SunPower Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2020

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SunPower CEO and Director Tom Werner
Tom Werner
182 Ratings
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  • "Horrible work/life balance, consistently new responsibilities are added without any compensation(in 17 reviews)

  • "Running very lean based on Solar industry struggle over last 2 years(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Driven and On Mission"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Channel Marketing in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SunPower full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    SunPower is a fantastic organization to work for. The people there are some of the most on mission group of humans I have had the pleasure of working with. The benefits are top tier. Also, it is a producer of a premium product so that helps with employee confidence in the market.

    Cons

    Somewhat siloed and can be slow to effect changes within the organization.

  2. "Love the mission, hate what it’s become"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SunPower full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Making the world better through increases in renewable energy. Very passionate colleagues who care deeply about the mission. Compensation is quite good, especially for renewable energy, though it’s lost value in time due to poor stock price and a step away from RSU allocation.

    Cons

    North America senior leaders foster, encourage and reward an exclusive all-white environment (largely male) made up of the same individuals that are consistently promoted and spotlighted. They cultivate a high school ‘clique’ environment, and at one point had a senior leader who openly bragged about “hiring people like him” (white, male, and a yes-man who wouldn’t question his demands). The company does an awful job performance managing people, and instead conducts regular layoffs. There are few career advancement opportunities, little-to-no coaching or training, extremely high demands of employees even in entry-level jobs, and management can’t seem to understand why morale is low. There used to be flexibility offered with working from home, but it seems most managers no longer trust their employees enough to work remotely, though senior leaders are often gone without notice and awarded all the flexibility they desire.

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  3. "Good Job"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst in Sunnyside, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SunPower full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    a good job with plenty of breaks.

    Cons

    Not the highest paying or most complex application of chemistry

  4. "Great people, great product"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SunPower full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very high quality product, attracted great talent, solar & renewables feel good industry, fun people & Colton

    Cons

    Very competitive, thin margins, volatile market, SunPower's high quality product was niche

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  5. "Nice place for work, though lately it's been rough"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Engineering Change Analyst in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SunPower full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People are great, their industry is a noble cause, their vertically integrated structure while building and installing their products were unbeatable at times. Office location is quite a treat for those who aren't used to working along the water.

    Cons

    Past several years experienced staff reductions that might've been handled a bit better, seems as though career planning isn't their highest priority for those who have been there awhile. If you're one who expects free food (i.e. snacks, lunch, energy drinks, etc.), it's not happening here on a daily basis, though this could be a pro for some.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "financially incompetent company"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Cloud Engineer in Richmond, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SunPower full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    technically interesting work in a handful of groups

    Cons

    shrinking shrinking shrinking, bad morale and no profits

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    "Good mission and staff, no real direction"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SunPower full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good staff, beautiful office, amazing industry

    Cons

    Shrinking staff levels, constantly shifting priorities, lack of long term planning

  8. "Doing work that matters"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Richmond, CA

    I have been working at SunPower full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement and learning, great benefits, company cares a lot about employees, high expectations

    Cons

    Inefficiency, frequent reorganization, sometimes have to fight hard to get information/tools to be effective.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planner 

    I have been working at SunPower full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Salary is way too good compared to other companies offering this same position

    Cons

    Frequent re-orgs, too many layers in the organization, and heavy on office politics

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "National Account Executive"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - National Account Executive in Anaheim, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SunPower full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well established solar company with a good reputation.

    Cons

    Everyone is working in their own interest. Very little collaboration.

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