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This company is the best company I've ever worked for as a machinist. Great benefits,good management, organized, and detailed.
Machinist (Former Employee), San Diego, CAApril 22, 2015
Pros: Great payand benefits
Cons: Sometimes you had to wait awhile for parking(2nd shift).
I operated and set-up a vertical broaching machine for the production of different turbine disks. I learned a great deal in just a short time thanks to helpful lead men, team leaders as well as fellow employees. The hardest part of the day was cutting test slots because there was a lot of climbing up and down the machine, changing cutters. The best part of the day was completing a setup and going into production, a feeling of accomplishment.
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Solar Turbine Dynmic workplace
Prject manager (Former Employee), San DiegoApril 15, 2015
The day started very early since most of the clients were overseas, each day we had progress and business review on top opportunities. Project managers were on daily communication with design engineers, mechanical and electrical engineers to ensure that each project is delivered on time.

The hardest part of the job was internal obstacles and approval processes to get the units out.
The most enjoyable part of the unit is visiting the destination site and seeing how Solar Turbine and our vast experience and R&D came together to deliver state of the art unit.
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Excellent Company to work with.
Regional Sales Manager (South East Asia) (Current Employee), MumbaiApril 11, 2015
I worked for Proposal, Application and detailed engineering for 14 years.

The present role of Regional Customer service Manager gave me opportunity to work in Asia pacific and understanding different culture.

Sales is a challenging job and ever customer is unique with his own business challenges.

The best part is to work with all my collegues in different part of world,
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Great People
Contract Employee (Current Employee), San Diego, CAApril 9, 2015
Pros: Job growth, they invest employees
Cons: I'll get back to you
Great company to work for with a lot of very friendly and knowledgeable colleague. Definately a company you want to retire with.
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Great place to work
Onsite Program Manager (Former Employee), Mabank, TXMarch 10, 2015
Management was very supportive to all goals and available. Very approachable when necessary. Great Team environment and family oriented.
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Fast Pace, Team work.
Structure Package Mechanic (Former Employee), San Diego, CAMarch 4, 2015
Safety Meeting and assignment. Build different types of Generators. Enjoyed working with many people. Training. Learned electrical termination and wiring.
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Excellent company culture and growth opportunities for salaried employees
Recruiter (Former Employee), San Diego, CAMarch 1, 2015
Pros: environment, management, excellent cafeteria
Cons: contingent workforce at the mercy of oil prices
I loved working at Solar Turbines, even if it was just a contract position (that recently ended). I would go back in a second, if the opportunity presented itself.
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Horrible work environment
Electrical Assembly (Current Employee), Kearny Mesa, CAFebruary 13, 2015
Pros: If you are entry level, and manage to get past the temp contract into full time positions, you will be paid very well and have decent benefits.

Cons: If you are not one of the three families that unofficially owns and operates the plant, you will have to be very good at making friends with your superiors to get any kind of career advancement. Your work doesn't matter. It's all who you know.

Between all the ridiculous meetings and Cat metrics, you'll be jumping through hoops to try to get anything done, and it won't matter anyway, because other employees will attempt to make themselves look better by complaining about you. Anyone you're not sucking up to for promotions is your enemy in a tiresome game.

Rather than use the tools provided by Cat to figure out why their metrics are sucking, your superiors will hold meetings to complain about how it must be the fault of the workers. Enjoy everything being your fault whether it has anything to do with you or not.

Your superiors will say "Safety First" but don't bother suggesting anything about important safety concerns. Anything that's actually dangerous will be left for months to years depending on how your superiors feel at the moment (ie, are they bored enough to do something or annoyed at your word-making).

At the risk of sounding juvenile, the entire place, no matter where you are, at least once a day, smells terrible. I've never worked anywhere that was as consistently bad-smelling. Bathroom vents don't work, construction consistently breaks open sewage lines, people with bad diets can't control their bowels... whatever the reason, you will gag at least once a day.

Don't work at Solar if you value your sanity.
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productive, advancement, and friendly atmosphere
Structures Production Mechanic (Current Employee), kearney mesaFebruary 7, 2015
learning new stuff everyday, tubing, electrical, alignment and string test. Co-workers are awesome and its always a team play on every aspect of the project, Leads are very approachable and have a open door policy.
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Great team atmosphere and worldwide locations
Fleet Manager (Current Employee), Houston, TXJanuary 29, 2015
Solar Turbines is a great place to work and learn. It is a great team atmosphere with everyone focused on delivering customized solutions to their customers.

The company is also global and offers opportunities to travel and work in unique locations.
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Waste of time
Service and Pack Technician (Former Employee), Kearny Mesa, CAJanuary 22, 2015
They hired 100 people just to get one slot that's available.

Some of the lower management are good people, but toe the corporate line too much.
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Formerly great company crumbling under middle management
Machinist (Current Employee), San Diego, CANovember 1, 2014
Pros: strong benefits package
Cons: unfair management practices; differential treatment
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, 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.
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A place with great people
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 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.
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Good Place to work
O&M Plant Technician III (Current Employee), Maricopa, CASeptember 5, 2014
As an O&M tech the hours the schedule is rotating, but this are only a few of these positions in the company.
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Very good culture and fun work
Overhaul Disassembly Technician (Current Employee), DeSoto, TXSeptember 2, 2014
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 getting off early in the day.
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Manufacturing plant
Contract Buyer (Former Employee), Houston, TXJuly 21, 2014
This company fluctuates depending on the demand of their high dollar items. The tend to lay off in mass quantities.
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Good company to work for, relexing work place.
Engineer (Former Employee), San Diego, CAJuly 8, 2014
Pretty good work/life balance. Doesn't pay as much as many other engineering companies. Overall, decent management people, but like any company there are a few bad ones.
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its the most relaxing compony
material mover (Former Employee), San Diego, CAJune 27, 2014
this company pay you good and they don' force you too work in unsafe environment.
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Not a place to retire at !!
production welder (Current Employee), channelviewMay 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 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
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Productive and fun place to work
Principal Structural Engineer (Current Employee), Houston, TXMarch 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.

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