Solar Turbines Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. Software Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Solar Turbines

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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


  2. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solar Turbines

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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


  3. Helpful (1)

    Work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering

    I have been working at Solar Turbines

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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

    I have been working at Solar Turbines

    Pros

    Good working conditions
    Heavily customer Focused

    Cons

    Underutilized creativity
    Lack of process efficiency


  6. structure packaging mechanic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solar Turbines

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    team work, the importance of safety

    Cons

    any thing you do first time is hard


  7. Great First Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a ton, competent people, good friends

    Cons

    Only decent pay for Houston


  8. Limited Career Growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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.


  9. Good company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, people and resources.

    Cons

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


  10. Solar

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of overtime, great training.

    Cons

    You Have To Know Someone To Get hired.

    Advice to Management

    Try to understand your workers.


  11. Great company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, very diverse workforce
    Many career opportunities in manufacturing, engineering, sales or management
    Opportunities for overseas travel and foreign assignments
    Amazing location in Sunny San Diego

    Cons

    Lately it has become more cost conscious - maybe too much
    Not the best compensation package compared to other companies in the Oil and Gas market
    Company driven mostly by engineers that may lack business education



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