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SolarCity Overview

San Mateo, CA
10000+ employees
Company - Public (SCTY)
Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
SolarCity is a national leader in clean energy services.

The SolarCity team is smart, open minded and passionate about helping our customers help the environment. We are a dynamic company known for its casual, team-oriented work atmosphere. We provide ... Read more

Mission: We make clean energy available to homeowners, businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations at a lower cost than they pay for energy generated by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas.

Our approach is to install systems to the ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Highest Rated CEOs:2015 (#20)

Best Places to Work:2016 (#50), 2014 (#18)

Company Updates

  • Employment in the U.S. solar industry recently surpassed 200,000 people – that’s more than the oil and gas extraction industry, and three times more than the coal-mining industry. Learn more about solar's rapid growth:

    These 3 maps show the absurd growth potential of rooftop solar in America

    Solar power in America is on a roll. Over the last decade, the cost of solar installations in the U.S. has fallen by more than 70 percent, and every year has had more solar installed than the last. Since 2010, the nation's solar power capacity has grown fifteen-fold.

  • Sales professionals in SoCal--now’s your chance to meet our VP at an invite-only event. Head to to apply!

    Meet the VP - Exclusive SolarCity Sales Meet & Greet

    Top Performing Sales Managers and Reps: Here's your chance to meet a SolarCity Sales VP and make a first impression that could earn you a job at SolarCity! Apply now for this invite-only event. SolarCity's philosophy is to reward and promote top performers.

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SolarCity – Why Work For Us?


Are you ready to do work that matters? Our teams are literally redefining the way the world will use energy in the future. Talented and motivated individuals with creativity and vision thrive in our fast-paced, high growth environment. We are problem solvers, team players and game changers. If this sounds like you, SolarCity just might be the place to make your mark!

We believe in working hard and playing hard. SolarCity continuously hosts contests and incentives to motivate employees to do their best work. When you perform we reward. We've been known to take out top performers to professional sports games, 5 star resorts, and all-expense paid getaways. We also offer smaller scale incentives with prizes, swag, and cool gear to last you a lifetime. To us, having fun is just as important as getting the work done.

SolarCity's company values are an integral part of our day-to-day business operations. Our 8 values below help guide us every day in making decisions and running the company, interacting with employees and our customers:

We Are Teammates

We are Innovators who Welcome Change

We Change the World for the Better

We Act with Honesty and Integrity

We Provide Quality Workmanship

We Strive to Exceed Customer Expectations

We Are Anchored in Safety

We Strive to Lower Costs

“We’re Hiring! Apply Now”

“Working at SolarCity has provided me with opportunities to practice law in a way that helps improve the world for my children and all children, to work with a team that inspires me to perform better, and to provide mentorship and guidance to our future leaders.”

-Phuong Y. Phillips, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Head of Corporate/Securities

“At SolarCity I have been quickly promoted two times and my Senior Management has assigned me a mentor to ensure my professional growth and to continue preparing me for the next level. My senior management and mentor challenge me to be better every day and work on my weaknesses while capitalizing on my strengths. I have grown tremendously personally and professionally under their leadership and feel confident in my future and success with SolarCity.”

-Mandy Rami, Senior Regional Sales Manager 

“What I enjoy most about working for SolarCity is that every day I can physically see the impact I make. The Solar industry we know today is relatively new and the challenges we take on have never been taken on before. Every day we are making history. “

-Richard Garcia, Recruiter

“At SolarCity, the people are genuine, the leadership is on the floor with us, not in an ivory tower, and I enjoy the overall feel of the office. I love the direction, the thought process, and the core values.”

-Sean Lanier, Inside Solar Specialist

Power Your Career:

Our teams are comprised of innovators and experts who work towards one mission—to reshape the energy landscape by making solar power accessible and affordable for everyone. Up for the task? Power up your career and start making a difference

Sales Positions:

Whatever your preference, Inside Sales, Field Sales, Direct Sales we are looking for passionate and driven individuals to generate leads and close deals. No solar experience necessary, we provide 4-6 weeks of training so you can share the benefits of clean affordable energy with potential customers all over the country. Our sales teams have a strong desire to succeed and are dedicated to changing the world for the better

Operations Positions:

Quit your dead-end job. Work with us. We believe in working hard for a cause bigger than us. You know how to handle tools and nothing intimidates you. You eat solar panels for breakfast. Sound like you? Join an intense crew of teammates that are the true life-blood of this company.

