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Solar Turbines Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
71 Reviews
3.4
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Solar Turbines Chairman & CEO Caterpillar Inc. Douglas R. Oberhelman
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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 9 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)

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  1.  

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

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    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
  3.  

    Okay job, not very challenging

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    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
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  5.  

    Solar Turbines is a good place with of of variety potential

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    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager

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

    Pros

    International Assignments
    Field Offices
    Little Office Politics

    Cons

    Pay less than other companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay More

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It was a great place to work for with all sorts of room to move inside the company.

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    Former Employee - Development Test Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Development Test Technician in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, overtime, compensation, teamwork, organized

    Cons

    Overtime, dangerous, repetitious, competitive, loud

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Solar is an excellent company with lots of opportunity to learn

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Solar has been a wonderful company to gain experience in the latest technologies and growth in the Oracle and MySQL space.

    Cons

    While giving us lots of room to learn, there is little room to move forward on a career path. Most of the IT analyst have been in the same position for more than 5 years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    An awesome company to work where excellence and growth is expected.

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    Former Employee - Senior Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technician in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Managers and supervisors fully support employee needs with respect to job growth and other personal matters. Teamwork and individual contributions are strongly encouraged while giving employees the leverage to be more self - productive and initiative.

    Cons

    Salary range was not the best, as expected. My salary was considered fair for my job position, regardless of prior experience or capabilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue your outstanding support and concerns towards your employees. Safety meetings, employee trainings, and quarterly reports were always a big plus for me, so keep up with that as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Internship

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot about the company and industry in general.

    Cons

    Projects were limited due to internship program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities for growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work in San Diego. Room for advancement

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    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

    Great benefits, potential to move up/around, once you get hired on(can get permanent straight on, or temp for at least one year)

    Cons

    Have to bend over backwards to get noticed by management(depending on department), or get into politics to move up. Nepotism is huge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved with employees' development; treat everyone the same

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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