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SolarCity Reviews

Updated June 26, 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 59 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 92 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no work life balance even though this is what they preach (in 97 reviews)

  • Sometime long hours but to be the best have to put in time (in 73 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (13)

    "Making the World a Better Place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Field Energy Specialist in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Field Energy Specialist in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    The ethos is unparalleled -- employees are united by a conviction that what they are doing really matters. It’s unfortunate that so few companies have set their sights on enacting meaningful change for the world.

    Cons

    The public lacks knowledge about solar and the importance of reducing reliance on fossil fuels. This makes it difficult to help potential customers understand why solar is important.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on helping the front lines (Field Energy Specialists, Field Energy Consultants) to become better acquainted with and more proficient in articulating not only the economic rationale for adopting solar but also the importance for ensuring the continuity of the human race.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent job!...for about a year."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FES in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - FES in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SolarCity (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay for relatively easy work
    benefits
    co workers tend to be like minded people.
    Super lax work environment

    Cons

    Stressful at times
    Standing and Smiling all day
    mentally exhausting
    Sometimes I WANTED my manager to be there to help me out but he was always busy.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pitting you team against each other. I don't care that Jose got 3 times the amount of opps I got last week. Create an environment where team work is encouraged and rewarded.

  3. "Top Notch Company To Work For"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Energy Specialist in Lancaster, PA
    Current Employee - Field Energy Specialist in Lancaster, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for SolarCity so far has been a terrific experience! I would say the best Pros for the company is the management. I have a awesome manager who truly does care about his team. Secondly, they give you the best available training to help you succeed in the field, and if you ever need help, their is always someone to help you out. They also give you the opportunity to grow with the company to different departments.

    Cons

    I would say the only Con for the job is not having weekends off.


  4. "God company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fied Energy Conslatant in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Fied Energy Conslatant in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SolarCity (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good training now, better than in the past

    Cons

    The company is getting big so they treat you more like a number


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Roseville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting Edge company that is always moving the needle. No day is the same and you actually get to make a difference.

    Cons

    Company size is lowering and you see friends leave for other opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior FEC"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior FEC in Morgan Hill, CA
    Former Employee - Senior FEC in Morgan Hill, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company Car and gas card

    Cons

    The company owns you. you are on call everyday and receive emails 24/7. You get PTO but you cannot use it without making up for the time you have take off, so zero work life balance. very low base salary and you end up making $10 an hour because you are always working.

    Advice to Management

    Change culture, eliminate mid level mgmt, less FECs more FESs.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Wasn't what I expected"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Energy Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Field Energy Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -You are helping the environment
    -Health & dental Insurance were pretty good. 401k match.
    - The managers were nice.
    -Some of the events you got to work were fun.
    - Left alone to do your job with minimal supervision
    - Co-workers were cool since we all knew we were in the same boat

    Cons

    -Pay is low (14 bucks an hour.)
    -Barely anyone hits their commission goal, which is 5 sales a month.
    -The commission structure is set-up so that you don't make any money unless you hit your quota for the month, which is 5. That means you could sell 4 solar systems at anywhere from 12k to 30k each and not make a cent off it.
    -If you want to advance in the company you have to hit some ridiculous quota multiple months in a row (which wasn't impossible as I did see some people advance but it wasn't often). Even if you get promoted to consultant, the consultant position averages the same salary as an FES)
    -If you don't hit quota they constantly threaten your job
    -High turnover
    -Male dominated workforce
    -low morale, everybody I worked with complained about the company even the top performers

    Advice to Management

    Change the commission structure and make it easier to get promoted. Hire from within for consultants.

  8. "Good experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solar Consultant in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Solar Consultant in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    met great people, enjoyed doing the presentations

    Cons

    Everything would change on a daily basis

    Advice to Management

    Stop the smoke and mirrors


  9. "Thankful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Construction Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Construction Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I am proud to be part of the SolarCity family. Every year this teams learns and grows in a positive direction that is truly changing the world.

    Cons

    It takes some time to learn the family/work balance. There is enough opportunities and work that can keep you anchored at work for most of the day if you allow it to.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more visibility and oppurtiny for input on the integration of Tesla and SolarCity.


  10. "Was great most of the time get used to a lot of secrets so much for transparency that they always harp on."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crew Lead in Chico, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Lead in Chico, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, good pay, learned a lot very fast paced. Good training programs, incentives are good lots of overtime. Safety is a priority I always felt I had the right equipment to get a job done safely

    Cons

    Long hours stringent deadlines and always low manpower for given jobs. Often the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing at the same time.

    Advice to Management

    You want quality? You want safety? Well how about giving the installers enough time to actually do everything properly. We want the same thing too. I've seen a lot of people let go because of downsizes and reasons that are questionable at best


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