Verengo Solar Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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Pros
  • Competitive pay and a friendly, fast-paced company culture (in 8 reviews)

  • The overall company culture and atmosphere is fantastic (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Fast-paced, always something new (in 7 reviews)

  • growing pains and finding balance gets to be a challenge (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Changing environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA

    I have been working at Verengo Solar full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you worked here, you'd prob make several good career connections and friendships.

    Cons

    The new crew of executives is clique-y... Doesn't always feel we're on the same team anymore. No job security.

    Advice to Management

    Come down to earth and talk to your employees.
    And teach recruiting to write more authentic sounding reviews.


  2. People don

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Verengo Solar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They pay ok, the phoenix management team was great.

    Cons

    This co. isn't what it was 2 years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your employees.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great company until the CEO/CFO decided to jump ship.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TSR in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - TSR in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Verengo Solar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to get into if you can jive with their "squeezing blood from a turnip" leads.
    Thankfully, most of managements "requirements" are just bluster at the moment because they lost most of their good reps.
    Decent benefits, PTO/sick days.

    Cons

    oh boy. The past 6-8 months has not been good for this company, or rather for it's employees. Despite the constant "everything's always sunny" attitude of management, This company is in a rather dark place. Upper management constantly changing from one month to the next, every change brings a complete overhaul in direction. They "refocused into smaller markets" which basically means they laid off about 1/2 of their overall workforce, and then cut a lot of their marketing. Everyone but the tip-top of sales and reps is basically pulling in about 60% of what we were pulling in last year.

    Advice to Management

    For those of you who actually stick around for longer than a month; good luck keeping the quality people you guys had a year ago on what you are paying them now. A lot of promises and not much actual delivery. Funny how we have all the talk of sacrifice when Verengo was on the ropes and yet we're "profitable" now and the sacrifice just became the new norm.

    Advice to people looking for a job here: keep on looking.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not as sunny as it used to be.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Torrance, CA

    I have been working at Verengo Solar full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Renewable solar energy cool factor, recognized company name.

    Cons

    Verengo Solar was an excellent company to work for when I first started working here a couple years ago but the work condition has deteriorated overtime.

    These are the reasons why I am not happy with Verengo:

    1. Too much workload. There are fewer people doing more work than before.
    2. Low compensation and benefits. Not many paid holidays.
    3. No direction from senior level management. Company plans are changing on a weekly, monthly basis. No one knows what is going on.
    4. Limited opportunity for promotion.
    5. Everyone is kind of in their own world and don't like to cooperated with other departments.

    Advice to Management

    Please come up with a long term strategy and stick to it.


  6. Helpful (4)

    I'm glad it's over

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Verengo Solar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In my 3+ years there I met alot of good people... most of whom were laid-off.

    Cons

    Don't expect hard work to get you anything because it's all about who you know.

    Many people are expected to do multiple jobs with no increased compensation.

    The managers are all about themselves and often hold people back for selfish reasons. Anytime you ask how you can advance or get a raise you are fed a series of lies, patted on the head, and sent back to your desk.

    If you want to work here be prepared to be taken advantage of.

    I can't believe I convinced myself to stay for so long.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating people like interchangeable machine parts and start learning from your mistakes.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Little pay but some good people

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solar Advocate in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Solar Advocate in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Verengo Solar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some nice people, awesome hr lady, fun pep rally meetings but management was never sure what they wanted

    Cons

    Little pay, no job security

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to your employees


  8. Helpful (5)

    don't believe the hype - the 4+ star rating is just an internal PR scam

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Verengo Solar full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    opportunity to make an ok living, not great, just ok
    get experience in the still excitingly fresh solar industry
    good initial training

    Cons

    Beware - Verengo employees are constantly encouraged to submit positive reviews on websites like Glassdoor to make the co look better ... seriously!

    absolutely no work-life balance and the company truly doesn't live up to its values
    pay is sub par when compared to most other major solar companies around
    serious lack of communication from top down with too much secrecy and behind closed doors dealings
    no real appreciation for the employees on the front lines
    impossible to get quick answers or real support from anyone
    overly complicated pay structure that no one seems to understand or able to explain how a rep gets paid
    upper management not interested or willing to listen to suggestions from the field or shall we say cries for help
    Im not even going to mention the poor customer service ... what a giant headache!
    the whole company seems so poorly ran that I don't even know how they managed to pull it off for so long LOL

    Advice to Management

    stop worrying so much about the image and start actually taking care of your employees


  9. Helpful (2)

    Outside Sales Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative

    I worked at Verengo Solar full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The sales training was quite good. Good mission and product. Provided some great tools. Good values on paper. Weekly pay schedule. If you can find the right person in the company, things usually get taken care of. Good product and service personnel.

    Cons

    Huge disconnect between training and actual job duties and reality. Very little internal communication between departments. Questions? Its almost impossible to get answers about very simple things. Once in a while, you may luck out and someone will actually be able to answer your question. By far, the biggest issue is that this company is wasting a huge amount of money by keeping reps in the car driving long distances visiting unqualified leads, instead of prospecting and in front of ready to purchase customers. people in many departments seem to "do their job" but the organization has very little coordination. You cannot plan your schedule because the company leads come in late the night before. Old software tools, so many bugs and greatly reduces efficiency and ultimately costs so many sales because increases the turnaround time with customer. No real customer communication process beyond the lead acquisition stage-the sales reps are required to jump through so many hoops just to sign a contract with a customer.

    Advice to Management

    Decide on where you want to go and sell the company. You need to streamline your operations and re-design/re-evaluate your sales process, if yo want to survive in this highly competitive environment.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Expectations, promises and values do not match the practices.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative

    I worked at Verengo Solar full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Their stated concept and story was compelling. Their stated core values are solid and well stated. I meet several employees who seemed very happy, responsive and helpful.

    Cons

    The lack of structure and follow through in the sales training become evident as time exposed. The operations side was in constant disarray, which they referred to as being dynamic. The sales methods are hard boiled. On many occasions leads are not qualified for the product being offered. Some of the mid level leaders were passive aggressive, overtly aggressive and sometimes child like. Opportunities were not delivered as promised, which they turned into personal shortcomings. I was very disenchanted with my experience and felt it was extremely unfair. I received similar feedback from many others in similar positions.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people that reflect the stated Verengo values and design your programs accordingly. Educate representatives about competition. Don't speak ill of your former business partners, competitors or past employees; its very unprofessional. Develop and invest in your talent. Support their growth without ridicule or subversive actions. Trust your representatives with the information necessary to prosper and know with proper support, ongoing training and good leadership they can deliver a wonderful product to the public.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Company vibe and structure, poor management.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Verengo Solar

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive pay, great structure, awesome company culture that really emphasizes the team. It seems like people here genuinely want each other to succeed.

    Cons

    sometimes feels like management shoots from the hip with a lot of decisions. Some decisions are made rashly at all levels of leadership and really leave you scratching your head.



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