SolarCity - [This] close to amazing! | Glassdoor.co.uk
  1. Helpful (3)

    "[This] close to amazing!"

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    Current Employee - Crew Lead 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -There was a golden period of a couple years where the loans flowed in like water and only the best candidates were hired. The quality of workmanship and general good-willed personality still persists in the local company culture (though no longer in every single crew and warehouse as it used to be). -Great people continue to be hired. Everyone is a friend. -Strong and mostly reasonable emphasis on safety -When sales are slow in one area of the country, management often springs for air fare, hotel stay and truck rental to temporarily relocate crews to other states. There are layoffs, but some effort is made to avoid it. -Decent, inexpensive benefits

    Cons

    -Everything is driven by production (a.k.a. "KW"- roughly equivalent to how many kilowatts a site will produce once installed). Installation crew members are paid based on how many modules the crew can install on a given job (a number linked to the KW of a job). This commission can more than double a crew member's pay. Slowing down to revisit jobs tagged for poor quality workmanship means receiving "just your base pay" for that day. Thus, crews, more often than not being absolutely addicted to their commission, are very unwilling to take time to learn from their mistakes. As monthly KW is the primary measure of a warehouse, managers are unwilling to slow new installations to discipline crews. -An all-consuming job with 50+ hours expected of most employees regardless of role. Family life takes a definite back seat.

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    SolarCity2016-09-21
  1. "Great Culture And a Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Field Energy Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SolarCity full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing leadership and great coworkers made it a great experience working for SolarCity

    Cons

    Hours and sometimes micro management

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    SolarCity2020-02-05
  2. "Really believed in the mission and leadership"

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SolarCity full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone believed, strong sense of purpose. Quick moving and technology in house was top notch.

    Cons

    Once leadership changed at the sales level, focus shifted, priorities shifted. Its an issue of scale that all large companies must deal with.

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    SolarCity2019-11-23

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