Production Technician - Etch (Former Employee) – Hillsboro, OR – January 10, 2018
The employees had not had a raise for 3 years when I started, they were tired, stressed, undervalued and underappreciated. Management had a monthly meeting in which they would say what was going well and what wasn't, this meeting also always included an update on whether raises would be reinstated. It was always a hot topic. Profits of the company were not where they needed to be, It was, in my opinion, not because the CEO was not trying, but due to free trade rules and import/export reasons which caused this business to go bankrupt.
Machine operator (Former Employee) – Vancouver, WA – August 30, 2017
Solarworld lacks good leadership and the owner of the company is bankrupting it. there is no security at this company. There are many good people that work here but they never know how long thier job will last.
Production Operator (Former Employee) – Hillsboro, OR – May 23, 2017
I felt like a slave most days. They expected a lot but didn't want to return the favor. You could be certified on every tool set but still make just enough to be broke even though your doing the job as efficiently as 2 people.
Excellent starter job for manufacturing. Terrible supervisors
Production Operator (Former Employee) – Beaverton, OR – August 20, 2016
This is a great starting manufacturing job. I worked nights in module assembling the solar panels. The work is great but the supervisors were a problem. There is slim pretty much no chance for advancement. The pay is lousy. Most of my co-workers were fun. They do have the occasional reward of pizza or bbqs from management.
Module Assembly Operator (Former Employee) – Hillsboro, OR – July 20, 2015
If you are not upper mgmt, expect to pull 13 hour night shifts lined perfectly up with both rush hours for at least a few years before you catch any break. Then, don't expect a big break. About half the supervisors are a pleasure to work with, treat you like a human, listen, and do everything within their power to help you. The other half are at least respectful and attentive to your basic needs. My peers were very cohesive and made the job tolerable while I was there. I was not at all happy about the DECREASED pay rate after being hired on permanent. The supervisor assures you that you are being paid the same rate, but dodges the fact that you lose your $1 per hour shift differential after signing on. That was a big kick in the pants, and that sort of dodgy business conduct is why big corporations are earning a nasty reputation, in my honest opinion.
Employee appreciation food offered very frequently
Insulting pay, low promotion potential, zero flexibility.
Material Handler III (Current Employee) – Hillsboro, Or – April 17, 2014
Stay away from anything having to do with Logistics/Transportation and the Department Head. The people in the department are nice. The management is terrible though. The Head of Department is a real piece of work. It's sad really.
I am a Material Handler III, I should be a level IV but was robbed of that, after it was promised to us if we all completed certain cross training requirements. As usual, the employee's pull their weight, and, the "Management" fails. Again.
Accomplishments, and everyday brought something new.
Forklift Operator warehouse associate (Former Employee) – Hillsboro, OR – February 5, 2013
Getting a pass down from previous shift, great communication between others was needed. Check computer system constantly (every 10-15 min) for parts needed to be pulled, delivered, and transact out of inventory for broken machines and preventative maint. Offload and confirm counts of received items, then receive the product into inventory using the computer. Pulling, staging, and transacting product for the next days shipments.
Learned to operate a reach truck, accurately and efficiently while keeping safety in mind at all times. Great inventory management skills.
All employees and management were always assisting others to make a great team effort to complete every job that was being accomplished. Management listened to safety and operational concerns brought up in weekly and monthly meetings.
Hardest part about the job was to always double check items and inventory, while having to rush, to deliver parts and pulling orders.
The most enjoyable parts, i would have to say is that it was always a learning process, "never a dull moment". the satisfaction of knowing everyday after clocking off, that the job was done correct and efficiently.
Co-worker rapport established immediately. Management open to new ideas. Casual atmoshpere.
Business Process Analyst, Power Projects (Former Employee) – Camarillo, CA – January 9, 2013
Administrative support to 5 department heads and their teams. Enjoyed interacting with production, purchasing, quality, shipping/receiving and facilities. Management supportive when implementing new processes/programs.
Operations technician (Current Employee) – Hillsboro, OR – June 21, 2012
I have worked at Solarworld for a little over a year and overall I liked my job. The people are nice and the work isn't too demanding. A typical day at work would include checking on how much time is left until a wire saw is finished cutting through an ingot. Once it is finished I have to unload it clean it and send t to the next area.
the pay is good and the people are nice. the job duties aren't too demanding.
the temp agency have all workers an ultimatum to move areas or be fired.