Verengo Solar Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    TSR Phoenix Arizona

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    Former Employee - TSR in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - TSR in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked 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

    Nice people to work, fun environment, very laid back. Not a whole lot to say at one time this company was a good company to work at.

    Cons

    Well before I begin telling you all of the cons about verengo let me just say I left the company because they do not appreciate their employees anymore.

    There was a time when I first began to work here that everything was great you make good money the company was doing well.

     Then about 1 year into the position the company did a massive layoff and they no longer cared about the employee's, money started getting bad . When you only make $10 an hour you truly depends on the Commission because if your is sales that's what you live for is the Commission and they began to changing the commission structure and making it hard for people to make good money so if they tell you that you can make good money don't believe them because only a few people do., and they have their favorites.

    This is truly a boiler room environment when you're on top you're on top but when you're on the bottom trust me you're on the bottom.
    The leads that they give you are very old to call and you won't be getting any inbound calls unless you become, what they call a A Rep.

    However if you are young and you want to get some sales experience on making outbound calls and try to talk to customers to set appointments then this is a good job for you.

    Advice to Management

    Management is young and they have no direction. The company has been around for about 5 years and they just started to promote within. Very bad communication skills the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing.

  2. Flexible hours, good work environment, low pay, and no benefits (if part-time)

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Canvasser in Anaheim, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work environment is positive and supportive. The hours are flexible.

    Cons

    The pay is low considering the physical and psychological effort put into the work. You will work outside, sometimes on rainy or very hot days, and face constant rejection from homeowners. This is not easy work.

    You will not receive benefits unless you work full time. Most Canvassers work part-time because the demand to produce more appointments working full time makes the work more difficult. There is a ranking system and if you fall below the quota, you can't work full time, so there is a disincentive to work full time. Overall, Canvassers don't receive benefits because they are mostly working part-time.

    There is a lot of lead cancellations, so you might not even get paid for some appointments you set.

    High turnover of Canvassers.

    Advice to Management

    The work is challenging enough already the company should offer more financial incentives.

  3. Nice folks lack direction and real leads

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Consultant
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Consultant

    I worked at Verengo Solar

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

    Pros

    Very casual environment, possibly a bit too casual for my taste. Outside Sales Reps have the potential to make great money.

    Cons

    The Inside Sales Position seems like an after thought for the company. I worked here during a time of many changes and lots of unrest. They hired a team of about 18 folks and only three people were left 90 days later. The Solar Market is adjusting and there seem to be so much uncertainty and direction. The leads we were provided with had been beat to death.. and new leads were few and far between. These new leads were filtered to the most tenured agents and there as very little opportunity to gain any momentum if your new. Hopefully this will change as time goes on.

    Advice to Management

    Very mixed signals one manager told me he saw huge potential in me and he was excited to have me on the team. The very next week I was also laid off in a new series of cuts. So who knows..sometimes you have to clean house and recruit new folks when you have a whole new management team. Personal feelings aside I think the new management team if working together can remedy the issues and develop a solid sales floor.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Ok Company to Work For

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    • 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 a year)

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

    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

  6. Helpful (1)

    A fascinating opportunity in a growing business segment.

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative

    I worked at Verengo Solar full-time

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

    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.

  7. Fun

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    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Need more bilingual people in call centers.

  8. Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Schedule (Five Words Now?)

    Cons

    Get results or you are out.

    Advice to Management

    None

  9. Helpful (2)

    Frequent and disorganized change at local level

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    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    create stability to reduce churn

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

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    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. A lot of potential

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    • 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)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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