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  1. "*Was* a great company"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operations in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operations in Fremont, CA
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Solyndra, Inc. full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative product.
    Intelligent people, passionate about what they were creating.
    Strong focus on manufacturing equipment to produce the best product of its unique kind.
    Flexible, somewhat agile for a commodity producer.

    Cons

    Costly product, but it had a niche market in light weight roofs in the commercial space.
    Taken on too much debt too fast before it established itself.
    Manufacturing in Bay Area - far too costly in construction, labor and being regulation heavy.
    Closed.

    Advice to Management

    This was not a semi capital equipment company where burning cash automatically produces abundant revenue.


  2. "Overworked and Pressure-Filled Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Solyndra, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Technology and idea was pretty good. Idea to advance alternative energy is inspiring. Was a job that paid the bills. Some good engineering talent.

    Cons

    Incompetent management who were out of touch with the engineers. Often overworked with little reward. Unreasonable deadlines. Lot of politics involved that cut down on productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Hold some accountability for you managers. Manage your finances better. Making employees happy is one way to increase productivity and speed up production. Overworking them does the opposite.


  3. "Learned a lot"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Solyndra, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with in technology group. Great synergy working with process, mechanical and software groups.

    Cons

    Aggressive deadlines, means long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more personnel so employees do not have to cram to complete projects


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  5. "Director, Development & Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Director, Development & Engineering in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Director, Development & Engineering in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Solyndra, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging technology, good resources support,

    Cons

    Too much documentation, confusing organization structure

    Advice to Management

    Streamline org. & documentation requirement


  6. "Fantastic failure"

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Solyndra, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Futuristic, innovative, fast pace, people friendly. A lot of work was done in the shotest possible time. Bright future was ahead of all of us.

    Cons

    Everything went wrong starting with market analysis, cost of manufacturing, breaching many international patents, knowingly or not.

    Advice to Management

    Decision making at highest level has to be done with cool heads, not just enthusiasm.


  7. "Excellent experience - and place where I learned a lot"

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    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Solyndra, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Teamwork, and ability to work with many different functional groups.

    Cons

    Work life balance - many hours required

    Advice to Management

    Compensation and evaluation could have been better


  8. "Process Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Solyndra, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with some of the best engineers in the Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Way too much politics. Incompetent management.


  9. "Hired to provide expertise in inspection and data collection for manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Assist"

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    Former Employee - Support Technician in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Support Technician in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Solyndra, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I needed a job to pay the bills. They did that to me.

    Cons

    I didn't like a position at Solyndra in Fremont, CA


  10. "Final test for solar panal."

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    Current Employee - Process Technician in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Process Technician in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Solyndra, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have a change to learn more high tech.

    Cons

    The Management was not very good.

    Advice to Management

    The management has to be improve .


  11. "Quite a ride"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Solyndra, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people there

    Cons

    Too many stupid senior managers.

    Advice to Management

    Don't waste money



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