Contract - Infrastructure Project Manager (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – January 21, 2019
Solar Turbines has several long term employees. Most people I met had been there for more than 20 years. The average age of the workforce is easily 50 and older. The culture caters to this age group.
In the IT department, they are very far behind industry standards. They were just converting to Outlook for email in 2017. Computers and laptops were very old. Data centers were in 100 year old buildings.
Productive and fun workplace with caring management
Assembler/Machine Operator (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – November 25, 2018
I am a girl and was 18 when I worked there. The environment is very friendly and most of the guys were very nice and seemed to care about my future and safety. There were little to none rude people, but they were openly mean to everyone so they are just ignored. Some supervisors are more lenient than others, but they still make sure you get your job done. Some of the employees are lazy because they have been there so long and they can't be fired, so a lot of the weight fell on my shoulders. I enjoyed doing manual labor, and everyday went by quickly as long as I was doing my job right. The hardest part of the job was the schedule, since I am a full-time student and I was working full-time, too. But other than that, job is manageable if you follow the safety protocols and ask your coworkers if you need help. They are happy to help you succeed. Overall, it's a pretty good place to work. If something doesn't feel right, talk to a more experienced coworker or a supervisor and they'll gladly help you out. Never felt unsafe or judged too harshly, everyone is extremely nice.
Control Systems Engineer (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – November 16, 2018
I cannot say enough nice things about working for Solar. The pay could have been a little better but ultimately, Solar made my career in Controls Engineering Happen. The culture is great for a big company, and you really get the sense that everyone wants to see the company succeed together.
Great People. Good work/life balance. Decent Benefits.
Can be a bit bureaucratic at times like any larger company.
MIS (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – November 6, 2018
It was a good place, but management lacked presence and was not helpful. The culture at the place was good but systematically the place is a mess, locations all over the place and there is no real connection between them.
Great company with a lot of opportunity for growth
ENTERPRISE BUSINESS PROCESS SPECIALIST (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – November 2, 2018
Excellent company, I can't think of anything bad to say. The management and staff are enjoyable to work with and work for. There's much room for growth and opportunities within and also ways to improve your skills.
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