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First Solar Overview

Industry

Renewable Electricity

Organization Type

Public

Employees

1,000 - 10,000

Headquarters

Tempe, AZ

Website

www.firstsolar.com

Website

www.firstsolar.com



Founded in

1999

Revenue

> $1B

Key People

John Carrington (Executive Officer),
Nathan Lindstrom (Strategic Marketing Senior Analyst),
Bruce Sohn (Executive Officer, Director),
Steve Krum (Director, Corporate Communications),
James Nolan (Director),
John Gaffney (Executive Officer),
Michael Ahearn (Chairman, CEO),
Mary Gustafsson (Executive Officer),
Paul Stebbins (Director),
Trisha Anderson (Manager - Marketing Americas/Global Events),
Jens Meyerhoff (Executive Officer),
Craig Kennedy (Director),
Michael Sweeney (Director),
Jose Villarreal (Director),
Thomas Presby (Director),
Christopher Bueter (Executive Vice President, Human Resources)

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About First Solar

First Solar, Inc. is an American photovoltaic manufacturer of rigid thin film modules and a provider of utility-scale PV power plants and supporting services. Founded in 1999, they have developed, engineered, financed, built and currently operates many of the world's largest grid-connected PV power plants. They have a reported revenue of more than a billion of dollars and employ a thousand to 10,000 workers.

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First Solar, Inc. is an American photovoltaic manufacturer of rigid thin film modules and a provider of utility-scale PV power plants and supporting services. Founded in 1999, they have developed, engineered, financed, built and currently operates many of the world's largest grid-connected PV power plants. They have a reported revenue of more than a billion of dollars and employ a thousand to 10,000 workers.

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What Is

First Solar's Mission Statement

?
To create enduring value by enabling a world powered by clean, affordable solar electricity.

What First Solar's Employees Say

Say it with us "tuition reimbursements, wellness programs, 401(k) match, medical insurance and employee stock purchase plans". That's the perk that people like the best about First Solar, Inc.

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First Solar Employees

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Gender

Male

73.7%

Female

23.3%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

56.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Asian

13.6%

Black or African American

8.7%

Unknown

4.6%

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First Solar Careers

Average Length of Employment
SolarWorld 3.9 years
Enphase Energy 2.1 years

First Solar

2.0 years
Tesla 1.2 years
Top Employers Before First Solar
Honeywell 13.1%
Intel 10.3%
U.S. Navy 7.4%
IBM 6.9%
US Army 6.3%
Calphalon 5.7%
G E Co 4.0%
Aerotek 4.0%
Siemens 2.9%
Ford Motor 2.9%
AT&T 2.9%
Top Employers After First Solar
CSC 7.4%
Kiewit 7.4%
G E Co 6.4%
Aviall 5.3%
Materion 4.3%
Honeywell 4.3%
Cognizant 4.3%
FedEx 4.3%

First Solar Employees Education

Schools

University of Toledo

24.9%

Owens Community College

11.0%

Arizona State University

10.4%

Bowling Green State University

10.4%

University of Phoenix

8.1%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.0%

Stautzenberger College

2.9%

Pennsylvania State University

2.9%

Imperial Valley College

2.9%

Professional Skills Institute

2.9%

Community College of the Air Force

2.3%

Tiffin University

2.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

2.3%

DePaul University

2.3%

ITT Technical Institute-Maumee

1.7%

University of New Mexico

1.7%

Michigan State University

1.7%

Cornell University

1.7%

Texas A&M University

1.7%

Herzing University

1.7%
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Majors

Business

26.2%

Electrical Engineering

9.5%

Computer Science

6.9%

Mechanical Engineering

6.0%

Chemical Engineering

5.0%

Engineering

5.0%

Finance

4.7%

Management

4.1%

Chemistry

3.8%

Information Technology

3.8%

Accounting

3.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

2.2%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%

Communication

1.9%

Political Science

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.5%

Masters

23.8%

Other

20.7%

Associate

8.4%

Certificate

4.7%

Doctorate

4.7%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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First Solar Employee Political Affiliation

