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SolarCity Reviews

Updated 27 February 2017
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SolarCity CEO & Co-Founder Lyndon Rive
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1,407 Ratings

2,031 Employee Reviews

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Pros
  • Feels amazing to be an influential part of changing the world for the better (in 58 reviews)

  • Good pay; Great People; Amazing Mission - this is a really great company to work for if you love Elon this is the place for you (in 89 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no work life balance even though this is what they preach (in 87 reviews)

  • Sometime long hours but to be the best have to put in time (in 71 reviews)

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  1. "Vice President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing people and culture
    Great leadership

    Cons

    Keep your values
    Retain your top talent


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SolarCity (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company to work. I joined as a Sr. Software engineer. They gave me good offer.
    Company culture is good. good learning.

    Cons

    After joined the company, in a short span of time company is acquired by some other company and they stared laying off teams. I was on of them. They gave only 2 weeks of notice.

    Advice to Management

    If you do not have the visibility of your future projects, don't hire people and ruin their future.


  3. "Awesome place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    SolarCity is an incredible place to work! The company culture is awesome: full of ambition, passion, good people, a strive for excellence - at the same it is relaxed and fun. There is a strong sense of camaraderie and friendly competition. I had an excellent experience working for them.

    Cons

    For me, there wasn't really a downside. I suppose for some people, working in such a fast paced environment may not be the best.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! You've got really great people in management that more often than not are also viewed as leaders.


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  5. "Great Comp Plan"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Energy Consultant in Albuquerque, NM (US)
    Former Employee - Energy Consultant in Albuquerque, NM (US)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Very generous commission. Can make a lot of money working only a few hours a day

    Cons

    System installation times. Heavily reliant on local utility companies


  6. "Electrician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrician
    Current Employee - Electrician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work place, lots of room for growth.

    Cons

    Design and supply chain are a bit slow to respond on certain matters, but thats minor. Overall great company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  7. "Regional Sales Director"

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Director
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Progressive company on an ambitious and fulfilling mission to fight climate change.

    Cons

    Constant changes both internally and externally. The industry is evolving very rapidly and with that comes many changes. You have to be very adaptable to thrive in this space but it can be very rewarding.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overlook the power of appreciation and recognition. We are moving at a very fast rate; nonetheless, it's important to pause every now and again and acknowledge those who are making an impact.


  8. "HR Generalist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best corporate cultures

    Cons

    Compensation is not competitive; stock options were useless


  9. "Director of Sales Operations"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great cause behind the company, really visionary leaders.

    Cons

    Pay is below average and culture is lacking.


  10. "Facilities Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SolarCity full-time

    Pros

    Growth in office, great team, and wonderful company

    Cons

    Limited opportunity with department and not enough people to cover in my role.


  11. "PV Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SolarCity full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Energetic, fast paced environment. incentive based pay structure with amazing passionate team mates. Great company vibe and vision.

    Cons

    High turnover rate, all about the bottom line, little job security, promotes poor business ethics, little care for internal development.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people. the customer is not always right. invest in sales management and the rest of the company will prosper



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