Customer Account Management Group Positions:

Listen, learn and resolve. If you’re a customer service superstar, this is the spot for you. You will be in a challenging and rewarding role which presents the opportunity to engage with all of SolarCity’s customers on a daily basis

Engineering Positions:

Engineering the Future of Solar - We're working on difficult problems utilizing the latest tools and technologies to solve one of the most important problems of our time – how to make solar our planet's mainstream energy source. We want the best and brightest to create the systems that propel solar power, improve our production efficiency and develop new ways for people to interact with clean energy. When you become an engineer for SolarCity, you're coding a legacy.

Engineers Code a Legacy at SolarCity from SolarCity Creative on Vimeo.

Our solar modules are next level. They’re the most efficient and powerful modules in the industry – and we want to make them even better. Your skills will produce more improved panels, helping equip more homes with the affordable solar we’re known for. As the world’s energy needs change, we will provide the most advanced clean energy solutions to support it.

Zep Technology:

Zep has created the PV industry’s first comprehensive installation platform. At the core of the platform is the Zep Groove -- a specialized groove, designed into the frame of a PV module,that interoperates with our mounting hardware in surprising and effective ways. The result is a suite of mounting systems that drastically reduce the cost of installation and significantly improve safety and aesthetics

Silevo Technology:

Silevo, is a solar cell innovator and photovoltaic (PV) solar module manufacturer that has evolved the use of silicon for solar to offer cost-effective high performance solar modules. The company was founded on the principal that an evolutionary silicon solar cell technology can enable rapid acceleration of grid parity and widespread solar adoption.

By combining groundbreaking technology with a low-cost manufacturing process and operation, Silevo is enabling industry leading Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) that provides economically and environmentally sustainable energy generation, and a roadmap to grid parity.


SolarCity is leading the way in diversity and inclusion in the solar energy industry. We are developing career paths, actively removing barriers to access and creating safe spaces for all voices across the company to be heard. We believe that different perspectives power ideas and innovation, and create sustainable success for everyone.

Check out our Diversity and Inclusion homepage

Equal Opportunity Employer

SolarCity is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.



SolarCity is a founding recruiting partner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Solar Ready Vets” program—accelerated training that helps place transitioning veterans in the solar industry. We are committed to hiring veterans because we know that your skills, attitude, and character are a great fit for our mission to transform energy delivery for the 21st century.

Did you know?

“Approximately 1 in 10 solar industry employees is a veteran”

“Currently, about 1 in every 16 employees at SolarCity is a veteran of the Armed Forces”

  • 14,366 Total Headcount / ~904 Veterans


“2016 Military Friendly Employer Designation”

  • Presented by GI Jobs, the premier military career publication

“2015 Above & Beyond Award”

  • Presented at the Delaware Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (DE ESGR)
  • Recognized for going above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) by providing their Guard and Reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits such as differential or full pay to offset lost wages, extended health benefits and other assistance.

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    Former Employee - Field Energy Specialist in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Field Energy Specialist in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at SolarCity full-time (More than a year)


    The ethos is unparalleled -- employees are united by a conviction that what they are doing really matters. It’s unfortunate that so few companies have set their sights on enacting meaningful change for the world.


    The public lacks knowledge about solar and the importance of reducing reliance on fossil fuels. This makes it difficult to help potential customers understand why solar is important.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on helping the front lines (Field Energy Specialists, Field Energy Consultants) to become better acquainted with and more proficient in articulating not only the economic rationale for adopting solar but also the importance for ensuring the continuity of the human race.

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    PV Designer Interview

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    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at SolarCity.


    There was a test. But it was mainly to test the candidate's thinking process. Then there was the typical interview question session. It was pretty simple. Just review interview questions and you'll be fine.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work here?   1 Answer
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SolarCity Awards & Accolades

  • The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies, Fast Company, 2014
  • The World's Top 25 Eco-Innovators, Fortune, 2014
  • Grid Edge 20, greentechgrind:, 2014
  • Top 50 Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2014
  • Contact Center of the Year, The Stevie Awards, 2014
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