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SunPower Reviews

Updated February 6, 2019
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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. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SunPower full-time

    Pros

    Pay is very competitive.

    Cons

    Few advancement opportunities available.


  2. "Saving the world"

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    Current Employee - Project Billing Specialist in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Project Billing Specialist in Richmond, CA

    I have been working at SunPower full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They are literately trying to cover the world in solar panels

    Cons

    bonus and raises are based on a very odd critera

  3. "Great product - awful co-workers"

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

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

    Pros

    The product itself is good, we need another source for sustainable energy and solar power is a great way to go.

    Cons

    The office was OVERCROWDED, the people are not there to be team players and will undermine everything you do if you are actually working and trying to implement changes to create a better workflow because it will point out what they are NOT doing and that is the job they were hired to do. School work and 2-3 hrs lunches are the daily norm.

    Advice to Management

    Get a better team that will actually do the work instead of getting paid to do their personal life your dime. Get Management in the same office as their employees and bring the jobs back to the US. Have accountability.


  4. "Solar Installer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, laid back work environment, get your work done and everybody's happy. Opportunities to travel, OT

    Cons

    Lack of direction, but that's also the industry


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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


  6. "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


  7. 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

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "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.