Solar Turbines Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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  1. Good place to work, but lots of red tape.

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

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Immediate management is very supportive. Coworkers are friendly and cooperative. Very committed to employee safety. There's room to move within the company. Pay is fair, and there's significant profit sharing most years. There's lots of opportunity to get hands-on experience in areas outside of your specific discipline.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to find time for cross-training. Lots of process requirements that can get in the way of getting work done. There's some inter-departmental friction. A lot of information isn't well-documented and requires finding out who has the tribal knowledge to get things done.

  2. Design Engineer

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    hard to communicate from time to time

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. Mid Management .. Retired

    • 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 (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid company for many years- even before Cat.

    Cons

    Change over from a small company atmosphere to a Big over whelming the company due to Cats influence. No brave hard chargers are wanted here. You must be a Butt kisser and have no moral compass to be successful. Allot of Mid Level Managers running around never commented to anything or anyone but themselves. They take credit for what others have done and blame others for their mistakes- LACK OF LEADERSHIP. A bunch of ticket punchers that will never have an original thought or idea in their life's. What made Solar was hard work, honesty and integrity, now it is who you know and what is the right butt to kiss this week. I loved working for Solar, however the poor decisions that are being made now will effect this fine company for years to come.

    Advice to Management

    Get into the real people that really carry the company the day to day workers. Really understand what made the company a challenging place to work. You are making the same mistakes now that were applied 20 plus years ago. The company learned the lessons and mistakes then and you are repeating these same mistakes now!

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  5. slowly declining

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work / life balance
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Can have long hours without compensation
    Bonuses are decreasing year after year

    Advice to Management

    New young executives at Solar are being pushed around by CAT, changing focus from "family-oriented" company to "let's please the shareholders" company.

  6. Safe and secure company to work for

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment with great people/culture/values. Hard to get fired (rarely do people get fired because of poor performance). Many opportunities for technical & professional growth.

    Cons

    Lower than industry compensation. Not clear why certain people are promoted while the pace of career advancement is slow and it seems like there is a waiting line for every position. Most promotions require you to move and if you want to move into the upper echelons in the company you have to move quite a bit.

    Advice to Management

    Clear direction on why decisions are being made. Show more value to employees.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great at First!! but after 5 years you will run away!

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

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

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

    Pros

    1.Right out of college was the best thing ever! they will treat you well, you will learn a lot.
    2. Good benefits comparing to other companies in SD- minus the pay.
    3. best location ever though expensive.

    Cons

    1. Solar does not appreciate hard workers who are smart and highly educated.
    2. Most managers are not qualified to do the job. they simply act like kids out of a high school. tons of employees are not qualified either!
    3. Once you get hired it's almost impossible to get promoted you have to move to different jobs to get promoted.
    4. Hard work and education does not mean anything to Management. all they care about is personality and if you're friends with them you will get promoted.
    5.Full of inadequate employees -super low performers- some don't even work, they just get paid what a shame! a lot of the Six SIgma Black belts are just waste! Solar will never fire lazy employees they will be kept and placed in some Black Belt position making good money and wasting everybody's time with projects that don't help the company or the bottom line.
    6.Big High School Drama!
    7. nepotism is big!! your relative has to be working in the company to get a good salary grade!!! it's so pathetic!
    8.The pay is pathetic if you've been at the company for a while new hires with no experience usually make 15%-30% more than you. it's so unfair! you have to train new hires who make much more than you!
    9. Solar loves to hire unqualified managers with no degrees or with degrees from crappy fake online schools.
    10.No one cares about new ideas or innovative solutions!! they're stuck in the past!!
    11. Politics!!! all they care about is politics! hard work does not equate to promotion! bullshitting is the essence at Solar.
    12. insensitive managers.

    Advice to Management

    treat your real degreed engineers with some respect! pay them! Solar is losing great talents because of it!

    get rid of waste! including lazy employees and low performers!! enough is enough!! that's why we will never make it to the 100 best companies to work for!! not even the top 10000 companies to work for!

    get rid of unnecessary positions!! no need for unqualified Black Belts! they're waste of time and money!

  8. Helpful (1)

    It's OK

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

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Long time presence in San Diego. If you can get in, this is a stable company that's willing to do what it takes to stay in business.

    Cons

    Being a subsidiary of Caterpillar, this is corporate America at it's worst. No personal interaction. Individuals experience, expertise, and opinion is not considered at all.

    Advice to Management

    Put more focus on the individual. Be more transparent. I'm happy to have a job but I don't look forward to going to work each day. This environment makes people feel like robots and ensures sub-par quality labor.

  9. An engaging engineering environment with potential for internal growth.

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

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel and be promoted internally. Great benefits. Lots of opportunity for training. Attentive and responsive management.

    Cons

    Office politics leading to who you know over what you know. Group socializing could be a little more encouraged.

    Advice to Management

    Encouraging more team-building opportunities.

  10. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Build more opportunities for non mechanical engineers.

  11. 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

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

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