First Solar, Inc. Employee Reviews

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a boring place to work monitoring solar panels for 12 hours.
Manufacturer Assistant (Former Employee), Perrysburg, OHJuly 28, 2015
Pros: good food
Cons: use the gym whenever you want.
my day at my employer is a long boring day consist of monitoring solar panels and troubleshooting problems such as alarms when they are alarmed. the supervisors are not fully trained to help you with many problems or question you may have.I work with a lot of friendly people who are willing to help you.my most enjoyable part of the job is learning the the most difficult task given to you to do.
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Always learning
EPC Supervisor Project Administration (Current Employee), Tempe, AZJuly 27, 2015
Pros: Great Benefits
Cons: Lots of after hour work little home life work balance.
I have learned a lot about communication, business tactics, asset management and the solar industry working here. The people you work with are always putting in their share of work to keep up with the ever changing industry.
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New experiece for me
inspector (Former Employee), Perrysburg, OHJuly 10, 2015
This was the first time I worked with solar panels it was very fun and interesting. Very organized and clean environment.
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productive
SAP FICO Consultant (Former Employee), Perrysburg, OHJuly 9, 2015
Pros: friendly atmostphere
Cons: missed meals
Had work on regular and routine nature of tasks. Cordial co-workers and immediate management, Had to work long hours coordinating with the off-shore consultants.
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Challenging and fast paced environment but heavily compartmentalized and prone to disfunction
Project Engineer (Current Employee), Bridgewater, NJJuly 7, 2015
Pros: industry leader with solid financial and large market share
Cons: silos, poor leadership, immature organization, dysfunction
High potential company mired in growing pains; there are some really intelligent and good hard working people in the company, but retention is becoming a problem. Talent base shrinking and a growing vacuum – more... in leadership at middle management is troublesome. Frequent reorganizations are leading to lack of confidence and low morale. I find the corporate strategy on point but implementation falls way short. – less
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Not a bad place to start
MES Developer I (Current Employee), Perrysburg, OHMay 30, 2015
Pros: Good work culture and great team.
Cons: Upper Management and repetitive tasks.
If you just starting out not a bad place to get experience and learn. After awhile you will get stuck doing the same things every day and there is no room for advancement unless someone leaves or the company grows. Upper management cares more about the people above them then below them.
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Very fast paced work place
Commercial Wireman (Former Employee), Corcoran, CAApril 19, 2015
Pros: very well taken care of
Cons: hot atmosphere
A typical day at work was installing solar panels and it was extremely fast paced.

I learned to work in a crew and that in order to get the job done we had to work together.
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Great company in a hostile environment
HR (Current Employee), Perrysburg, OHFebruary 18, 2015
Pros: fairly flexible schedules
Cons: getting additional help
Like many in the industry, FS has had its ups and downs, though overall a great place to work. Better than average salaries and benefits.
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Payroll Specialist (Current Employee), Perrysburg, OHFebruary 1, 2015
First Solar is a fast paced environment which provides a diverse learning environment. The company offers a positive work environment.
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A dead end job for most
Development Engineering Technician (Current Employee), Perrysburg, OHJanuary 8, 2015
Pros: certain managers are flexible with work/life balance, pay is decent
Cons: poor leadership, poor career development in certain groups
Depending where you end up in the company you could spin your wheels career-wise, meanwhile other groups will invest in their people and you'll see them advance, but even then it's only the "favorites" – more... that will succeed. You'll know pretty quickly if you're one of the "favorites".

Don't come here as a contractor unless you're desperate for a paycheck, or want to have some work experience after graduating. Use the time to look for something better.

Unfortunately, due to the leadership dysfunction you'll see wild swings in opinions from employees that post on these sites. One manager will want to invest in you and your career could blossom, while another will look at you like a laborer that should keep his/her mouth shut.

Regardless of talent, it's really a crapshoot when you get a position here. Good luck. – less
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Good
Tilt installer (Current Employee), Calexico, CAJanuary 6, 2015
Pros: good salary
Cons: benefits
Good company to work , I learn a lot of new things for solar energy, construction, team work, tools, equipment
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Every job site has its ups and downs, this one was completed on time and on budget, regardless of a few hiccups on the management side
Laser Crew Foreman/ Equipment Operator (Former Employee), Lancaster, CADecember 18, 2014
Every job site has its ups and downs, this one was completed on time and on budget, regardless of a few hiccups on the management side
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safe work environment with great work employees
laborer (Current Employee), Las Vegas, NVDecember 11, 2014
everyday is different working as a team, we keep a high pace out in the work field. safety is always first. your leads will always listen to you if a problem may appear. your co workers are friendly and the hardest part of the job is not messing up directions. my favorite thing about this job is the work environment.
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Growing company with some growing pains
Development Engineer (Current Employee), Perrysburg, OHOctober 29, 2014
Growing company but its suffering from growing pains. Although it can be a challenging environment it can be difficult to move up in the company without higher education (masters, PHD). There is little – more... emphasis on growing their own talent and they place a high emphasis on outside education. They are cutting raises, and have cut bonuses recently. They have also made the insurance not as attractive. They do pay for further education but this is only dependent on your manager. – less
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great job opportunity
foreman (Current Employee), Atascadero, CAOctober 10, 2014
really enjoy the fast paced work environment. great safety culture
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It was a very physical job.
Production Worker (Former Employee), Perrysburg, OHOctober 3, 2014
Pros: good pay and benefits
Cons: working a 12 hour shift
I walked at least 10 miles a day through that production facility.
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Great
Product Manager (Current Employee), Bridgewater, NJSeptember 27, 2014
Great company to work for. Fast paced but productive place to work.
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Good Company
Production Worker (Former Employee), Perrysburg, OHSeptember 12, 2014
Pros: dont work every day, great benefits
Cons: 12 hr shifts
Always work to be done and co-workers were easy to work with. Good opportunity for advancement.
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Production
MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATE (Former Employee), Perrysburg, OHAugust 11, 2014
First Solar provides steady employment, but little room for advancement.
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Great job
Supervisor (Former Employee), Desert Center, CAJuly 29, 2014
Pros: great money
Cons: temporary work
Was never a career just a temporary situation. Had the best crew. Loved setting my goals and meeting them weekly.
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Headquarters
350 W. Washington St.
Ste. 600
Tempe AZ, United States 85281
Revenue
$1B to $5B (USD)
Employees
5,001 to 10,000
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