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Vestas Wind Systems Wind Turbine Service Technician Reviews

Updated 20 Aug 2018

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Vestas Wind Systems CEO 	Anders Erik Runevad
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Wind Technician"

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    Current Employee - Wind Turbine Service Technician in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good benefits, easy hiring process

    Cons

    Below average pay and advancement for wind industry

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay more advancement opportunities.

    Vestas Wind Systems2018-08-21

    Vestas Wind Systems Response

    November 25, 2018

    Dear employee, We would kindly like to thank you for your review, as your experiences and recommendations will be used for further development of our organization. Your review is a tremendous help - thank you for all your contributions! Vestas

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Wind Turbine Technician"

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    Former Employee - Wind Turbine Service Technician 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vestas Wind Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits and uniform plans, great hours, good equipment, personal laptop and cell phone.

    Cons

    Not very good hourly pay for the responsibility and hazards. There is no reasoning with management if something is done wrong. Not much room for creativity, tasks are done by work instructions only. Tons of paperwork for JSA,LOTO forms,PTP, and the list goes on. Takes longer to do paperwork then the task in most cases.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees they know whats going on out there in the field!

    Vestas Wind Systems2015-11-23
  3. "Great company to work for!"

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    Wind Turbine Service Technician in Rio Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems for less than a year

    Pros

    Good safety program, full benefits, matched 401k, year-end bonuses, vacation time, travel opportunities, plenty of available overtime, great locations (sometimes), and the swaying of the turbine in the wind while you're wrenching on some sweet machinery.

    Cons

    Long commute, inconsistent application of safety and operating policies, long hours, sometimes repetitive work, rough/vulgar coworkers (standard for blue collar).

    Advice to Management

    Retraining old techs in safety and operations procedures would be a great idea. Otherwise, keep up the good work. I'm incredibly happy so far.

    Vestas Wind Systems2015-08-14
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Technician"

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    Current Employee - Wind Turbine Service Technician in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It's a job. Good over time. Portland is fun. Good 401K match.

    Cons

    Everything else. Terrible culture. Managers hired by connection and have almost no skill. Pay is now below industry standard 19.00/hr to start when other companies pay 21.50 or MORE. Portland management is petty and vindictive. Everyone at site pretty much hates job. Been here 8 months and will be leaving soon. HUGE turnover. Wind is growing but Vestas isn't getting many orders compared to other manufacturers so I... assume they will be bought out pretty soon and broken up since turbines V-80s are unreliable. I hear so many stories about how bad company is that at first I thought people were joking. Really, you are hurting or delaying your career by coming here.

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    Advice to Management

    Don't lie. Without integrity you have nothing. Hire professional management at field level. Bullying and yelling isn't appropriate in work place. EVER. Revamp training. You spend a lot of money flying us to Portland but the training, other than basic safety is convoluted and unorganized and a waste of your money.

    Vestas Wind Systems2015-08-02
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Benefits, Friendly work Environment, Lots of training"

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    Current Employee - Wind Turbine Service Technician in Karāchi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Vestas is an international company having good organized structure. They have a friendly environment. Provides lots of benefits like monthly expense for food, life insurance, pick and drop, training.

    Cons

    Hires usually on third party contract.

    Advice to Management

    They are already very organized and helpful so no need to change. They just need to move on like this.

    Vestas Wind Systems2015-01-18
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Positive Experience"

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    Former Employee - Wind Turbine Service Technician 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vestas Wind Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong Management, Good Pay, Opportunity to Advance

    Cons

    Long Hours, Travel can be a lot at times

    Vestas Wind Systems2014-11-14
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Big in Wind"

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    Current Employee - Wind Turbine Service Technician 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Compensations package, paid training, focus on safety

    Cons

    Mid-range pay, limited opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your techs...always seek to improve their compensation, not reduce it. There is a difference between "cost cutting" and "value cutting"

    Vestas Wind Systems2014-03-26
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Repeat after me: "Safety First"....but really: are we producing a happy customer."

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    Current Employee - Wind Turbine Service Technician in Mojave, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They provide a safe work environment, but to move ahead and not be ostracized you may have to bend just a little here....but only to the degree that is practical and can get the turbines running; after that...yuo can go back to being really safe. Nothing too dangerous, just not overkill. But preach the overkill stuff. Many locations and you can transfer pretty easily to anywhere when jobs are to be had. Also... they are great about promoting from within it seems. And if you are passed over for the job initialy, you can always re-train or advance and then apply again without prejudice. If you are proactive and willing to put forth the effort, you can take the initiative and enjoy a training program that is second to none in this industry. Also..you will be provided with tools and access to people/data & knowledge base that can educate you on every facet of the wind industry and turbines. The employee benefits include 401k with 6% matching by corporate, 4 weeks of vacation can be earned in the first year, insurance benefits that are golden...not just for you but your whole family, working beside high quality men/women with varying degrees of work ethics and skills sets...so you decide how you want to fit into the heard. They provide and annual work-clothing allowance and top notch PPE and equipment + training on the equipment. The company is also transparent with company information, and employees have easy access to corporate personnel for additional assistance with all sorts of issues.

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    Cons

    You will be expected to look good and act the part when corporate guys are around, or, be professional enough to know when to they are around and stay out of eyesight. If your back is in a corner....better recite the rule book, and by all means...never ever remember names or other pertinent info unless of course you or exercising your "payback" option, or trying to handicap a competitor (at least this seems to be... the brotherly love of your team-mates). Even though the company provides insurance benefits, training and other incentives attractive to the proactive employee.....you will be pressed to find time to take advantage of what the company offers. Your work day can start early (say 4:30 am) and ends when the job is done. You may also be asked to be on call, but they will not call it "on-call" and if you are "busy with family concerns" or "personal issues" then you will not be called on to get the choice jobs that could advance your career...and you will have to suffer the subtle jabs and sarcasm that should have been left on the middle school playground. You will be paid with overtime and double time without questions or hassles, but expect the job to be done before you are set free....sleep/rest/training/calibrated tools?..."what, you can't handle this, maybe we should call on someone else from now on...what do ya say...we will understand if you don't feel comfortable with this? So...if you say no, or your family needs you so you can't, guess who will not get the opportunity for the training that will advance your career or skill-sets...after all, there is one class this quarter and only 5 seats available...."you get the picture?" Also, demands will be placed on you to complete paperwork, required online training, etc., but at the same time...the job better get done and the required task better be completed, but finding the time is placed on you - the employee.

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    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach...even when corporate is not watching. Do not make management decisions based on rumors/gossip, but rather listen to the rumors/gossip and seek the facts to support it. You find a pool of talent and expertise you find useful and willing. Have faith in your own company's system...it works if you allow it.

    Vestas Wind Systems2013-03-15
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