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SunPower Reviews

Updated January 31, 2017
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  • Work-Life Balance can be improved (in 14 reviews)

  • Often, upper management is the first to go and the first new hires--they are always changing (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sinking ship"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefit package, friendly people and high quality product

    Cons

    Management doesn't know or doesn't care about following factors, which is killing their business:

    1. Electricity is a commodity: If your panels are more expensive, in order to call yourself "premium" you should offer a "premium" service.
    2. Meritocracy is crucial for success, especially in tech. You should stop taking care of your "bros", and focus on individual performance.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, not because a consultant told you do so.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "sunpower"

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    Former Employee - Staff Industrial Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Industrial Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SunPower full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    greenenergy, good pay, travel opportunity

    Cons

    no management, no leadership, no value of senior employes


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Genuinely wants to make a difference

    Cons

    Fundamental processes don't exist and short term results are preferred

    Advice to Management

    Simplify


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "too many chifs. a very weak and unexperince mid to sr. mgmt."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good products and strong financing behind the projects

    Cons

    lack of accurate project estimating and High overhead, makes the projects difficult to cash flow positive !
    Need to expand engineering teams, the organization is too focus on construction trades.

    Advice to Management

    Look for experience middle layer managers that can manage and mentor others


  6. Helpful (4)

    "It was good my first year and it went downhill from there."

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    Former Employee - Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SunPower full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People were friendly and motivated to work. They strive to be the best in their field but sometimes get carried away in the politics.

    Cons

    Too many PhD's that had no clue about the real world. Spent too much time in school and forgot how to work or think for themselves. Some don't even know how to use a screw driver. I'd like to slap the faces of their professor for not teaching them about real world scenario.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to employees about how good your product is because no one cares about efficiency when they are paying 50% higher cost for your products.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Dead organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SunPower (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not much. That's why their turnover rate is so high. It's fun at time because it's ran by a bunch of kids who don't have life outside.

    Cons

    It's all about knowing who. They don't care about what you can do. Ran by a bunch of kids who focus on the buddy system rather than building up skills.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing and it will go bankrupt like Sun Edison and First Solar.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Be cautious"

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

    Pros

    Love the mission, open seating is nice, and great people - friends for life.

    Cons

    Horrible management - there is so much noise in the system that is compounded by management creating more noise (e.g. annual restructurings) and no leadership through bad times. When things get hard, leadership is gone and management is out the door. There's no clear direction or vision (e.g. close a FAB / ModCo, just to re-open it a year or 2 later). Management doesn't know what's needed to execute and spins in circles. Managers / Directors do too much and do not have strategic roles.

    Poor IT, poor processes, and no budget makes it hard to succeed in most roles. Management should be willing to sacrifice to make the required investments in the company infrastructure, pipeline of projects and getting teams to be proactive rather than reactive.

    Advice to Management

    Dig deep, figure out what you want and execute. Stop wasting senior management's time on doing work rather than being strategic. Take a year's worth of bonuses and make the required investments to minimize manual work and streamline simple processes so that people can work on strategy and execution, rather than chasing dashboards to report metrics that take too long to create because data has to be mined out of the systems rather than readily available.


  9. "Don't believe the Green Hype"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SunPower (More than a year)

    Pros

    Poor IT management.. so no Pros

    Cons

    poor experience with two VP trying to be the CIO, neither of which were qualified.


  10. "Work life not balance"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SunPower full-time

    Pros

    May be better work as contractor.

    Cons

    Long work hours and always under staff.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office, many perks but that where it ends.

    Cons

    Culture & values; there are none.

    SUPER disorganized. NO one knows what there doing. Upper-management not in touch. Willing to allow long time employees abusive language, screaming, tantrums with no recourse. 1 week on the job and this person training me takes off for 3 week vacation. 2nd person supposed to be answering questions and available dials in remotely and never shows up until trainer arrives back from vacation. HR supports behavior because person has been there so long.

    Advice to Management

    Your light speed behind, not ahead.



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