Solar Turbines Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
63 Reviews
3.5
63 Reviews
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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 5 reviews)

  • This is a great environment to work in and San Diego is a fabulous place (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • While giving us lots of room to learn, there is little room to move forward on a career path (in 3 reviews)

  • No one cares about new ideas or innovative solutions (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for less than a 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
  2.  

    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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    Great place to work in San Diego. Room for advancement

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    • 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 for 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a great company with great benefits.

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Representative  in  New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Field Service Representative in New Orleans, LA

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

    Pros

    I get to utilize all of my military skills in one job.

    Cons

    Time away from family takes away from the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees should have reviews for raises more often.

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst Place I Ever Worked

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

    I worked at Solar Turbines full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Harbor Drive Facility is right on the bay and it's in San Diego!

    Cons

    Old buildings full of old people that do nothing but make it difficult for people trying to make changes. All of management is in place due to brown-nosing, nepotism, seniority, or a combination of the three; it has NOTHING to do with performance or skills. The buildings are from the turn of the century and it shows. Bathrooms are dated, old, and stuffy. The cubes are packed really close together and small, the whole building shakes when walking. You feel like your working in a trailer home. I had to leave I just couldn't take it anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You really need to figure out what Solar's mission is. Not what Caterpillar thinks Solar's mission is but what is SOLAR's MISSION. Then you need to build the company that you envision. There is no sense in keeping a mission if you don't follow through with what it states. Unless you take drastic measures, you will not be in San Diego much longer. I'll give you 10 years tops before the competition consumes you or you waste away from the lack of direction and leadership. You either need to communicate your needs accurately and honestly to Caterpillar in Peoria or suffer the aforementioned consequences due to the lack of doing anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Rewarding experience working as an individual contributor on technical projects.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Solar Turbines

    Pros

    Benefits package is great. Good promotion of work life balance.

    Cons

    Standard organizational sturcture and associated office political issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the company's strategy for future growth and sustainability more visible to individual contributors.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great introductory work experience, compensation, and hours.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Solar Turbines

    Pros

    Rotational programs allow for experience in many areas over the course of your career. Employees are responsible for certain aspects of each project and with with others in the department to share findings and budgets in order to ensure that projects are profitable and other strategic discussions. Annual conferences are held to that include employees from international offices, great way to learn about e successes and failures other companies face.

    Cons

    Althought there is a rotational program, each rotation does not necessarily result in promotion. Each employee is promoted about once every 1.5 - 3 years.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its an OK place

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Solar Turbines

    Pros

    good place over all. Minmal technical challanges. Good work/life balance and opportunities to take classes for which CAT will pay.

    Cons

    Has a good ol' boy culture where promotions are given based on how long a person has been there, regardless of competency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Minmal technical challanges. Has a good ol' boy culture where promotions are given based on how long a person has been there, regardless of competency. A review of junior employees career plans would help

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent environment, not real dynamic or cutting edge

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    Current Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt II  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt II in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Solar Turbines

    Pros

    Decent pay. Low turnover, good benefits, stable company.

    Cons

    Not very dynamic, software is outdated

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good working opportunity to work in diversified roles

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Solar Turbines

    Pros

    Small enough organization, enough ability to move around, good progression for select undergrads, great location and work life balance, friendly managers

    Cons

    average compensation, talent management system yet to become mature, may get locked in a role unless top management spots you early enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve on diversity for higher management roles, else will start loosing talent. Give more empowerment to employees, and improve cross training

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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