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good company too bad never happened in Mesa
Manager of Technical Operations (Former Employee), Mesa, AZApril 1, 2014
Pros: very good benefits good pay
Cons: plant in mesa never opened
good company too bad never happened in Mesa. Great culture and people
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Would not recommend working there
Tech 2 (Former Employee), Perrysburg, ohMarch 21, 2014
Pros: benefits were outstanding
Cons: short breaks, pay, hr was unhelpful
You will learn that u r easily replaced. The pay was poor, with poor 35 cent raises. They say there's room to advance but good luck. It's who you know not what you know. Line workers were very unhappy but since it's a job people stay quite.
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Productive
Consultant (Maximo/Java) (Former Employee), Perrysburg, OHMarch 16, 2014
• Created the System Requirement Specification from Business requirement document.
• MBO Customization & Screen level customization.
• Data Migration
• Data cleanup
• Report modification and creation using Actuate.
• Design, development, code & Test reviews, project implementations etc
• Maximo configuration: Database configuration, crossovers, applying – more... hotfixes,\
• Providing extensively support on Production system.
• Involved in code review and ensuring the timely resolution of the same
• Activly Involved in Go Live and Post Production Support activities
• Involved in Requirement analysis and Designing of Database structure – less
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Great safety culture and excellent evironment enouraging good work ethic
Construction Laborer (Former Employee), Santa Margarita, CAMarch 10, 2014
Pros: paid well, friendly environment, mentally engaging work
Cons: low job security, short breaks, worked in poor weather conditions
I really liked all the people I worked with. I got a lot of experience doing things I'd never done before and became very good at them.
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Great pay, Very repetitive, too much favoritism and nepotism
Production operator (Former Employee), Perrysburg, OHMarch 3, 2014
Pros: excellent benefits, pay, great food, safe production environment.
Cons: too much backbiting, favoritism, nepotism, very repetitive job.
A typical day at work consisted of putting on safety equipment.
Testing and analyzing chemicals that were involved in the manufacturing process of photovoltaic modules.
It was down here were I learned how to work with individuals since we were pair together for 12 hours at time. The hardest part of the job was the sheer monotony and repetitive jobs – more... being done their.
The interaction from the engineers. Our conversations were very intellectually stimulating. Coworkers pretty much kept to themselves save for a few people. The management was okay but there was a lot of political gaming going on. It mostly has to due with the weak job environment in Ohio and the economy in general. – less
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Fast Paced Environment and Long Hours
Sr. Project Accountant (Former Employee), Oakland, CAFebruary 26, 2014
Pros: compensation. smart colleagues
Cons: long hours
An extremely fast paced work environment and well compensated teams, though the amount of hours required were atrocious. 80+ hour weeks during month end close
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Chaotic yet productive workplace
Development Engineering Technician, ARC Group (Current Employee), Perrysburg, OHFebruary 16, 2014
Pros: subsidized cafeteria
Cons: pretty much no time for breaks
A typical day at work involves preparation of spreadsheets to keep data for that day organized involving SubID for individual solar modules, as well as for qualification of the modules we wash. I will then wash a certain number of modules each day, monitor the cleanliness using various parameters, and assist with organization and maintenance of tool – more... and other parts of the process. I've learned a great deal about data organization, work instruction creation, and time management. The management in my group is productive yet often unrealistic. They want what is best for the company, but are often unclear on what it takes to get that done. My co-workers are dedicated, but seem happier with less of a work-life balance than I would like. The hardest part of my job is spending so much time away from home, as I have a one hour commute each way to and from work. The most enjoyable part of my job is the feeling of being an important part of a project that will make a difference in the real world. – less
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Great people, good pay, a lot of company growth
Program Manager IV (Current Employee), Tempe, ArizonaFebruary 1, 2014
Continual change provides plenty of opportunities for growth
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always productive good people and hard work
Laborer (Former Employee), Lancaster caJanuary 14, 2014
loved working here, always kept busy, made great wages, love working outside in the elements, good sense of accomplishment
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good learing experince
Labor Worker (Former Employee), Deming, NMJanuary 9, 2014
Pros: good learing experince
Cons: driving to far away every day without per dem or extra pay
start at four in the morning drive , safety meeting , get your tools , fixed what ever structure is flagged
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Very difficult workplace because limited management vision.
Sr. PROGRAM LEADER (Former Employee), Bridgewater, NJNovember 27, 2013
Pros: average benefits were offered.
Cons: not clear management vision was presented.
Always solving problems of different nature without a well established management approach that could benefit the company for future projects.

Co-workers not free to express themselves, and implement effective management and engineering solutions.

I was determined to assist the company, but business reduction forced the company to heavy layoffs.
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First Solar
Construction Safety Manager (Former Employee), Tempe, AZOctober 24, 2013
At first this was a great company to work for and then for some reason the issues with the market starting to change the mind set of this great company. They reached out to people that did not know anything about looking out for people but were for on looking out for the money. One really gave up their life balance for this company as they required – more... you to be away from home more then you really wanted too. Most of the first employees of the EPC side of First Solar are now gone due to being replaced for set up to take a fall, which a lot of them did and have. – less
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Very large company with little personal attachment
Development Engineering Technician (Current Employee), Perrysburg, OHSeptember 8, 2013
Pros: almost no micromanagement
Cons: care very little about technicians
Most enjoyable part of the job is leaving at the end of the day.
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American manufacturer of thin film photovoltaic modules
Reliability Test Technician (Former Employee), Perrysburg, OHSeptember 3, 2013
Collected random product samplings throughout plant, conducted baseline testing, administer environmental stressors, and completed post-test analysis, areas of interest include environmental, mechanical- and electrical-stress testing of PV modules, as well as performance stability
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Benefits are Great!
IT Technician (Former Employee), Perrysburg, OHAugust 23, 2013
* The employees are all nice
* Low stress environment
* Plenty of opportunity to learn new things
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Excellent career advancement opportunitys
Electrical Superintendent (Former Employee), Tempe, AZAugust 15, 2013
Great environment in the field and HQ. Would anticipate this company growing and becoming the leader in this industry.
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Network Engineer (Former Employee), Tempe, AZAugust 1, 2013
Implemented and supported multiple operating system in a LAN WAN environment.
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fun place to work
Business Development Manager/Solutions Architect (Former Employee), Perrysburg, OHAugust 1, 2013
challenging work environment was a consultant there for a short while.

Comp is very keen on using technology for business growth so, will have ample opportunities to work in latest tech.
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Great working environment
Development Engineering Technician II (Current Employee), Perrysburg, OHJuly 23, 2013
Pros: flextime
Cons: promotion/advancement in the company is tough
Company cares a lot of employees. Excellent benefits package. Company is very results driven. Great opportunity for entry level employees.
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Productive and fast pace
Project Administrator, Payroll Administrator (Current Employee), Lancaster, CAJune 3, 2013
Pros: great atmosphere
Cons: contruction.
Great company.
Co-workers are very family oriented.
You get to meet many companies.
Great place to introduce you to construction.

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About First Solar, Inc.

Like the ancient Egyptians who worshiped Ra, First Solar looks to the sun for rising fortunes. The company manufactures photovoltaic – Read more