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SolarCity Employee Reviews

Solarcity is a great company with a great mission. And with the likes of Elon Musk at the helm, its sure to be successful eventually. But where it fails miserably is in its management. the management are first very underpaid, are forced to work nearly 24 hours a day to prove their dedication to helping save the world as they brainwash you into thinking and very rarely ever follow through on their promises. They simply are there to bark down orders from upper management and provide very little support in the process. Before I left they actually took away all the sales reps salaries and benefits in order to cut costs...What?!?! That should tell you everything you need to know about how they operate. Good luck and do not believe in the koolaid.

Pros

Concierge team is immaculate in helping you get your jobs pulled through and installed.

Cons

Bad leadership, no culture and false promises.

I really enjoyed working for Solar City. Solar City is a very organized company that takes care of its employees. Solar City has a good training program that teaches technicians proper code and installation techniques. I think the hardest part of this job (most likely reason I decided to leave) was how hot it can get working outdoors in Phoenix AZ in the summer. Before becoming a lead installer, a lot of the work I preformed was on tile roofs in the summer heat. It was too hot. The most enjoyable part of working at Solar City for me was co-worker interaction. We spent a lot of time together and became close with who we worked with.

Pros

Compensation, Position Advancement

Cons

Extremely hot work enviroment, New company experiencing growing pains

I was told I could make $80,000 or more during the interview. I didn't even make half of that. This job is great if you're the 1 in 10+ people who just has a natural flare for sales. Do not believe the job listings that say the salary is $100,000. I spoke to 2 people during my time there that made that much and it took years. Management is unrealistic and not helpful. There were some great managers there but due to the poor communication skills and organization, successfully practices of one manager aren't shared with managers with extremely high turnover. In the time I was there, my manager lost an employee a month.

I would strongly suggest against working here.

Pros

Nice people, maintain own schedule

Cons

Terrible management, expensive benefits. I could go on and on

I call clients who are either assigned to me by the company or I meet during events. I schedule an appointment where I explain the benefits of going solar which could be acquired at no cost to clients. In my job, I learned how the utility company charges the consumer and how going solar can actually reduce the bills and simultaneously help the environment. Management is supportive and provide us with a car, laptop, continuous training and incentives to do our job well. Co-workers are always available to support one another. The hardest part of the job is when I was starting out and didn't have enough clients to meet the quota. Also, the quota is regularly changed and raised.

The most enjoyable part of the job is knowing I am making a difference helping the customers and the environment.

A typical day at solar city begins at 7am arriving to the job site. Everyone new their positions and would get to work as soon as we go the go ahead. If everything ran smoothly the team would be like clockwork. Working at solarcity i learn how to read both engineering plan and electrical plans. i learned the inner workings of Photovoltaic systems and the importance of house structure. The hardest part of the job would have to be working on high pitch roofs whilst hoisting panels. It takes a toll on the body a bit but when the job is done everyone feels a great sense of accomplishment.

Working as a team to make sure every aspect of the job is flawless and taking pride in the crew's workmanship .

Pros

Excellent benefits, excellent pay, good working hours.

Cons

uncertainy of job size

Don't even contemplate on this position. No salary. Like working for charity?, this is the place. Management is micro management. Run a kiosk and get spied on and humiliated. Expect to sell your soul. Beyond horrendous. Youll be promised the moon but recieve unfulfilled promises. Im.not sugarcoatING from other reviews. This is truth. Youll regret the day you stayed with this job. Never worked with so many unhappy people in my life. Don't be fooled by false expectations. Solar a fun industry. But least get a company that will pay you for your time, rather than working fir nothing.

Pros

Healthcare. But doesnt cover that much

My experience with SolarCity is that the organization is all about growth and goes through as many people as it needs. Long hours and high expectations for ok benefits. What you do get is a lot of experience in a short time. Either you work yourself out of a grunt role to better management or senior role or you leave to find greener pastures elsewhere. They are innovating thanks to Tesla technologies.
Get the experience, meet some good people and then get going to another company!

Pros

Exposure to every kind of scenario you could believe

Cons

Sales driven organization, produce or get pushed out

I really enjoyed my time at Solar City. Every day was different, with new challenges constantly being presented. I worked primarily with outside offices (government building departments). I was able to build up quite a rapport, not only with the other offices, but with many of my coworkers as well. The most difficult aspects of the job included the many hours spent driving, but still making time for all of my office work; and the required early morning shifts, with securing reliable childcare for my daughter.

I really enjoyed being an independent employee; with the ability to set my own daily route and work load; and the many different people I met and worked with every day. I loved being a part of a company that offered energy alternatives to customers; that not only decreases the carbon footprint, but saves people money.

