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Vestas Wind Systems Reviews

Updated 21 Jan 2020

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3.5
71%
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Vestas Wind Systems Group President and CEO 	Anders Erik Runevad
Anders Erik Runevad
210 Ratings
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  • "Everything is run out of Denmark, so limited opportunity for advancement in the US(in 28 reviews)

  • "poor management, slow decision making(in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay Highly flexible working hours Friendly colleagues Minimal office politics Work from home options

    Cons

    Lousy office facilities such as chair and monitor No aws Not so proficient IT Support (outsourced)

    Vestas Wind Systems2015-08-20
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Thinking of Vestas? Don’t, just walk away while you can. A sinking ship with weak to non-existing leadership."

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    Current Employee - Administrative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company has changed much since I’ve worked here. The culture used to be fun, ambitious, hard-working but felt like we were all in it together, like a family. Many of the employees truly care about the company and its purpose in the world. Unfortunately, few of those people are in senior positions and are therefore working with their hands tied behind their backs since all decisions must be made at a stupidly high level. It’s a shame since the core product is very good and could have made Vestas a leader in the industry for decades to come.

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    Cons

    It’s sad it has come to this; Vestas has become a really toxic and unpleasant place during my last few years. It has definitely changed – it used to feel like a family organization, but that feeling had gone. Office politics are rifle and the culture has changed; not for the better. Management? There is no management. The regional Head hired to lead currently is inexperienced, narcissistic and tyranny. He has an informal approach and often to crack jokes at the expense of others. Most of the time these jokes are crude and inappropriate. He has established a senior leader team of ’yes men’ who flatter his ego, tell him what he wants to hear and play politics. These senior leaders are either incapable of making sound business decisions or are paralyzed by indecision. Some senior leaders are over-opinionated and underqualified for the roles they occupy; some of them wouldn’t get past the CV sift if they had to apply or their own jobs. You could easily take away the top tier of management and productivity wouldn’t change. There is no accountability at this level, no decision making and no consequences for being bad at your job – in fact, the more BS you talk the more you get rewarded. It’s an elite circle of people telling each other how great they are but the lower ranking staff have no faith in their abilities or intentions. The decisions that are made are mostly based on egos and not on what is best for the customers or the company. These inexperienced, self-righteous senior leaders are extremely biased, will only support and help certain staff. Qualified, experienced staff members are often overlooked for a few narcissistic unqualified individuals who think they know it all (and unfortunately the ones who make the loudest noise are often nothing more than empty vessels) but would be laughed at in any other companies. These loud members of staff are also the ones who are willing to massage the right egos. Unfortunately here, the only people who progress are those who play the favourites game. Bullying of employees is a big problem and the Leaders are the biggest culprits. Local leadership is also insensitive, especially in HR. They aren’t looking for the right ways to do things, just the fastest and not necessarily the cheapest. Global policies are implemented just for show and not comply to, especially by the local Leaders. A lot of unethical acts are committed by these Leaders, who are here to milk an easy wage from the company, especially the Regional Head, and making days go-by by manipulating and game playing, thereby increasing this toxic environment. The Senior leaders and extended leaders are always traveling to meet but no action and outcomes of meetings. Unethical Human Resource Department. HR has too much power and abusing the term “retrenchment”. Using retrenchment as an excuse to terminate majority of the locals to replace them with transferees from Northern Europe offices or hire a particular Nationality that were recommended by the HR outsourced partner. Partners as well as one’s own nephew can be employed under the same department! Diversity is a myth; cronyism and nepotism is rifle. People are promoted for political reasons, it doesn’t matter that they are known to be terrible leaders, backstabbing narcissists or incompetent – on the contrary, those seem to be what’s looked for in a leader. Career development is non-existent unless you are in a sales role. In my well over a decade here, I have seen people from all over the world leaving the business after years because of this destabilizing workplace. We are bleeding top talents to our competitors and this will never make us number one in the industry. Long-serving leaders were also being let go all over the place, without any real explanation why; and those that aren’t being got rid of seem to be leaving in big numbers.

