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SolarCity San Francisco Reviews

Updated May 22, 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 93 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no work life balance even though this is what they preach (in 99 reviews)

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

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  1. "great clean tech company going through a few integration bumps"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    mission-driven, collaborative culture, great people who truly want to do the right thing

    Cons

    It's a growing company that's cash-strapped...benefits and perks are skinny

    Advice to Management

    ensure terrific integration with Tesla...huge opportunity in term of economies of skill


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    "Started off Amazing"

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    Former Employee - Crew Lead Electrician in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Lead Electrician in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Panel pay, travel, getting off by 2pm sometimes with full pay.

    Cons

    Leadership, downsizing, leadership, to much work or not enough, leadership, no clear career paths, leadership, no raises, leadership.

    They talk this great game about culture swings and values, but in the end, it is all about the bottom line, numbers, and production.

    Advice to Management

    You grew way to fast and now have horrible, corrupt, midlevel management personnel. Time to clean house.

  3. "Channel Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Channel Account Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Channel Account Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced always changing technology staying on top of the industry.

    Cons

    Culture has doped throughout the years. As a sales rep you are very limited on customers you are able to help due to Solar City wanting only the easiest jobs to install.


  4. "Good workplace but poor management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Support Engineer in Union City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Support Engineer in Union City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good benefits
    Good location
    Very good goal of the company and interesting work
    Great team members to work with

    Cons

    Poor management
    Micro management
    Do not want to hire more people and hence the available members have to work with twice the work!

    Advice to Management

    Please have proper management structure so that it would be easy for ur team members to approach u!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of grown between field employees to manager positions.

    Cons

    white Caucasian men hold 99% of director and vice president positions. Sorry, if your not white here, your career will be stopped in its tracks.

    Advice to Management

    Hold your vice presidents / COO accountable


  6. "Freedom to work your way, no pressure, freedom to think broad"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    best place, everything is a pro

    Cons

    no cons unless you under perform


  7. "The Walmart of Solar"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PV Designer II in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - PV Designer II in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Big company, small individual responsibilities
    -Easy to just coast along

    Cons

    -You're just one employee out of very many - nobody really cares about you
    -Low pay
    -Work schedule, hours, weekends, etc will change without notice

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Energy Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Energy Consultant in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Field Energy Consultant in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission-Driven company- We are there for the right reasons, to help people transition toward sustainable energy

    Flexibility- When you're not busy running appointments, you can have breaks or lunch with no one checking up on you. You can block out your time on the calendar if you want to take a couple days off.

    Sales Training- Immersive sales training, best in the industry, will have you an Solar Energy expert in no time.

    Team- Very collaborative and supportive.

    Cons

    High Turnover- Most people will not last over 6 months due to not meeting exceeding higher sales quotas, poor work/life balance.

    Unrealistic expectations- Never good enough, set high quota to meet and then customers get lost in the pipeline.

    High roof disaqualification, due to SolarCity's unique mounting tech and warranties.

    Managers will sell you on the dream of earning 6 figures income, but most if not all does not get to that point. Only sales veteran that been working over 3 years with a huge book of business may achieve it.

    No job security. One month your the best, the next month, things slow down, you can be in the probation to get terminated.

    Managers will tell you that they will have your back but when HR calling, they have no authority whatsoever,

    Ever-changing, always hiring new folks but never really invest in the current employees, led to low moral.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in their current employees if not, stop bullshitting.
    Higher base pay.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SolarCity (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company to work. I joined as a Sr. Software engineer. They gave me good offer.
    Company culture is good. good learning.

    Cons

    After joined the company, in a short span of time company is acquired by some other company and they stared laying off teams. I was on of them. They gave only 2 weeks of notice.

    Advice to Management

    If you do not have the visibility of your future projects, don't hire people and ruin their future.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Director of Sales Operations"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great cause behind the company, really visionary leaders.

    Cons

    Pay is below average and culture is lacking.


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