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Solar Turbines Reviews

Updated February 7, 2017
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Solar Turbines Chairman & CEO Caterpillar Inc. Douglas R. Oberhelman
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Pros
  • Flexible with schedule, good work life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Solid Performing Company / Diversity Rich / Many Career Paths / Still has Decent Pay & Bonus Plan / Home Based in San Diego with great location (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Oil and Gas engineering is back about 30-40 years compared to other technology based industries (in 6 reviews)

  • Hold Agency employees for multiple years without conversion, thus leaving them with low pay and no benefits (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Solar Turbines part-time

    Pros

    Flexible, Decent pay, Knowledgeable staff, Central location, Groups

    Cons

    Business isn't doing well, no pension, benefits could be better, not hiring a lot


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Culture, Competitive Environment, Good Work-Life Balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture: Friendly people and emphasis on work-life balance.
    San Diego is an excellent location and there is a lot to do after work hours.
    Clear career ladder potential. You could work here your entire life.

    Cons

    A little casual in some areas, not much of a sense of urgency or importance (there are exceptions, of course). Compensation isn't up to par with competition. Some groups run very lean and very easy to find yourself overloaded.

    Advice to Management

    Open yourself and your team to change, try new things, fund more research and universities.

    Try to keep the work environment updated and fresh or it will get stale and people will go elsewhere.


  3. "Awesome company to work for."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked as a QTT, so there are always new things to learn, and many challenges almost every single day. I'm a big fan of gas turbine engine and the modern technology around it, so it's pretty exiting working in such an environment full off technical challenges.

    Cons

    The working environment dealing with machines every day faces you with major risks of having an accident and/or get hurt in one way or another.


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  5. "Financial Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    interesting job, the processes are intriguing

    Cons

    work distribution not equal even though pay difference is negligible


  6. "Stable"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People seem to like working here, sense of community

    Cons

    Hard to move up, too many managers, quality of benefits have gone down

    Advice to Management

    Reward top performers,


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    - Talented employees
    - Cafeteria onsite
    - Gym onsite
    - Room for growth within the company

    Cons

    Constant cuts due to budget


  8. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great People, Variety of work,

    Cons

    too much centralizing to Corporate

    Advice to Management

    keep the company flexible


  9. "Manufacturing engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time

    Pros

    Great culture. Great people. Great opportunities

    Cons

    Not too many downsides of working here. Have only good things to say


  10. "Difficult Market Conditions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Family like environment, gives you a lot of chances

    Cons

    In a difficult market cycle and cutting performance based pay options


  11. "Good People, But Disorganize"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time

    Pros

    The people there are incredibly nice and easy to work with. They really stress a family like atmosphere.

    Cons

    The company's practices are archaic and disorganized. There is no unity between departments and its confusing for someone who has never worked in manufacturing.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times and install modern day applications, like Microsoft Access and other data sources.



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