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SunPower Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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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 14 reviews)

  • really changing the way our world is powered (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • 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 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunPower full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment with happy and respectful people

    Cons

    The management lacked direction and upper management didn't seem to notice.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Has potential"

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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

    Challenging work, promotes employee empowerment

    Cons

    departments function in silos, strained cross departmental working relationships, every function has different priorities so it is difficult to get anything done

    Advice to Management

    More transparency of big picture strategy and decision making, get aligned on what's important so teams are focused and working together

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Too many changes with not so great outcome"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful office and very nice individuals

    Cons

    Good ole boy mentality. No respect for the lower level EE's

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone the same. Not all managment, but most.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Passionate people. Salary and work location are decent. Some managers truly care about their employees.

    Cons

    No clear direction from top leadership. Finance and HR organizations don't seem to understand how to support the organization.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "not a good place for career development"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some people are very nice and smart.

    Cons

    The people who did a great job is usually not rewarded, and your performance or promotion is closely related to who you know. There are too many managers, who like giving orders but know little about what is being done. They care about your results only because they can have something to say at the meeting to get the credit, but they actually don't understand. When other people ask questions, they kick the ball to others. Nobody wants to take responsibilities and everyone is afraid of failure.


  6. "SunPower"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Individuals that work for SunPower are awesome

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking and reactive rather than proactive

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and engaged


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great Product, Company Can't Retain Talent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SunPower full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of really talented, dedicated people who work at SunPower. They truly believe in changing the way the world is powered.

    The product is solid, some of the best technology in the industry right now.

    Work-life balance depends on your direct manager and your specific role at the company. Mine was pretty good in that I would work pretty normal hours (M-F, 9-5) but there are others who did not have such a great balance and worked long hours or had to travel frequently.

    Cons

    Known to underpay in the industry, which is why the company has a hard time retaining talent.
    There are people who are kept around or promoted because of who they're buddy-buddy with.
    Management is ineffective in driving culture-changes within the company.
    Career path trajectory can be difficult to navigate.

    Advice to Management

    Culture change is difficult to pull off, so don't initiate them half-cocked. There was a lot of talk about making big impacting changes to the company culture, but there were never any real results.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great product - Poor management"

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

    Pros

    Great product in terms of technology and reliability
    Good engineers with a lot of experience

    Cons

    Poor management structure with no direction.
    Loosing market to more savvy companies.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "SunPower ocean"

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    Current Employee - Project Administrator in Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - Project Administrator in Anaheim, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good time off, ok pay for the work I was doing. Very knowledgeable individuals. They had overall very decent benefits.

    Cons

    No accountability. SunPower is so big even Managers get lost in the ocean that it is. Sometimes higher ups are too set in their ways of how things should work.

    Advice to Management

    Put structures in place that will make your employees want to work for you instead of having to swim against the current to get their work done. Not a pleasant environment.


  10. "Residential Direct Solar Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits! Great pay structure! Great product!

    Cons

    Product cost is high compared to the dealers that are selling the same product for much cheaper. Regional Managers do not work with you to be more successful in the field. Manager's can be very aggressive.

    Advice to Management

    Get out in the field more and work with your team to be more successful and not to fail!


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