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Solar Turbines Reviews

Updated Jun 9, 2019

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3.6
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64%
Recommend to a Friend
75%
Approve of CEO
Jim Umpleby
11 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work life balance, Upward mobility(in 23 reviews)

  • "great benefits when you are full time and you get a big end of the year bonus check(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "I think the down side of Energy business is that the world is moving towards renewable energies while solar turbines is focused on oil and gas industry(in 12 reviews)

  • "High cost of living in San Diego location(in 9 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "TMP Finance Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Finance Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The opportunities and people. There are so many forms of finance that you shouldn’t feel stagnant even though we are in a “back office” function. Finance is heavily touted and is part of all the customer facing decisions.

    Cons

    Resource constraints. They try to operate as lean as possible and because we’ve been successful at it for a couple of years they believe they can keep it up. Now some people are looking elsewhere from being burnt out.

    Advice to Management

    Grow the finance team

    Solar Turbines2019-03-23
  2. "Good place to work at"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Solar Turbines full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good work structure and stability

    Cons

    Hard to move up the ladder, extremely competitive if you are not on the right path or connected to the right people

    Solar Turbines2019-05-29
  3. "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people here are some of the friendliest and most fun to work with

    Cons

    career advancement is a bit slow and management can do better in terms of motivating their people and helping them advance in their careers

    Advice to Management

    spend some effort to get to know your employees interests and help them reach their goals rather than ignore their needs

    Solar Turbines2019-05-18
  4. "Overall great company to work for, plenty of opportunities for growth with a decent benefits package."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job stability, career development opportunities, global footprint.

    Cons

    While the benefits package is decent, the actual pay is a bit below par. Company claims to have a "small company mindset" but is clearly burdened with corporate bureaucracy that slows down positive change more often than not and causes some underperformers to become entrenched and unmanageable.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the pay scale. Prioritize people over corporate bottom line and share buy backs.

    Solar Turbines2019-05-12
  5. "Solar Turbines Team Lead"

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    Current Employee - Team Lead in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    entry level leadership position, management was ok,

    Cons

    terrible work life balance, job hour requirements are too high

    Advice to Management

    they need to find a way to get the job done with less overtime.

    Solar Turbines2019-05-03
  6. "Great individuals, poor management"

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    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Very little micromanagement.

    Cons

    Moving around is the only way to get fair compensation and promotions. Experienced people that stay in the same position are taken advantage of. Extremely political, merit is a secondary/tertiary thought.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure all engineers believe in science.

    Solar Turbines2019-06-04
  7. "Great Company Culture"

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    Current Employee - Associate Mechanical Design Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people and flexible hours

    Cons

    Lower compensation as a contractor

    Solar Turbines2019-04-23
  8. "company could benefit at faster adoption to change"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, waterfront location, 100% 401k match up to 6%

    Cons

    Complex Matrix organization, extreme consensus driven decision making process

    Solar Turbines2019-04-13
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays the bills, Bonus when it is paid, used to have great culture so maybe it will come back

    Cons

    All the narrative is around anti-male, pro women, LGBT, and they are alienating parts of their workforce. Management calls this diversity and inclusion which if it was, it would be driven to lift all employees up and not push any down. Narrative is getting old. Are people being placed in roles because of gender or race? Or because they are the best candidate?

    Advice to Management

    Stop lifting select groups up by pushing others down, be a general proponent of your people.

    Solar Turbines2019-04-06
  10. "Genuine growth opportunity with a company that has local history of more than 90 years."

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Solar Turbines

      Pros

      Local company owned by Caterpillar. Allowed me to develop technical, leadership and management skills with a diverse team.

      Cons

      Benefits are eroding from the very family oriented start as it’s own company to a subsidiary with Cat that has increased out of pocket costs for it’s employees.

      Advice to Management

      Grow your people internally. Help share knowledge base before personnel leave the company.

      Solar Turbines2019-02-21
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