Democratic Party

66.7%

Republican Party

31.8%

Libertarian Party

1.5%

Employee Political Donations

Name Job Title Party Donation
Michael AhearnChief Executive Officer $55,200Democratic Party
Francis de RosaRenewable Energy Consultant $36,450Democratic Party
Gayle AhearnOwner $20,000Democratic Party
Kathleen WeissVice President $6,250Democratic Party
Mike AhernChief Executive Officer $5,200Democratic Party
Robert Clark PhelpsEngineer $4,496Democratic Party
Rick PowellEngineer $3,950Democratic Party
Arun KamathInformation Technology Professional $2,780Democratic Party
Paul KingEngineer $2,750Democratic Party
Paul KaletaExecutive Vice President $2,500Democratic Party
Bruce SohnManager $2,400Republican Party
Dennis FitzgibbonsVice President $2,400Democratic Party
JIM WoodruffVice President $2,000Democratic Party
James TylerVice President $2,000Republican Party
Mark WidmarChief Executive Officer $1,500Democratic Party
James McVeaVice President Of Engineering $1,500Republican Party
Louis MooreVice President $1,500Republican Party
John PigottDeveloper $1,000Democratic Party
Maja WesselsExecutive $1,000Democratic Party
Georges AntounChief Nursing Officer $1,000Democratic Party
James WoodruffVice President $1,000Democratic Party
Martin PerkinsEngineer $1,000Republican Party
James CookSolar Business Developer $750Democratic Party
Laura AbramDirector Of Public Affairs $750Democratic Party
Michael HatfieldSolar Business Developer $750Democratic Party
KYM SternerBiologist $750Democratic Party
Bartosz BranskiEngineer $720Republican Party
Mitchell LeeEngineer $500Democratic Party
Colin MeehanRegulatory Affairs Manager $500Democratic Party
John CollinsManagement $500Republican Party
Peter GreenbergDevelopment Director $500Democratic Party
Tom SorensonEngineer $500Democratic Party
Lawrence WhittetProject Analyst $500Republican Party
Todd SpanglerOperations Director $500Republican Party
Justin BlochDirector Of Project Management $500Republican Party
Sung ChunDirector $500Republican Party
Raymond LE TourneurEngineer $500Republican Party
Tinsley MulkeyDirector Of Construction $500Republican Party
John SakersDirector $500Republican Party
Benjamin Symmers JrProject Director $500Republican Party
Steve GossTechnician $460Democratic Party
RUI ShaoResearch Manager $420Republican Party
Rick AyyangarEngineer $400Democratic Party
John BilashEngineer $350Democratic Party
Timothy MaysVice President $300Republican Party
Eleanor QuinDirector Of Human Resources $253Democratic Party
Jonathan BelmontPower Plant Technician $250Democratic Party
Kareem ShihabSolar Business Developer $250Democratic Party
James HughesExecutive $250Republican Party
Kevin PetersUtility-Scale Solar Development $250Democratic Party
Devon SwezeyAnalyst $250Democratic Party
Robert ClarkEngineer $250Democratic Party
Katherine OsterLatin America Development $250Democratic Party
Markus GloecklerEngineering Manager $250Democratic Party
Madhu SayalaEngineer $250Democratic Party
Alan BernheimerPublic Relations $250Democratic Party
Dana DillerBusiness Developer $250Republican Party
Scott GreenAccountant $250Libertarian Party
DAN SmithMechanical Engineer $209Democratic Party
Joshua KraussEngineering Manager $200Democratic Party
David SingEngineer $150Democratic Party
Timothy CostaSupervisor $100Republican Party
Christian MartinezAssociate $85Republican Party
Jatin KhannaEngineer $75Democratic Party
Beth PelinoCivil Engineer $57Democratic Party
Thomas SanchezFactory Worker $25Democratic Party
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First Solar Salaries

