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A growing place with great ideas, however...
Installer (Former Employee), Portland, ORJuly 1, 2015
Pros: free t-shirts. Stock award after a but (restricted units)
Cons: Dismal pay rates and structure, 8hr holiday pay for 10hrs installer day, advanced in Portland seems unlikely, no training, inexperienced mgmt
The best way to describe the installer position is bipolar. Some paydays are a bit above average due to a bonus structure that works about 30 percent of the time in Portland, but most days, you are battling the clock, traffic, and miscommunication to keep your head above water in the bonus game. If you work too fast and do well at the beginning of the week, then land the ever-occurring roof leak response or re-install, you will be essentially working for free. Your output commission is based on total hours worked, and not on a job per job basis or some other sensible method. If you ever manage to catch a break and make some some good panel pay, it will be taxed almost 50%. Sounds good during the interview, but once you get on the roof it is a different story. If you have any real financial responsibilities, slapping glass is probably not for you, however, if you do not mind $300 paychecks, miscommunication, and not knowing where you are supposed work until 10 hrs before start, I encourage you to apply. I admire the Rives and Elon Musk for what they are going for, it just seems like installers have been forgotten about and deemed a disposable resource buy first line managers who sit back at the office. Rework panel pay!
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it was a great place to work
Solar Panel Installer (Former Employee), Vista, CAJune 26, 2015
Pros: everything
Cons: cut hours
I wish i was still working here, but my hours got cut because we hired much more people what cut a lot of peoples hours. Besides my hours getting cut i would tell anybody to try to get hired here.
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Great company, but Elon Musk would be mortified with the mgmt in CO
Energy Consultant, Recruiter, Training, Energy Rep (Former Employee), Denver, COJune 25, 2015
Pros: No cap on commission, product that sells itself, fantastic benefits
Cons: Managers that were not only underqualified, but allowed immoral sales methods to be used, and hired friends over quality candidates
Primarily I am an Energy Consultant with SolarCity. I am involved in creating, managing, and building clientele. I Identify quality candidates and introduce them to the ever growing and massively expanding realm of renewable energy, specifically solar energy. After client acquisition, I then guide them through the adoption of Solar Power for their residential applications. My goal is to not only put solar energy on clients homes, but to create an "Ambassador" or someone who is going to help expand the general populations understanding of our extreme need for renewable energy and companies like SolarCity. If we wanted to, as a society we could remove ourselves from fossil fuels much easier than public belief. All it takes, as Elon Musk has shown, is the vision of a few.

Here in Colorado, we have a unique situation. The market for renewable energy is not driven by consumer demand, but instead by the State's demand for energy companies to adhere to the Renewable Energy Mandate, passed by Governor Bill Ritter.

As an Energy Consultant I help Colorado's energy grid and the impending 2030 30% Renewable Energy Mandate by identifying, contacting, and distributing to home owners, state-of-the-art solar energy modules for residential use, thus driving the expansion of renewable energy and diminishing our need for sources of energy that are responsible for the pollutants we all deal with today.
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Tons of hype. Decent products with tons of hype.
sales (Former Employee), Las Vegas NVJune 25, 2015
Pros: fun company
Cons: everything is this review and all the others present.
This is a good place to work at. Pay is decent. But theres something about the culture that is almost insulting i guess the word is. There is something wrong with people if they want to come here and work 8 hours, do their best, then go home to regular life. If you dont jump on with the hype and look for ways to do more and more around here, your mediocre. If you dont want to jump up and give it your all everyday with no lack, something is wrong with you. I think everyone should be that way, but they make it seem as if, well, they're doing it for you and your best interests. But, with all the work that everyone puts in here, with the lions share of profit going to the people who run the company, they should just bring out the whips and start whipping instead of acting like our friends and that they care for us like family. Which is garbage I hate being insulted by showing up and having to jump on with the hype instead if being respected for who and what I am.
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Solar City
Direct Energy Consultant (Current Employee), Albany, NYJune 25, 2015
Pros: Make your own schedule
Cons: Commission only.
Its a good job if you're used to cold calling, door to door sales. I wouldn't recommend it to someone who is budgeting paychecks and has a family. Every 7/10 sales is disqualified.
