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Solar Turbines Reviews

Updated May 24, 2014
Solar Turbines – Houston – “On Site”

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.5 57 reviews

70% Approve of the CEO

Solar Turbines Chairman & CEO Caterpillar Inc. Douglas R. Oberhelman

Douglas R. Oberhelman

(30 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance and opportunities to take classes for which CAT will pay(in 5 reviews)

  • This is a great environment to work in and San Diego is a fabulous place(in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • While giving us lots of room to learn, there is little room to move forward on a career path(in 3 reviews)

  • No one cares about new ideas or innovative solutions(in 3 reviews)

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    Mid Management .. Retired

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSolid company for many years- even before Cat.

    ConsChange over from a small company atmosphere to a Big over whelming the company due to Cats influence. No brave hard chargers are wanted here. You must be a Butt kisser and have no moral compass to be successful. Allot of Mid Level Managers running around never commented to anything or anyone but themselves. They take credit for what others have done and blame others for their mistakes- LACK OF LEADERSHIP. A bunch of ticket punchers that will never have an original thought or idea in their life's. What made Solar was hard work, honesty and integrity, now it is who you know and what is the right butt to kiss this week. I loved working for Solar, however the poor decisions that are being made now will effect this fine company for years to come.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet into the real people that really carry the company the day to day workers. Really understand what made the company a challenging place to work. You are making the same mistakes now that were applied 20 plus years ago. The company learned the lessons and mistakes then and you are repeating these same mistakes now!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great at First!! but after 5 years you will run away!

    Engineer (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    Pros1.Right out of college was the best thing ever! they will treat you well, you will learn a lot.
    2. Good benefits comparing to other companies in SD- minus the pay.
    3. best location ever though expensive.

    Cons1. Solar does not appreciate hard workers who are smart and highly educated.
    2. Most managers are not qualified to do the job. they simply act like kids out of a high school. tons of employees are not qualified either!
    3. Once you get hired it's almost impossible to get promoted you have to move to different jobs to get promoted.
    4. Hard work and education does not mean anything to Management. all they care about is personality and if you're friends with them you will get promoted.
    5.Full of inadequate employees -super low performers- some don't even work, they just get paid what a shame! a lot of the Six SIgma Black belts are just waste! Solar will never fire lazy employees they will be kept and placed in some Black Belt position making good money and wasting everybody's time with projects that don't help the company or the bottom line.
    6.Big High School Drama!
    7. nepotism is big!! your relative has to be working in the company to get a good salary grade!!! it's so pathetic!
    8.The pay is pathetic if you've been at the company for a while new hires with no experience usually make 15%-30% more than you. it's so unfair! you have to train new hires who make much more than you!
    9. Solar loves to hire unqualified managers with no degrees or with degrees from crappy fake online schools.
    10.No one cares about new ideas or innovative solutions!! they're stuck in the past!!
    11. Politics!!! all they care about is politics! hard work does not equate to promotion! bullshitting is the essence at Solar.
    12. insensitive managers.

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat your real degreed engineers with some respect! pay them! Solar is losing great talents because of it!

    get rid of waste! including lazy employees and low performers!! enough is enough!! that's why we will never make it to the 100 best companies to work for!! not even the top 10000 companies to work for!

    get rid of unnecessary positions!! no need for unqualified Black Belts! they're waste of time and money!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low principles and integrity with a lot of slandering and deception.

    Field Service Representative (Current Employee) Odessa, TX

    ProsJob can be interesting and but very demanding. Skill level for this position is 80% manual labor mechanics, 10% electrical and 10% computer.

    ConsAs a new employee, be ready to do the job duties that no one wants to do and be able to take abusive criticism for your imperfections and faults for not knowing. Senior personal lacks integrity and respect for authority, they also know that management won't do anything for fear of retaliation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop turning a blind eye to the actual problem, get a backbone and know that no one person is indispensable. - A few bad apples ruins the whole bunch.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Behind the times, not progressive, slow to adapt, IT leadership stuck in the 1950s, lack of diversity in management.

    IT Analyst (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsComparitively stable company and subsidiary of a Fortune 50 company. Decent benefits but not that great for a Fortune 50 company. Good work environment for engineering and blue collar manufacturing positions. Good training and educational programs. Understand the politics, keep a low profile and you will do fine.

    ConsNot a dynamic work environment. The company culture feels stale and stagnant for the most part. Buildings at the coporate headquarters (Harbor Drive) may be historic but makes for poor working conditions for non-production line employees and may pose health hazards. Managers for the most part are very cautious and maintain a low profile. Most of them have little personality - bland clones easily replaced by upper management so they don't dare rock the boat or be innovative. Difficulty in career advancement due to senior management holding on positions for long periods of time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSuccession planning should be a priority for the company. Most of current upper management will be retiring soon and the next wave of upper management needs to be innovative and in tune with the times. The company has lost several talented employees who have gone on to be directors and managers at other Fortune 100 companies because it takes a lifetime to get ahead.

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    A place to make alot of money and screw up your personal life.

    Field Service Representative (Current Employee) Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsLots of $$$$$ to be made because of poor scheduling choices. This involves MUCH unintentional overtime for which you get paid 1 1/2 or double time.

    ConsManagement couldn't really care less about you AS A PERSON. All they really want is a warm body to throw at the issues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop making choices that affect people everyday and put them in harms way. Is a carbon footprint reduction REALLY worth sacrificing safety in a smaller vehicle?????

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    boring job

    IT Analyst (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    Prosstable place to work. good mix of diversity

    Consno growth potential after a level

    Advice to Senior Managementtoo much focused towards managers

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