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Pros
  • Recently acquired by ABB, things might change for better (in 3 reviews)

  • Enjoyed learning how to test Solar Inverters training was fair (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • What's the point of working extreme long hours to contribute to the company when they come with terrible business decisions (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Power-One full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great talented employee to work with.

    Cons

    No reward based on the performance. HR.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the good work done by employee, don't just hire and promote your friends.


  2. "Power-One Work Life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    8 hour work days are standard

    Cons

    You have little control of the root problems that will come up on a large scale for the organization. You will go through the steps to fix the problems that come up but the design of the products is controlled from other divisions outside of the U.S.. and the organization is not setup to make the changes needed through different groups to keep up with the needs of the U.S. market.

    Advice to Management

    Improved agility in an fast moving solar market is needed!

  3. "Pays the bills"

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    Former Employee - Inspector in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Inspector in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Steady work, unlimited overtime, pay is good

    Cons

    Management changes too often and small break room

    Advice to Management

    Hire good managers, then treat them well so they stay


  4. "Remote Service/Sales/Engineering Office"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Power-One full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great market segment. Company makes photovoltaic inverters from 250W to MW's. Second largest in the field was acquired by ABB (HQ Switzerland) in 2012. Main products produce In Italy with assembly plant in Arizona. Engineering done in Tuscany Italy so visit there was enjoyable. Talented and friendly engineering staff.

    Cons

    Company had grown very fast. It seemed that Italy engineering management was overwhelmed and didn't have time to deal with our remote group. No real hardware engineering was done outside of Italy. San Jose operation had very high attrition of staff due to selective RIF's or people leaving to better job opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Upper executive management at the corporate level did their job selling the company to a larger firm with more resources. For lower engineering management, if you have engineering personnel give them the opportunity for to perform real work and trust their expertise.


  5. "Vice President Finance, Controller"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting technology, dynamic and rapidly changing business environment. Challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    Acquired by a larger entity.


  6. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Power-One full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People who want to do a good job and are willing to do the work.

    Cons

    Management is clueless as to what is happening on the manufacturing floor. Scrap rate is incredible. No way anything being built in Phoenix is generating a profit. Shipments are the only thing that count. Quality is virtually the last consideration before shipping.
    Products are poorly engineered and the customers are not happy.

    Advice to Management

    Some key management and mid-managers as well as line supervisors need to be removed from their positions. The wrong people are in positions that could affect changes needed in quality, engineering, and production. The same people have been doing these jobs for some time and the end results have not improved. Because there is no effective quality department and no one tracks or is responsible for quality or scrap, no one acts on it and the status quo continues.


  7. "qa specialist"

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    Current Employee - QA Specialist in Camarillo, CA
    Current Employee - QA Specialist in Camarillo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    teamwork among employees but not appreciated by upper management

    Cons

    upper management did not work together

    Advice to Management

    need better people skills/respect/integrity among upper management

  8. Helpful (1)

    "HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Can't think of anything when it comes to HR.

    Cons

    The Human Resource practices at the Phoenix site are sub optimal. HR is run in a very confrontational, dictatorial style which is not good for the company's image. If you are not in agreement with HR, your sidelined and put on the termination list. Not fair for honest, hard working people.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the HR issues in the plant


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, good work environment, good hardware, lame applications"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really nice people. Great work-life balance. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of inspiration from managers and team leaders to do anything remotely cutting edge or interesting. Lack of funding for as well as understanding of the importance of the role that quality design work goes into a products success or failure. Stodgy and outdated management understanding of application development and design trends and their importance in gaining recognition by the market. Very difficult to hire quality ui developers on the front-end due to lack of public visibility of web applications.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage and nurture employee inspiration. Allow time for developer exploration of concepts and future possibilities, instead of always focusing on the next line item in the laundry list. Find a way to channel and encourage inspiration.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Bumbling, Stumbling, Fumbling"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Power-One (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Really, pros... naps at noon time

    Cons

    Unstable IT, nothing will get in the group of 7


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