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Trina Solar Reviews

Updated June 1, 2017
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  1. "Good workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    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.

    Advice to Management

    Continue considering employees' growth within the organization. Provide more training opportunities.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "President and all other executives are egotistical"

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

    I worked at Trina Solar full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Build relationships to understand employees.

  3. "Do not accept an offer here."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.

    Advice to Management

    Get senior leaders that are more than puppets. Support your workers. Trina may be a great product, but reputation and people matter just as much as product. Take a longer view.


  4. "Global marketing director"

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    Current Employee - Marketing& BD Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing& BD Director in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Trina Solar (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the brand in the industry

    Cons

    local culture , more local culture of Changzhou,

    Advice to Management

    more international opp


  5. Helpful (3)

    "All Good Reviews Of Trina Were Written by Trina Managers"

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

    Pros

    There are none. There are none.

    Cons

    Nasty Chinese managers who like to hire people that are useless so they won't be upstaged. Vicious and ungrateful Chinese managers who think that they can come into the USA and break every law US workers have fought for.

    Advice to Management

    Every time you get a bad Glassdoor rating, don't force a company employee to write something nice because we all know how bad it is to work at this company


  6. "Trina Solar"

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

    I worked at Trina Solar full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours. You did your job and you were free to do other things. Some of the co-workers were very friendly and professional.

    Cons

    Horrible working environment. Nasty managers with vendettas. Huge egos when sales know the product sells itself not the people who sell it. Management is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all the managers. They are all terrible. Looks at the working rights of Americans which are not protected.


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    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.

    Advice to Management

    Be strategic. Think long term.

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

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

    I worked at Trina Solar (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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Major politics and cheap company"

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

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

    Pros

    Investors in solar know Trina.
    No one micromanages.
    Healthcare, vision, dental is fully covered.
    Catered lunches Friday.
    Great coworkers.
    Casual dress.

    Cons

    Lots of favoritism.
    You'll never know when management has plans to fire you. They don't have your best interest in mind.
    The culture is boring.
    Warning! If you get an offer, think more than twice. About 90% of those who accepted are already looking for another job within a year. Don't trust what the recruiter tells you. They only try to sell Trina because it's hard to find interested candidates. The changed Americas leadership team does not value employee retention. They only care about the sales team because they bring in the profits.
    HR sides with management and doesn't do anything about complaints. They cannot be trusted.
    There is no career growth.
    Leadership is corrupt.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the employees. Stop all of the gossiping and back stabbing. You speak about employee retention but don't show that you even care. You don't know it but most of the staff are looking to lead due to poor leadership.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Solar leader"

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

    I have been working at Trina Solar (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leader in its field.
    Decent salary and healthy bonus structure.
    Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Very Dilbert-like cubicle environment. If you are looking for a fun, Silicon Valley, type of office atmosphere, this is not for you.
    Very lean travel and entertainment policy owing to a "bean-counter" type finance controller.

    Advice to Management

    More coordination among upper management to align on strategy.
    Have more focus on medium to long term strategy as opposed to always focusing on current quarter numbers (which is important too of course)


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