Engineering Technician (Former Employee), Perrysburg, OH – August 24, 2015
Pros: Intelligent work force
Cons: Starting wage fairly low
First Solar was an outstanding factory. The only issue was that the financial department could not fill my role as a direct to hire position and the job I ended up getting offered was simply too small of a wage so I had to decline the offer. I learned a great deal about the photo voltaic process and how it is helpful to a planted with limited resources/fossil fuels.
a boring place to work monitoring solar panels for 12 hours.
Manufacturer Assistant (Former Employee), Perrysburg, OH – July 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.
EPC Supervisor Project Administration (Current Employee), Tempe, AZ – July 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.
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
MES Developer I (Current Employee), Perrysburg, OH – May 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.
Development Engineering Technician (Current Employee), Perrysburg, OH – January 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
laborer (Current Employee), Las Vegas, NV – December 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.
Development Engineer (Current Employee), Perrysburg, OH – October 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