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Solar Turbines Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
79 Reviews
3.6
79 Reviews
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Solar Turbines Chairman & CEO Caterpillar Inc. Douglas R. Oberhelman
Douglas R. Oberhelman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance and opportunities to take classes for which CAT will pay (in 6 reviews)

  • This is a great environment to work in and San Diego is a fabulous place (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • No one cares about new ideas or innovative solutions (in 3 reviews)

  • A lot of information isn't well-documented and requires finding out who has the tribal knowledge to get things done (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Interned at Solar

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Solar Turbines as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - great, friendly people who are willing to help you out or answer any question you have
    - decent pay for an intern position
    - company is doing better and better each year

    Cons

    - the office environment is sort of depressing, not a very welcoming and creative place
    - seems like everything is bogged down by Caterpillar's big company bureaucracy
    - with more business coming to the company, employees are working extra

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the office environment to make it a better place to come in every morning. It feels dark and depressing.

    Positive Outlook
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    Title of your review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solar Turbines

    Pros

    Good working conditions
    Heavily customer Focused

    Cons

    Underutilized creativity
    Lack of process efficiency

  3.  

    Work environment

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    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering

    I have been working at Solar Turbines

    Pros

    Still some reminants of the dynamism and customer focus that made Solar, Solar.

    Cons

    Clunky, process ridden and only focused on bottom line. Cat's influence is ever so present.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    structure packaging mechanic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solar Turbines

    Pros

    team work, the importance of safety

    Cons

    any thing you do first time is hard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great First Job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Mechanical Design Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Graduate Mechanical Design Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Solar Turbines full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a ton, competent people, good friends

    Cons

    Only decent pay for Houston

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    inefficient Systems, nice CAT structure

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solar Turbines

    Pros

    Nice CAT brand promise
    Nice Respect for employees

    Cons

    Some people work like dogs, others are chillin

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great Place to Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Solar Turbines as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very high hourly pay for interns.
    Given great deal of responsiblity.
    Really nice coworkers and very flexible with interns.
    Large company with some opportunity to move around with rotational program.
    Shut down over the holidays.

    Cons

    Advancement seems longer than most places.
    Intern to full time hire process is terrible.
    Terrible information systems that haven't been completely reliable.
    Confusing organziation and many employees aren't organized like they should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the intern to full time process and the overall structure of employees careers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Limited Career Growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - IT Supervisor in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company culture. The people at Solar genuinely care for each other.
    Successful company. Many years of great results.
    Stability. The company values employees.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability. Although there is much talk at Solar and especially from their parent company, Caterpillar, about accountability, that just isn't the case here.
    Lack of leadership. Due to the lack of accountability, leaders don't actually have to lead. They aren't given metrics or any benchmarks they and their teams must meet.
    Lack of engagement. Because of the items listed above, many employees are unengaged. They show up to work, due the minimum necessary to get through the day, and leave.
    Lack of career growth. Because there is very little movement at the upper management level, once you get to middle management, your career at Solar is finished. You may sit and wait at this level for 5 or even 10 + years for someone to retire above you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SOO in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - SOO in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, people and resources.

    Cons

    Temporary employees are forced to work at the company for years before being offered a permanent position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Solar

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Structures Packaging Mechanic in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Structures Packaging Mechanic in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Solar Turbines full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of overtime, great training.

    Cons

    You Have To Know Someone To Get hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to understand your workers.

    Approves of CEO

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