As far as benefits and perks go, this is a great place to work. Unfortunately, dealing with the unfair treatment from middle management is difficult. Not all employees are treated the same across the board. If your supervisor decides that s/he doesn't like you on a personal level, it's common for that supervisor to block your advancement opportunities, – more... send you to work in more burdensome production areas, use disciplinary action for small work errors that other employees don't get disciplined for, etc. Management frequently defies the rules and procedures laid out in the Collective Bargaining Agreement when it suits them; and Human Resources states that they are there to support Management, not hourly employees This company has a strong history of building community among employees at all levels of the organization; but they have unfortunately stepped away from that in a big way over the past few years. Hourly employees are frequently reminded that they are easily replaced. – less
Structural Package Mechanic, Lay (Former Employee), San Diego CA. – September 23, 2014
On a typical day, you come in, do you job, and go home, but you also learn better people skills because you have to communicate with a lot of different people. The management is ok they don't micromanage you at all which is plus. My co-workers were great, of course you have the ones that hated everything in life, but every job has them. The hardest – more... part was the hours, but it was voluntary overtime so I can't complain to much. The most enjoyable part of the job is going home. – less
Disassembling of turbine engines. I have learned how to make sure that safety is the top priority. Management is in transistion and needs to continue to transition before they loose good workers. Co-workers are approachable and helpful. The hardest part of the job is if there is no work, finding something to do. The most enjoyable part of the job is – more... getting off early in the day. – less
production welder (Current Employee), channelview – May 26, 2014
Pros: tons of overtime
Cons: i make more in 40hrs in other companies, than in 80hrs at solarturbines.
I don't know what the rest of you guys are talking about this place stinks. horrible benefits, underpaid, overworked employee forced to work 7 days a week 12 hr days for months on end sometimes. most of the production workers are temps and It can take years to be hired as a "company" worker. job uncertainty. 98% of workers and bosses are Hispanic and – more... I think some discrimination to non Hispanic workers definitely present(Im Hispanic by the way but I gotta call it how I see it). Ridiculous safety rules in effect like wearing safety goggles at all times, even though you cant see because its 102 degrees and the keep fogging up while you weld. the bosses usually don't lead by example. Overall its who you know not what you know. Having worked at other big companies with unions and all, I can't imagine how this place came to be on one of the best places to work in Houston lists. It must be because 90% of the workers her do not speak English to be able to work a computer and write a review about solar turbines – less
Principal Structural Engineer (Current Employee), Houston, TX – March 25, 2014
Pros: work envirnoment
Cons: limited growth
Solar is a great place to work with many opportunities. Solar has a fabrication facility which allows engineers opportunites to see all projects come to fruition. Engineers are able to get design and construction experience.
Field Engineer (Former Employee), STSNL Nigeria – January 11, 2014
Pros: a good over all package
Cons: you can be sent to any were in the world at short notice
Solar Provides opportunities to learn both on the job and in classrooms and on line. There is no typical day as every trip is different you can be doing any thing from supervising the installation of gas turbine packages to doing an oil change or control systems upgrade.
Electrical Assembler (Former Employee), San Diego, CA – December 13, 2013
Pros: free lunches if we met are goal for the month
Cons: short breaks, unsafe repetitive ergonomic working positions
On a typical day at work, I can be doing one of many things. I can either be building a control panel or wiring it. Other times I might be doing a visual, checking for discrepancies on a panel, or inside of a console. After working here, I learned that teamwork is the key to getting a project done efficiently, with little mistakes. My co-workers were – more... very inspiring and fun to work with, which made it easier to get projects done. I was very fortunate to have been able to work with such an exciting team. Of course there were times when we were pressured to getting projects out on time, but we knew when projects were hot and 98% of our control consoles were out on time. – less
spm (Former Employee), San Diego – October 18, 2013
Pros: a lot of overtime
Cons: need to know someone to keep your job. high turn over rate
And they brag about it they say 1 in 4 people in San Diego has worked there I started with 5 temps and with in 4 weeks we were all gone but you need to know someone to keep your job or have a friend in power.
Good luck if you get on but don t count on it if you have no friends working there its hard to be a outsiders as a temp
Structure Package Mechanic (Former Employee), San Diego, CA – October 10, 2013
Pros: lots of overtime forever it seems! 365 days a year as much as you can take.
Cons: you most likely hire on as a temp employed by a shady temp agency:(
You will most likely hire on through Volt (a temp staffing agency). If you are well liked by the "Regulars" , keep out of trouble and show up EVERYDAY literally, you might get lucky enough to get hired on with Solar Turbines permanently! Even as a "Temp" I worked there 7 days a week every week sometimes 10 hour days which are available Mon-Fri most – more... of the time for "Temps". Time and a half on Saturday, double time on Sunday! I think my starting salary was around $45,000 a year(after overtime) or $15 per hour. – less
Pros: good pay and benefits, plenty of o/t available
Cons: though they claim diversity and inclusion, not the case.
Work for Solar for nearly 30 years until I was forced out do to changes I made in my life that some coworkers disagreed with. Though its against company policy nepotism and the good ole boys club is business as usual. Always overlooked for job promotions when I was more than qualified than those that got the promotion because I was too valuable as an – more... employee in my work area and because I wasn't one of the boys. The sorry excuse of a union is of no help either they side with the company. – less