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Updated Aug 16, 2021

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Stion President & CEO Chester “Chet” Farris (no image)
Chester “Chet” Farris
12 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    great job

    Feb 17, 2021 - Financial Controller in Hattiesburg, MS
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    Pros

    wonderful people, with great benefits

    Cons

    business sold due to other companies

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Shame

    Aug 16, 2021 - Manufacturing Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    CIGS technology was good, process was non scalable with manufacturing equipment.

    Cons

    Lots of high overhead and down time due to equipment failure, some managers where combative

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  3. 4.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Slow

    Mar 26, 2020 - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good manager. Not slot of projects.

    Cons

    Slow revenue not slot of projects

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  4. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    not a good place to work

    Oct 14, 2019 - Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Nothing is applicable and matters now

    Cons

    it does not make any sense now

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  5. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Unfortunately, they have closed up shop

    Sep 15, 2019 - IT in Hattiesburg, MS
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great place to work - good people

    Cons

    Also a tough place to work, top executives could have been better

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee

    A great place to work but needs some repairs in order to be competitive with the rest of the market

    Dec 27, 2008 - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Strong management. Diverse workforce and great people. Strong communicative atmosphere. Pleasant work atmosphere. Strong leadership. Employees and senior management acknowledge new ideas and give them room to grow. There a some opportunities to grow and be promoted.

    Cons

    Uneven salaries across the board for the same type of work. Emphasis given to experience versus productivity. No bonuses or stock offering that compensates performance of individual workers. Promotions need to be based on performance not on experience and seniority. Compensation needs to be increased for productive workers in order to retain them. No strong employee training and further education program.

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  7. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Fast Paced & Scrappy; Sunk By Tough Industry

    Jun 20, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Dynamic, hard-working and team-oriented environment with good balance / flexibility for start-up. Ample list of cutting-edge projects on both business and technical side of company. Meritocracy with fast advancement for high performers and minimal bias / politics. Committed to mission of US manufacturing and overall health / well-being of employees.

    Cons

    Brutal market with low prices and massive oversupply triggered by Chinese dumping, which impacted funding availability and every other element of business, ultimately leading Stion to close operations. Some normal communication challenges between facilities in CA & MS. Depth of manufacturing expertise / staff needed hard to achieve in US.

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  8. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Quite satisfied with the experience I received

    Mar 29, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Excellent team, management is quite chilled and helps out when in need. Few great social events organised every year to break the ice with your seniors.

    Cons

    Not a good place for you if you are not okay with a fast-paced environment. Work happens 24/7/365.

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  9. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Squandered Potential

    Dec 19, 2016 - R&D Engineer in San Jose, CA
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    Pros

    Investors seem to have no limit to what they will spend to keep it afloat, so if you can keep your head down there is a lot of job security. I hear some people get paid well.

    Cons

    No progress being made - just look at all of the press releases and note how often the factory is being brought up to nameplate capacity. CEO is rude and not above lying to get more investment. If you disagree with how things are done, you are gone. R&D is a show pony that only gets attention when the factory needs money, so don't expect to be making breakthroughs. No raises. Credit for work done is taken by upper management. No investment is made into employee training.

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to work, raises are minimal

    Nov 11, 2010 - Controls Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great crew, very nice atmosphere, ability to change the world's energy output for the better

    Cons

    low raises, low salary, management is stubborn

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