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    Advice to Management

    Realize that you are emptying out all of the loyal staff, who hold decades of knowledge about the company. You need to new-look at your managers at all levels and value your employees by listening to the people that actually do the work (that means actually talking to the actual staff and not senior ‘leaders’!). Stop telling everyone else to be accountable for their actions when you have a level of management team that are not only unethical and unaccountable, they do not produce results and take credit for the results that were sowed by their predecessors. This sales organization is a failing mess! Hypocrisy and double standards abound so unless you start tackling this, the gulf between what you claim to do and what you actually do will get wider and wider – and more of your clients will realise that. If you are changing strategy, at least do it right, with resources and quick decisions in place and with people who want to join the culture that we have built and not destroy it or sneer attitude. When people leave, wonder why. Ask them. Encourage their honesty and act upon it. Instead of constantly covering up your failures with diabolical communications to staff, many of high intellect, that everyone laughs at as they are so false. Know that when you promote the very obviously wrong people, you lose your own credibility. You encourage tantrums and other ridiculous behaviors. You show people that you can’t get promoted unless you act like a brat. So you lose the people who want to do good work, in a good way. Review the responsibilities of heads of function. Either arm them with the powers to deliver or send then on their way. Most importantly: Stop the unethical HR Department from discrimination and review the old values that are gone.

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    Vestas Wind Systems2019-08-18
  3. Helpful (1)

    "A Great example where a great company going downhill with bad leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vestas Wind Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Colleagues, colleagues who would share and understandable. Colleagues who has abundance of knowledge and experience.

    Cons

    Since the change of Regional Management, it became toxic, political and full of finger pointing. Micro managing at its best and full of unnecessary meetings; those not within the cliques were sideline and some even get “asked to resigned”. and many of those colleagues (in the Pros above) were either made to resigned or demoralised.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the regional sr management... Vestas used to be a company with great culture and drive. It became a toxic environment to be in.

    Vestas Wind Systems2019-05-31
  4. "Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Bad managment and culture in the company

    Vestas Wind Systems2018-12-02
  5. "Planner"

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    Current Employee - Planner 

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good company , work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    need to wait for your turn - more patience required

    Vestas Wind Systems2018-10-15
  6. "good"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    engineer at any time attend

    Cons

    hard work and no time

    Advice to Management

    think as human

    Vestas Wind Systems2018-08-29
  7. "team lead"

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    Team Lead in Singapore

    I worked at Vestas Wind Systems

    Pros

    culture and family friendly environment. work load is not heavy. travel to head quarter in denmark common. benefits are good

    Cons

    frequent organizational changes that leads to job instability especially when you are outside headquarter. also frequent changes in reporting officer.

    Advice to Management

    plan for long term especially when setting up overseas office. this has a big impact to employees especially when you will terminate employment during company restructuring

    Vestas Wind Systems2015-12-10
  8. "Engineer"

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    Engineer in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems

    Pros

    flex working hours, good colleagues and global exposure for leading wind technology.

    Cons

    Very Danish thinking., no room to progress up

    Vestas Wind Systems2015-10-13
  9. "Good Work Culture"

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    Engineer in Singapore
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vestas Wind Systems

    Pros

    Felxi timing, good work culture, lots of encouragement from management to do new things and think out of box. Good salary and bonus. Free flow on information and idea.

    Cons

    Workload is too high sometimes, but overall nothing to be really worried or annoyed about as the office timings are flexible.

    Vestas Wind Systems2014-12-22
  10. "Like a whirlwind that came and went"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vestas Wind Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good engineers to work with. Company focused on innovation and not afraid to push the boundaries.

    Cons

    Poor management in Houston/Singapore who do not understand wind turbine technology and yet try to make technology decisions.

    Vestas Wind Systems2013-10-23
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