Solar Turbines Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Group Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun place to work with a fantastic product line in an exciting industry. Living in San Diego is nice and the company engages is moderate philanthropy. Committed to providing equal opportunities.

    Cons

    Executive Management do a poor job of explaining the corporate mission. San Diego is expensive. Managers tend to jump from job to job before they can be productive and "peters principle" is rife.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace change management concepts more effectively.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Overall a great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are excellent career opportunities, especially for engineers, a good benefits package, plus annual bonuses (most years ). It is very much a One Team atmosphere, whether you work out on the shop floor or in an office (a few exceptions regarding a few union employees, who sometimes lean toward an adversarial outlook, mainly out of habit). Many employees have spent their entire careers here and have convinced their children to work here as well. Solar Turbines has a deeply ingrained culture of teamwork, family and great customer service.

    Cons

    There can be limited movement within finance for accountants, unless you have a "Sponsor" at a high enough level who actively and consistently speaks up for you when promotions or merit ratings are being negotiated. Many finance employees are tempted to move into operations departments in order to earn higher salaries. The company demands that accountants be certified in order to be considered for promotion. However, there are no higher paying positions available, nor will there be any time within the next few years unless people leave or retire early.

    Advice to Management

    Create more higher grade positions for finance.


  3. Design Engineer

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

    Pros

    Good location Nice people Low stress Job security Vacations Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Retirement plan Caterpillar dependent bonuses


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  5. Great learning, paid in peanuts.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Solar Turbines full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people, location and product. Stable in general as a workplace. Only had a layoff period in the late 90's well before I joined. Lots of athletes come out of this place because the jobs are not super demanding. Would recommend if you are a honeybadger.

    Cons

    Management plays musical chairs, there's a lot of nepotism. They tend to hire young engineers for highly specialized jobs and they train them on the "sink or swim" philosophy. They tend to burn out fast. Old mentality, controls are lagging compared to the industry and I wonder if the products will stay competitive in 5+ years, due to the lack of effort in keeping talent and acquiring new tech or simply investing in streamlining their processes. They need people with different opinions and with a lot of knowledge to change their paradigm and I don't think they will go in that direction.

    Advice to Management

    Your online degree is worthless if it's not paired up with people skills, technical expertise and a sound vision for every member in your team and the piece of the product line you support. The lack of foresight most of you have cannot be compensated with good will. You should be able to challenge your employees to achieve their full potential and you should stay in your jobs for more than two years.


  6. Ok, but.......nepotism

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Solar Turbines full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. stable. 2. backed by CAT.

    Cons

    1. the pay for San Diego is not comparable to the industry. 2. to get promoted you have to have someone related to you (big on nepotism). 3. A lot of unqualified managers with no degrees or sub-bar degrees from online trade schools. 4. No one interested in new ideas, they will laugh at you if you suggest anything. 5. Nepotism is a huge problem! everybody is related !

    Advice to Management

    to the CEO: look at nepotism!


  7. Helpful (2)

    a great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. best location for a manufacture company 2. friendly, helpful colleagues 3. very good culture 4. well paid in manufacture industry 5. stable management

    Cons

    1. compared with big companies like GE, Solar has less support for engineers to grow. 2. Technology is kind of behind GE. 3. A couple of support staff are not friendly.

    Advice to Management

    1. Establish higher engineering positions to attract and keep talent engineers. 2. create more learning opportunities to help young engineers grow.


  8. Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people around. Very Helpful

    Cons

    Very sad culture. Disgusting management. not recommended

    Advice to Management

    Be Open minded about what your employers do and trust them


  9. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love working there. People are supportive and enthusiastic

    Cons

    Can become boring if you are there long enough. Pays less than industry


  10. Helpful (1)

    Work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good working conditions Heavily customer Focused

    Cons

    Underutilized creativity Lack of process efficiency



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