Trina Solar Reviews

Updated Nov 7, 2020

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2.8
36%
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55%
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Trina Solar Chairman and CEO Jifan Gao
Jifan Gao
39 Ratings
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  • "Headquarter in China and some culture difference b/w the US and the local(in 5 reviews)

  • "Don't expect hike unless you are sales team(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trina Solar full-time

    Pros

    Leader in the solar industry

    Cons

    Solarcoaster takes its toll on the company

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  2. "Working for a foreign company"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Trina Solar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Large company with a solid technical reputation

    Cons

    Very disconnected from the US Market, key values, and customs, and very unwilling to listen to any suggestions trying to help make the Chinese value propositions fit into the US markets' needs and requirements

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  3. "Fianance Associate"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Trina Solar full-time

    Pros

    Leading company in solar energy. Friendly environment.

    Cons

    Headquarter in China and some culture difference b/w the US and the local China team.

  4. "Good work, odd culture at times"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Trina Solar full-time

    Pros

    You feel good about the work you do helping the environment

    Cons

    Chinese HQ stifles innovation

  5. Helpful (2)

    "President and all other executives are egotistical"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Trina Solar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cool coworkers and free healthcare.

    Cons

    Management is very bureaucratic. They don't value employees unless you "brown nose." Turnover is high. HR sides with executives, not employees, even if they're bent bullied by management. HR is antisocial and cares little about the wellbeing of employees. All they care about is the sales team and finance.

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Do not accept an offer here."

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Trina Solar full-time

    Pros

    If you're new to the solar industry, and this is your only option, it might be an okay place to start. You will not want to be here very long, and you will not be set-up to learn/grow in your career. You will get exposure to Trina products and customers, but it's not worth it. There are better places to start your career in renewable energy.

    Cons

    The management is horrible. They are not competent, full of ego, vindictive, and unethical. You will have zero opportunity for career advancement, and likely will start looking for another job 3-6 months into your employment. Their benefits are horrible, and have borderline illegal activities. The culture looks good on paper, but leaders and employees do not practice what is preached.

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  7. "Global marketing director"

    2.0
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    Marketing& BD Director in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Trina Solar for more than 3 years

    Pros

    the brand in the industry

    Cons

    local culture , more local culture of Changzhou,

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  8. "Good workplace"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Trina Solar full-time

    Pros

    Leading solar company with stable business; Good compensation and benefits package; Friendly co-workers with a diversified culture. Work-life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes finance expense control is strict. The good thing is that a cautious finance policy helps to avoid risks. But some flexibility will simplify the procedure and benefit employees.

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  9. "Southern U.S. & Caribbean Regional Manager"

    3.0
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    Southern U S & Caribbean Key Account Manager in Huntersville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Trina Solar for more than a year

    Pros

    Big company capabilities with a large product portfolio for the U.S. market. Trina has now grown into a large scale player and has number 1 marketshare however the shareholders are yet to see a dividend.

    Cons

    Not trustworthy. I would not be comfortable assuring my friends that Trina was a good company to do business with.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Positive Experience for me, don't understand the negativity"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trina Solar full-time

    Pros

    Working at Trina Solar has been a positive experience for me. Leadership is supportive and accessible, compensation package is fair with better than average benefits and PTO. There are many people still working at Trina from when they started operations in the U.S. 5 years ago. The fiscally conservative culture is sometimes borderline cheap but being conservative has allowed Trina to remain standing as a solar global market leade while competitors have gone out of business due to taking on too much risk. There is a bright future for the solar industry, and Trina is a market leader.

    Cons

    Not many cons. Most decision are made by Trina in China, but that would be fairly obvious being that is where HQ and exec mgmt is located.

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