PV (photovoltaic) designer (Former Employee), san mateo, CA – October 10, 2014
If you like being up all hours of the night meeting demanding production and quality standards, being threatened with your job frequently, and working absurd hours with no overtime, then this is the place for you ;)
Warehouse Manager (Former Employee), Henderson, NV – October 3, 2014
Pros: good people
Cons: decent job if you have no life
Good company , decent benefits, Very long house and no respect from other managers. Warehouse dept was referred to "the bottom of the barrel" and "feces"in those exact words from upper management . When told this to my boss nothing was done. Horrible upper management.
Productive; in charge of our own accounts; friendly competitions
Field Energy Specialist (Former Employee), San Diego, CA – September 14, 2014
Pros: make our own schedules, commission plus hourly
Cons: slow days when slow traffic
I get up and go to different home depots I am assigned to and set up a booth. I network with associates at the stores and inspire to get leads for solar. I do a lot of prospect selling by setting up appointments for someone to get solar if the price if lower than their electric bill. I have customers have one project in mind and change it to the solar – more... project. I must set up the right expectations for the the in-home consultant or else the sale will not go through. I build value and entice the customer to go solar and the consulltant simply shows him/her the price an there goes a sell. They need us just as bad as we need them for our commissions. – less
SENIOR SOLAR CONSULTANT (Former Employee), Rocky Hill, CT – September 12, 2014
Pros: best positioned company in the market. great brand recognition.
Cons: don't value employees. crazy hours. poor management. poor pay.
SolarCity is by far the largest player in the market. Their product is good but overpriced, positioning is great but management is terrible and extremely unrealistic. I was promised a six-figure salary as a senior sales consultant and barely made half that first year. I did sell the volume in that time, but cancellations were rampant as the company – more... doesn't support you or your customers after the sale and disqualify a disproportionally higher number of homes than the industry average, thereby constantly taking commissions off the table. In reality you have to produce 200% of your monthly goal to make the kind of money they suggest you can make. Couple of my customers said it best..."looks to me, the only one making money in this deal is SolarCity" and that includes the Consultants. Management team is young and inexperienced and many of the employees are constantly changing. I had 4 different managers in my first year and sales consultants were coming and going at an alarming rate. They simply aren't committed to employees working in a sales role. – less
FEC (Current Employee), San Fernando Valley – September 5, 2014
Pros: flexible schedule
Cons: work 7 days a week; upper management unrealistic in monthly goals
1. The idea and the premise is wonderful! BUT
Many roofs are not eligible or need re-roofing. Electical need to be up to date as well. These are no longer part of what SC builds in the leases so the job of the FEC/FES has become more difficult. Thus making net goal each month becomes more and more difficult. the homeowners need to make their roofs – more... "solar ready".
My team, 10 out of 16 did not make net goal. They are in danger of separation.
2. Co-workers all strive to make the jobs complete. A helping hand is always available.
3. Direct management tries very hard but they are under the thumbs of upper management who care only for numbers. There are some great people managers-not so much in upper management. Upper management want to see numbers--quantity vs quality.
4. Typically, your life is SC for the next 9 months to a year. Provided you get past the 90 day probation. SC uses this to gauge performance as any company but what they do not tell you is that ONCE you train in Vegas, your contract with the low sales quota is gone. You are subject to the now extreme.goals that are now net.
In addition, the weekly reports that are handed in to management are apparently used to substitute the procedure that CA Labor Law maintains to lay grounds for separation. SC does not play fair.
5. SC looks great on paper but the pressure that is laid on the FEC/FES is tremendous and certainly they are not protected in any way. If the numbers are not there despite some very obvious reasons, management does not care. This company is now becoming a revolving door for sales.
6. Honestly, the best part of the job is talking to families who could benefit from the solar energy use. – less
Energy Advisor (Former Employee), San Mateo, CA – July 8, 2014
Inexperienced people should not make schedules Spent loads of money on Sales Conference and were not reachable like they said they would be Reported others not following policies and they were promoted Harassed by coworker and "investigation" was a joke Commissions clawed back because consultants lied
Installer Technician (Current Employee), Rocky Hill, CT – June 22, 2014
Pros: good food
sdddSGREERGEGEGAGDFSServicing fire and smoke detection systems, troubleshooting and minor repair and replacements of parts and material. Responsible for meeting customer expectations while performing quality inspections. Perform routine inspections, testing, and preventative maintenance of SimplexGrinnell as well as similar competitive manufacturer's – more... product line. Sellproducts or services performed by SimplexGrinnell not being utilized by customer. Complete Service Requests & follow and maintain a highly structured inspection schedule.Complete assigned inspections on time. – less
Junior PV Installer (Former Employee), Sacramento, CA – May 27, 2014
Pros: opportunities for growth. benefits. pay. vacation. schedule. success.
A safe and clean workplace. While working hard I had a great experience learning and growing from this employer. I had one of the best groups of coworkers that one would describe as reliable and professional. A typical day working for SolarCity would be maintaining a safe working environment while getting the job finished. I enjoyed working for this – more... company because I take pride in my work. After finishing a project I would feel good about myself as well as the work I accomplished. To me there was no hard part of the job considering I work hard and pride myself on being successful. This company was so organized, a well managed workplace. – less