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SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive
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Pros
  • "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 100 reviews)

  • "mission-driven, collaborative culture, great people who truly want to do the right thing(in 95 reviews)

Cons
  • "No work/life balance, poor training(in 103 reviews)

  • "Sometimes you work late or long hours to accommodate customer schedules(in 77 reviews)

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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. Helpful (2)

    "if you need the experience and are ready to work hard"

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    Current Employee - Sales Department in Newark, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really great people work here! Also, uncapped earning potential. Benefits are incredible.

    Cons

    no work-life balance. None. At. All. Unstable industry. Company lead by a buzz inventor; a lot of managers promoted too early/ without experience. we are paying for our past mistakes/ lack of care. Was good when the solar gold rush was rolling through this area, but be wary. Decent entry level sales experience, but don't expect to make all the money they promise you.

    Advice to Management

    get a clue. this is a cash-burn company propped up on hype and the promise of becoming part of Tesla. Things are changing throughout, and it might not be for the best for everyone employed in the Solar Departments. Also, just remember you managers are still driving Chevy Sonics and no one is offering you keys to a company Tesla.

    SolarCity2017-12-06
  3. "Mixed feelings"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, standard PTOs, better work life balance than other startups

    Cons

    Management hierarchies were not so flat, no snacks, team cultures varies greatly from team to team, not so great Health insurance, compensation structure is also very erratic.

    SolarCity2017-11-06
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    "Licensed Electrician"

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    Former Employee - Licensed Electrician in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth and development. Fast paced and compensation is to par. 70+ hours a week, if you're hungry for money.

    Cons

    70+ hours a week, absolutely no work/life balance. Expectations were extremely unrealistic. Warehouse was unorganized and chaotic. Design/Engineering has no clue how to support Electricians in the field.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overwork your Electricians, not only is it exhausting, but it's an accident waiting to happen. Ridiculous hours = turnaround once employees find out it's never going to get better

    SolarCity2017-10-02
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    "not a healthy place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SolarCity

    Pros

    i really didn't like it there

    Cons

    no work/life balance. you're always on the go, even if you have youngs kids/family you're expected to work really late at night.

    SolarCity2017-10-03
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    "Fast paced and challenging"

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    Former Employee - FEC in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great way to get lots of sales experience in a short amount of time.

    Cons

    Very aggressive quota ramp-up period wherein if you are not selling 7 jobs a month by your third month you are put on a one month warning period. If you don't ramp up to 7 jobs a month in the in the warning month, you are fired. And from what I've heard it's even more aggressive now. I remember I was the only sales guy left in my group of new hires after the first four months. Also you must devote all time outside of...

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    Advice to Management

    Find more positive and inspiring ways to motivate sales team other than threatening termination.

    SolarCity2017-08-02
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    "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting to be part of the renewable industry.

    Cons

    Very poor work/life balance.

    SolarCity2017-08-01
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    "Field Energy Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Field Energy Consultant in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Semi Autonomous work environment. Decent base pay, uncapped commissions. Company Car, Gas card. If you're lucky to get a good manager/good team, you'll learn a lot. When I started, it was wide open, easy, fun and everyone was making good money. Almost like a dream. Good work/life balance when I first started. A lot of passionate people still there believing in the cause for cleaner energy. The managers I've had...

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    Cons

    Since Tesla acquisition, work/life balance is out of whack. No longer a 'Sales' organization. The shift is now more to brand integrity than on convincing and persuading homeowners on going solar. Comp plan went from simple to complex(NEVER a good sign for a sales rep, no matter management tries to spin it). Now commission payouts are determined by how many you can get installed...

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    Advice to Management

    Solar in the East isn't the same as out West, and it takes more to sell here. The market of early adopters may have already peaked and restricting sales practices and complicating the commission structure really isn't the best strategy if you want to increase market penetration.

    SolarCity2017-07-12
  9. Helpful (2)

    "High Pressure"

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    Current Employee - Field Energy Consultant in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    Good income potential, company car provided

    Cons

    Unreasonable quotas, quotas always changing, no work life balance, expected to work every day and be avaialble from 8am-8pm

    SolarCity2017-07-08
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Dangling the dollar"

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    Current Employee - Field Energy Specialist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Minimum supervision Steady paycheck Coworkers keep you going Solar is a great product Many managers in the CAM and RSM roles are good Great benefits

    Cons

    Quota - as an FES, you won't see a dime from your closed wons until you hit quota for the month. It sounds attainable on paper but it is anything but in practice. If you do not hit quota you are given a verbal, if you don't hit it again you get put on an improvement plan, after that you're gone. Many of my coworkers are constantly worried about their job security. Sales Tactics Utilized - You need to essentially be...

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    Advice to Management

    It's time to overhaul. You are merging with Tesla. There should be huge buzz amongst your employees and excitement but there is none. There are concerns and questions that rarely get answered. Your employees don't feel like you genuinely care about them as people, just that you want them to grind away like machines every weekend and 3 days during the week. Your commission structure is garbage. You know you don't pay...

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    SolarCity2017-06-19
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