Field Energy Specialist (Current Employee) – Clarksburg, MD – 18 September 2017
It's a very rewarding job with great people and great management. It has opportunities for everyone in an enormous company that's now owned by Tesla. From operations, design, logistics, to graphics, and IT, there's a role for everyone.
Though safety requirements conflict with company incentive bonus programs, the company is diligent about ensuring worker safety in the field. On the sales side, the company works to both encourage our numbers at the same time as making sure we're happy with our jobs. Sales is tough because there's so much objection and rejection during each day but the rewards are fulfilling.
Field Energy Consultant (Former Employee) – Modesto, CA – 7 December 2017
Unless you're in a management role, there literally is no job security. As with all sales careers, monthly quotas and colleagues routinely being fired left and right when the company didn't hit its' quarterly benchmarks created an atmosphere of expendability with sales consultants. Thousands of SolarCity consultants in 2016 were fired/laid off because SolarCity's upper management team REFUSED to adapt to the market's demands of PURCHASE over LEASING of the product. The Sales Consultants were GROUND ZERO for all the blame when the company didn't hit its quarterly and annual projections, and after a pattern of disrespect and finger-pointing by the "beancounters" at the company, significant amounts of consultants simply left. I would never recommend this company to anyone.
Company Car, salary
Company Car, salary; they love to give so they can guilt you into working harder.
District Sales Manager (Former Employee) – Santa Ana, CA – 6 December 2017
Culture and employee relations are great, we all had lots of fun doing what we did. Compensation for me was performance based so that was fine, but the company had a serious problem with scheduling installations, thereby delaying commissions and sometimes losing contracts. SolarCity had great ambitions, but because of the way the Texas market was managed, the program fell apart. Then the Tesla merge happened and nobody knew what was going on. Entire districts and regions all of a sudden had no one to manage them and higher ups were firing employees and then taking over their deals. Things just got bad, really quick.
Work/Life Balance, Great Commissions, Visionary goals for the future
Poor backend management, Scheduling/Installation problems, Lack of clear Management, Follow through on training was poor
Warehouse Manager (Current Employee) – Santa Ana, CA – 6 December 2017
I have been with Solarcity DBA Tesla for eight years, the first couple years were hands down the best time to work with this company. Like all growing companies we went public and thats when the culture changed. In my eight years as a Manager I have received only one raise and that was six years ago, as the work load has increase ten folds the pay stays the same. The review process creates opportunity for favoritism, I have seen good strong workers let go because the Manager does't like them. These things happen all over the company... I understand corporations and what it brings to the company but thinking about your employees last, the people that are at the front lines doing the work is not right.
Outside Sales (Former Employee) – Fort Worth, TX – 28 November 2017
Self-motivated work place. We would meet on T, Th 10-11am to go over sales strategies and numbers. I would be out in my neighborhoods after the meetings until dark, door to door sales. The hardest part of the job was having people commit to an appointment to see the product, only to forget about it, or no-show. The most enjoyable part of the job was the sales team and the manager. We had a team building activity once a month which was always fun.
Meet new people every day in the retail environment
Field Energy Specialist (Former Employee) – Milpitas, CA – 27 November 2017
Sales is not for everyone, and being that the retail setting was in a hardware store solar lease was the furthest from people's minds. It takes a very motivated person to do well in that setting but if one is positive and has good work ethic Solarcity provides a very good platform on which to start a job that could lead to better opportunities. The founders are very receptive to new innovation and there is an open forum by which to communicate your ideas.
Outside Sales Rep (Former Employee) – Mill Valley, CA – 15 November 2017
Solarcity was a wonderful opportunity. However, the commission was not sustainable to support my family of 4 plus my territory was 3 hours away from my family, which became difficult to manage with young children.
SolarCity is the front lines of the fight against climate change. We engage consumers directly and with a cold open to show them the benefits of taking control of their energy use. This means being incredibly quick and effective at conversation, while staying positive through lots of rejection. Company methods change often so keeping focus on the core job is critical. The team is a positive, encouraging group that helps to do this. When the solarcoaster goes up, its a great time, and when the solarcoaster goes down, we hold on tight and stay focused.
N/A (Former Employee) – Salt Lake City, UT – 13 November 2017
No yearly raises, bonuses, or retirement contribution. Endless promises of improvements that never come. People that I worked with two years ago are still stuck in the same positions that they were trying to be promoted out of a year ago.
Door-To-Door Solar Salesman (Former Employee) – New Windsor, NY 12553 – 6 November 2017
Solarcity only wants the very best sales people in their workforce, so they place a very high quota that most people can't maintain. Not enough time to given to newbies to develop their salesman skills, so I'd say that the majority of new sales people get canned! It was also 100% on commision only, so I didn't even get paid enough for gas money. I got fired just because I was -1 on my monthly quota! Lame system.
the job sounds exiting at 1st, but then the stress kicks in.