SolarCity Employee Reviews

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Worst Job I ever Had
Field Energy Consultant (Former Employee) –  Bethpage, NY6 December 2016
This is a company that makes promises it doesn't keep. There is no support from management or from anyone in the company, You are literally on your own when it comes to doing everything. There is a laid back vibe and a lets have fun way of working that you are told you will be around. This is far from the truth. The training is intense and you are pushed to sell using high tech. equipment that often fails during presentations. You are over run with emails from the "help desk" apologizing for outages or trying to fix them. This is a company that you work very hard for and see very little return. It takes three to four months to get systems installed because of various reasons. This means you will not be paid your commissions until those jobs are complete.
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Fun Place to work in
Installer II (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CA6 December 2016
Overall a very good environment to work in, great team work, excellent pay, great benefits and compensations. Energizing workplace
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Company was under a harsh restructuring. Very stressful to work at the time.
Field Energy Consultant (Former Employee) –  Fresno, CA5 December 2016
The company had a tremendous potential when I was working there.
But it was structured in a way that customer service and sustainable marketing was secondary and sales quota was the most important thing. As a result, the company started collapsing (downsizing) and had to undergo a tough restructuring which turned the work environment into one of the worst that I have seen!
Pros
More freedom than a regular 9-5 job
Cons
Limited product option to make more money!
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Workaholic culture
Installer and Auditor (Former Employee) –  Hauppauge, NY5 December 2016
Good pay with incentives but not good insurance. Dont get hurt at work or they will try to sweep it under the rug. I wasn't the only one refused a doctors visit.
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Do not work there!!!
Document Processing Specialist (Former Employee) –  Draper, UT5 December 2016
The job itself wasn't bad but the management bully the people they don't like until they leave or they find petty reasons to fire you. It's a lot like being in high school.
Pros
You get to work in the solar industry, schedules are good.
Cons
Horrible management, QA will never take your side, pay is low.
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Competitive Job, good cause
Field Energy Specialist (Former Employee) –  Washington Township, NJ5 December 2016
This job is very challenging, but if you can get a hang of it, you will do just fine.You generate leads inside of Home Depot/Best Buy which is a great market because Home Owners are the primary focus
Pros
fun, interactive with people
Cons
quota based
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Very safe workplace
Inspection Associate (Former Employee) –  Egg Harbor Township, NJ2 December 2016
Nice place to work but management can be not so flexible if you are having personal issues that might effect work. Otherwise a great place to work with motivated employees. And a safety program a military man like myself can appreciate.
Pros
Safety
Cons
Management
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alright company to work
PV Installer (Former Employee) –  Visalia, CA30 November 2016
good atmosphere to work in
friendly
will try their best to work with you
other co workers will make up rumors to get you laid off
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Horably mismanaged
Field Energy Consultant (Former Employee) –  california30 November 2016
Management flat out lies to consultants. Closed over 5 million is sales and earn less that 40k. Sales cycle can drag on for months because of incompetence project managers. You get paid after install but customers have a high cancelation rate due to terrible communication and not meeting customers expectations. Great product but horably mismanaged to the point where they can expect a class action lawsuit if it continues. They need to clean house.
Pros
Brand recognition
Cons
absolutely everything else
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Good Company just needs time
Energy Consultant / Customer Specialist (Current Employee) –  Las Vegas, NV29 November 2016
SolarCity is a great company with great values. The only down side is how PUC's around the country and utility companies are not giving the full benefits to the customer and making solar look bad in the eye of the consumer. The company at this point in time is a reactive company versus proactive and I find that a major down fall.
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
Reactive rather than proactive
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good for sales
Oracle Database Administrator (Former Employee) –  Beltsville, MD27 November 2016
learn a lot about the green industry. learn sales. lots of driving if your a consultant. help the earth. positive mission.
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Supportive, positive, team environment
Field Energy Consultant (Current Employee) –  East San Francisco Bay Area27 November 2016
Management very supportive. Friendly and positive sales environment with plenty of growth potential and career advancement opportunities.

Hardest part of job:

Making quota

Most enjoyable part of job:

Team mates, customers, management
Pros
Sales incentives
Cons
Emphasis on metrics to the exclusion sometimes of work/life balance
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Retail energy consultant
Retail energy consultant (Former Employee) –  Cranberry Hill, NJ26 November 2016
Don't even contemplate on this position. No salary. Like working for charity?, this is the place. Management is micro management. Run a kiosk and get spied on and humiliated. Expect to sell your soul. Beyond horrendous. Youll be promised the moon but recieve unfulfilled promises. Im.not sugarcoatING from other reviews. This is truth. Youll regret the day you stayed with this job. Never worked with so many unhappy people in my life. Don't be fooled by false expectations. Solar a fun industry. But least get a company that will pay you for your time, rather than working fir nothing.
Pros
Healthcare. But doesnt cover that much
Cons
List is too long
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A company with a strong work culture of innovation, adhesion and acceptance.
Energy Consultant (Current Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UT25 November 2016
I company I truly enjoy working with. SolarCity has a clear purpose; a clear perspective of what they want to achieve, and the clearly outlined company goals to reach it. There is a strong culture, a belief in what the company does for the betterment of people and the environment. The CEO is one who is always successful, and that creates an opportunity for others to ride his coat tails to success.
Pros
flexible schedule
Cons
Commission only compensation
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Was a great environment
Inside Sales / Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Roseville, CA23 November 2016
Was a great place to work for. Thoroughly enjoyed my time at the company. There are areas of improvement which comes with any company.
Pros
Great People
Cons
Culture Change
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Barely Existent Management
Declined to Say (Former Employee) –  San Mateo, CA22 November 2016
You could wait weeks for a response from management on project related items particularly on inter-departmental issues. PM left much to be desired and resulted in multiple failed releases.
Pros
Nice Environment, People are VERY Nice. Nice View
Cons
After Weeks of Waiting for responses from MGMT you are pretty much left on your own...
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Great place to work, good benefits
Quality Assurance Analyst (Current Employee) –  Las Vegas, NV21 November 2016
This is a great company to work for as the merger with Tesla is in process there are some cut backs which is understandable in structuring two companies together. They are very supportive and considerate in their decisions.
Pros
free coffe and soft drinks, great discounts in the area restaurants, businesses
Cons
Company changes should be notified before they happen not when the changes are complete
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Company slaves their employes and is one of the lowest paying in the Industry
Salaes (Former Employee) –  Central Valley, CA18 November 2016
Management is horrible from the area manager to the VP of sales. They drain their employes to the last drop. Then they ask for more. If you are looking for a place with high turnover and a maximum of a 3 year career you have found the place.
Pros
None
Cons
Everything
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its a great place to work
Installer (Current Employee) –  New Windsor, NY16 November 2016
A typical work day is nice start early 630 in the morning enthusiastic on the site and great teams they make the day go by a lot easier. it nice to see that every customer we install a system on the roof they are contributing to help save money and help the eco system.
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Overworked and underpaid
Field Energy Consultant (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CA16 November 2016
I spent 15 months working here. High expectations and very poor execution. Installations are sub par in quality and internal communication was disconnected at best. High stress and low reward sales environment.
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