Verengo Solar
4.2 of 5 60 reviews
www.verengosolar.com Torrance, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Verengo Solar Reviews

Updated Mar 25, 2014
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4.2 60 reviews

                             

94% Approve of the CEO

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Randy Bishop

(49 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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I like the people I work with, but the commission for inside sales is the worst!

Inside Sales Consultant (Current Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

I have been working at Verengo Solar full-time for more than a year

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

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A lot of potential

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Torrance, CA

I have been working at Verengo Solar full-time for 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 Senior ManagementPotential 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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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Verengo Solar full-time

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

ConsEmployees are not compensated up to market standards

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Not much training. Limited rewards

Canvasser (Current Employee)

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Hard workers

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Verengo Solar

ProsIn and out of office

ConsCan't think of any at the moment

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It has been a great learning experience of a new industry

Inside Sales Consultant (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat Industry do work in

Consn/a I have nothing to say

Advice to Senior Managementn/a

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Hard work for not enough pay.

Canvasser/Brand Ambassador (Current Employee)
Beaumont, CA

I have been working at Verengo Solar part-time for less than a year

ProsYou are in control of your own schedule. I prepared properly it is possible to make money.

ConsMany unpaid hours spent in preparation to solicit areas for appointments.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay canvassers more that prove to be a valuable asset to the company. Do not make employees strain and strive too much.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Several years with Verengo

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Verengo Solar full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLoyal company. Every business unit is very entrepreneurial. Stock options for those that are lucky enough to get them.

ConsDoesnt always follow-through with plans. A bit chaotic. Sr. Team members do not know the really-reallys of the business.

Advice to Senior ManagementReally make this a great place to work rather than just trying to get the "Great Place to Work" awards. Don't allow Sales to control everything. Pay what people are worth. Test before you roll out new initiatives.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Cool Place to work but they don't pay you what your worth!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Verengo Solar full-time

ProsEveryone here is really friendly and the environment is great. For the most part, I really enjoy comng into work...which is rare to say.

ConsTheir expectations are high and they don't pay you your worth, I used to love what I did but now what the company expects from me and what they pay me really do no match up.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive people a reason to stay. Yes, it's amazing the environment and family that is provided here at Verengo but show how much oyu care about your employees by paying them a decent wage.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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