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Solar Turbines Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Jul 10, 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. "Solar Turbines Team Lead"

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    Current Employee - Team Lead in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    entry level leadership position, management was ok,

    Cons

    terrible work life balance, job hour requirements are too high

    Advice to Management

    they need to find a way to get the job done with less overtime.

    Solar Turbines2019-05-03
  2. "Great individuals, poor management"

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    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Very little micromanagement.

    Cons

    Used to have fantastic health care. Moving around is the only way to get fair compensation and promotions. Experienced people that stay in the same position are taken advantage of or neglected. Extremely political and divisive, who you know gets you & your ideas ahead. Merit is a secondary/tertiary matter.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure all engineers believe in science & math.

    Solar Turbines2019-06-04
  3. 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
  4. "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
    • "Principal Engineer"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Solar Turbines full-time

      Pros

      There are opportunities to move around

      Cons

      Management is focused on results and work life balance is not good

      Solar Turbines2018-09-16
    • Helpful (12)

      "Die In Place"

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      Current Employee - Design Engineer in Mabank, TX
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Really flexible schedule and no need to work overtime. It lends itself to great work-life balance No deadlines, really easy work, no real need to be smart, proactive, or competitive. Standard benefits, good amount of vacation, really laid back job. For technicians is a great place to work focus on safety. Great place to work if you are not passionate, do not want to innovate, and want to slowly decay in a silo becoming...

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      Cons

      No possibility to growth. Only "good old boys" get promoted. Must be part of a click in order to be consider for promotions or a different job. The company still operates with a dated structure with no chance of mobility. Top management doe snot believe in rotation, or using the talent instead relaying on "perceive" image of a employee to determine the worth of an employee. Upper management is sales based and does...

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      Advice to Management

      You hire smart people then do not use them until they get bored and leave. You need to grow your employees instead of waiting until older tribal knowledge retires and then hire them back at a premium as consultants. Pay attention to erosion in the middle and new employees, soon there will be only employees that like the toxic, demotivated, depressing work environment. Change your culture and promote team work, and...

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      Solar Turbines2018-09-20
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      "Ok - for now"

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      Current Employee - Analytics Manager in San Diego, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Solar has a great work life balance and the employees are friendly. It is easy to move around to try new jobs out.

      Cons

      In the past 5 years, it has become quite bureaucratic with lots of red tape that prevents employees from feeling empowered to get things done. From top leadership down to middle management, there is not cohesive vision on where the company needs to grow and it is in danger of becoming stagnant and vulnerable.

      Advice to Management

      Do your homework, learn our industry. Craft a company vision and stick to it. Most of all hold people accountable - especially yourselves.

      Solar Turbines2018-02-25
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      "Manufacturing Engineer"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Solar Turbines

        Pros

        Stable employment. Learning experience. There is a 20 word minimum for this section so I’ve included this sentence to suffice the pros section.

        Cons

        Overloaded work environment with no plans to change. Compensation lagging behind industry. Benefits lost year over year. Work life balance does not exist. Most expertise was lost during a voluntary retirement package a little over a year ago. You are left with most of engineering having only a few years of experience who are in over their head.

        Advice to Management

        Good luck!

        Solar Turbines2018-02-15
      • Helpful (6)

        "Great Company to Work For"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

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

        Pros

        Good benefits (Vacation, Health Insurance, Sick Leave, Best 401K match out there) Great Location Great work / life balance Good people to work with

        Cons

        Base salaries lag where they should be for southern California. Definitely pay the "sunshine tax". Other companies locally pay better but the grass is not greener overall. With recent strong government contract work at other local manufacturing companies (Solar does very little government work), we have been losing some good talent to other companies recently.

        Advice to Management

        Management needs to get more up to speed with today's work trends. Examples would include work from home/ flexible work hour policies. The facilities could use an update too.

        Solar Turbines2017-12-20
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        "It's all down hill from here!"

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        Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in San Diego, CA
        Doesn't Recommend
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

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

        Pros

        - Good work life balance - Great people (Colleagues) - Nice weather - Flexible work schedule - Trying to change!

        Cons

        - Forced performance ranking - Engineering performance appraisal policy is demoralizing - Poor career development / training - Poor management, vision and execution - Raises and promotions are time based not contribution based - Management is more administrative than technical - Way behind in innovation - Not a collaborative environment

        Advice to Management

        - recognize peoples contributions - take time to understand what your employees actually do and the complexities involved - don't rule from an ivory tower

        Solar Turbines2017-10-07
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