SolarCity

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SolarCity upward mobility and great people

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Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager
Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager

I have been working at SolarCity full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

I work with amazing people. Lots of potential for career growth for those who work hard, do well, and express an interest. It feels great to sell something that is changing the world and helping families. It's even better to do it at a company that is looking at the long term... not just the here and now.

Cons

Long hours, but fulfilling. If you're uncomfortable with "change," this may not be the company for you. If you embrace new ideas and ways of doing things, you may find a home at SolarCity.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep the lines of communication open as we continue to grow.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 18 people found this helpful  

    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

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

    Pros

    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.

    Pros:

    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 . . .

    Cons

    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.

    Best,

    Big Volt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One word . . . Altruism!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Fast-Paced, Ever-Changing, Great Upper, Questionable Middle

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    Former Employee - PV Designer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - PV Designer in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    -An awesome company that is built in every way to become the industry leader
    -Led by very bright individuals that can steer the company to unrivaled success within this space.
    -Perks that emulate popular software startups such as snacks, soda fountain, and off site parties.
    -Positive work culture that fosters healthy team building.

    Cons

    Before I proceed, I must say that my time with SC in general was an unforgettable experience in the most positive way. All of these cons are simply attributed to growing pains that can be rectified when the company infrastructure gets cleared out.

    -The biggest complaint by everyone under the top is the compensation. Any position between actual installation and sale is realistically a waste process to the business model, so they cannot afford to compensate talent where appropriate.
    -Highly dependent on the drive and motivation of people wanting to see a greener future. All others become apart of their high turnaround statistic across all departments.
    -The majority of the middle management is comprised of kids that grew into the role from their start with the company. Most of which had minimal to no management experience prior. Many of which have little to no experience in other companies and/or industries.
    -Individual opinions are welcomed, but rarely heard and digested.
    -Going above and beyond does not get noticed unless you make it heard, as visibility in the middle down is often lacking.
    -Metrics for many positions are poorly designed and do not account for labor input, rather than value produced.
    -Many feel like hamsters in wheels rather than valued employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are in a great position to do something positive in the world while reaching a level of success that many other companies can never attain. Sometimes, to get to the top, you have to foster the brilliance you have within your doors, and let them bloom.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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