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Great coworkers, Management has much to learn
rather not say (Current Employee), San MateoJune 21, 2015
Pros: Great teammates, good place to learn
Cons: Upper management frequently exhibits poor decision making
SolarCity has a knack for recruiting some good people who are eager to work and be part of a team but management is disjointed and doesn't appreciate their people.They talk a lot about how they value their employees but they don't walk the walk. You'll be paid about 20% less here than you would at other companies and we've been told that a good review doesn't mean you'll get a raise. What? The company spends so much money on expansion that very little is left for rewarding the people who've made this growth possible. Some departments have all the status, and others are the red-headed step-child. If you're not in upper manager or an installer, you don't count here. Some mid-level managers are great, some so-so, and others are horrible, and the bad ones are kept around. It's very much a boy's club here. This is a youthful company and many of the managers don't have the experience needed to run a company this large.
Benefits aren't bad, but not great either. If you need a name brand medication, it's most likely not covered. At all. No 401K matching, no pension. This is not a company investing in you long-term.
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good money
LEAD INSTALLER (Current Employee), Henderson NVJune 13, 2015
Solar city is a face paced company , if your looking to work long hours for semi-decent money , and in high heat then this is the place to work.
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A lot of work, high stress/pressure environment to perform, but rewarding
Field Energy Consultant (Current Employee), Bakersfield, CAJune 11, 2015
SolarCity offers a great product to consumers, and working here is rewarding. The management often times set unrealistic expectations, but as long as you pull in your quota, they give you your anonymity.
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Stay clear of this place
Outside Sales (Current Employee), Thousand Oaks, CAJune 10, 2015
Pros: Nice co-workers
Cons: Everything
They have the best solar product on the market. They hire and fire quite a bit. Some guys make a lot of money, most do not. Very deceptive hiring practice. One spends their own money and time marketing for the company. Stay clear.
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worked well with other employees but had problems with manager
electrician (Former Employee), San Mateo, CAJune 9, 2015
Pros: good coworkers
Cons: hot 225 amp panel swap by myself, manager's behavior
Arrived early, opened up shop. Pulled material and equipment for days assignment, helped other crews load and unload for their assignments. Drove to job and preformed duties (i.e. hot panel swap, install converter and disconnects). Returned to shop to unload and check on next days assignment, computer work and download directions and order material for next assignment. Worked well with other coworkers, problems with manager's childish tantrums. Hardest part of job, inclament weather. Most enjoyable, a job well done.
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Bad Management
Solar PV Installer (Current Employee), Elmsford, NYJune 8, 2015
Pros: Benefits, Stocks
Cons: Bad Management
Compensation is mediocre given the fact that is a high risk job with a lot of responsibilities. An installer starts at 14 and a crew lead will take 20 per hour. The only way you can make money is in bonus which is based on how many panels your job has on any given day. The more panels you install the more money you make and the management will push that “panel pay” day and night. The catch is that only one crew will get the big jobs and it’s the same crew every week and no one knows how that became to be. Another way to make money is to rack up overtime but given the starting pay that would mean that you have to practically live at the warehouse. In other words management is bad too much favoritism so if you like to kiss butt to get a raise then Elmsford warehouse is your spot.
The company in general is a great company to stick with. The health benefits are great. The bad part is the current management in Elmsford. If the jobs were to be fairly distributed so as to give every crew a chance to make panel bonus then everyone will benefit. The company would not have to pay so much in overtime because everyone knows by Monday morning if your crew will make bonus or not since you can see the schedule for the whole week and all the other crew’s schedule. So if you don’t have a chance to make bonus then take your time and rack up the hours.
One last thing if you see a big job on your crew’s schedule and it’s a couple days away from installation don’t get too happy because by the time you want to load the materials you better make sure that job still yours. Most of the time it gets changed so that a particular crew can make the bonus. (The manager has the power to take that job and give it to his favorite crew)

Over all. Great company. Bad Local management. Promotions are not based on job performance but only on how good you kiss up. I have seen a lot of great talent go because of this.
