Technical Training Instructor (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – October 15, 2018
Dedicated my life for a long term service. Solar encouraged my good work ethics, and all about putting enthusiasm and passion for quality, hands-on workmanship into a team effort. My exposure in many fields with in this company have allowed me to adapt each of my skills to various positions I have held. Building on the experiences from one and the skills learned from another.
Gas Compressor Rotordynamic Engineering Intern (Current Employee) – Kearny Mesa, CA – September 18, 2018
My internship lasted only 3 months but I can say that the people here are very friendly and considerate. Everyone has their own space and often keep to themselves. My biggest complaint is that they don't give me enough work at times, and then periodically give a lot of work. Pay was great for an intern, although nobody is automatically given a job just because you interned.
Systems Technician (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – August 27, 2018
A typical day is going to my daily meeting regarding project work, work in the queue, server builds and other topics that are necessary to address. Then it' s back to my desk where I address emails, incidences, tasks and working with other teammates as needed. It's important that I manage my time with doing the task(s) that take priority, which can be challenging especially when dealing with a customer based type of environment because in the customers eyes, they are priority. The most difficult part of this job is trying to satisfy everyone with the time that you have,which can take more than 8 hours in some cases. The most enjoyable part of the job is being challenged most of the time.
Controls Engineer (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – August 26, 2018
Solar Turbines is a great place to work. They offer plenty of advancement opportunity, good benefits package, fair compensation, interesting work, time off, and a wonderful employee culture with good values. Highly recommend this company.
Great place to work with a very relaxed environment and co-workers
Senior Instrumentation Engineering Technician (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – August 7, 2018
Great company when supporting research and development efforts, while it lasts. Long live the memories of dept. 205 !!!
Solar has always been feast or famine when it comes to work load/life. Hire a bunch one day, layoff a bunch the next. My direct management was stellar. The management above that individual... not so much.
The work... technically, it was leading edge without a doubt. The materials science aspect alone was worth my short stint there. Probably the most fun, relaxed and technically savvy job I could manage right after graduating. Loved the people and the atmosphere even though the "Union" side of the business was the Achilles heel of the day to day operations. Really, I could have completed much more in the time I had vice that of waiting for them to show up to see if they 'wanted' the job they were called in for to do.
Great location(s) to work and cutting edge research and development (while it lasted; RIP dept 205)
Union environment was the largest inefficiency of the operations day to day
Environmental Health and Safety Inspector (Former Employee) – Channelview, TX – June 21, 2018
I started with Solar Turbines setting up their Warehouse, during the period working there I setup Inventory and managed shipping & receiving. I later moved to Procurement ordering for projects, then returned to logistics and last Environmental Health & Safety.
I held many hats, gone through extensive training and seminars during my employment.
I clearly understand management decisions where reduction in force is required to maintain the business and reduce cost during undetermined times.
My hopes are things will return to an acceptable level of business and the facility that has helped many employees in the Houston and surrounding areas improve their quality of life being employed.
Great place to work... Yet challanges kept us movomg forward
There was inconstinance events, Not all managers were on the same page.
O&M Technician (Former Employee) – New Milford, CT – June 16, 2018
As a former employee in the O&M field in New Milford,I can attest that the job experience is completely different in the O&M field than it is anywhere else in the company. The feeling of detachment and separation from the main company is just one of the minor side effects. Management is very poor and does not support their O&M employees. When management does come, they make promises of support but never follow through on those promises. There is also a large employee turnover rate in this field, and that is mostly due to the said management. The good(?) part about the understaffing is that you can make a ton of money despite the lowball salary range they offer. The bad part is that you will practically be living there and it WILL burn you out over time. Management, in typical fashion, does not choose to recognize their deficiencies and prefers to point blame for mistakes made on the operators, despite them being worked into the ground
Lots of money to be made, decent benefits
Management, understaffing, rotating shifts, site atmosphere
Senior Design Engineer (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – May 11, 2018
A typical day at Solar Turbines consisted of the study and development of engineering design of turbine power plants. The skills gained spanned from the use of CADD systems to the design of compressor section turbine blades, including continuous improvement. The workplace culture was relaxed and focused. The challenge of meeting the end of the year production runs was a great way to build our team spirit towards a common goal.
productive, on the job education, team environment.
Operation and Maintenance Technician (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – April 14, 2018
excellent place of employment. on the job and off the job education is available. communication between departments and management was exceptional. comfortable work environment with people on many levels working together for the same goal.
Various Positions (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – April 9, 2018
Loved working at Solar Turbines! Held many different job titles and each was challenging and very rewarding. All the people I worked with loved being there! Learned all kinds of interesting things about turbine engines!!