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Solar Turbines Chairman & CEO Caterpillar Inc. Douglas R. Oberhelman
Douglas R. Oberhelman
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Pros
  • Good promotion of work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Long time presence in San Diego (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • While giving us lots of room to learn, there is little room to move forward on a career path (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Contract

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    Former Contractor - Information Technology in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Information Technology in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Solar Turbines as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company to have on the resume

    Cons

    Company doesn't value IT department. They will trim the IT department down

    Advice to Management

    TOP HEAVY!!! Incompetent Managers that do little work if any at all.


  2. A potentially good company run into the ground by Caterpillar

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    Former Employee - All IT Titles Are Political and Not Descriptive in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - All IT Titles Are Political and Not Descriptive in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's in San Diego, on the bay.

    Cons

    Very political; management is scared of their own shadow, always walking on eggshells. No confident, skilled, management. Company doesn't value skills, talent, or knowledge. Employees know only what management wants them to know. Not an open, sharing, caring, environment. Employees are generally bitter, sarcastic, and scared. Older workers just want to fly under the radar until retired.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up! The company will not last long if Caterpillar runs the company the way that they have been. Create an environment where the employees feel that they have a say or ownership of the direction of the company. Not scared sheep.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Worst Place I Ever Worked

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Harbor Drive Facility is right on the bay and it's in San Diego!

    Cons

    Old buildings full of old people that do nothing but make it difficult for people trying to make changes. All of management is in place due to brown-nosing, nepotism, seniority, or a combination of the three; it has NOTHING to do with performance or skills. The buildings are from the turn of the century and it shows. Bathrooms are dated, old, and stuffy. The cubes are packed really close together and small, the whole building shakes when walking. You feel like your working in a trailer home. I had to leave I just couldn't take it anymore.

    Advice to Management

    You really need to figure out what Solar's mission is. Not what Caterpillar thinks Solar's mission is but what is SOLAR's MISSION. Then you need to build the company that you envision. There is no sense in keeping a mission if you don't follow through with what it states. Unless you take drastic measures, you will not be in San Diego much longer. I'll give you 10 years tops before the competition consumes you or you waste away from the lack of direction and leadership. You either need to communicate your needs accurately and honestly to Caterpillar in Peoria or suffer the aforementioned consequences due to the lack of doing anything.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Solar is a horrible company to work for

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Location is Great.. (Its San Diego) 2) Starting salary for new hire from school is $65,000 with $10,000 sign up bonus for HB facility and $65,000 flat for KM facility which is $5000 more than other companies in San Diego.

    Cons

    1)You have to have a family member in Upper management in order to move up the ladder otherwise you will be spinning your wheels and wasting your time. 2) 90% Managers are not qualified for their positions. (They either dont have higher degrees or their degrees are from online universities) 3) They need to hire better HR reps. The director of HR and all her assistance are not qualified for their positions. They need to be sent to school to take more HR related courses. 4) There is no training and lots of tribal knowledge. 5) Poor Management

    Advice to Management

    To learn more about leadership and the ones that dont have degrees go back to school and get a degree from an established school not online schools


  6. Helpful (2)

    Worst Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I have not seen anything nice about this company. Most people who work for SolarTurbines have their family member work there as well and they usually offer the best jobs to their family members. SolarTurbines does not care about education and most people and unfortunately Engineers who work for their Kearney Mesa facility do not have degrees or their degrees are from Online Universities such as University of Phoenix ... If you are looking for a career opportunity and growth SolarTurbines wont be a place for you. If you just need an experience and dont have enough experience it might be a good place for 2 years just to have an experience ...

    Cons

    1) SolarTurbines employees are mostly families and most management have their family members working for SolarTurbines as well and they only offer the good paying jobs to their family members. 2) SolarTurbines managers and Engineers mostly dont have degrees and they are mostly been with the company for 20 years and worked their way up. The managers that have degrees have their degrees either from Online Universities or not ranked universities such as SDSU or UCSD 3) If you are smart and graduated from good universities I would suggests to stay away from this company

    Advice to Management

    Horrible management. Most management ither have their degrees from Online Universities ior None prestigious universities such as SDSU or UCSD Most managers have their family members working for SolarTurbines and all good positions are only offered to their family members


  7. Solar Turbines Work Culture

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    Current Employee - Field Service Representative
    Current Employee - Field Service Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    1.) International Company 2.) Job Security 3.) Friendly Atmosphere 4.) Peers are unique individuals with unique background

    Cons

    1.) Low Compensation 2.) No Career Growth 3.) Cost Cutting 4.) Resistant to Change 5.) Rules imposed by mother company and are almost always "bad news"

    Advice to Management

    1.) Pay attention to employee morale 2.) Too much cost-cutting is counter productive and decreases quality & efficiency 3.) Compliance should be used practically & reasonably as not to hinder business



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