Verengo Solar

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Verengo Solar Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
142 Reviews
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142 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok Company to Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Deal Review Analyst in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Deal Review Analyst in Torrance, CA

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

    Pros

    - Very Flexible Schedules
    - Exciting bonus
    - Work from Home opportunity
    - room for growth with a clause

    Cons

    - no job security, can be fired at anytime
    - you put in your all and dont get recognized
    - company only care about meeting their target and nothing else
    - too much work for little pay
    - over worked staff
    - you have to be mean to get promoted

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A fascinating opportunity in a growing business segment.

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    • 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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, expense and draw structure.

    Cons

    Communication is sorely lacking but somewhat expected for a <5 year old company. Especially from National Sales Mgr.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fun

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Canvasser in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Canvasser in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Verengo Solar part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of great, encouraging people who really want to see you succeed .

    Cons

    Not stable, portals hardly ever work. Gets very discouraging and you can lose your job very quickly . This job is not for just any one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more bilingual people in call centers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Canvasser in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Canvasser in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Verengo Solar part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Schedule (Five Words Now?)

    Cons

    Get results or you are out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 12 people found this helpful  

    A lot of good people, but the company is struggling to meet its growth goals.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Company put on quarterly events for employees, and gave awards for outstanding performance. Human Resources was generally responsive.

    Cons

    First you need to understand why companies like Verengo, and it's many competitors like Solar City have sprung up overnight since 2009. Current solar technology cannot generate a kilowatt hour of electricity as cheaply as you can buy it off of the grid. Residential installations typically cost upwards of $50,000 and the panels lose 1% of their efficiency per year. But in 2009 a 30% federal tax credit was passed and in some states the utility companies were forced into guaranteed electricity buy-back programs which spawned the current solar panel sales boom in those states ie California. Barring a great leap in panel technology, once the current tax credits expire in 2017, the industry may shut down as quickly as it started unless the tax credits are extended, a very iffy proposition. Because of the high up-front cost, Verengo structures most of the deals as 20 year leases. As long as you see the big picture going in, Verengo can be a decent place to earn a living and pick up some valuable work experience for as long as it lasts.

    I worked in the Phoenix office for one year. The office contains the telemarketing call center and IT management. The main office is in Torrance, California. It's worthy to note that Verengo has worked very hard at a public relations campaign to promote itself as a "best place to work". Recently the company made CareerBuilder.com's list of "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona". This was after a carefully organized internal campaign to get employees to respond favorably to the CareerBuilder.com annual survey. The local media, most notably reporters and photographers from the Arizona Republic, were present at a recent Wednesday afternoon sales rally, known as a "rah-rah" for the award presentation.

    While Verengo certainly wasn't the worst employer I've ever worked for, the well crafted public image often doesn't match up with reality. Salaried personnel are often expected to work long hours of uncompensated overtime and to check and respond to emails and texts when away from the office. Many middle level managers work 7 days a week. Employee turnover was common. You might see a sales manager leading a Wednesday "rah-rah" pep rally, extolling the virtues of the company, and then be gone the next day. Some people were swept out abruptly, leaving in tears. At a Wednesday "rah-rah" in early January of 2013, management announced that all employees would be forced to take one unpaid furlough day per month, and use one day of vacation. We were told to never reveal this to the outside world. It might tarnish the carefully crafted public image.

    To be fair, there are a lot of fine, hard working people at Verengo. Your experience will depend on your attitude and work ethic of course, but also on who you have as a manager. My hope for all the good people still working there is that the company will survive until solar panel technology improves and the industry can thrive on its own without taxpayer subsidies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit stepping over dollars to pick up dimes. Set up anonymous grading for rank and file employees to rate their managers, then seriously consider their feedback.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frequent and disorganized change at local level

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Bakersfield, CA

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

    Pros

    The company has a very solid product and a good reputation with its existing customers. Great job for a single person with no kids.

    Cons

    constant state of change with policy and practice with poor communication at local level. Not a job for a family person. Late nights running poor company leads

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create stability to reduce churn

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I like the people I work with, but the commission for inside sales is the worst!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Consultant in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Verengo Solar full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people I work with are great, we try and make the best out of everyday.

    Cons

    The commission for inside solar consultants is by far the worst. What other solar company pays you based on the kw rate you sell at compared to the size of the system? You can sell a 40K system and make $50!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get up to date with the times. The commission structure we are using is based on 2 or 3 years ago when the competition wasn't as strong. Now we are bidding against 4 or 5 different companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A lot of potential

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

    Pros

    - casual work environment
    - flexible hours (most departments)
    - some managers are very supportive, engaged, and responsive to team member needs, aspirations, skills
    - willing to take risks on hiring/ developing people who otherwise may not have had same opportunities in other companies
    - if you can prove a new function/niche is necessary, a person can almost create a new role within/ among team(s)
    - most workplace peers are great to work with, and most team members are very dedicated regardless of appreciation or compensation
    - most workplace peers are genuinely excited about solar energy and renewables as a movement

    Cons

    - growing pains (from small company to medium company)
    - disorganization - from basic communication to important processes and high-level issues
    - some very poor/negative management (at various levels)
    - no clear sense of direction of company, or clear sense of "who we are"
    - job security (especially around the end of the year)
    - lack of cohesion among teams, within office locations and among the different office locations and cultures
    - terrible health insurance options
    - low vacation allowance, few holidays
    - expect to frequently work longer than normal hours, even if salaried
    - despite being a solar company, no emphasis on sustainable practices in the workplace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Potential improvements: clear communication, transparency in direction, training for all teams but especially teams not based in CA headquarters, open up to two-way communication and evaluation (your employees are the best source for good ideas and solutions), bring back the KP health insurance option, prioritize quality over quantity
    Continue: encouraging the fantastic managers - use them as an example for management strategies, promoting and developing talent within, encourage cross- department experiences.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    company review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Verengo Solar full-time

    Pros

    Growing company however it's not easy to advance for more pay

    Cons

    Employees are not compensated up to market standards

  11.  

    Not much training. Limited rewards

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

    I have been working at Verengo Solar part-time

    Pros

    *Pay you hourly and you get to make your own schedule.
    *$60 for each appointment and $100 extra if it turns into sales, some people if they live in a good area can get 3-4 appointments, most, if they work hard will get 0-2.

    Cons

    *Provide better training to employees. One day of training and then one more day of in-field training is no where near enough to set us up for any type of success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer better training and guidance to the canvassers. The monthly meeting is a waste of time

    Doesn't Recommend

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