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Great place to start
Field Energy Specialist (Former Employee), Ceres, caJune 3, 2015
great people helping people lower their utility bill. Great pay and commission. hardest part is standing all day. managment is good if they worked their way up. alot of advancement opportunities
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Inititally Unbelievably Hungry, Eventually Discouraged
Field Energy Specialist (Current Employee), San Francisco, CAMay 23, 2015
Pros: Flexibility
Cons: Target Market & Best Buy
Hired as a Field Energy Consultant to start, encouraged to take specialist role due to commission payout times, worked in every Best Buy in the Northern Peninsula, 90% of the time you encountered renters or disqualified homeowners due to roof, shading, or not spending enough.
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Dissapointed.
Field Energy Consultant (Former Employee), Chatsworth, CAMay 21, 2015
Pros: Company car, laptop provided flexible work hours
Cons: Long work hours, bad management, lack of relevant training.
Although the company offers a strong product, they provide mixed messages. It seems that they don't care much for your belief in what you are doing as much as they care for how well you can perform in doing so. The company makes it mandatory to see potential customers even though they are aware that the customer will not qualify for solar (not the home owner, or lives in an apartment etc). Going to see all these customers makes it difficult to hit your sales goals and although they say they do not let go of people who miss their goals this is not true. They constantly let of go of underperforming employees.
High turn over, it is rare to find employees that have been with the company longer than 1 year.
Work hours are flexible (you create your own schedule) however you will be working lengthy hours and likely 7 days a week, making work/life balance extremely difficult.
Creative hiring strategies (internal referrals) , however to benefit from this program you must stay with the company at least a year and with the turn over so high, good luck.
With a couple of changes, SolarCity can be more than fantastic however I don't believe the management sees it in their best interest. Too bad because what they do is so important for our energy crisis.
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Average
Energy Specialist (Former Employee), Los AngelesMay 19, 2015
Too much micromanagement but a lot of room for growth. The pay is pretty unreasonable for the amount of work however. The corporate structure doesn't work to well for the company because they do not have reasonable expectations for employees at the Lead Generation Level (FES) even though all the pressure lies on that position.
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new challenges everyday
Energy Sales (Current Employee), Hawthorne, CAMay 17, 2015
To encounter the different walks of life the customers i encounter with is a experience of its own. Great way to help the environment.
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Growing Business
Performance Marketing (Former Employee), San Francisco, CAMay 17, 2015
Pros: Talented coworkers, free cereal, outdoor work area, equity opportunities
Cons: Weak management, no on-boarding, poor communication between departments
The solar energy industry is rapidly growing, with SolarCity owning 40% of market share. The performance marketing department is focused on increased sales leads through SEM, SEO, Online, Search, Direct Mail, and Lead Gen campaigns. The culture is very start-up with management exploring and testing department structures and responsibilities. This has lead to friction between departments and teams as well as project overlap, duplication, or neglect.
The best part of the job is definitely the people, who all feel like they are contributing to saving the planet through their unique set of skills.
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Growth Opportunity - Long Hours
Field Energy Consultant (Former Employee), Chatsworth, CAMay 14, 2015
Pros: Growth opportunities
Cons: Stressful
Sales at SolarCity involves long hours, high expectations, and constant change. The rewards can be great but depends on the market you are working because each territory has its own challenges. Once highly regarded as a place to work, sales people are now regarded as means to an end. Salespersons do not make commissions without success managing the project all the way through installation. Requires extensive learning on the job. If you fail to make quota (often working all weekend and long days) you are seen as someone who wastes resources. Make sure you want to rise to management in a high stress environment because the income is low for sales consultants for the amount of work expected.
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Senior Field Energy Consultant (Former Employee), San Mateo, CAMay 5, 2015
Pros: autonomy to do your job and sell
Cons: too many sales meetings
everyone that works at solarcity is part of the family. they can all be called on for assistance & you can count on someone to help with any minor detail or major issue. truly teammates, the company operates with a chain of command that makes employee feel they will always be heard.
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good product, good vision
Field Energy Consultant-Outside Sales Executive (Current Employee), San Diego, CAMay 5, 2015
Pros: Great industry and product, good benefits
Cons: too many hours, no work life balance, hired too many people market is overloaded
growing too fast, over hiring way too many sales people stepping all over each other. No qualifications necessary, which lowers your position and view from the general public.

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