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SolarCity Denver Reviews

Updated November 7, 2017
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SolarCity CEO & Co-Founder Lyndon Rive
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Pros
  • We're changing the world one rooftop at a time (in 61 reviews)

  • Good pay; Great People; Amazing Mission - this is a really great company to work for if you love Elon this is the place for you (in 96 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no work life balance even though this is what they preach (in 104 reviews)

  • Sometime long hours but to be the best have to put in time (in 76 reviews)

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  1. "A Great Company with and Even Greater Vision"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Energy Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Field Energy Consultant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SolarCity has an amazing company culture where everyone is striving for excellence and is motivated by the shared vision to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy. The management is excellent, helpful, and caring. Coworkers are supportive, knowledgeable, and always willing to teach others.

    Cons

    Can be hard to manage time in the sales role. Lots of multitasking is required and can be stressful if that is not a skill that comes naturally.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your employees and trying to reduce friction. Don't lose sight of what's important and don't forget to treat your people as well as you treat your customers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Field Energy Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Energy Consultant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Field Energy Consultant in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SolarCity full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company car, salary, freedom sometimes, commission sometimes

    Cons

    To many meetings. Jobs take way to long to install and to get paid. Tesla and SolarCity merger is a mess to say the least and absolutely frustrating. Leads are terrible and a lot to time wasters. The way the system is set up, sets you up to fail. Especially with all the leads that don't close or never sit with affect you to as well as the houses that solar would never work on. Solar really doesn't save people money in Colorado and makes it a hard decision. THEY DONT CARE ABOUT YOU, YOU'RE JUST ANOTHER NUMBER. You can not do to much to get premium leads or self generated because of Tesla's stupid policy's and worrying about their beloved brand. Their method is solar parties and its the only thing they know and most people don't want to do it. The company design software is annoying and all the different programs. Get ready for changes because they come quick, often and always with no warning. Power wall is overpriced takes forever to install. Often several cancels and people backing out expect atlas 25% of sales to not go through and to shoot higher than quota and then never get paid.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees more, people are not just numbers, pay better, less meetings and agendas, make it easier to succeed. Make life better by not having work activities every week and let people breathe. Stop playing favorites.

  3. "Working as a PV Installer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PV Installer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - PV Installer in Denver, CO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SolarCity part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working outside, great people, nice benefits.

    Cons

    Repetitive, no upper ward mobility, little motivation to stay with the company.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company! Management needs Improvement"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Energy Consultant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Energy Consultant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SolarCity full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I love the company and the mission. SolarCity really does have the best intentions!

    Cons

    Executive Management is making poor decisions that make it much harder for sales to deliver a good customer experience.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down... growing so fast is causing major problems that you can't keep up with ....


  5. Helpful (3)

    "I LOVE what I do!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Direct Energy Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Direct Energy Consultant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love working for a cause and helping to rid our beautiful planet of the carbon emissions that are destroying it. The industry is coming up on a critical mass and going nowhere but up from here. Merging with Tesla is super exciting too!
    Cool, this guy loves his job, but is he really making money?
    The money is amazing! Never thought I would make as much as company CEOs through educating people on the vast benefits of solar energy.

    Cons

    You must be a self starter for a direct sales position. People that come from a sales background will quickly see that this is the best company to sell the best product in the best market at the best time. You must have a big vision to keep you laser focused through the rejection of the job.

    Advice to Management

    Run for President


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Designer III"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SolarCity full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Young and innovative team of professionals. Large area of coverage for product allows experience in projects located all across the county.

    Cons

    Because of the young company, there are a lot of internal promotions which include managerial roles and the downside to this is that many of the managers are not fit to be managing others. They may be good engineers for example, but they have not been trained and have not been in the workforce long enough to understand how to manage a team correctly. Poor management

    Advice to Management

    Automation of tools and processes is a good thing, but it is still always important to teach employees the behind the scenes content of the automation and to encourage input and constructive criticism of current processes from employees.


  7. "PV Installer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior PV Installer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Junior PV Installer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sense of accomplishment everyday. Most of the guys you work with are good guys and fun to work with. Satisfying work. Learn some electrical trade.

    Cons

    Working outdoors and on roofs can be brutal. Hot days and very cold days. Some rude crew members. Weekend work. Stopped allowing installers to advance in position.

  8. "Best Residential solar company in the nation"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Energy Advisor in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Field Energy Advisor in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely well taken care of. Amazing health care options and potential to make some killer money. You feel like not only are you saving the world but you're making a great living doing it.

    Cons

    You have to really throw yourself into the world of SolarCity. It takes commitment and dedication. It doesn't come easy.

    Advice to Management

    Longer and more in depth training! The newbies definitely get thrown into the fire.


  9. "View from a corporate analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    SolarCity has a culture geared towards its sales and operations and career opportunities exist moreso in those business functions. SolarCity strives for the best out of it's employees. While not always at corporate, I know this attitude and career expectations extend to its corporate employees as well. Working for a socially responsible, dynamic organization certainly has its rewards.

    Cons

    Some mistakes are made doubling output every 12 months and there are plenty of growing pains. But none of this has stopped SolarCity.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, management gets it right eventually and is leading its industry forward. Don't stop thinking about new ways to innovate.


  10. "Perfect employer for those dedicated to contributing to the renewable energy revolution!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Surveyor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Site Surveyor in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SolarCity full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free to manage yourself
    Trust in your abilities
    Proper employees are kept, while dead weight is taken care of
    If you put in a strong work ethic, it is recognized by teams (at least with my experience in install crews and working with PV Designers)

    Cons

    Very few employees seemed discouraged
    Poor changes to positions, lots of movement by management (for example, immediate promotions for a multitude of employees on operations, then demotions/firing following fluctuations in demand for solar)

    Advice to Management

    Operations doesn't seem to have long-term positions. Changes in employment are made quickly on the operations side to account for consumer demand.


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