SolarCity

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SolarCity Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
431 Reviews
3.9
431 Reviews
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SolarCity CEO & Co-Founder Lyndon Rive
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • When you work for Solar City, you are helping to change the world for the better (in 15 reviews)

  • Working at SolarCity really makes you feel like you are making a difference in the world (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours and their plan is to make everyone work weekends and that includes Sunday (in 22 reviews)

  • This company is growing so rapidly that I sometimes feel unrecognized (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Sales with SolarCity for one month.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Energy Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Field Energy Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    With SolarCity, you truly feel like you're part of a company that's making a difference in the world. It's also a company that is very invested in your personal growth and seeks to give you more responsibility as soon as you are ready to take it on. People on the sales team are positive, highly motivated, and inspirational; competition is friendly and helpful. You, as an individual, are celebrated every single step of the way - literally on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is difficult, especially in an entry-level sales position. I get the feeling that there is flexibility, but the best days to work are on the weekend. This means time away from friends and loved ones who are on a traditional 9-5 M-F schedule; however, after promotion, you are afforded autonomy in scheduling appointments and managing your own time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Instantly Like FAMILY!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Energy Consultant in Granite Bay, CA
    Current Employee - Inside Energy Consultant in Granite Bay, CA

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

    Pros

    Everyone works together and happy to help each other out. Not a cut throat sales environment. Love helping families across the country and educating them on better energy solutions with SOLAR! Amazing benefits after 30 days employed. Brand new office under construction complete with state of the art gym and cafe in the office!

    Cons

    Growing company and some things change often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't micro-manage successful employees!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great People Work Here

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

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time

    Pros

    -Great Team and Management
    -Vision
    -Recognition
    -Overall Leadership

    Cons

    -Low base pay for cost of living in the area

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Be ready to work hard, be flexible and at times underappreciated

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

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere, leadership, above average compensation

    Cons

    Tough work life balance, lack of training to advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training needed. Especially for young Managers in a growing company. One bad Manager can cost you a handful of really good employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazing company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    The people and the culture of the company are great! They are unlike any other in Las Vegas. They encourage ideas and new concepts to help transform the company. They are very team-oriented. Everyone works towards the same goals: a better future, a better environment.

    Management is really easy to talk to and very approachable. VP's and CFO have walked around the office and just talked to their employees, in tracksuits.

    If you work hard and show management you can take on their goals, exceed them and are willing to take on additional responsibilities, they will shower you with praise and CONSIDER you for a promotion to a Senior (enter job title here) or Supervisor position (even in another department). Promotions happen quickly if you show your merit.

    You get to communicate with other departments and learn different facets of the business and are able to apply and move to different departments that you may be interested in. You get to meet and interact with different people and build amazing relationships. I developed great friendships and amazing referrals.

    The snacks: mid-afternoon diabetes-encouraged pick-me-ups include unlimited flavors of soda and Snickers and Kit Kats. Luckily, their medical, dental and vision health plans are decent and becomes effective after your first 30 days. They also offer HSA, FSA, and AFLAC and disability. They pay for your life insurance while with the company.

    Healthier snack alternatives include cereal, bananas and green apples, Nutri-grain breakfast and granola bars. Their fridges are stocked with English muffins, milk, almond milk and individually wrapped peanut butter, butter and jellies.

    Halloween is unlike any other holiday for SolarCity. You will be floored!
    They also partake in alcoholic beverages in the office occasionally depending on well the company did in the quarter, approved by management, of course.
    They often give out swag too!

    Cons

    If you aren't ready or adaptable to change, this is not the place for you. Processes change by the hour sometimes. Be ready for it. Sometimes when processes change, management doesn't announce them in huddles.

    Night shifts and sharing desks.

    Pay can be less than appealing at first; however if your position is available for receiving incentive bonuses - the sky may be the limit!

    They are conducting quality checks in many areas after the sale, so be aware you may be graded upon your performance and if you fail, disciplinary action will be enforced.

    Training can be extensive or lacking, depending on your department/team.

    Servers crash weekly, so productivity slows down as a result.

    Dress code just became stricter (no more flip-flop Fridays), but more geared towards business casual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Direct and Inside Sales needs an extensive training revamp immediately! They rely too heavily on other departments to clean up after them, and they need to take more responsibility on what happens after the sale and communicate better with their customers.

    Better tracking and management of employees progress towards their incentive bonuses need to be enforced. Not everyone is trustworthy in their quantity and not enough disciplinary action is being enforced to stop ruining it for everyone. Picking up the phone and dialing your cell phone or family shouldn't count towards your quota. Nor should inaccurately verifying information. EVERY project should be quality checked before moving to the next stage, not just spot-checked by QA.

    Get rid of the people that are negatively affecting the performance of the teams and who can't follow instruction. Once coaching and training have done all they can through various methods, and the employee asks to have them take a step back to try it on their own and shows no sign of improvement, its time to let go.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    The best job I have ever had

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Roseville, CA

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment, great people, great ceo

    Cons

    None possibly increase the salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add to salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Too many immediate changes after hire!

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

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's employment
    Benefits are decent
    OT is good when you can get
    I can't really think of anything else at the moment.

    Cons

    Recruiters promise one thing and the warehouses don't deliver!
    First few pay checks were awesome then they have been going downhill from there!
    Benefits are decent but still far too expensive!
    Within two weeks of being hired I have already noticed constant rumors of mass layoffs!
    They don't communicate that there is a 90 day period in which one tiny mistake can lead to termination!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying to new recruits. Some people are coming from stable jobs and are getting screwed over with loss of hours. Don't promise full time if you cannot deliver!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Happy, Happy, Happy

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

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The reason I love working at solarcity is there is always the feeling of being around family.

    Cons

    Keeping every single coworker happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inspect what you expect!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Energy Specialist in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Energy Specialist in Honolulu, HI

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

    Pros

    You get to train remotely online in the comfort of your own home. Innovative top leadership. It's the best solarcompany

    Cons

    I really don't feel anything wrong

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring smart people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting job, team supported

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Energy Specialist in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Field Energy Specialist in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Solar City is an awesome company to work. So exciting to meet such nice people both in the job and customers. I am passionate about solar and it is very rewarding to share this with others.

    Cons

    I have not experienced any cons to date.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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