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SolarCity PV Designer Reviews

Updated 5 Jan 2018

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  1. "PV Designer"

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    Former Employee - PV Designer in Fresno, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home, free snacks in the office.

    Cons

    No work/life balance, poor training.

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced managers instead of just promoting top employees to management.

    SolarCity2018-01-05
  2. "PV Designer"

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    Former Employee - PV Designer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Schedule is flexible. Great team and nice coworkers!

    Cons

    Could be a good "first job" out of school, but when it comes down to career, there are less possibilities.

    SolarCity2017-12-27
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Fun and flexible but pay is too low"

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    Current Employee - PV Designer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule Good culture with upbeat and passionate coworkers Green industry

    Cons

    $12/hr for many people with engineering degrees Bonus structure hasn't kept up with increased workload demands No real opportunities for advancement Software isn't updated to fix bugs and add new requirements Boom and bust solarcoaster

    Advice to Management

    Pay design department to meet demands of job Keep software updated to decrease time spent on projects due to bugs and new requirements

    SolarCity2016-10-23
  4. Helpful (7)

    "From Bad To Worse"

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    Current Employee - PV Designer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Teammates that are friends for life. Casual work environment, you can wear jeans to work. Ability to make your own schedule. Work from home whenever you want. Good job for a recent grad that is looking for experience.

    Cons

    1. Pay is miserable. There are people that literally qualify for food stamps while working full time for SolarCity. When you're hired they say you can make up to 100K a year with their bonus structure but that is a complete lie. There is a "clawback" meaning they take money from your bonus every time one of your previous job is cancelled. Also, bonus is taxed at a different rate (40%). You'll end up making your salary...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing so much on non-important metrics and focus on improving communication among departments. Territory managers should not be reaching out to individual designers, you are losing the respect of your employees. Let Team Leads do their job. Truly focus on quality if you want to keep the customers. Stop pushing so hard for throughput if you want to see quality designs.

    SolarCity2016-09-13
  5. Helpful (7)

    "PV Designer II Review"

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    Former Employee - PV Designer in Deer Valley, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to work from home frequently, casual work atmopshere

    Cons

    If you're a degreed engineer do not take this position. Pay is not competitive and you won't be treated professionally. Unfortunately, the low base pay and lack of respect between employees is only the beginning of the problems with this position: 1)Training - Initial training consists of a series of fifteen minute videos followed by quizzes. Once you're done with these (~1-2 days) you will be under the gun to...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on unrealistic growth goals and prioritizing quantity over quality. The current state of affairs shows that the goal of being 'the walmart of solar' is not a profitable business model.

    SolarCity2016-08-17
  6. Helpful (6)

    "PV Designer II"

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    Former Employee - PV Designer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SolarCity

    Pros

    Laid-back, young co-workers and boss. Ability to work remotely depending on immediate supervisor. Free coffee and tea. Great work events.

    Cons

    Design department is overly focusing on metrics. Low base salary - with a slow season, you may only be able to earn base salary. During busy times, you will be pushed to design very high numbers of PV systems, leading often for you to work evenings and weekends. Design Team Leads (your immediate supervisors) were usually promoted because they were good PV designers, but were not required to have good management skills...

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    Advice to Management

    Please improve the training to avoid the quality issues that SolarCity is associated with. Too many employees are being held accountable for some issues that came from poor training. Please have better oversight over your team leads and possibly territorial managers.

    SolarCity2016-06-16
  7. Helpful (3)

    "PV Designer"

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    Current Employee - PV Designer in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SolarCity for more than a year

    Pros

    company gives away free things

    Cons

    management not ready to lead

    SolarCity2016-03-04
  8. "Get paid per job"

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    Former Employee - PV Design Engineer in Chatsworth, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent system to make more if you work harder. The pay structure was per job pay or base salary. If you are quick and accurate you could easily double your salary. Very excellent people to work with and great company atmosphere.

    Cons

    Slow periods were common and the company tended to over higher employees creating a shortage of work.

    Advice to Management

    Doing very well in every aspect. Quality talent would be better retained if the company didn't tend to over higher and create a shortage of work available.

    SolarCity2016-03-04
  9. Helpful (6)

    "from an old timer - company a bureaucracy & deaf to employees"

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    Current Employee - PV Designer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    still have a great company vision and the executive team care about what the company does

    Cons

    What's been lost in the last 5.5 years since i've worked there is the company has become a bureaucracy, management caring only about policy and not the individual employees. the culture has really changed from people caring about what we do and for each other to one of people just care about getting ahead and many layers in between people's positions. things move slowly, people are not as responsive, and ultimately people...

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    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees! take frustrations and complaints seriously and not hide behind policies and words from a handbook. inconsistencies with your own policies and letting your employees take the consequences is not fair and not how to treat your employees especially those that have served for you for a long time. disappointed and saddened that this company that i regarded so highly has become what it is today because...

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    SolarCity2016-02-29
  10. Helpful (7)

    "PV Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - PV Design Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SolarCity full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the company is very young, it's easy to make friends, a lot of people value life outside of work

    Cons

    the competitive environment fostered by management is corrosive, the employees are underpaid

    Advice to Management

    pay your employees a respectable base salary

    SolarCity2016-01-13
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