Solar Turbines Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
68 Reviews
3.1
68 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Solar Turbines Chairman & CEO Caterpillar Inc. Douglas R. Oberhelman
Douglas R. Oberhelman
30 Ratings

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 8 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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Great Place to work

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

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

    Pros

    International environment, very stable and productive company. Great growth opportunities for the right people. Part of a huge corporation.

    Cons

    Old slow moving company, limited growth for anyone not Sales or Mechanical backgrounds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build more opportunities for non mechanical engineers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I got the excellent team work experience in America in this Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Structure Package Mechanic in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Structure Package Mechanic in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Always struggle to learn as much as possible, the knowledge is immense out of imagination.

    Cons

    You have to study through the company site, to work hard no use.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Easier said than done, theory and practical are two extreme, it is good to combine two together.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Solar Culture

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

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

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere, great people with a lot of unique backgrounds. There is no limit for job opportunities for this company, and there are many jobs that require frequent international travel. Very stable company, great benefits.

    Cons

    The many groups are managed by individuals that are either easy to work for, or very difficult. Caterpillar often sets new "rules" that Solar must follow. These rules are sometimes tedious and tend to have a negative effect on the workforce.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review
  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work.

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

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is willing to help.
    Employee is culture is the best I have ever seen.
    Great place to grow and learn.
    Gain responsibility quickly.
    Located in an awesome city.

    Cons

    If I had to complain it would be about the cafeteria, Little Italy is right outside though.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great employer! I would recommend to anyone interested.

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

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, great people & a great product. There are opportunities for growth & you are provided the tools you need to succeed.

    Cons

    I genuinely don't have any real cons. Every company has their good & their bad, but my experience with Solar has been nothing but positive. They have allowed me to move & grow in multiple areas of the business & have given me every opportunity to improve myself.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for. Benefits are better than what other companies offer.

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

    I worked at Solar Turbines full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Medical/vision/dental benefits, 401K match at up to 6% plus an additional annual contribution of 4-5% at the beginning of the year based on your number of service plus age. When you retire after 25 years, you get medical/vision/dental coverage.

    Cons

    I feel that Management only cares about employees at a certain level. Even if you worked there for 30 years and you retire at non-management level, the company does not acknowledge it. There's no email that announces you are retiring and thanking you for your service. But if you are management and over, you retire after 15 years and they throw you a big retirement celebration and sends out email announcement. Just shows how much they care about their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show that you care about all your employees, whether they are management level or a person who works in the shop.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience.

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

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

    Pros

    opportunities for training and develop. Good team work.

    Cons

    Need to do networking if not you won't get a new position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Low principles and integrity with a lot of slandering and deception.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Representative in Odessa, TX
    Current Employee - Field Service Representative in Odessa, TX

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time

    Pros

    Job can be interesting and but very demanding. Skill level for this position is 80% manual labor mechanics, 10% electrical and 10% computer.

    Cons

    As a new employee, be ready to do the job duties that no one wants to do and be able to take abusive criticism for your imperfections and faults for not knowing. Senior personal lacks integrity and respect for authority, they also know that management won't do anything for fear of retaliation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop turning a blind eye to the actual problem, get a backbone and know that no one person is indispensable. - A few bad apples ruins the whole bunch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, but highly political culture without a real drive for excellence

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Solar Turbines full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Truly global business with diverse opportunities
    -Good strategic positioning for growth, especially in aftermarket
    -Solar has done a lot of things right over the years and is doing a lot of things right now

    Cons

    -Internal decision making process can be extremely frustrating
    -Political culture... lots of infighting between departments / business functions
    -In my experience, Solar struggles to execute when cross functional collaboration is required
    -Solar can be like a big highschool sometimes... lots of rumors and drama
    -Lots of people there that should have been canned long ago... seems like its impossible to fire people for being incompetent, so there are lots of great people, but also quite a few that make it harder for everyone else.
    -1/2 the lights dont work in some buildings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Focus on a workplace culture of collaboration, excellence and happiness and get the low performing players off the bus. Do this and a lot of the other problems will take care of themselves.
    -Find a way to create more differentiation so the A players don't leave. Over the years, some REALLY great people have left the company over seemingly stupid reasons. Make life good for the stars, especially the young ones, and they will carry Solar forward.
    -Have the courage to part with managers on cruise control. Expectations for results should be extremely clear and if not met, leaders should be held to a higher standard.
    -Solar has a great business model supported by demographics and economics. it also has really cool products that, in some parts of the world, people would literally kill for. Its located in one of the best areas on earth in terms quality of life and it has buildings full of smart, cool people. there should not be a pervasive culture of fear and self preservation... the whole thing could be so much fun if you could just get rid of the toxic people, make life good for for those who deserve to be there and be resolute about achieving unity and greatness.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Okay job, not very challenging

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

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

    Pros

    Easy work. Steady schedule. Pay is okay.

    Cons

    Boring. Not challenging. Not my desired industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Solar Turbines Photos

On Site

+ Add Photo

Work at Solar Turbines? Share Your Experiences

Solar Turbines

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.