Solar Turbines Reviews

Updated February 8, 2015
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Solar Turbines Chairman & CEO Caterpillar Inc. Douglas R. Oberhelman
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  1. internship experience

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good. Managers are flexible and welcome to discuss the project. Company sponsored well to educate employees . Easy to get access or download new software programs or tools. Overall, I had great experience and get personal growth.

    Cons

    Lack of communications among different departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be better if there are more conversation between each departments to let employees know the whole situation of the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Interned at Solar

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    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    - great, friendly people who are willing to help you out or answer any question you have
    - decent pay for an intern position
    - company is doing better and better each year

    Cons

    - the office environment is sort of depressing, not a very welcoming and creative place
    - seems like everything is bogged down by Caterpillar's big company bureaucracy
    - with more business coming to the company, employees are working extra

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the office environment to make it a better place to come in every morning. It feels dark and depressing.

    Positive Outlook
  3. Great Place to Intern

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    Current Intern - Accounting in San Diego, CA
    Current Intern - Accounting in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Solar Turbines as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very high hourly pay for interns.
    Given great deal of responsiblity.
    Really nice coworkers and very flexible with interns.
    Large company with some opportunity to move around with rotational program.
    Shut down over the holidays.

    Cons

    Advancement seems longer than most places.
    Intern to full time hire process is terrible.
    Terrible information systems that haven't been completely reliable.
    Confusing organziation and many employees aren't organized like they should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the intern to full time process and the overall structure of employees careers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Limited Career Growth

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    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Solar

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    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)

    Pros

    Lots of overtime, great training.

    Cons

    You Have To Know Someone To Get hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to understand your workers.

    Approves of CEO
  7. Great company!

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    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)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great people to work with, but no job growth.

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

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are friendly and are willing to assist you. Solar Turbines provides engineers with the opportunity to Design, Analyze, and Test their designs. If you are out of college, this is a great starting job.

    Cons

    No career opportunities. The company is extremely complacent and are resistant to change. They have lots of opportunity for improvement, but they are resistant to change. If you have work experience at another company, definitely don't work at Solar Turbines

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Contract

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    Former Contractor - Information Technology in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Information Technology in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good company to have on the resume

    Cons

    Company doesn't value IT department. They will trim the IT department down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TOP HEAVY!!! Incompetent Managers that do little work if any at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. the opportunity to advance was great, and the people it felt like a family

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    Former Employee - Precision Inspector in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Precision Inspector in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    the people, the oportunity , career advancement ,the money i could go on and on

    Cons

    when its slow or the engine count hhas drop ,management looks for reason to weedd people out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    really listen to your workers just because you have degrees doesnt mean you no it all, you employees hourly that have been their 20 plus years whih means they no the company and their area , listen without bias

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great company to work at,

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work at. So many amazing people to work with. The company values promote great environment. There are numerous career opportunities for motivated individuals. Solar Turbines allows you to hold various positions in the company and be able to enjoy your work. Great training opportunities, but you have to proactive about those.

    Cons

    I agree with another reviewer - some of the computer software is a bit outdated, making certain job functions more difficult to do than they need to be.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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