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Productive and fun-loving.
Consultant (Current Employee), Noida, UPJuly 3, 2014
Have worked in different SAP Modules and had a good team, we shared our strengths and weakness accordingly we worked on it.

I have recently shifted to london and I am looking for a job.
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Good company with good employees to work with
Wind Turbine Technician (Current Employee), Tiskilwa, ILJune 6, 2014
The hours I worked were very resonable with some overtime here and there. Vestas allowed for a good balance between working hours and time away from work. They have good managers and the workers are always friendly and very knowledgable on all matters dealing with turbines. The most enjoyable party of the job was learning how these machines work and – more... the troublshoot a turbine would throw at you from time to time. The hardest part would have to be the main component change outs. Not the change out itself, that is fairly easy.But the fact your 300 ft. in the air with the turbine cover off. Then it can get a bit uneasy up there! – less
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was fun then turned out to be not a nice place to work.
Factory Worker (Former Employee), Brighton, COMay 30, 2014
Cons: long hours, bad scedual, un trustworthy managment.
We would work 3 day shifts then get 3 days off then 3 night shifts. 12 hour days. Management was dishonest. they would tell you one thing and tell your co workers another.
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Swings n Roundabouts- Money VS Time -Everyone's got a price
BLADE TECHNICIAN (Former Employee), Newport, Isle of wightMay 19, 2014
Pros: clean energy;) job flexibility, salary, holiday entitlement
Cons: health and safety concerns, job security, landfilled waste
Long days, job specific- Flexible job roles
skill sets- Job rotation, continual learning curve, across different departments.
Friendly management with a positive attitude and outlook, to match the companies ethos.

Co-workers are like anywhere else you've worked.

Hardest part: Time vs Money, Long days, Tight schedules

Most enjoyable: Learning, team – more... building, Co-workers, job satisfaction Lean management of processes. – less
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Amazing employer
Senior Wind Turbine Technician (Current Employee), Thurso, SCTMay 4, 2014
Pros: progression.
Cons: becoming more of a 'number' as an employee now
Vestas has been at the forefront of the industry since the industry began. Excellent training, huge opportunity to progress and very interesting work.
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A nightmare... Don't close you're eyes!
Manager (Former Employee), PortlandApril 17, 2014
Pros: healthy insurance
Cons: what wasn't a con, the entire vision statement is
Started out amazing until this reorganization happen. Yes we all knew the tax credit wasn't passing. But the senior management and directors should star in a reality show in how to screw over their team and treat them like they do not have families or heartbeats themselves.

If one decides to work here think long and hard for your own ethics/morals. – more... You will not get help from P&C (their HR department). Legal, well to them I am sure it's another case.

Hat goes off to the last promotion to COO and now global VP service. He is one well deserved man in that company. 1 out of a 1000. Indeed he has his hands full! – less
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This is an excellent site to work at with very dedicated people at all levels
Site Manager (Former Employee), Rio Vista, Ca.April 12, 2014
Pros: work very rewarding
Cons: lack of stability and longetivity due to ptc
Loved going to work each day and the people were the best part of this job
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Roller coaster
Manager (Former Employee), Portland, ORApril 10, 2014
Pros: health care benefits
Cons: poor management, high volatility, no advancement or development
Other reviewers have said it, but U.S. leadership is severely lacking and the company is descending toward further mediocrity and decreasing employee morale, at least among white-collar workers.

