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SunPower Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Everyone is truly passionate about the goal of the company to change the way our world is powered (in 12 reviews)

  • A great company with a good work life balance (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is still hard, I work 50 hour weeks fairly regularly (in 15 reviews)

  • Solar Industry is at its lowest point now the company had to retrenchment (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Sunpower Direct Installation Tech"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Great Mission & Vision but needs to figure out the True North"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Technology, Great Mission.
    Talented and Passionate people.
    Exec Management tries to connect with employees by having regular all hands.
    Benefits & Pay are competitive.

    Cons

    Solar Industry is going through another round of shake out. Sunpower is losing the cost war with the Chinese cheaper product that are flooding the market. So it's a risky place to be now.
    Lots of inefficiencies in the processes and nobody has time to go to the root of it.

    Advice to Management

    Do not spend on additional Capex before you figure out your focus. Innovation is important so as sustaining a revenue generating business model. Take care of your employees. It's a mission driven company, so keep that motivation alive. Be transparent & take responsibility for your judgments & decisions when that affects thousands of peoples livelihood.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Good mission, good people, leadership's values ring hollow"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SunPower full-time

    Pros

    The people are great. The product and mission are great.

    Cons

    The work environment has soured significantly since a 15% layoff. There is little opportunity for mobility or career advancement. The executive staff is constantly focusing on employee engagement and commitment, but it seems to be a one way street that is only lip service.

    Advice to Management

    Drop the BS--if you can't walk the talk, better to shut up.


  4. "Nice place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cost Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Cost Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, nice working environment, positive people.

    Cons

    Industry is still relatively young and this affects company's performance


  5. Helpful (2)

    "IT Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global IT Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Global IT Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot of Learning. Challenging work culture. Dynamic.

    Cons

    Poor Benefits. Only Work work and Work. Less people more work.


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "great"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - IT PMO Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IT PMO Analyst in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    I have been here for about three and half years. Great people to work with. very encouraging individuals.

    Cons

    working across mutiple time zone management


  9. "IT Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent Quality of work
    Challenging environment
    Excellent Pay
    Good mentors/managers

    Cons

    Work-Life Balance can be improved


  10. "The best solar company in the world."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SunPower full-time

    Pros

    It's a place dedicated for making affordable green energy a reality. Decisions based on sound technology backed with economics and great customer value proposition.

    Cons

    Don't get the job if you don't have passion for what you do. You can't survive if you just want to spend hrs to collect paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and keep mentoring young rising stars


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