenging"

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    Former Employee - Vice President Operations and Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Operations and Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small and nimble company in green tech

    Cons

    Solar industry in the US cannot compete with China


  5. "Great company, technology and culture."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology and people all around. Good career opportunities. Company discounted meals, dinks, free coffee. Very optimistic about their product. Plenty of parking space.

    Cons

    Previous management had it all together and we were doing just fine. But when new CEO cut off executive heads starting from key managers and engineers the wheels started moving to extinction.- Unhappy scientists and key manufacturing personnel were forced to work insane hours by new micro-management, consequently starting an exodus of know-how talent. Poor or non existent employee retention program. What killed this company at the end were new hires that didn't know how to do the job and they hired other high salaried staff to cover up for them (too many unexperienced chiefs not enough dedicated Indians). All top management contributed to an snow ball effect creating mistakes that they couldn't fix.

    Advice to Management

    To investors.- If cuts were necessary, it should have been done "intelligently and with surgical precision". Not simply hiring a retired CEO means success, you need to monitored his actions and considered long term consequences.


  6. "Nice Employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The employees were nice to work with. Open work environment - No offices. New CEO was awesome to work with - he really brought our technology up a notch. The company was very collaborative in their work environment.

    Cons

    Company cost too much to run each month and so our product was too expensive. Some employees seemed to not understand confidentiality.


  7. "Nanosolar, Inc."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nanosolar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Could be low cost CIGS PV producer. Needs funding now, but they are working on it.

    Cons

    Innovative technology but still attempting to make it cost viable.

    Advice to Management

    Partner with someone with deep pockets and patience.

  8. "Sharpen your negotiation Skills, Explore all Your Options."

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn new technological paradigms at least from a software standpoint.
    Some people are really really smart and know what they are doing
    Very Open Culture within the Team and Company

    Cons

    Salary Practices & Employee retention Policy
    Not a typical start-up environment , missing Enthusiasm
    Lack of strategical alignment amongst different teams, things are not very clearly focused on a single Goal.
    Missing a real technical person who can bridge the best in Manufacturing practices with that in Software.

    Advice to Management

    Employee Retention policy needs a major overhaul.It costs more in Recruitment and re-training as compared to giving employees market competitive salary.


  9. "frenetic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    NS is a great place to work if you're looking for:
    - start-up environment
    - world class teams
    - incredible innovation
    - flat hierarchy

    Cons

    - New leadership is focused on execution over innovation.
    - Many of the employee benefits are gone.
    - Very high time requirements, long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating, and remember to appreciate the employees that developed this world class technology that we're now using and selling.


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