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Solar Turbines Reviews

Updated September 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible with schedule, good work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • great benefits when you are full time and you get a big end of the year bonus check (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Oil and Gas Industry that is facing headwinds (in 10 reviews)

  • The cost of living in San Diego is spiraling upward (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Solar Turbines full-time

    Pros

    Good job security. Almost impossible to be let go.

    Cons

    Not an innovative company. Continue to do things the same way cause "that's the way we've always done it"


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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. "Great Company Great Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great company culture with a lot of talented individuals.

    Company parking lot downtown and free. Very useful for socializing after work or on the weekends.

    Cons

    I didn't quite get enough work. I spent a lot of time waiting for new assignments.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for in a slowly dying industry"

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    Current Employee - Supplier Technical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Supplier Technical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Lots of learning and development
    -Work in Supply Chain and work with cross functional teams
    -Great People who want to help and respect others who work hard
    -Excellent management team

    Cons

    -Oil and Gas Industry that is facing headwinds
    -Many layoffs at parent company (Caterpillar, Inc.)
    -More conservative industry compared to other industries (tech industry for example)

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are OK at best. Not really much to say

    Cons

    You have to wait at least two years to receive two weeks of vacation


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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


  7. "Stable"

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    • 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,

  8. "Associate Mechanical Design Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible with schedule, good work life balance

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to get hired on or to move up


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Lost Touch with What's Important"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Solar Turbines (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, fairly stable place to work. Used to have a lot more pros

    Cons

    Very dependent on oil prices, so now with low oil prices, they are cutting cost. This has come at the expense of healthcare (much more expensive now with poorer care), bonuses, raises, and every minor perk that we have previously been given. They seem to be trying to lean out so much that they haven't noticed that a majority of employees are actively trying to leave. Politics are overwhelming, you need to kiss the right butts to make it anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Value who you currently have...cost cutting doesn't do any good if you don't have any employees


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