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Solopower Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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  1. "Learned a lot"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on first of its kind technology. Fast paced. Decent work to life balance. Some managers were highly competent and a pleasure to work for.

    Cons

    Constantly overpromised ability to deliver and seems to be perpetually stuck in startup mode. Periods of down time in between funding when you have to find ways to look busy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep at it. Figure out a way to keep the talent when the funding gets tight. Don't try to save a few dollars on location before you figure out the process.


  2. "Fast Paced but Disorganized"

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

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

    Pros

    - Lots of learning opportunities
    - Fast paced environment
    - Brilliant engineers

    Cons

    - Politics-heavy
    - Management lacks clear direction
    - Not process-oriented. There's always upper management pushing on deadlines while completely missing the big picture. I should add this isn't your typical rant against upper management. A lot of upper management was basically brilliant engineers who though they could run the helm of a company. They had great technical knowledge but poor management and leadership skills.

    Advice to Management

    I was here through 2010 and it was clear after the CEO change in 2009 there were cliques building in the company. There was never really a feeling of teamwork because every group seemed to just fend for themselves. Focus on teaching the team proper problem solving skills because all that's happening is people chasing problems but creating new ones at the same time.

    Furthermore, the disorganization is just horrendous. For instance, when yields aren't meeting expectations, there's just a mad scramble throw everything in the air for a fix. There ends up being a ton of non-value add activities and wasted materials. No one is ever interested in a systematic fix.

  3. "Hardware Engineer"

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

    I worked at Solopower full-time

    Pros

    lots of fun, great engineering team,

    Cons

    the company got shut down, I lost my job a few years ago, really sucks, was doing terrible in the market

    Advice to Management

    San Jose offices got closed down, wish they wouldn't have so I could still have a Job


  4. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice people, fun to work with

    Cons

    Difficult start up environment...lots of ups and downs


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Too bad I can't give zero stars"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My co-workers were wonderful. Most of them.

    Cons

    I have never worked for such a poorly managed company. Their way or the highway. A lot of over-puffed egos and agendas. No one willing to do whatever it takes to get the start-up off the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up. Trust the employees you hired to do their jobs and use their knowledge. Get over yourselves.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "upper management clueless"

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

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

    Pros

    solar manufacturing training is helpful to move onto a new company. Hands on learning of solar processing steps and proceures.

    Cons

    Mustafa management very money wasteful

    Advice to Management

    disposal of clueless mustafa management


  7. "Chemical Process Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Chemical Process Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Chemical Process Engineer in Portland, OR
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was great experience to work at solo power as chemical process engineer.

    Cons

    Could not start production due to late installation of tools

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Worst company I've ever worked"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The company has a unique product and mostly good employees.

    Cons

    Worst management - don't know how to manage the business. After 7 years and so much spent on its infrastructure they still haven't figured out how to sell the product. Most of all they don't know how to appreciate good hard work and they lie. They are the main cause of the company failing and no one has the courage to find a better group of people to run the business.

    Advice to Management

    Have integrity and be honest. Have more transparency and don't lie.


  9. "An Example of Poor Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people doing a lot of hard work on an inspired product with lots of buzz in the industry. Lots of very creative people working in disparate directions.

    Cons

    Lack of direction, bullying, grandstanding and general disorganization on the part of management. Maybe this is the norm in a start-up, but it is not helping the cause.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction, stay with it, and try to be professional. The higher up in the organization you are, the more gracious you need to be to the people who helped you get there.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not a Dream Job, It Just Another Start-Up Company..."

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    Former Employee - Technician in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technician in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Brilliant coworkers (not all of it).
    Collaborative environment for the most part
    Lots of hands on experience and the freedom to do your own work.
    Opportunities to take work from beginning to end.

    Cons

    Horrible review process, limited raises based on favoritism of upper management.
    Management and Engineering uses the word "IT IS WHAT IT IS" often and it's true.
    Lack of communication between upper management and subordinates.
    Significant lack of organization throughout the company, which was a constant source of annoyance.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to recognize corporate and individual achievements.
    Engage in timely and regular internal communication so employees stop learning about significant issues. Leadership needs to be better at and more transparent about treating employees. Need to address the issue of work life balance otherwise it will backfire in the long term. Need to recognize employees for their hard work.


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