SolarCity

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Flexible & Fun
Field Energy Specialist (Current Employee) –  Denver, COMay 26, 2016
SolarCity is a great company with an awesome vision. As a Field Energy Specialist you spend most of your time in partner stores such as the Home Depot generating potential customer leads for SolarCity.
Pros
Flexible Schedule
Cons
Working weekends, Mixed messages from management
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Poor Management
Sr. Field Energy Consultant (Former Employee) –  Empire, CAMay 26, 2016
Poor Management , all RSM's are puppets they don't help you they are unexperienced and not knowledgable all they want is sales no support., Installations got behind 4 months , roofing got behind 4 months .Very frustrating dealing with the Concierge team they do nothing.

Ops are awesome !

Really bad leads from home depot and best buy lots of no-shows .

Fes are not trained properly by their channel managers.....
Pros
company car
Cons
low commissions
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Well paid job, quite flexible.
Site Surveyor (Current Employee) –  Clarksburg, MDMay 24, 2016
Worked here for close to 6 months. Good job, many nice people. The pay is good, but as a surveyor be ready to be busy 5 or 6 days a week
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Could be a great company to work for if...
anonymous (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAMay 24, 2016
Could be a great company to work for if they made some changes. Management showed favoritism towards their direct reports and too much emphasis on just putting bodies in seats versus quality and the turnover remains high because of this. Immediate supervisor ruled by fear versus supporting where needed. Until they start communicating better at all levels, the issues will remain the same. The upper management needs to value their employees more by letting them have a voice and listening better. If you weren't a favorite it could become a hostile/stressful work environment which is more common than you think.
Pros
decent pay, allowed remote work schedule
Cons
favoritism, lack of communication
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Positive environment for continues growth
Team Lead/Inside Energy Specialist (Former Employee) –  Roseville, CAMay 22, 2016
A typical day includes spending a ton of time on the phone to bring in new business and pull business through from sale to installation. It's very busy and the day flies by. Management offers an ear if you ever need them and is more than willing to help you achieve your maximum potential if you are willing to work for it. As with any employer some coworkers are not team players, but this company has more than the usual. Each sales team has it's own culture, some are wild while others are reserved. The hardest part about the job is managing the sale anywhere from 1-12+ months before installation. That means 1-12+ months before getting paid. Many customers cancel prior to installation. Working for this company is a blessing. Every day I enjoy going in to help others save money and the environment. The hard part is when people are so selfish that they only care about savings and care less about the environment. It can make you feel dirty.
Pros
Free snacks
Cons
Moderate pressure sales
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No life balance & management needs be be in the trenches with their salesforce
Energy Consultant (Former Employee) –  Sacramento, CAMay 18, 2016
The pleasure of helping families and helping the environment was what kept me here for almost three years.There are many things that made me unhappy and sad to see the company go there.

-No life work balance
-Management is really bad
-Upper management is horrible
-They claim to give you all the tools to succeed: though many will succeed many will be lost because the management team does not know how to help their employees
-You must hit every number you are assigned or you have to be the boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife to have job security. In other words they will promote people who they like and not people who deserve it. It seems that there is a fear from those who can really help the company succeed.
-Once you realize that they manipulate employees you will not be liked at all and they will work hard to show you the door
Pros
Helping families and chasing the way we produce energy
Cons
Too many to list
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Run by Young Professionals with ZERO industry experience
Senior Field Energy Consultant (Former Employee) –  Rocky Hill, CTMay 17, 2016
Run by Young Professionals with ZERO industry experience

