SolarCity

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4 people found this helpful  

Exciting and at the same time Volitile

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Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Mateo, CA
Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Mateo, CA

I worked at SolarCity full-time (more than an year)

Pros

-Great product
-Disruptive technology
-Feels good to help the environment
-Great coworkers
-Best software being used in the industry
-Company is probably the best positioned company in the industry to last. The company is making strong efforts to make sure we can

Cons

-Relatively low pay for the work and for the industry
-Most poeple feel that the pay scale is very top heavy on the executive level. I'm not talking about CEO level, but all the others.
-There are so many new Directors, and RVP's and Area managers, it is impossible to keep track of the organization. And from the top view, this is probably fine. But for the underlings, it's not comforting to not know who you are actually working for.
-The office is pretty drab. This is not your ping pong, free snacks and Odwala company. This is come in to work, sit in a cubicle and grind.
-No benefits. Seriously, the benefits are really weak. In order to stay a lean, they have trimmed off all the fat. Can we get a gym discount??? Anything?
-Jobs are cancelled if they aren't cookie cutter. We seem to start ideas and team and change them without giving them the full support necessary.
-The company will change direction of the company on a dime. This leaves employees out in the cold many times.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Fast paced hard work

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    Former Employee - Energy Efficiency Regional Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Energy Efficiency Regional Operations Manager

    I worked at SolarCity full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A very well managed company with plenty of opportunity to learn and grow if you are a very hard working, workaholic type person and can maintain a positive, can do attitude regardless of whatever curveballs are thrown your way. The company's commitment to safety is first class and appreciated by all.

    Cons

    The drive for perfection and improvement is relentless. Results that earn you a bonus and an excellent review one year could be deemed inadequate and get your fired next year. Complacency is not tolerated. Nothing is really ever good enough. This is understandable in a highly competitive business. But it stresses employees to the max and makes it hard to maintain morale. Expect to work long hours and forget about being able to take any time off and don't get sick. The term "work life balance" is openly mocked by management. You are expected to make the company your first priority and any family obligations a distant second.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more ahead of the curve in working smarter rather than making people work harder. Make sure people aren't pushed so hard they burn out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    A short review on the field energy advisor position

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Energy Advisor in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Field Energy Advisor in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flagship for nation's largest solar installer, perks (e.g. Ultrabook, smartphone, etc.), company services many regions across the U.S., medical benefits, dental and vision, support alternative energy, great position for income-driven individuals

    Cons

    Highly stressful work environment, meeting quotas may require 60+ hours a week (including weekends and holidays), closed deals dependent on sales consignment, commission payment takes up to 6 weeks to clear, low retention rate, growth opportunities direct only in sales and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set better market metrics for advisor placement, create more structured scheduling for sales team, plan better team meetings, less micro-management, less emphasis on numbers and more on customer relationship

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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