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We calculated the salary score by comparing the salaries of specific positions within a given company against other similar positions at other similar companies.
Vice-President Of QualityPerrysburg, OH $177,900
Director, Strategic MarketingNew York, NY $177,486
Global DirectorSan Francisco, CA $165,900
Director Of Systems IntegrationPerrysburg, OH $160,000
Engineering ManagerPerrysburg, OH $140,000
Director Of Sales, AmericasHouston, TX $132,700
Electrical EngineerTempe, AZ $132,579
LawyerNew York, NY $132,350
Director Of Manufacturing EngineeringPerrysburg, OH $131,622
Director Of Manufacturing EngineeringPerrysburg, OH $131,622
Director Of Systems IntegrationPerrysburg, OH $130,728
Development EngineerSunnyvale, CA $130,000
Material EngineerSanta Clara, CA $129,979
Purchasing ManagerBridgewater, NJ $127,600
Purchasing ManagerBridgewater, NJ $127,600
Engineer Of System DevelopmentBridgewater, NJ $126,485
Engineer Of System DevelopmentBridgewater, NJ $123,282
Development EngineerSan Jose, CA $122,824
Finance DirectorNew York, NY $118,643
Finance DirectorNew York, NY $118,643
Research And Development EngineerSanta Clara, CA $118,135
Information Technology ManagerTempe, AZ $117,500
Information Technology ManagerTempe, AZ $117,500
Project EngineerSunnyvale, CA $117,000
Research And Development EngineerSan Jose, CA $115,877
Research And Development EngineerSan Jose, CA $115,877
Research And Development EngineerSan Jose, CA $115,877
Manager, Process DevelopmentPerrysburg, OH $115,670
Research And Development ManagerSanta Clara, CA $115,662
Research And Development ManagerSanta Clara, CA $115,662
Engineering Group LeaderSan Francisco, CA $114,000
Photovoltaic Power Systems EngineerBridgewater, NJ $113,485
Engineer Of System DevelopmentBridgewater, NJ $113,485
Information Technology ManagerPerrysburg, OH $113,464
Electrical EngineerTempe, AZ $112,382
Technical Sales ManagerTempe, AZ $111,925
ManagerHouston, TX $111,700
Purchasing ManagerBridgewater, NJ $111,384
Engineer Of System DevelopmentBridgewater, NJ $111,093
Photovoltaic Power Systems EngineerBridgewater, NJ $111,093
Associate Project ManagerOakland, CA $110,700
Marketing ManagerNew York, NY $110,600
Research And Development EngineerSanta Clara, CA $109,577
Engineer Of System DevelopmentBridgewater, NJ $107,286
DeveloperTempe, AZ $106,912
Process Development EngineerSan Jose, CA $106,062
Research And Development EngineerSan Jose, CA $105,830
Research And Development EngineerSan Jose, CA $105,830
Senior ManagerTempe, AZ $104,000
Material ManagerPerrysburg, OH $103,600
Civil EngineerPasadena, CA $102,336
Photovoltaic Power Systems EngineerBridgewater, NJ $102,000
Electrical EngineerBridgewater, NJ $102,000
Structures EngineerBridgewater, NJ $101,982
Manager, Process DevelopmentPerrysburg, OH $101,700
Engineer Of System DevelopmentBridgewater, NJ $101,700
DeveloperTempe, AZ $101,400
Global Engineering ManagerPerrysburg, OH $100,300
Purchasing ManagerBridgewater, NJ $100,300
Reliability EngineerBridgewater, NJ $100,000
Reliability EngineerBridgewater, NJ $100,000
Structures EngineerBridgewater, NJ $99,944
Wastewater EngineerPerrysburg, OH $99,923
Quality EngineerSan Francisco, CA $99,840
Industrial EngineerOakland, CA $99,431
Product EngineerBridgewater, NJ $99,133
Information Technology AnalystPerrysburg, OH $98,467
ScientistUrban Honolulu, HI $97,594
ScientistUrban Honolulu, HI $97,594
Development EngineerSan Jose, CA $97,400
Quality EngineerOakland, CA $97,052
Quality EngineerOakland, CA $97,052
Development EngineerSanta Clara, CA $96,600
Smart Grid EngineerSan Francisco, CA $96,366
Engineering Group LeaderSan Francisco, CA $96,200
Systems AdministratorPerrysburg, OH $95,826
Finance AnalystSan Francisco, CA $94,900
Business Intelligence DeveloperPerrysburg, OH $93,787
Engineering TechnicianPerrysburg, OH $93,454
Quality EngineerOakland, CA $92,976
Quality EngineerOakland, CA $92,976
Application Software DeveloperPerrysburg, OH $92,225
Information Technology AnalystPerrysburg, OH $92,144
Information Security AnalystPerrysburg, OH $92,000
Purchasing ManagerBridgewater, NJ $91,790
Finance AnalystHouston, TX $91,000
Strategic Accounts ManagerTempe, AZ $90,800
Development EngineerBridgewater, NJ $90,688
Systems AdministratorPerrysburg, OH $90,250
Systems AdministratorTempe, AZ $90,250
Integration EngineerTempe, AZ $89,024
Electrical EngineerTempe, AZ $88,941
Electrical EngineerTempe, AZ $88,941
Smart Grid EngineerTempe, AZ $88,941
Software EngineerPerrysburg, OH $88,900
Analyst LeadHouston, TX $88,660
Materials ScientistSanta Clara, CA $88,421
Project EngineerTempe, AZ $88,400
Finance AnalystHouston, TX $88,200
Development EngineerPerrysburg, OH $88,088
Development EngineerPerrysburg, OH $87,672
Manufacturing EngineerPerrysburg, OH $87,547
Development EngineerPerrysburg, OH $87,547
Manufacturing EngineerPerrysburg, OH $87,547
Development EngineerPerrysburg, OH $87,547
Technical Sales ManagerTempe, AZ $87,200
Development EngineerPerrysburg, OH $86,778
Manufacturing EngineerPerrysburg, OH $86,778
Application Software DeveloperPerrysburg, OH $86,778
Integration EngineerTempe, AZ $86,237
Smart Grid EngineerTempe, AZ $86,237
Development EngineerBridgewater, NJ $85,987
Solutions ArchitectPerrysburg, OH $85,467
Solutions ArchitectPerrysburg, OH $85,300
Control SupervisorTempe, AZ $85,000
DeveloperTempe, AZ $84,600
Support AnalystPerrysburg, OH $84,448
DeveloperPerrysburg, OH $83,400
Solutions ArchitectPerrysburg, OH $83,400
Smart Grid EngineerTempe, AZ $83,262