If you are applying for a job in Portland, be sure the company is going to be there 12-18 months later. I wouldn't be so sure. But they probably wouldn't tell – more... you anyway. Beware. – less
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great bennies, everything else sucks!!!!!
floating foreman (Current Employee), pueblo towersMarch 6, 2014
Pros: bennies are great for you and the family!
Cons: managment sucks!
i have worked at vestas for a year already and have no drive anymore, it has changed up on me 3 diferent times, tryed to show them what im worth and all i hear from them are excusses why i dont get the raise. so now i go into work put in my 12 hours and go home.i no longer come in on my days off to help out, if they dont give me any incentive to come – more... in the wth should I? these guys expect it from you to do that once they see it.
good luck with getting a raise there, unless you like camping out under the team leads desk. bottom line is im looking for a better job, the bennifits are the best anyone will have in there life at vestas but that is it! – less
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A long way to go without leaders..
Manager (Former Employee), Wind FarmFebruary 21, 2014
Pros: independent work, benefits, many hard working technicians
Cons: lack of shared inspiring vision, lack of focus on employee development and career growth
Stability: Job stability at Vestas is like the wind itself - it can't be relied upon consistently. Each of the past 3 years has brought with it job uncertainty through major reorganizations. Service technician jobs are generally stable but are greatly dependent upon the status of the service contract at your site. If your 5-year contract is under negotiation – more... for renewal, be prepared to find alternative employment, as 3rd party service providers are significantly undercutting Vestas service contracts. Be sure to inquire about this during an interview and have a long term career plan that doesn’t rely upon a service contract renewal. Travelling technician jobs and/or manufacturing technician jobs (located in Denver) are also uncertain and hinge upon wind farm development plans which are in turn affected by government subsidies and Congressional politics. Management positions should be avoided (e.g., manager positions are leaving in droves, voluntarily and involuntarily, including positions in finance/accounting, HR, safety, technology, service, etc.). For an organization that rates its field managers on technician retention, it does little in the way of retaining or inspiring its own managers. Vestas is actively eliminating salaried wind site manager positions in favor of hourly site supervisor positions. Avoid management roles.

Culture: Ask employees what the company’s core values are and how they live them daily and you will receive blank stares and a variety of answers. There is no evidence that the company has values that enter into everyday conversations and actions.

Benefits: Job benefits are good. Employees will be required to pay into healthcare benefits beginning for the first time in 2014 : Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K with matching, 4 weeks vacation (accrued), 5 paid sick days, 11 paid holidays, uniforms (you wash).

Bonus: Merit increases were cancelled in 2012 and <2% in 2013. An elaborate results-based “self-funding” bonus plan in the America’s was rolled out in 2013. However, it was recently announced that there would be no payout whatsoever regardless of performance against the metrics.

Hours: Be prepared for a very erratic work schedule depending upon seasonality, weather, corporate equipment/parts/tools availability issues that linger unaddressed, down turbines, and “emergency” projects. Ask about major site issues during you interview, as these may affect your work hours. You will likely have ample opportunities for overtime. Ask about weekend and on-call policies. Nearly all locations have invoked mandatory overtime at one time or another, sometime working very high overtime for extended periods (months). Some sites have a 24-hour response requirement. Know your service contract.

Safety: The company has come a long way implementing OSHA mandatory safety programs that were once non-existent in practice (e.g. confined space, LOTO, etc.). Injury rates are improving. Serious incident investigations, however, lack effective resolution and sharing (e.g. ongoing arc flash issues, turbine fires across many models – do an internet search). Safety execution and implementation, even for OSHA critical safety programs, differs from site to site, lagging at some. Basic safety rule compliance also varies from location to location. A lack of ownership of work procedures (e.g. infrequent or non-existent periodic updates, obsolete tasks, multiple versions, inconsistencies amongst procedures, lack of employee input, failure to timely incorporate new information) plagues the work instructions system.

Advancement: Be Danish or visit/live in Portland a lot (e.g. regional and other high level managers are nearly all spinoffs from Portland HQ). Do not expect meaningful performance or career development discussions. Expect the unexpected. Service technician advancement is made unequal by a tiered pay for knowledge program that is not consistently applied across the organization (e.g. requirements for advancing to the next level vary greatly from location to location. Ask Vestas technicians about this when interviewing).

Senior Management: There is little continuity and high turnover. Few managers stay beyond 5 years in this revolving door. Vestas’ current President in the Americas grabbed the first lifeboat from their former position as COO of the City of Detroit and brings an uninspiring city manager style (Read his vapid interview with the Oregonian newspaper online to get a sense of whether or not you will feel valued as an employee. “We're going to change folks out here because maybe they weren't appropriate for the company's stage in its evolution. But we still need good folks”…Really? Wow…that’s exhilarating). In summary, there’s a lack of inspirational leadership. Abrasive leadership styles exist at the regional level, but there are notable outstanding managers.

