Pros: it is likely to survive as a company, since (a) it is owned mostly by the energy giant, total (of france) which has deep pockets and, (b) because it is always developing new products, and techniques to stay ahead, of the innovation curve.
Cons: (in addition to those noted below):, many of the positions are thru a temp agency, (typically aerotek) so job security is low., several functions are centralized in their calif, offices so a lot must be done by conference calls, and email rather than face-to-face.
SunPower is a solar energy firm that does everything from developing high efficiency solar cells to production of panels and installation on large commercial and utility-scale sites. (Residential and small commercial installation jobs are spun off to SunPower-trained local installers.)
The company's central focus is R&D, which is likely to keep it – more... competitive into the future. Although its cost-per-watt is high, the high-efficiency cells enable users to get the maximum amount of energy out of a limited area, so it is advantageous when roof or ground area is limited vis-a-vis the energy needs of the site. SP also claims that its panels are tested more rigorously than others.
Its project design division and its procurement division still have some growing-up to do. The QC process in design is not well established, leading to frequent changes/corrections during construction, which more established design organizations would have caught before releasing the designs. Delivery of materials is often problematic, and last minute rush deliveries of some items is not uncommon. Its system for paying contractors is very bureaucratic and slow (as of late 2011). – less