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SunPower Reviews

Updated November 30, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance - I hear some bad stories from friends at competitors of the unsustainable grind they are under" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Has a product that is changing the way our world is powered" (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Horrible work/life balance, consistently new responsibilities are added without any compensation" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Upper management is oblivious to necessary steps to accomplish the completion of a project, everyone views task at a high level" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Director of Business Development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Rewarding, Profitable, Great atmosphere and culture

    Cons

    None - Just be a go-getter


  2. "Enjoyed my internship here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    SunPower is at the technological forefront of a growing industry, they're solving some really interesting and difficult engineering problems. Everyone is really friendly and helpful

    Cons

    The solar industry in general is one of pretty low margins, so the experience of working there isn't as extravagant as it is at big tech companies

  3. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay, good management, opportunities to move up

    Cons

    Not for everybody, lots of sales type work


  4. "Ups and Downs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great mission, good products, important business

    Cons

    A lot of ups and downs in the industry.


  5. "Small size corporation pretends to be a big one"

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

    I have been working at SunPower full-time

    Pros

    The engineers are experienced and have technical insight. Nice co-workers.

    Cons

    IT is bad, dragging down the productivity of everyone. Middle managements are bean counters with no vision. No opportunity of career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all bean counters.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Look elsewhere"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sustainability-focused workforce, good company mission

    Cons

    Almost everything - politics, infighting, poor decision making, lack of clear business plan, constant layoffs, very high employee churn, leaders lacking basic management and technical skills.


  7. "Paralyzed"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inspiring sector, good place if you care about sustainability

    Cons

    Executive team cannot make decisions. Crazy politics.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

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

    I worked at SunPower full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with my peers

    Cons

    As a CA company, heavily influenced by the liberal mindset and narcissistic attitudes. So many people I interacted with were only interested in their own personal success, not the company's. Leadership lacks integrity and the ability to make a decision and stick with. They are heavily influenced by the loudest, squeakiest wheel, which creates cultural churn and divisiveness.

    Advice to Management

    Take ownership for your mistakes. Make a decision and stick to it.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vision, passion and energy of the CEO
    Purpose and cause - felt great to be part of something with potential to impact so many and so much.

    Cons

    Management - poor communication and execution
    Teamwork was lacking
    Forecasting and business environment - industry risk due to capital needs, government regulation


  10. "Great People, Bad Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People were smart and dedicated to the renewable energy movement.

    Cons

    Finger pointing when thinks got rocky.