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They use an altruistic company objective to exploit their workforce

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Former Employee - Inside Energy Consultant in San Mateo, CA
Former Employee - Inside Energy Consultant in San Mateo, CA

I worked at SolarCity full-time (Less than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

-The people who work at SolarCity are second to none. Great people to be around, and they are all very passionate about their work.

Cons

Got hired into a department that was dissolved two weeks after I began. I was given an ultimatum to either join the solar sales team or find employment elsewhere. Two weeks into solar sales we were told that our sales team would be dissolved by the end of the year, and so we had to start looking at different career opportunities. Spent the remaining three months watching the team get managed out of the business. In my time with the company I saw: -Employees get put on TWO WEEK Performance Improvement Plans after falling short of their ramp-up targets. These employees were promptly fired at the end of their ten day PIP. In my opinion, two weeks is hardly enough time to deliver sales results in an industry that has an average sales cycle of about 10 days. -Women colleagues were asked to explain to team managers in writing about how they would compete in a "male dominated profession" -Three separate departments where dissolved and many of their team members quietly laid off without any sort of discussion about the business justification for these decisions. A word of advice to anyone considering working at SolarCity: Management preaches about their undying commitment to save the planet with solar. However, as a publicly traded company, management is beholden to one thing only: Delivering a profit to share holders. They have not turned a profit yet, and will continue to make cost cutting maneuvers until they can get out of the red. Ultimately, there is no end in site for the business volatility, menial pay, and aggressive management techniques. If you are 100% committed to selling solar, do it with a company that will justly compensate you for your time and commitment.

Advice to Management

If you continue to treat employees like expendable resources, you are going to have a bigger issue then the utility companies to deal with.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Good Growing company.

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    Current Employee - Junior PV Installer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Junior PV Installer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lot's of OT, lot's of work.

    Cons

    not moving up as fast as promised upon hire.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up nice work !!


  2. Helpful (5)

    A short review on the field energy advisor position

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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


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