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First Solar Awards

Awards From Zippia
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  • First Solar Zippia Award
  • First Solar Zippia Award
  • First Solar Zippia Award
Other Awards
  • Fortune: Most Innovative Companies

First Solar Stock Performance

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We calculated the performance score of companies by measuring multiple factors, including revenue, longevity, and stock market performance.

Revenue

> $1B

Net Income

US$546.42 million (FY 2015)

Market Cap

$5,720,000,000

Total Equity

US$5.55 billion (FY 2015

Total Assets

US$7.32 billion (FY 2015)

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Frequently Asked Questions about First Solar

When was First Solar founded?

First Solar was founded in 1999.

How many Employees does First Solar have?

First Solar has between 1,000 and 10,000 employees.

How much money does First Solar make?

First Solar generates more than $1 billion in revenue.

What industry is First Solar in?

First Solar is in the renewable electricity industry.

What is First Solar's mission?

First Solar's mission statement is "To create enduring value by enabling a world powered by clean, affordable solar electricity."

What type of company is First Solar?

First Solar is a public company.

Who are First Solar's competitors?

First Solar competitors include Tesla, SolarWorld, Enphase Energy.

Who works at First Solar?

John Carrington (Executive Officer),
Nathan Lindstrom (Strategic Marketing Senior Analyst),
Bruce Sohn (Executive Officer, Director),
Steve Krum (Director, Corporate Communications),
James Nolan (Director),
John Gaffney (Executive Officer),
Michael Ahearn (Chairman, CEO),
Mary Gustafsson (Executive Officer),
Paul Stebbins (Director),
Trisha Anderson (Manager - Marketing Americas/Global Events),
Jens Meyerhoff (Executive Officer),
Craig Kennedy (Director),
Michael Sweeney (Director),
Jose Villarreal (Director),
Thomas Presby (Director),
Christopher Bueter (Executive Vice President, Human Resources)

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