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Canadian Solar Reviews

Updated 21 October, 2014
Updated 21 October, 2014
13 Reviews
2.7
13 Reviews
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Canadian Solar Chairman, President, and CEO Shawn X. Qu
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  1.  

    Decent but could have been a better start to a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Guelph, ON
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Guelph, ON

    I have been working at Canadian Solar full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Benefits (RRSP matching 4%, Dental, Health, Eyes and work boots)
    -Work independently without micromanagement.
    -Provides basic set of tools needed

    Cons

    -Not enough pay for job performed
    -Favouritism among promoted and pay raised empoyees
    -Lied about where job will lead in interiew

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Hire people who are competent at their job
    -Invest time in the skills and backgrounds of employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Guelph, ON
    Current Employee - Manager in Guelph, ON

    I have been working at Canadian Solar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, good team, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Work life balance, cultural differences

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Unprofessional

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Worker Bee in Guelph, ON
    Former Employee - Worker Bee in Guelph, ON

    I worked at Canadian Solar full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, decent software

    Cons

    Horrible management, bully angry at the world supervisor, no objectives or career plan outlined, thrown in with the wolves with no training, then get yelled at for failing. 1960's style vending machines dispensing horrible (free) beverages). Below average pay. Below average benefits. Below average ergonomics. Spartan office. Too many coops.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your lower managers to be effective and lead by example, not 1960's bully tactics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Investors beware!! Sell now! (MV) units. Every unit manufactured to date needs major service, on-site overhaul.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembly (Temp) in London, ON
    Current Employee - Assembly (Temp) in London, ON

    I have been working at Canadian Solar as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very relaxed un-supervised work environment. Other than that there has never been any real issue. When a goal is met ( far and few between ) they do celebrate with a good lunch currently quotas are in place but there is no repercussion for not making them. Or any changes.

    Cons

    Poor quality MV side in London plant. Poor management. Currently looking for other employment before public announcement of the failing progress. Another con is other than the 4 supervisors that have no idea what they are doing EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE IS A TEMP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire experienced skilled workers. Not temps!!, the current employees have no desire for quality at all what so ever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Interview for Quality Control Supervisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Supervisor in Guelph, ON
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Supervisor in Guelph, ON

    I worked at Canadian Solar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are set procedures in this company

    Cons

    I did not receive any result uptill now after passing all my interviews and reference checks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advice the management to investigate where is the problem and enforce strict rules to overcome such type of happenings in future

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It pays the bills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Guelph, ON
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Guelph, ON

    I have been working at Canadian Solar full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Friendly co-workers
    - Talent is recognized with career advancement opportunities
    - Being involved in green energy
    - Fair wages and night shift premiums

    Cons

    - Working in a vulnerable industry
    - Poor foresight from management
    - Continental shifts aren't ideal for people with families

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Communicate better all around - with workers and your fellow management!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    An industry leader, but bogged down in inefficient processes and lack of communication between departments

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Guelph, ON
    Current Employee - Sales in Guelph, ON

    I have been working at Canadian Solar full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working on projects that involve Solar Power
    Large vertically integrated company

    Cons

    Inefficient office procedures
    Lack of communication between departments
    Lack of direction from senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to show some vision and some direction of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It was a pleasure to work with the helpful colleagues there.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Suzhou, Jiangsu (China)
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Suzhou, Jiangsu (China)

    I worked at Canadian Solar as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    We worked under the direction of the chief engineer and he was really experienced and always can give us some advice on the problems we met.

    Cons

    The office was near the assemble stream and the noise was harassing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    maybe they can pay more attention to their low level employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very unprofessional place to try and work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service in San Ramon, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service in San Ramon, CA (US)

    I worked at Canadian Solar full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are some nice people in the marketing and finance departments who come to work to do their job and who are very professional too.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? This place is run by bullies. They insult coworkers regularly and gossip is rampant. They set up people to fail if they don't like them and talking loudly and swearing is common here. And if you are bold enough to speak up to management it gets worse. Ironically you have to take a harassment course when you start working there and everything they say they will not tolerate...is tolerated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take IMMEDIATE actions towards bullies and protect people that are there to work and be professional. Don't close your doors and allow it because that person has been there for a long time. And then when someone comes to you for support PLEASE back them up with the appropriate action and please let it remain anonymous so that person is not subject to more retaliation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not your average 9-5

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA (US)

    I have been working at Canadian Solar full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    *Conducive environment for fine-tuning and strengthening your professional skills,
    *Fast-pace, metrics-drive environment
    *Dynamic leadership
    *Globalized and international outlook T
    *The team is filled with talented individuals who care about their performance.

    Cons

    If you are based in SF/Oakland, it is a bit of a commute

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Canadian Solar Response

    Jun 05, 2014marketing communication specialist

    Thank you for your review! We appreciate the feedback.

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