Pros

Benefits were offered to full time employees

Cons

Refused anyone a cost of living increase, very

difficult to advance

I company I truly enjoy working with. SolarCity has a clear purpose; a clear perspective of what they want to achieve, and the clearly outlined company goals to reach it. There is a strong culture, a belief in what the company does for the betterment of people and the environment. The CEO is one who is always successful, and that creates an opportunity for others to ride his coat tails to success.

Cons

Commission only compensation

I loved the company and my coworkers. The goals were lofty but efforts were fairly rewarded, fir the most part. My only criticism is the directive form the very top to grow at any cost had huge fallout both internally and from a customer experience point of view. With that said, I was extremely grateful to be a part of growing a flourishing culture and being able to positively impact so many lives.

Pros

Culture, Mission, Altruistic Goals

Cons

Compensation took swan dive, opting for quantity over quality in hiring process.

This company has huge potential and requires hard work to succeed. Most of your day is spent out of the office. You must be a go getter to succeed and sacrifice most of your personal life. The earnings can be huge and the learning curve is steep. The only issue is that middle management only sees you as a number and when you are doing well you are praised for it, if not your are left out to dry. All of my co-workers were extremely intelligent and great to be around.The hardest part of working here is not the sales, the product sells itself it is amazing. It is coping with long day with no results and working your hardest everyday to eventually have one or two really good days with the rest being dull and boring.

The part I enjoyed most was my paychecks on a good week. You are payed weekly!

Pros

Freedom to work as you please

Cons

No work life balance.

A startup company for all practical purposes.Overall job responsibilities were still being developed, this caused the objectives to be a moving target.The overall management and staff worked tirelessly to accomplish corporate goals.

This was an amazing company to work within.

Pros

Excellent salary and benefits for a contract position. Great folks.

Fun and supportive company culture. Lot of young employees, would benefit from more women in leadership roles and a less demanding monthly quota.

Pros

Flexibility, Growth Opportunities, Excellent Product

Cons

Poor Work/Life Balance, Low Base Salary, High turn-over

Solar was one of the newest industries to me when I started at SC. I learned quickly and had the #1 sales office wide my first week. Selling solar is not easy but it is the most rewarding, to be apart of something so huge. Saving the planet, cleaning the air and helping customers avoid the high rates while most times saving money.

Pros

Benefits, Culture, Brand, Hours on the job

Cons

Commission rate, No hourly or Salary, Bonuses, work and home balance, financial purchase options to customers

I am a field energy consultant. Selling solar in PA is more difficult than I was lead to believe. Your competition is the public utilities. We sell a great product that costs more than what the homeowner is offered by their public utility. You have a base salary & then you get paid a commission typically 5 months after a job has been sold. There is very little work life balance. On holidays they are always asking the sales staff to work. Your schedule can be flexible, but very rarely is it your own. There is always pressure to work 7 days a week. If you have a family expect to work most nights & weekends for the first year of working there if not longer. There is a growing movement to generate most of your business. If you don't generate 60% of your own business don't expect to get a promotion. The product is great & the company a true visionary.

Pros

great people, being on you own

Cons

no work life balance, working all the times weekends & nights

Fun place to work and a fun product to have knowledge on. Typical day at work included contacting past customers to update on project and create referrals. Also close deals daily in order to surpass quota. Management was second to none as they are all highly qualified for their position. Co- workers are fun and hard working. Hardest part of the job was working really hard for little return. Most enjoyable was the culture at work and all the fun events.

Pros

commission. people. management

Our company has the right set of goals and idea's but the employees could be cared for better. The motivation to keep making progress is not there unless a employee has the self motivation to do so. The pay they say is competitive but many have not received raises in years.

SolarCity is a great company with great values. The only down side is how PUC's around the country and utility companies are not giving the full benefits to the customer and making solar look bad in the eye of the consumer. The company at this point in time is a reactive company versus proactive and I find that a major down fall.

Cons

Reactive rather than proactive

worked for this company and there the worst company i ever worked for there inside sales team steals your sales and commisions you brought to them from knocking on doors there management is a bunch of unqualified kids and the company will change your commision rates and benifits at there will anything to make them more profitable comes off your back and when your customers refer there friends the referal fee comes off your commission .

Working with SolarCity was one of my best experiences. Everyone was generally nice people and the mood was somewhat lax in a good way. Safety, and Quality were the two Maine focuses on the company and following those focuses was pretty easy. If given the opportunity I would work there again in the future.
I'm still young and ignorant about the benefits that were provided to me. The plans seemed decent enough and they had a 401k setup. Again, I hadn't payed too much attention to all this unfortunately.

Pros

Friendly employees, and great goals.


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