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Solar Turbines Employee Reviews about "oil and gas"

Updated Jul 10, 2019

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75%
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Jim Umpleby
11 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work life balance, Upward mobility(in 24 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)

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  1. 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
    • Helpful (2)

      "Principal Test Engineer"

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      Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Solar Turbines full-time

      Pros

      - Stability - Immediate business outlook for Solar Turbines business is favorable due to recent U.S. presidential policies changes oil and gas industries.

      Cons

      - Long term business outlook is uncertain. - Work policies have transformed from an enjoyable place to work to a very corporate Caterpillar environment. You must be very self aware to ensure you're not violating some policy. On the other hand, Caterpillar/Solar does do a good job in distributing policy information, but still too easy to find yourself in hot water.

      Advice to Management

      To Sr. Management, my suggestion is you pay a little closer attention to your selection candidate selections for middle management. I've noticed more and more people in middle management positions that don't take any accountability, are seemingly running scared, blame others for their own shortcomings and really , in my opinion at least, should be in management... just my 2 cents.

      Solar Turbines2017-07-14
    • Helpful (2)

      "success breeds mediocrity"

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      Former Employee - Senior Field Engineer in San Diego, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Solar Turbines full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      Solar is a good company with a lot of good engineers. The product line is very well established in industry, deservedly. Pay is great if you are in the field. Otherwise, it is not at the 75% level like they claim, especially if oil and gas is used as a comparison

      Cons

      'The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance, its the illusion of knowledge.' This quote very much applies to Solar sometimes. The company is becoming a little top heavy, with too many managers who don't really know the products and how they are used. They are trending towards treating the employees more like commodities. But its not too bad.

      Advice to Management

      More aggressively work towards product improvement, field feedback, etc. You should be actively pursuing this, not waiting for it to appear in front of your face. When applications engineers, sales engineers, and many managers don't know the products as well as the customers, you have a problem.

      Solar Turbines2017-05-26
    • "Supplier Technical Engineer"

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      Current Employee - Supplier Technical Engineer in San Diego, CA
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      -Excellent People -Great Employer Retirement Contributions

      Cons

      -Conservative culture -Oil & Gas Industry is Having a Rough Time

      Solar Turbines2017-03-05
    • 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
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time for 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

      Solar Turbines2017-01-04
    • Helpful (1)

      "Oil and Gas but innovation coming"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook

      I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      Small enough to see results and be recognized, big enough to do something about it.

      Cons

      The particular industry in which Solar operates (oil and gas) makes it very cyclical.

      Solar Turbines2016-10-14
    • Helpful (14)

      "Engineer at KM San Diego"

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      Former Employee - Design Engineer in La Jolla, CA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Solar Turbines for less than a year

      Pros

      The benefits and pay are decent. Most people that work at the company are easy to get along with. The company is stable, or at least has been traditionally. There is no longer a pension, but that is pretty typical across most private companies currently. In terms of overall compensation, I would rate Solar on the upper end of the spectrum (for an engineer) in the San Diego region. -401k for salaried employees...

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      Cons

      Industry: Market outlook is questionable. Solar makes gas turbines and other associated equipment. The outlook for the gas turbine industry is supposed to be good for the short to mid term, tapering off long term due to renewables, newer technologies, regulation, etc. With the 2015-16 oil bust, Oil & gas Capex is way down, dragging turbine sales with it. Will it come back? If it does, how long will it be back for?...

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      Advice to Management

      Solar has a deep history adapting to technology and business climates as they have changed throughout the 20th century. Find a new strategy and develop new R&D now, so that you remain profitable 10/15/20 years from now and can attract and keep the talent that will put you there.

      Solar Turbines2016-05-14
    • "Package ME"

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      Former Employee - Package ME in San Diego, CA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook

      I worked at Solar Turbines full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Competitive Salary Great Team Room for growth and cross training

      Cons

      Your in the Oil&Gas Industry Not a creative or innovative environment

      Solar Turbines2016-04-26
    • Helpful (1)

      "Comfortable Place to Work"

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      Former Employee - Manufacturing Design Engineer in San Diego, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook

      I worked at Solar Turbines full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Good salary, great team, and a place you can work for the rest of your life

      Cons

      Stressful, and the underutilize talent. Oil and Gas engineering is back about 30-40 years compared to other technology based industries.

      Solar Turbines2016-03-24
    • Helpful (3)

      "Information Technology Analyst III"

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      Current Employee - Information Technology Analyst III in Lemon Grove, CA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook

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

      Pros

      Great benefits, people are very friendly, overall great place to work.

      Cons

      Highs and lows depending on the economy. Especially crucial when it comes to price of Oil and Gas. Layoffs when the price of oil is low.

      Advice to Management

      The person who works for you is not just a number. Their job should not be in jeopardy if the price of oil drops below a certain threshold.

      Solar Turbines2015-12-16
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