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Verengo Solar Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
11 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great Work Environment - Fast paced work environment with a Family feel to the company, not a corporate juggernaut (in 8 reviews)

  • Competitive pay, great structure, awesome company culture that really emphasizes the team (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • It's a very competitive and fast-paced environment, may not be suitable for everyone (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Not as sunny as it used to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    I'm glad it's over

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

    I worked at Verengo Solar

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Little pay but some good people

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

    I worked at Verengo Solar

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be honest to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Outside Sales Representative

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Expectations, promises and values do not match the practices.

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company vibe and structure, poor management.

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

    I worked at Verengo Solar

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Frustrating experience and long hours

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

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

    Pros

    There are good people to work with. Compensation is good, mostly due to all the overtime accumulated.

    Cons

    There is an expectation to work 12-14 hours a day. Being managed by people in AZ about jobs in northern CA. Scheduling of job assignments can be frustrating, you do not know where you will be going the next day until late the night before.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management leaves a lot to be desired.

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

    I have been working at Verengo Solar part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule is the only pro I can think of

    Cons

    Verengo used to offer their employees a lot more autonomy for field positions. This is no longer the case. There might be some good reasons for this, as not all employees deserve autonomy, but instead of finding people who are motivated to work without supervision, they are taking a different approach. Because of these changes there is a very high turnover in their canvassing program, which was not the case when I first started here. Verengo seems to be trying to pay their employees as little as possible, they are not rewarding hard work currently, and they have an attitude towards their employees that we are easily replaceable. I am currently looking for another job. It is sad because Verengo was a very upbeat place to work not so long ago. They pay the least of any solar marketing program, and they expect way too much for hardly any benefits and part time hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of being focused on whether or not you have a job, you should focus on those you are overseeing to see that they have a job that can at least sustain their life. You get what you pay for, and if you are paying the least amount industry-wide, you are going to get very little productivity. Try attracting strong human resources with good pay and respect your employees. You do not do that, you will continue to go through employees like toilet paper.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Business Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Technology Analyst in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Business Technology Analyst in Torrance, CA

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

    Pros

    Not a hard job, very easy. flexible hours

    Cons

    can't move up much because industry is declining - too grant based

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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