-Work Life Balance.... All work and no play

-Management....in diapers
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Poor management, poor communications, horrible customer service
Sales/Affiliate Marketing (Former Employee) –  Roseville, CAMay 17, 2016
I know there are a lot of positive reviews on SC, I read them prior to working there too.
What I didn't know was that I shouldn't have trusted the reviews. I figured something was up when I had been asked to leave positive reviews on glassdoor and indeed, by 3 different members of management, within my first 3 weeks of employment. Additionally, the company turned its back on the sales force when it missed earnings,starving out a large percentage of employees.
I could go on-and-on but the real story is this place is all smoke and mirrors. It won't take long for a smart business person to become disgusted with their decision to spend time with this organization. It happened to me.
Pros
Free filtered water
Cons
Being forced to lie to customers, and lack of transparency with employees.
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Save the world sacrifice your life
Field Energy Consultant (Former Employee) –  Sacramento, CAMay 17, 2016
Its a great concept that is a grind on a daily basis. Work nights and weekends. The direction is always changing and adjusting. If you want to get paid you have to manage every step of every deal you sell. You become a problem solver and spend most of your time apologizing for someone else that didn't do their job. Lack of communication between sales cycle and email is only way to reach anyone and that will take several attempts, to finally a manager to get involved. Its a revolving door and lots have left or couldn't survive.
Pros
save the world. Can be great pay if you don't sleep or have social life.
Cons
work life balance is non existent. Spend your time chasing down people and backend processing
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Awesome Company and great vision
Recruiter (Current Employee) –  Sacramento, CAMay 17, 2016
One of the best companies to work for out there. Good leadership but its a growing industry. You need to be patient. They will be fine in the long run but things can get a little crazy sometimes.
Pros
Great people who are passionate about what they do
Cons
Work/Life Balance
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You will lose your weekends but it pays to work hard
Field Energy Specialist (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAMay 12, 2016
So you clock into a home depot and need to pitch at least 200 people in your 8 hours there. If you're Home Depot is slow your pitch better be on point or else you'd fail for the day. The company focuses on a team effort and your co workers are the best part of the job. Sometimes you get really cool customers, but most of the time you'll hear a NO. You'll need thick skin and be someone who's constantly motivated.
Pros
Coworkers and base pay
Cons
No weekends
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Great entry level sales position
Direct Energy Consultant (Former Employee) –  Albany, NYMay 12, 2016
Great foundation for sales, management really pushed trainings and wanted you to succeed, great compensation, great opportunity for advancement, no ceiling on earning potential
Pros
Made your own schedule
Cons
100 percent commission
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tough job, can be rewarding
Field Energy Consultant (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAMay 11, 2016
great coworkers.
communication between field teams, middle and upper mgmt needs to improve
lot of driving
company lead quality is very poor
best to build your own book of business

still, the best place to work in residential solar!
get paid to do something good for people and the planet!
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Very fast paced and decent office vibe.
Sr. Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Henderson, NVMay 10, 2016
Trying to keep up with massive growth. Software and program management centered around core business needs. Company clothing line is cool.
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It's sales, plain and simple
Field Energy Specialist (Current Employee) –  Encinitas, CAMay 6, 2016
There's no job security, it can pay well if you sell well. The management is young and inexperienced, you are only promoted if you have high numbers. They don't care how you get your numbers, as long as you get them; this is sales, so they promote cheating your way to the top. Even if you have high numbers, you won't be promoted in the amount of time they quote you at. Add about three months to what ever they tell you.
Pros
Money
Cons
It's sales, so
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Great way to make money if you want no life
Crew Lead (Former Employee) –  Rocky Hill, CTMay 5, 2016
Managers, are always pushing hard to get things done. Not bad except the fact that they would sometimes put efficiency over safety which they will never admit to. For example, i would call in as a crew lead and let them know that we had unsafe work conditions and they would throw a fit and threaten to fire you or say you are incompetent. They would also belittle you and make you feel bad about everything. They base their whole month on competition country wide and yes it does drive yo to be the best but it also makes you cut corners and have poor installation quality
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Great place to work for ambitious sales people
Field Energy Specialist (Former Employee) –  Santa Ana, CAMay 4, 2016
Working at SolarCity gives one the opportunity to change the world. There is a lot of rejection as to be expected in any sales job, but the rewards are there for top performers.
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Good career
Site Surveyor (Current Employee) –  Newark, NJMay 3, 2016
Good place to work, long, hard work days, good management who are eager to listen and open for new ideas, room for growth and opportunity
Pros
C0-workers
Cons
pay
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SolarCity
Solar Energy Consultant City (Former Employee) –  Roseville, CAMay 2, 2016
As an inside energy consultant I worked closely with customers to convert their homes to cleaner, cheaper power. SolarCity is a decent company with unfortunate flaws in management.
Cons
Lack of value in employees
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Fast Paste, Constantly changing policies, ill experienced management
Customer Relations Account Manager (Current Employee) –  Las Vegas, NVMay 1, 2016
Tools are not available to succeed. Policies change so frequently causing procedural confusion. Salary does NOT compensate for responsibilities.
Pros
Flexible work hours
Cons
Micro Management to the 100th degree
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