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SunPower Reviews

Updated December 13, 2016
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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. "VP Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SunPower full-time

    Pros

    Great mission and a great company. Lots of smart people. Real differentiation in a market dominated by commodities.

    Cons

    Moves slowly, and sometimes can't get out of its own way. In general, the solar industry is very challenging in terms of profitability.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline internal processes and focus the company on a few things than will win.


  2. "Great people, dynamic business"

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Richmond, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    As a member of a large R&D organization, working at SunPower felt very much like being at a traditional research company, similar to the reputation held by Bell Labs in the distant past. People come to work for SunPower from all around the country because they want to make a difference in our energy supply by supplementing or replacing fossil fuels with photovoltaic solar power. This is a unifying, clarifying, and fun mission to participate in.

    Cons

    It is hard to think of a con for SunPower. I left in order to obtain a pay increase at a job with higher responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doin' what you're doin'... and diversify the employee stock grants so they can choose, say, ETFs instead of SPWR if that's best for their financial goals.


  3. "Opinions of a 10 week intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Performance Engineering in Richmond, CA
    Former Intern - Performance Engineering in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SunPower as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, friendly people, played soccer on Wednesdays, had a kickball tournament, interesting work, gave their interns a lot of responsibility and guidance

    Cons

    There were layoffs while I was there


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  5. "Sunpower Direct Installation Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Installation Technician in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Installation Technician in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Pay and work tempo. System is clean

    Cons

    Rail system needs to be tweaked for easier install


  6. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Super fulfilling internship. A great way to get your foot in the door in the solar industry.

    Cons

    Downtime during or between projects.


  7. "Great place to work with a great mission to strive for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very few places can you not only enjoy your work, but also feel good about what you're doing. SunPower is one of those places. I've been here over 2 years and while there have been a few issues over that time, it's apparent management is always working to help alleviate any problems employees may be having.

    Good culture, very smart people. Willingness to invest in employees to keep learning. Big emphasis on the mission always trickles down throughout the org.

    Cons

    Sales seems to do a good job of promoting from within but I'm not sure I see that permeating throughout the organization. Maybe just a lack of transparency into all areas but some people seem to be bogged down in the same role for 5+ years and end up having to leverage another offer to be considered for a promotion. This may be prevalent at large corporations but I can't speak to that.

    Austin office is lacking compared to Richmond/San Jose, CA.

    Advice to Management

    The E-staff seems to really care about employee feedback, whether good or bad, which makes everyone at the company feel like they have a voice. I've seen a lot of positive change in my 2+ years and things are getting better (it seems). Nice job.


  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Anaheim, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SunPower (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment and great people on the team

    Cons

    Very structured and little room for quick decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Create more independence.


  9. "CPE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Very good environment for young engineer to grow.
    - A lot of projects going on

    Cons

    - The management system is very complex
    - Pressure is high


  10. "awesome place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Global Project Manager in Pflugerville, TX
    Current Contractor - Senior Global Project Manager in Pflugerville, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SunPower as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    friendly people smart coworkers fun after work events great all hands meetings great web casts of info on company - upper management does a good job talking about upcoming events

    Cons

    none really to speak of they have Tom Warner at the head and he knows the business better than any others around

    Advice to Management

    nothing really to speak on here - they have Tom Warner at the head and he knows the business better than any others around


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    "Business Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Contractor - Bus Dev in Richmond, CA
    Current Contractor - Bus Dev in Richmond, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at SunPower as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission, great team! Low politics, high execution. What's not to like? Wall to wall, smart, motivated people.

    Cons

    Slightly below market pay compared to high tech opportunities found elsewhere around SF bay.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. I love the team in place, the culture, and the hard working staff. And the mission is something everyone can really get behind!



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