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Solar Turbines Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2019

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3.6
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63%
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75%
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Jim Umpleby
11 Ratings
  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. "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
    • Helpful (2)

      "Easy life, lacks fulfillment"

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      Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Diego, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Great people, very good work-life balance, low stress.

      Cons

      Software and training support. "On paper" the training and support are excellent, with a help desk and all the "checkbox" required corporate training. However the systems and tasks required to do your job are antiquated and convoluted. Training is word of mouth or obsolete documentation. Everyone does things differently and it can take years to stumble across the right people or understand how the systems work. A lot...

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      Advice to Management

      Accountability? Skillset Training? You are 30 years behind the lean manufacturing curve. Training, Standard work, TPM, kaizen... There are so many more tools than Six Sigma blackbelts 3 departments removed. It's almost too bad the company profits are high. If profits were lower there would be a desire to improve the fractured status quo. The revolving door job policy is not helping. It's great to have mobility but with...

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      Solar Turbines2019-01-27
    • Helpful (1)

      "Good solid company."

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        Current Employee - Engineering Program Manager in San Diego, CA

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

        Pros

        Quality employees Challenging Work Fast paced and diverse work options available Various locations throughout the world if desired

        Cons

        Deals primarily in Oil and Gas Business Uncertain long term future High cost of living in San Diego location

        Solar Turbines2019-01-04
      • "Harbor Drive Review"

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        Former Employee - Precision Machine Tool Mechanic in San Diego, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Solar Turbines for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Harbor Drive location is a fun, historic and interesting place with an incredible amount of manufacturing. Fun to walk around Little Italy or the waterfront at lunch.

        Cons

        Flooding during high tide and rains.

        Advice to Management

        Try to maintain the Solar culture over the Cat culture.

        Solar Turbines2018-12-10
      • "Review"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
        Neutral Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

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

        Pros

        Good work and life balance

        Cons

        Poor management, no good long term vision

        Solar Turbines2018-12-14
      • Helpful (1)

        "Supervisor"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

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

        Pros

        Benefits and year end bonus

        Cons

        The Good ole boy network is alive and well.

        Solar Turbines2018-12-10
      • "Best division of Caterpillar"

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        Current Employee - Maintenance Technician 
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time

        Pros

        Team effort, good resources, Good pay

        Cons

        Lack of training. Lack of advancement opportunities

        Advice to Management

        Start training your people more than your customers

        Solar Turbines2018-11-16
      • "Supply Chain Intern"

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

          I worked at Solar Turbines for less than a year

          Pros

          Work life balance, Upward mobility

          Cons

          Heavily engineering focused, even in non-engineering roles

          Solar Turbines2018-10-29
        • "Amazing people collaborating effectively across many aspects."

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          Former Employee - Engineer-In-Training in San Diego, CA
          Recommends
          Positive Outlook
          Approves of CEO

          I worked at Solar Turbines full-time for more than 5 years

          Pros

          Advance with in ranks fast

          Cons

          Few management help with development

          Advice to Management

          Employee happiness spreads outwards bringing in talented individuals, making negative examples of them only breaks great teams apart from within.

          Solar Turbines2018-09-23
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