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11 days ago

Sales Recruiter

SolarCity San Mateo, CA

• Source by using internet tools, cold calling, social media to generate a consistent candidate pool • Review resumes and credentials for… SolarCity

6 days ago

Recruiting Sourcer, Operations

SolarCity San Mateo, CA

We are looking for an experienced Recruiting Sourcer who will perform research and filter candidate pools to engage targeted candidates for… SolarCity

30+ days ago

Senior Web Developer, Analytics

SolarCity San Mateo, CA

SolarCity is seeking an experienced developer to maintain and improve our web platform used for internal executive and management operational… SolarCity

30+ days ago

Counsel, E-Discovery

SolarCity San Mateo, CA

• Manage, in collaboration with the Litigation Group and outside counsel, all aspects of e-discovery, including ESI preservation, retention… SolarCity

30+ days ago

Counsel, Employment Litigation

SolarCity San Mateo, CA

• Represent the company as its counsel in employment litigation matters, including arbitrations • Provide legal assistance to the Assistant General… SolarCity

25 days ago

Program Manager (Operations)

SolarCity San Mateo, CA

SolarCity seeks to hire an experienced Program Manager to join our Sales Operations team. The Giga- Ops team will structure and lead product and… SolarCity

5 days ago

Commercial Contract Verification Analyst

SolarCity San Mateo, CA

● Verify Commercial agreements prior to and following signature ● Manage contracts for the Commercial Department ● Review… SolarCity

30+ days ago

Tax Analyst

SolarCity San Mateo, CA

• Prepare and review data and related workpapers for the company’s US Federal and state tax returns, and provision related workpapers, which are… SolarCity

30+ days ago

Counsel, Structured Finance

SolarCity San Mateo, CA

will be to draft and negotiate tax equity fund and debt agreements to put capital to work in the solar industry. This individual must possess… SolarCity

30+ days ago

IT Audit Manager

SolarCity San Mateo, CA

• Establish effective business relationships within the organization • Responsible for the overall SOX IT project, including SOX scoping, risk… SolarCity

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    Don't Drink The Kool Aid Until You Know How It's Made!

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    Former Employee - Inside Commercial Sales in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Commercial Sales in Foster City, CA

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    Having worked at Solarcity as well as a number of other solar companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, here's my perspective on working in the "Green" . . ."Clean Tech" . . . "feel good industry" of solar power.


    No question solar power is good for the environment
    No question SolarCity, SunPower, SunPower and your local community installer are helping to create a distributed infrastructure of clean energy.
    No question American Jobs are being created!
    No question these jobs are a great learning experience for 1st time job seekers or those looking to make a career transition.

    Now the Cons . . . or more aptly . . . the truth about working in solar.

    Read on . . .


    First you have to strip away the feel good gloss and see what the industry is really all about - making money in a Wall St. kind of way, with all the associated thrills, ills and obfuscations - Solar Leases, PPAs, Solar Loans.

    So far SolarCity, Sunngevity and to a certain extent, SunPower have failed the "making money part".

    So how do you make money in the solar industry if you're SolarCity or Sungevity, or Vernego, or Sungate, or RealGoods Solar or . . . the list goes on and on.

    The only chance you have is to pay exceeding low wages for non sales positions, or dangle the carrot to those sales personnel who think they can make a six figure salary with relative ease (50 hr work week, which should be the minimum for any sales position that has potential).

    Now, please note this does not include c-level executives because that's the way capitalism works!

    And capitalism is about making money, and more money and more money. And Solar power is about being green, saving the planet and feeling good about one's lower monthly electric bill.

    Unfortunately, when you put the two together, people get burned. You just have to read a few of Solarcity's GlassDoor reviews to feel the ill will towards the company.

    After reading most of the SolarCity review, I found they fell into four categories:

    1. A certain number of reviews just seems to be made up to compensate for the 1 star reviews. These reviews seem to be short, vague and generated by someone who needs to take a course in creative writing. If you're going to make up a review, put some meat into it!

    Here's an example: I love working at Solarcity because I get to experience the interaction between high level finance, construction, logistics and public policy while helping to build America's clean tech infrastructure . . . one roof at a time!

    Oh, sign me up!!

    2. People who have just gotten their first job and are just elated to be employed, and even more elated to be saving the planet.

    3. People who took the solar hook, bait line and sinker, and quickly found out they're working at a glorified roofing company cloaked in the veil of a feel good green company.

    4. Sales folks who realized that selling solar in a tough business. And even tougher once you realize the touted offerings (no down solar leases/ppa) are typically the worst investment for the residential homeowner.

    So as the title of my post states:

    Don't Drink The Kool Aid Until You Know How It's Made!

    And more importantly, do your due diligence before applying/accepting a job.


    Big Volt

    Advice to Management

    One word . . . Altruism!

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