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Vestas Wind Systems Reviews

Updated May 23, 2018
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Vestas Wind Systems Group President and CEO Anders Erik Runevad
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  • too much nepotism, poor management, they would rather fire you for you that work with you on issue that could be easily corrected (in 16 reviews)

  • Job security is lacking which affects employee morale (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome experience"

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

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work for

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  2. "Bad fit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good people for the most part.

    Cons

    Chaotic and unrealistic expectations from top management at times.

  3. "Maintenance Tech"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Windsor, CO
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Windsor, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vestas Wind Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Medical benefits and pay were decent in the beginning, it's been downhill since.

    Cons

    The favoritism is ridiculous. This lead to the wrong people being put in management roles which in turn caused a huge lose of talented technicians. Later cameras were installed every 20-30ft everywhere in the building so it's like working in a prison. Would not recommend working there unless you are desperate. It is the most drama enfused high school/"employer" on the planet.

    Advice to Management

    You would not listen when I worked there so why would you listen now. You lost the majority of your best techs. You've lost your senior manager for the maintenance department. You have also had to demote your felon managers because of their two faced actions. When you tried to backfill those position from the few good techs you had left they quit rather than deal with the incompetence that would surround them. This list could go on for days, the bottom line is that company needs a managerial overhaul.


  4. "Blade Production"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vestas Wind Systems full-time

    Pros

    great pay, long hours

    Cons

    wish they had different food to employees


  5. "Former long term employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vestas Wind Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great employee benefits offered for whole family

    Cons

    Office politics can get in the way


  6. "Tech"

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Fowler, IN
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Fowler, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Has good benefits and safety first.

    Cons

    Big corporate attitude. Sometimes employees get forgotten.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Leadership and Strategy vacuum"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great products and position in the industry
    Exciting and dynamic environment.

    Cons

    Work harder, not smarter approach.
    Strategy implementation throughout the business is weak.
    Silos and poor processes are abundant.
    Strongest leadership has left, slow to back-fill. Feels aimless.

    Advice to Management

    Hire strong, decisive leaders who can drive change.

  8. "Great benifits"

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

    I worked at Vestas Wind Systems full-time

    Pros

    Benefits. Pay. And breast pto

    Cons

    Management, hours, and people


  9. "Brighton blades is the biggest joke ever."

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

    Pros

    Approximately 23% of the people you work with are great people that want to succeed and act as a team. Unfortunately, those 23% are the only ones that care or try, with no gratitude from “management”.

    Cons

    1. Health benefits are ridiculous. If your spouse is offered health insurance through their employer and you elect to carry them, not only do you pay the employee + spouse price, you also pay an additional $50 per pay period.
    2. “Management” is useless. Save for a newer Sr. Production Manager who is well intended, the others are at best figure heads or useful idiots, mostly the latter. I call them professional delegators. Their only existence is predicated on delegating responsibility, not authority. As a buy-product of this they establish barriers to accomplishing your team’s tasks rather than aiding in removal of barriers. Additionally, they threaten to get things accomplished because they lack the talent and skills necessary to motivate and influence. Their over emotional, angry, uncontrollable head-shaking and thoughtless reactions are comedy gold. They also delegate their teams to pick up the slack for other departments’ shortcomings under the guise of “teamwork”. Not realizing that team work is about support not doing someone else’s job because that person is lazy or incompetent. They refuse to maintain accountability and act accordingly. So plan on being assigned responsibilities (with no authority) well outside of your function with the extra hours that are required to succeed. On a final note, I’d love to see these “managers” assigned the role of squad leader or fire team leader in combat. They’d either have to be carried off the field while sobbing or would eventually get fragged.
    3. Dysfunction of epic proportions. There are no established roles or responsibilities. Everyone constantly runs around in reactionary mode with little to no direction other than hip-fired assumptions. The company freely admits they don’t have the human capital to process demand (clear sign of poor planning and scheduling). So instead of load leveling and establishing a recovery plan based on data they just proceed, threaten and watch the now spun up circus run, twirl and flail about until the shift ends in product failure or numerous safety “incidents”. But hey, you’ll get to witness a weekly influx of warm bodies. They’re mission? To shrug their shoulders as the delegators freak out and run around like unhinged emotional children until a king or queen delegator volunteers their team to work unGodly hours to take up the slack with no expressed gratitude, recognition of hours worked or realization of ever decreasing morale. Perplexingly, the delegator will not adjust their hours accordingly to their team, and will instead stroll in at their normal time and exit at the conclusion of their 8 hrs.
    4. Maximum inefficiency is prevalent. It’s ironic that a company whose product is based on reducing waste is so successful at generating waste. Instead of optimizing employee time they demand adherence to overly complex , cumbersome, antiquated and unnecessary methods. They espouse the desire to “improve” but when the time comes to execute there’s always some excuse (even when you present data and a solution). They’d rather “their people” (they see them as possessions to serve at their whim rather than an extension of their team) toil and suffer under the unnecessary constraints of their making. The ultimate result is over processing, unnecessary motion, rework and underutilization of talent. If you decide to work here, leave your creativity and innovation in your locker when you swap to your steel toes as I’m sure the delegators know not what these mysterious words/ideas are.

    Advice to Management

    We both know you wouldn’t take it if it was given so what’s the point? I’m starting my new job search today and couldn’t be happier and more hopeful!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, very poor management"

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    Current Employee - Production in Thornton, CO
    Current Employee - Production in Thornton, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, benefits, clean energy. Great team members to work with. The Safety team was fantastic until they were recently transferred back to factory reporting.

    Cons

    American management doesn't care. Safety was going great until April of 2017. management let the best Safety personal we had go in July. factory managers do not care about safety and only focuses on numbers not fixing the problems. Injuries are often down graded or covered up.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, respect your employees. You need to train and vet better line managers. You need to realize you do have a problem with favoritism on the floor which is forcing your good employees out. There are reasons why you can't keep good people. Upper management is not ethical


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