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"I worked at SolarCity as an Energy Consultant (i.e. Sales rep.)."

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Former Employee - Field Energy Consultant in Sacramento, CA
Former Employee - Field Energy Consultant in Sacramento, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Management created an environment where employees embraced the common goal of building a successful company. Good camaraderie amongst employees, but not necessarily with upper management.

Cons

The demands placed on the sales team were insane. Sales reps were constantly under very high pressure to bring in more and more sales and the pressure was basically threat of job loss. These demands were not done over the typical sales forecasting periods like annually, quarterly or even monthly, but management demanded weekly and then daily forecasts from the team. Way too much micromanagement in this area and ALWAYS threatened to put people on performance plans (i.e. threat of being fired). In fact, many salespeople are fired on an ongoing basis to the point that turnover has become detrimental to the company as a whole. Sales teams are expected to be working 70-80 hours per week including weekends and into the evenings, often coming home from appointments at 10PM!

Advice to Management

Treat all employees the same and with respect; Motivate positively instead of with threats of termination.

Other Employee Reviews for SolarCity

  1. Helpful (21)

    "Beware"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Energy Advisor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Field Energy Advisor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SolarCity full-time

    Pros

    This industry has a bright future , and if SolarCity changes it's culture it could easily dominate. It has seamlessly integrated the crucial elements of the business, design, construction, and finance

    Cons

    This company does not want to treat their salesforce with dignity or respect.
     Poor training, management by intimidation, rape of commission, and disposal of bodies when quota is missed.
    Solarcity is a firm without pity.
    Stay away if you are looking for a career.
    You will find only ruthless exploitation.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your salespeople like they are hookers and you are the hillside strangler.
    Great companies are built by your people .....not on your people.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "SolarCity is a company with an optimistic future and lots of room to better itself."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very talented and well connected executives. Benefits are good. Stock options are especially lucrative for those who have been working for the company since before the IPO. But either way, its nice knowing that everyone is a part owner in the company. Expect to work side by side with positive people who enjoy their jobs. SolarCity is a good opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the solar industry.

    The company does a good job of promoting from within, while at the same time bringing in outside talent when necessary.

    Cons

    Right now, middle management could be stronger. SolarCity grows very rapidly and is forced to hire very quickly. Unfortunately, with the current model, they can not afford to be a company that's slow to hire and quick to fire. At times, the company has no choice but to hire or promote someone that is not quite qualified for the job yet.

    Advice to Management

    We need to stress quality in every position from sales to install, not just speed. The operation moves fast and efficiently, thats great. The problem is that employees are making small mistakes that collectively cost the company a lot of money to fix. The operation is also designed so that employee #2 ends up fixing employee #1's mistakes. Employee #1 may be unaware that they ever make a mistake in the first place, and so is unable to learn from the error. A dedicated and detail oriented quality control manager in each office would pay for itself many times over.

    Operating costs are through the roof. Local management needs to do something to curtail overtime hours and wasted materials. If SolarCity wants to survive without incentives, they won't be able to afford to be paying overtime, simple as that. Truth is, not very much is accomplished in the 9th or 10th hour of the work day anyways. Send people home, let them rest and spend time with their families. They will be more effective tomorrow. We have proved that we can grow at an outrageous pace, now lets show the skeptics that we can make a profit.

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