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Canadian Solar Reviews

Updated 4 November 2014
Updated 4 November 2014
16 Reviews
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16 Reviews
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Canadian Solar Chairman, President, and CEO Shawn X. Qu
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  1.  

    Team-Oriented Company w/ Real Vision

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

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

    Pros

    I love working here. Almost everyone is really friendly and willing to help. The company is well-managed with awesome work-life balance. There are holiday parties, plenty of free company promo items (T-Shirts, USB drives, caps, etc.). This is by far the best company I have worked at. The company philosophy is great, and Canadian Solar is very well-managed (almost all sales directors have MBA's). The general manager has real leadership, as does the CEO. I am excited to start my career in the solar industry!! (I was formerly in another industry)

    Cons

    None that I can find yet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 (Canada)
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Guelph, ON (Canada)

    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
  3.  

    worked there for less than a year

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

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

    Pros

    - always hiring new people as staff always quitting and job opportunities in Guelph very limited with the economy in toilet - desperate to work and pay the bills (barely paid enough - $1800.00 a month)
    - factory job is very easy, very, very boring to be there for the 12 hour shift, but good to have more days off each week
    - employees are mostly new immigrants and very friendly people, managers are clearly unqualified and loud, agressive bullies that treat staff like slaves
    - very organized operation, clean building - smell of chemicals is very strong throughout factory (not sure what it is)

    Cons

    - very, very hot working in factory and very noisy
    - standing on concrete floors in steel toe boots for 12 hours is cruel and unusual, 30 minutes for lunch and 2 breaks is not enough to relax
    - staff training is poor, new staff are put on factory floor and left to figure things out on their own (other staff usually help each other learn) as managers are busy yelling at staff to work faster and they are always stressed trying to fix broken robots and then hiding in their office
    - managers and supervisers are very mean and unqualified, they work well with the robots and doing the paperwork but their people skills are the worst, never have anything nice to say to anyone (never a 'good morning', how are you?), insist on daily criticizing and yelling at staff to go faster and don't stop the line! Constantly blaming staff for delays when the robots breakdown and stop line production, and supplies are not available when needed to continue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - hire people for managemant that can manage people and motivate them instead of always criticizing them and yelling at staff constantly just to make yourself feel important
    - pay more money as the work is very physica, challenging for 12 hours a day, $13.50 an hour is not enough to live and the work is wery hard and staff constantly quit because 12 hour shifts are exhausting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    You do NOT want to work here

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

    I worked at Canadian Solar as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working at this company is a perfect way to learn on how to NOT manage a company/staff

    Cons

    The USA office is a showcase of an HR nightmare:

    1) Racist and sexist remarks spewed from upper management nearly every day.
    2) No career growth trajectory or promotion plan
    3) unless you are in sales, good luck receiving any respect.
    4) Inappropriate relationships seem to be whole heartily respected
    5) Archaic "office rules". Run almost like a High School
    6) Lies lies lies and more lies coming from the very top
    7) Staff largely uneducated. Major decision makers hardly can string together a sentence of proper English.

    If you go for an interview, I suggest asking the turnover rate of the company and demanding an answer as to why.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you live in this country, please respect its laws and culture. Your behavior will not go unnoticed much longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Good company

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

    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
  8.  

    Unprofessional

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

    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
  9.  

    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 (Canada)
    Current Employee - Assembly (Temp) in London, ON (Canada)

    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
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    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.  

    Interview for Quality Control Supervisor

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

    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

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