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fun fast paced
Warehouse Clerk / PV Solar Installer (Former Employee) –  Modesto, CA19 October 2017
great place to work , great compensation worked a lot got to see different places management was overall good always a work friendly environment , overall great experience
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Horrible place to work
Field Energy Consultant (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CA19 October 2017
This company is chaotic, stressful, and breaks all kinds of labor laws as well as violates discrimination laws. They train you that they want everyone to have a work/personal time balance. The first item my Manager explained is that no one is successful if they take days off and to just work in a few hours off from time to time. They offer a salary plus commission, but you'll rarely see any commission. They are known to terminate just before a pipeline of installs so they don't have to pay you. Solar companies are the worst employers only second to Dentists.
Pros
You think you are helping the planet.
Cons
Cut throat sales is reality.
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Very demanding work enviroment
Field Energy Specialist (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh,PA19 October 2017
Mis Communication with management. They say one thing and do the opposite. The work environment was good but some employees get preferred treatment. Stay away from this company, even though the name TESLA sounds like a big deal, it really is not.
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I could have clocked in and never been at the job
stockton (Former Employee) –  Stockton, CA17 October 2017
I was put into a store alone all day from day onenever given any formal training nothing and when i asked for help they treated me as if i were a problem
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Exciting
Installer (Former Employee) –  Rocky Hill, CT17 October 2017
Going to work everyday was a new experience the guys are amped to go to the next house to put up solar panels the culture at Solarcity was welcoming with the go green movement and the opportunity to get others involved
Pros
free breakfast every Wednesday
Cons
Random hours
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making a difference
Solar Energy Consultant (Former Employee) –  Fresno, CA14 October 2017
We really had the sense that we were changing the world one house at a time, and judging by how the drought in California is over, I'd say we did just that.
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Miserable
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Massachusetts13 October 2017
Not paid well enough for the amount of work and stress. People would happily step on your back and throw you under the bus to advance their own interests.
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Productive and fun place to work with ping pong table
Jr, Pv (Photo voltaic) designer Z (Former Employee) –  Las Vegas, NV11 October 2017
Was fun until management didn't know what they were doing and all got laid off , right before the Tesla acquisition . It was fast paced and fun until their wasn't enough jobs to go around. and the lay off occurred.
Pros
free drinks and events
Cons
managment
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Extremely fun competitive atmosphere
FIELD ENERGY SPECIALIST (Current Employee) –  Linden, NJ11 October 2017
A typical day would consist of me running the floor speaking to as many customers as possible. Management is extremely cooperative and friendly, the workplace is competitive and fun. I truly enjoy work for solarcity.
Pros
Paid time off
Cons
Almost seems repetitive at times
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Days
WAREHOUSE STOCK CLERK (Former Employee) –  Martinez, CA9 October 2017
fast paced work.
attentive to details on pulling all orders. inventory should be always on point and matching on the data base of the department.
my manager is great
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hurry up pace
Senior installer (Former Employee) –  New Windsor, NY7 October 2017
Long hours good panel pay but once warehouse is established very slow movement up the ranks if at all. no raises unless your promoted and you can be stuck in a position for more then a year.
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It’s going down soon
Senior Accountant (Former Employee) –  San Mateo, CA7 October 2017
Pros

Possibly working for a company that is changing the world. But that depends on where the customers are getting their electricity from. Also solar panels and tiles may add waste to the environment. I suppose an independent organization can evaluate the net environmental impact of electric cars and solar products.

Cons

Cult like atmosphere. Excessive workload. Bogus accounting in order to close in less than 5 days. Money losing company (Tesla) buying another money losing company (solarcity). This purchase was a bailout benefiting the family running both companies. Executive turnover. Relying on government subsidies to grow and survive.
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Its a scam!!!
Field Energy Consultant/Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PA6 October 2017
Horrible company to work for. Very unprofessionally managed and unrealistic expectations. Do not be fulled- this company will take your money. They have no real interest in their customers or the environment.
Pros
Company car
Cons
Literally everything else
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intense work enviroment
Installer/Laborer (Former Employee) –  Las Vegas, NV6 October 2017
Solar City abandoned Las Vegas. Was a great company to work for, stayed very busy. Solar City was willing to hire unskilled workers and teach them on-the-job.
Pros
good pay, plenty of overtime
Cons
stressful
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great place to work
E-1 Electrician (Current Employee) –  Rocky Hill, CT6 October 2017
great place to work, good teams to work on. supervisors are good. I've been there about 3 years and they have been good to me. If I have an appointment once in a while I clear it with them and they let me go. No hassles!!
Pros
new jobs everyday ad meeting new people
Cons
no further advancements for me
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SolarCity and Tesla is a great company for personal improvement, and saving the planet but not a lot of money for hard work.
Field Energy Consultant (Former Employee) –  Petaluma, CA4 October 2017
SolarCity/ Tesla is a great company for personal improvement, and saving the planet but not a lot of money for hard work. There is lots of technical software updates and control by management on Salesforce and Zipline on metrics.
Pros
Great culture.
Cons
Low pay compared to other like companies.
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Long hours, Convincing might be hard!
Sales Consultant (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CA3 October 2017
Sales job is about educating, in this case convincing people to switch to a cleaner energy paying less monthly for a 20 year agreement. It can be challenging that people will have a new loan (debt) for 20 years. It is good for the environment but be ready to work all day all around the city looking for cold leads.
Pros
great management, vision and mission
Cons
long hours, low commission
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Sometimes sad
Field Energy Specialist (Former Employee) –  Westchester County, NY3 October 2017
The job was 100% on your feet and when you took too many breaks it was an issue, even when the store had no customers. They wanted a lot of you for a store that only had 30 people for the entire day.
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Fun Culture - Fast Paced - Competitive
Commercial Sales (Former Employee) –  California3 October 2017
SolarCity rewards its hard workers well, however the work week is 6 to 7 days with little or no time off if one is a residential sales representative. You are constantly on call and have no say in your schedule. Once I moved over to B2B sales that all changed but that division has been dissolved.

The commission structure for sales is good and all sales reps are given a car.

It's a good entry level job for someone who wants to move up the ladder. They do not bring in managers or vp's even if the manager or vp candidate is qualified. You mist still start at the bottom as an entry level person.
Pros
Friendly atmosphere. Many after hours activities.
Cons
On call 7 days per week.
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Stressful
Field Energy Specialist (Current Employee) –  Amsterdam, NY30 September 2017
The job is challenging, repetitive. Easy but not easy. Imagine doing the same thing over and over all day long, getting rejected but sometimes getting lucky and getting good results. That is cold lead generation. Sometimes its good. Sometimes it's really not good.
Pros
Flexible.
Cons
Lonely
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