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Updated 10 Jul 2019

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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
    • "Good overall company"

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      Former Employee - Controls Design Engineer in San Diego, CA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Solar Turbines full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Normal company, used to be great, still is decent. Overall a good choice in San Diego. They clamped down a bit on things after the Caterpillar buyout.

      Cons

      After the Caterpillar buyout they started cutting perks, it used to be a quirky and interesting, fun, place to work. During my 3.5 years there I saw it getting more and more corporate. If you're looking for a good job, it's a good option though. Though not a huge amount of room to grow.

      Advice to Management

      Buy Solar back from Caterpillar. Focus on innovation and making Solar an interesting place to work, with a vision behind it. Right now the vision is just to help Cat's bottom line.

      Solar Turbines2018-01-01
    • Helpful (2)

      "Culture lacking in safety, innovation, diversity, and anti-discrimination"

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

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

      Pros

      San Diego is a beautiful place to work. Many men there that have been there for their entire career. They are good at offering advice and other activities to advance careers.

      Cons

      Disrespectful culture, as can be seen in many of the reviews, especially the one where the former employee rates one the pros as many “loose” girls.

      Advice to Management

      Eliminate much of the middle managers. The company will have no expertise as young people find no demonstration for advancement as they witness the middle age technical specialists leave for better environments. Encourage smart, experienced specialist to take leadership training to become the face of the company’s future.

      Solar Turbines2017-12-30
    • "Great Company with Excellent Values"

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      Current Employee - Central Human Resources Manager in San Diego, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Solar is a great place to work that has strong leadership and is built on Values. There is an emphasis at Solar on living our Values in Action (similar to Code of Conduct) that drives our behaviors and guides us in what is acceptable behavior with our customers, our supplies/vendors and each other. Solar provides a wide variety of career opportunities and many employees have enjoyed long term employment in various areas...

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      Cons

      San Diego is an expensive city for the Solar headquarters.

      Solar Turbines2017-11-07
    • Helpful (1)

      "Excellent company, great benefits"

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      Former Employee - Senior Production Scheduler in San Diego, CA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Solid San Diego based company. Good career opportunities (with an education). Good to their employees, good pay, great benefits and safety conscious.

      Cons

      Corporate style company, lots of layers. Sometimes hard to get ahead or get the raise you deserve. Some senior employees are no longer productive.

      Solar Turbines2017-04-14
    • "Sheet Metal Mechanic"

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      Former Employee - Sheet Metal Mechanic in San Diego, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      It's stable employment...until CA decides they pollute the atmosphere too much.

      Cons

      The cost of living in San Diego is spiraling upward. The wage growth is nowhere near adequate and the top performers get the same raise as the bottom performers. Advancement? Maybe...if you're "in" with the right people. So many postings are just for show...that is of course if they even bother to post an opening. So many times the only notice people get they aren't being considered...

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      Advice to Management

      Stop moving people with no manufacturing experience into manufacturing management. It's not a box to check like some infantry badge to further a career.

      Solar Turbines2017-05-02
    • Helpful (1)

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

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      Current Employee - Senior 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 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.

      Solar Turbines2017-01-20
    • Helpful (5)

      "Not what it used to be"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Solar Turbines

      Pros

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

      Cons

      Over time, Solar's personality has changed from warm, spirited, team oriented Salaried & Hourly workforce to a much colder, individual performance based, forced ranking that has deteriorated the "Teaming" atmosphere that once existed. Values in Action and living by the code has turned into a mockery and resulted in a significant decline in overall "Leadership". Way too many managers managing areas where they lack the...

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      Advice to Management

      For VP level.......Drive 'real' transparency throughout the organization. Too many Directors and Senior Managers controlling the narrative and spin on what's really going on in their organizations. We've seen epic failures spun is such a way that VP's are led to believe everything was a success. This is resulting in a severe loss of "trust" within the rank and file. Take a deep dive into "Values in Action" and prove to...

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      Solar Turbines2016-08-24
    • 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
    • Helpful (2)

      "Engineer"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Solar Turbines

        Pros

        Work load expectations are reasonable. Good opportunity for advancement if you're willing to consider a field (outside of San Diego) assignment.

        Cons

        Tough times for the Oil & Gas and Power Generation markets right now. Overly conservative management has missed out on opportunities to grow through acquisition both in gas turbines and adjacent industries.

        Advice to Management

        Get out of your "we're a gas turbine manufacturer" box. Hard to imagine that Solar may have peaked a few years ago, but that might be true.

        Solar Turbines2015-12-19
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