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Sunpower Corporation Employee Reviews

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Program Manager, North America Commercial Group (Former Employee), Richmond, CAJanuary 13, 2015
Sunpower is the world leader in solar technology and thus provides a fast paced exciting environment based on expertise and collaberation. The company reorganizes frequently to stay ahead of the market and remain flexible in their customer service and product offering. Management is often too busy with meetings or strategy to develop employees so this falls into the Learning and Development department. Great group of people!
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Great learning experience!
PV Engineering Intern (Former Employee), Richmond, CAJanuary 9, 2015
Worked with some of the most talented people I have met so far. The internship provided hands on experience in solar PV.
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Company will burn anyone out
Rather not say (Current Employee), Richmond, CANovember 17, 2014
Pros: quarterly bonuses even if the company isn't profitable, stocks, average pay
Cons: no work life balance, no direction from management, change policies almost weekly
A typical day is filled with countless useless emails, conference calls, and accomplishing very little.

No accountablity as management is just as lost directionally than first line employees.

Mostly understaffed and work life balance is non-exsisant.

Good product with poor management and execution teams.

Very few of my co-workers have been here more than 5 years, and most are looking elsewhere. There is a arrogant attitude throughout the organization.
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Fun Place to work at, supported
Desktop Support Administrator (Former Employee), San Jose, CASeptember 3, 2014
Pros: working for solar power company, changing the way the world is powered
Cons: not career advancements, no budget for it
- provide end user support for IT
- not much growth in dept
- didn't feel like upper management cared about the people below them
- co-workers were fun to work with
- no motivation, no chance for career advancement
- enjoyed working with diverse group
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Excellent facilities and cool place to work.
Performance Engineer Intern (Current Employee), Richmond, CAJuly 29, 2014
Pros: bike station, pool and ping pong table, beach
Cons: far
A great place to work. Cool and friendly environment.
Very nice and helpful people.
Learned a lot about handling projects and analyzing them.
The most enjoyable part would be my team and checking out the beach at lunch time everyday.
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Good product, huge market opportunity, poor management of employees
Manager (Current Employee), CAJune 1, 2014
Pros: 1- strong company mission, 2- industry-leading product, 3- strong financial position (relative to most solar companies)
Cons: 1- focus on managing operating expenditures leads to chronic understaffing, 2- senior mgmt is not responsive to ideas / grievances of low-mid level employees, 3- low annual salary increases, 4- very hierarchical decision-making with cumbersome and time-consuming approval processes
Sunpower is a longtime leader in the solar industry and has a well-established reputation and relatively strong financial position. However, despite recent success and growing market demand for solar, senior management has refused to grow the workforce to adequately keep up with demand. This has led to chronic over-utilization of employees and burn-out in many departments.
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SunPower is a nice place to work.
Systems Analyst (Former Employee), Richmond, CAApril 30, 2014
Like most big employers this company is a nice place to work but still needs some growth in the employee work-life balance.
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Good company
Engineering mgmt (Current Employee), Richmond, CANovember 8, 2013
Pros: have good people
Cons: need more good people
Good company, great projects. Free coffee. Good view.
Will tell you more about this company if you invite me out for lunch and drink
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Good future for company
Applications Engineer (Former Employee), San Jose, CAApril 20, 2013
Pros: good culture
Cons: politics
Premium OEM for solar products. Management team is very experienced.
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Beautiful work environment, quality people
Sr. Web Marketing Manager (Current Employee), Richmond CAFebruary 20, 2013
Although SunPower makes the most efficient solar panels on the market, they have strange hiring policies. There is a never ending rotation of contractors here who can only work 9 months in one consecutive year. This prevents most conversions to full time and commitment to long term projects by contractors and management. SunPower seems OK with this policy as long as costs are cut and the stock goes up. One caveat; this is not true in every department. R&D and engineering usually get what they need in terms of full time head count. Marketing, IT, legal, sales and operations tend not to have the needed headcount to meet SunPower's ambitious goals.
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Best product
Engineer (Current Employee), NYDecember 8, 2012
Poor leadership
Poor creativity, slow progress, stucked with processes, poor innovation, ego mentality,
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Great technology, good people, terrible culture with limited opportunity for personal growth
Multiple roles in Sales/Business Development (Current Employee), Richmond, CANovember 24, 2012
Pros: dynamic, cutting edge
Cons: zero accountability, doesn't live it values, overall employee morale
SunPower has the best technology in the solar industry, bar none. The higher cost model has made it challenging to compete in head-to-head situations with Chinese manufacturers.

I would summarize my 5+ years at SunPower with the following statement: Everyone says the right thing, very few people do the right thing.

Because that is the everyday culture at SunPower, especially among senior management, it can be very challenging and frustrating to build a career here.