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I worked at SolarCity as an Energy Consultant (i.e. Sales rep.).

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Former Employee - Field Energy Consultant  in  Sacramento, CA
Former Employee - Field Energy Consultant in Sacramento, CA

I worked at SolarCity full-time for more than a year

Pros

Management created an environment where employees embraced the common goal of building a successful company. Good camaraderie amongst employees, but not necessarily with upper management.

Cons

The demands placed on the sales team were insane. Sales reps were constantly under very high pressure to bring in more and more sales and the pressure was basically threat of job loss. These demands were not done over the typical sales forecasting periods like annually, quarterly or even monthly, but management demanded weekly and then daily forecasts from the team. Way too much micromanagement in this area and ALWAYS threatened to put people on performance plans (i.e. threat of being fired). In fact, many salespeople are fired on an ongoing basis to the point that turnover has become detrimental to the company as a whole. Sales teams are expected to be working 70-80 hours per week including weekends and into the evenings, often coming home from appointments at 10PM!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Treat all employees the same and with respect; Motivate positively instead of with threats of termination.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for SolarCity

  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    aggresive culture

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    Current Employee - PV Designer  in  Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - PV Designer in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Colleagues are very friendly and professional

    Cons

    work hours are long in order to finish the overloaded jobs and low pay

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    A short review on the field energy advisor position

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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 for less than a 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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