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Direct Solar Sales Consultant (Former Employee) –  Boston, MA22 February 2018
Great job culture
Great platform to develop an experience with customers servive and sales. Solar city offer training to comit to a culture of great service.
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Fast Paced Environment
Field Energy Analyst (Former Employee) –  Sacramento, CA16 February 2018
A competitive environment with a solid game plan in providing clean energy solutions. Management is stringent upon hitting sales goals, so this job isn't for everyone. Must hit quota to preserve job.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Job Security
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Fun, good people
Inspections Coordinator (Current Employee) –  South Dennis, MA16 February 2018
It was a good experience to get to learn the renewable energy business. The workforce is mostly millennials looking for advancement. Management sends them where the work is but not always the best way to keep people.
Pros
good people
Cons
Not a lot of work
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Had a great time when we first started
Daily management of a 10 man crew (Former Employee) –  Beltsville, MD15 February 2018
It is a good company if you have no family because they pay good but you work long hours and don't get done till late or till the job is done so sometimes that would suck
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Great cause, poor management for sales
Solar Field Energy Manager (Former Employee) –  Camarillo, CA14 February 2018
Churn and burn.
They throw you against the wall and see if you will stick. They are evolving so may be better now.
Instead of hiring people that just generate leads or providing sales people with leads through advertising they make all of their sales people go to Home Depot to generate leads all day. Terrible way to treat good sales people. Leads should be generated by junior staff, in house staff or advertising and then handed off to sales. Sales should not be required to be in Home Depot. Get kids to do that.
Your sales people would last longer if you treated them better.
Went through my own savings during ramp up, only to be threatened with termination if I didn't hit my goal in one month.
Pros
Great cause
Cons
Poor Sales Management
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Interesting
Field Energy Specialist (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CA14 February 2018
Definitely learned a lot here. It was a grind. Constantly chasing that quota. It has its goods and its bads. Not for everybody. Thick skin required. ..
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It was a fun place to work good workers
Solar Installer (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CA13 February 2018
A good company to learn how to install solar properly with good safety trainings I learned a lot from them wen I started I was new to solar and got the chance to grow and show my skills in the traid and moved up quick and was running my on crew they showed me the ropes and I took them with pride
Pros
Good rewards
Cons
Really no breaks
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Not a good working environment
Accounting Manager (Consulting) (Former Employee) –  San Mateo, CA11 February 2018
SolarCity was not an ideal place to work for Accounting professionals. The managers in the Accounting Department were unwilling to make changes to existing procedures, which slowed the close process.
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Not a longterm opportunity
MD (Former Employee) –  Marlborough, MA8 February 2018
The culture at SolarCity attracts mission oriented people, whom can get entry level skills upon 1 year of employment, after that the work life balance as well as the lack of employee focused culture makes in particularly hard to grow beyond your primary roll.
Pros
Good mission and entry level skills offered
Cons
Poor continued development, employees are dispensable.
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Not the worst but far from the best.
PV Installer/Site Surveyor (Current Employee) –  Houston, TX7 February 2018
To much politics between employees and advancement is based on favoritism instead of ability and willingness to do the job. Someone who actually does quality work with no errors SHOULD advance faster than someone who does shotty but are Facebook friends with management.
Pros
Great insurance
Cons
To much career politics
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One time experience working for Elon's company
Sr. Electrical engineer, Licensed PE (Former Employee) –  San Mateo, CA7 February 2018
Best solar company thanks to Elon Musk!
Great process and team members. Head on collision course with utility companies, the only solar company that integrates with battery and HAS NO FEAR of doing the right way
Pros
Hard work, great reward
Cons
Solar needs to be main stream
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Corporate environment
Site Surveyor (Former Employee) –  Cooperstown, NY7 February 2018
Very difficult to get simple employee tasks (tax info, direct deposit, etc.) done due to glitchy phone apps and minimal directions. ridiculous amounts of video training initially and continuously. This position felt like my job was to jump through hoops and not actually get anything done.
Pros
some good people
Cons
everything else
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awful
Solar installer/Electrical (Former Employee) –  Berkeley, CA 947084 February 2018
hated to work at this place. poor management, poor organization, poor money, poor hours, dangerous, not run right, not enough training, and no longer working there.
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Inexperienced management
Field Energy Specialist (Former Employee) –  Rocky Hill, CT3 February 2018
When hired, the management sells the applicant on s pipeline dream for forward advancement, when in reality there was no room for personal upward movement.

Management was awful. Nice to your face, but would write an email or text you something completely different.
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Very good company
Residential Site Surveyor (Former Employee) –  Manchester, NH2 February 2018
A few safety protocols for ladder usage could have been implemented. Otherwise, a very good company to work for. Had a company vehicle and all tools were provided. Was even given winter clothes and jackets by the company.
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Excelente clima laboral
Asistente de Recursos Humanos (Former Employee) –  La Paz, B.C.S.31 January 2018
Desde que llegaba a la oficina, se empezaba la revisión con los archivos del día anterior, recepción de documentos, entrevistas laborales, selección del personal, etc.
Pros
Seguro de gastos médicos mayores.
Cons
Horario de trabajo por largas jornadas.
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BS company to work for
Regional Sales Manager (Former Employee) –  Beltsville, MD29 January 2018
They didn't give two rips about their customers or their employees. The were out to get money quickly and then lock people into an extremely long contract that they'd have to stay in if they wanted to continue receiving power to their home and put hundreds of leaky wholes in the roofs.
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Solar installation
Ast. Manager (Former Employee) –  Bakersfield, CA29 January 2018
Good company to work for good people pay range starts low but improves with time but the company is fair to all employees work can be tough in the summer heat
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Was far better for sales reps when it was SolarCIty
Field Energy Consultant (Former Employee) –  EAST COAST26 January 2018
Started when it was the 'wild west' stage of selling: anything goes as long as it didn't violate guidelines/laws, etc, and it didn't compromise the name and integrity of company. The mindset was if you can think of a way to reach a customer, THEN DO IT!

Management(especially my hiring/first manager) was highly supportive of just go out, have fun, make some sales and enjoy your life/family. Work as much as you want or as little (but you better make your numbers!).

And then Tesla bought the company and woke me out of a dream come true. Tesla is geared to the West Coast mindset that it's name will be good enough to sell. They don't very much like sales people, much less need to compensate them. On the East Coast: good luck with that.

It's just when it starts to make the sales people look back in fondness of the good ol' days, rather than in the potential excitement for the new day, well, it's really time to pick up and move on...
Pros
All the good stuff when I first joined...
Cons
Tesla bought them and changed everything...
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Good place to start
Field Energy Specialist (Former Employee) –  CT26 January 2018
Great job if you can live off of 30k and look at commissions as a bonus. Some months are amazing and others, not so much.
Commissions vary greatly by state because solar viability varies. Employees, including upper management, are generally very excited about the company.
Pros
You have a huge impact on your personal success
Cons
Commissions are hit and miss
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