Financial Acumen: Competition from other turbine manufacturers and 3rd party service providers is cutting into Vestas’ business. Lack of transparency in financial data makes it difficult to manage internal business decisions, but this is improving. Still, I have not worked for an organization that collectively executed more poorly with regards to managing cost than Vestas. Excessive attention is paid to minor expenses, while huge sums are invested in ventures (e.g. overtime, expedited shipping, etc.) without a matching business justification. Return on Investment (ROI) is an unknown concept in day to day decision making.

Future Business Ventures: Vestas recently sold its cash-strapped offshore business, to Mitsubishi in a joint venture that Mitsubishi will likely buy out. Vestas received no cash for the deal and offloaded employees. As offshore is a key strategic business development area, Vestas is now left with its current core business which has been anything but profitable. – less
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cleaner
Cleaner (Former Employee), isle of wightFebruary 11, 2014
Pros: no
Cons: 4 hours
i worked 7pm to 11pm which was not enough hours for what i need
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a nice place to work
Temporary Warehouse Inventory Specialist (Former Employee), Montbello, COFebruary 5, 2014
Pros: great management
Cons: pay not good at all
enjoyed my time there, and everyone that work there.
Was not there that long due to the fact that I was a temp employee, from sos staffing.
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Production Manager (Former Employee), Colorado and GermanyJanuary 8, 2014
Great place to work for learning new skills, culture, and working with people and plants overseas. Very cyclical business however, and lots of layoffs.
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Site Management bad, Favortism, Safety only applies to a few,
Service Technician II (Former Employee), Carnigie OKDecember 28, 2013
Pros: pay and over time hour are pretty good
Cons: site management, and lack of safety, lack of ability to manage
At this site You may get written up for something and when some one else does the same thing nothing happens, safety is like a joke there, In the office, the safety officer for the site was telling others in the office that if your in our circle of trust, we'll take care of you, and if your not in our circle, then we will get rid of you and find some – more... one that will fit in our circle of trust. The leads will stab you in the back, there has been 2 fires on site this year. Both a total loses. Services get done, but repairs get put on the back burner and may not get done til turbine goes down and will not run til fixed. This site is losing several techs this year and a few other are leaving and transferring due to the way things are going on this site beware. – less
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bad management
Senior Power Electronics Engineer (Former Employee), Louisville, CODecember 9, 2013
finance is chaotic and not sustainable

not much work

far from lab
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Great place to work
EPC Electrical Engineer (Current Employee), Madrid, MDNovember 27, 2013
Pros: culture, mission and vision
Cons: too large company
It is a fantastic place to work because it brings you the opportunity of working with people of many different countries, each day you need to talk with at least three different nationalities

People are highly qualified and it is easy to work with them

It is good to be part of the mission and the vision of the company
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dont go
Welder (Former Employee), Pueblo, COOctober 9, 2013
Pros: uuummmmm health benefits?
Cons: management management management
if you like being managed by people who shouldn't have a dog, because it will probably die, vestas towers pueblo is the place for you.
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Fun Workplace
Site Sustainability Manager (Former Employee), Tehachapi, CASeptember 6, 2013
Loved it. Even though their safety culture was just beginning they had good listeners and employees who cared to try.
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Productive and demanding
Service Technician III (Current Employee), Fowler, INJune 10, 2013
Pros: good overall package (pay, health insurance, 401k, clothes ect)
Cons: extreme weather, many hazards, small room for advancement
Everyday is a day in its own. Work load and job tasks change frequently. Normal day involves climbing 285ft, lifting heavy objects, confined spaces, extreme weather and many hazards (high voltages, high pressures, heights, confined spaces ect).
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Do not board this sinking boat!
Blade Builder - Shells Dept. (Former Employee), Windsor, COMay 20, 2013
Pros: great insurance
Cons: forced overtime, low pay, monotonous work, top down management with heavy hand.
Management is inept. Constant layoffs and uncertain future of the industry makes working for this company a VERY big gamble! Very unstable place to work.

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About Vestas

Vestas Americas is the North American sales business unit of Vestas, the global leader in high-tech wind power systems and a driving – Read more