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Updated February 20, 2018
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SolarCity CEO & Co-Founder Lyndon Rive
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Pros
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Cons
  • No work/life balance, poor training (in 105 reviews)

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  1. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SolarCity full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very Good and technically strong team

    Cons

    Processes need to be improved

    Advice to Management

    Needs to focus on processes


  2. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Permit Coordinator
    Former Employee - Permit Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of people who are passionate about the company and spreading solar energy. Good management in my experience. Company promoted from within if performance warranted it.

    Cons

    It seemed like the company was moving in the direction of dramatically cutting costs with no foresight on how it would hurt the company's future performance. The general problem of publicly traded corporations putting profits before everything else.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to focusing on equipping your employees for success and the mission of spreading solar.

  3. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SolarCity full-time

    Pros

    Lots of options for advancement

    Cons

    Subject to crazy politics


  4. "Growing fast at the time"

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    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SolarCity (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High esprit de corps, part of being in renewable energy industry.

    Cons

    Impersonal, rigid, authoritarian processes and management structure.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to process improvements suggested from below.


  5. "Field Energy Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Field Energy Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Field Energy Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Customer first approach.
    Flexible managers.
    Training.
    In charge of own business hours.

    Cons

    Cancellation and claw backs.
    Lead distribution.
    Commission.

    Advice to Management

    Leads need to be better distributed verses favorites


  6. "Adjust your expectations"

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

    I worked at SolarCity full-time

    Pros

    Positive attitude from coworkers. Also they send you away for a week to train which was fun.

    Cons

    They hype you up in training like you're about to make sooo much money. But when you break down the numbers of the commission it really isn't anything to celebrate. Then you're required to do your own lead generation if you're new, since all the leads are always being sent to the senior sales guys. Also you're expected to log hours in a Home Depot pestering customers who just want to buy a hammer, not a 30K solar system.

    Advice to Management

    Set the right expectations for your employees.


  7. "Project Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, passionate colleagues. Great SF location, pay is decent.

    Cons

    Lack of clear communication from Sr management. Sales support overworked.

  8. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salinas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salinas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great product, great future owned now by tesla

    Cons

    Terrible management sales strategies, no training

    Advice to Management

    Do more, less talk about your selfs and your unrealistic achievements. Markets change and you need to change accordingly to set reasonable and realistic goals. Your supposed to be a team player no some imaginary king or queen. What happened to


  9. "Installation Lead Installer"

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    Former Employee - Crew Lead in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Lead in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SolarCity (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most experienced team I've worked with

    Cons

    long hours, but aside from that not bad

    Advice to Management

    keep it up with the innovation


  10. "Door-to-Door Sales"

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    Former Employee - Solar Energy Consultant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Solar Energy Consultant in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You're selling a great product, and the people installing it are top notch.

    Cons

    No one wants to buy your great product, because it costs more than they pay today, the majority of the time.

    Managers will constantly tell you half-truths, but the reality is that it is a door-to-door sales job, with unreal restrictions on what you can do to market yourself (they do zero marketing for you - no inbound leads at all).

    Advice to Management

    Completely re-org sales (other than firing the entire force, like you did in May 2017), and fix your IT mess.


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