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SunPower Business Developer Reviews

Updated April 30, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is still hard, I work 50 hour weeks fairly regularly (in 16 reviews)

  • Solar Industry is at its lowest point now the company had to retrenchment (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "It is a company with great solar technology but mid level management is poor. Understaffed."

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best technology in solar panels
    Very smart people work there
    Good industry reputation
    Likely to be standing after solar wars because of Total ownership

    Cons

    Too many silos - people don't talk to people in other internal groups
    Too much reliance on contract workers. The quality of projects being built is often poor.
    Quarterly results more important than building a strong team. Constant layoffs when things get tight.
    Too much turn over
    Some mid-level managers (director level in particular) are HORRIBLE. This is especially true in North America Commercial sales.
    Projects are understaffed so some projects are turning out badly.

    Advice to Management

    Better employee support. Consider the impact on good employees of bad managers. Rely less on contract workers. I am seeing the results of some of your built projects and it is bad.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Very flat organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the most important points is that SunPower has a very flat organization, enabling you to exchange opinions with everyone at every level.

    Cons

    SunPower doesn't have many possibilities of job rotations at international level which would be a very interesting possibiliy - opportunity

  3. "No strategy"

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    Former Employee - Business Development in Lyon (France)
    Former Employee - Business Development in Lyon (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay
    Great facilities, modern
    Solar is tomorrow future for energy
    Strong competitive position in Northern America & Japan

    Cons

    - Total lack of strategy, resilience and vision.
    - Corporate direction change every quarter ("we are agile" they say... Agility is not about not having a clue where the company is heading). Total lack of corrective actions to regain traction.
    - Arrogance from the headquarter ("WE know. you execute").
    - Only administrative support staff has been added in Europe over the past 2 years. All customer facing staff have been let go.
    - Technical arrogance: "We have the best product". Well that was true. This is still the case but the price differential now does not overcome the product strengths.

    Advice to Management

    Get a strategy and focus on long-term direction. Be agile on the short term tactical actions but not to the Long-term compromise.