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Awe-inspiring company who is making a difference! Co-Founders are so inspirational!!!!

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Current Employee - Sales in Bridgeport, CT
Current Employee - Sales in Bridgeport, CT

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

We are really, really making a difference and showing America that there really is a better way to get your energy! There is rapid growth, very upbeat, positive people throughout the company, who truly care about the environment and the company, and the company/employees are very customer focused!

Cons

Lots of nepotism, which isn't always a bad thing, but when it impedes recognition or promotions of deserving people, it creates a sticky environment. Pay is the same no matter where you live in the country, even though the cost of living is much higher in certain geographies.

Advice to Management

Pay attention to the nepotism. There is even an HR person who handles part of his wife's territories!! Also, pay should be associated with the cost of living in the geographical areas.

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  1. Helpful (11)

    Terrible Management in HR.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Coworkers were great and friendly.

    Cons

    Some managers/supervisors belittle their team and do not treat employees with respect/dignity. Asked to work during vacations and threatens termination for taking a vacation. Secretive about everything with no room for open communication. Quick to point fingers and nitpick. Not afraid to alienate certain people and make you feel like you should be grateful to even have a job there. Ignores requests for meetings and tells you they are too busy for you.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and start living up to your promises. Assess employees based on merit and not how much time they physically spend at work (some people are just online shopping while at work to rack up hours). Take an interest in your employees and understand that employees are people too.

    SolarCity Response

    Aug 25, 2014 – SolarCity Recruiting

    Thank you for the candid feedback – we always want to hear both the positive and negative. We are currently working to improve internal communication on all levels – between departments and among ... More


  2. Helpful (22)

    The sun is setting on SolarCity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV

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

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

    Pros

    1 year ago the pros list would have out weighed the cons but now sadly off the top of my head, the only pro I can come up with is their friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Promotions go to people who push quantity over quality which does not lead to a good customer experience. work-life balance is poor at best, if you have a family you like to see, this is likely not the best place for you to work. Benefits plan is subpar. Compensation is very poor once you leave the San Mateo headquarters, employees in Las Vegas are making far less than those in San Mateo and putting in longer harder hours. Under the direction of the VP in Las Vegas that came from sales, SolarCity has become a numbers company. Employees seem to just be a number now and they are expected to put out a massive amount of work to keep the "metrics" high. Fast work, fast install, fast fast fast all to make the numbers look good will lead to the sun setting on SolarCity because in the end quantity will NEVER trump quality. Other little nit picking type things would be the dress code in Las Vegas. UPS, a fortune 500 company, wears shorts BUT SolarCity Las Vegas can only wear shorts on a Friday. A city where the average daily temp is 100+ in the summer and an office that is not open to the public is forced to dress like they deal with customers face to face each day. Holidays are becoming a thing of the past due to once again the work-life balance and the fact that the Las Vegas office is being run by a former sales manager who thinks like a sale rep and not a VP and does not understand most of the processes each department she controls handle on a day to day basis.

    Advice to Management

    A clear step to make the Las Vegas office a better place to work would be to replace the VP in charge at this time. Las Vegas has not done anything noteworthy under her control and likely never will. Stop focusing on quantity and focus on quality, failure to do so will cost you good customers and great employees. Increase wages and promote people based on their knowledge and ability to run a team rather than the numbers they put up. The business as a whole should not be run like a call center and quantity should NEVER be rewarded over quality as it is now with bonus structures.


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