Akeena Solar Reviews

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Akeena Solar President, CEO, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director Barry Cinnamon
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  • High Potential Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA

    I worked at Akeena Solar full-time (More than 5 years)

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    Pros

    Great product. Akeena led the industry with leadership in the invention of integrated PV panels. The company had a powerful marketing presence, great brand, and really helped to shape the face of solar installation companies in the US.

    Cons

    Company hired executive leadership from the newspaper industry who did not have a clue about how to run a solar company. That leadership was the demise of Akeena Solar.


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    Installer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Accepted Offer
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    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Akeena Solar (San Diego, CA) in September 2008.

    Interview

    I went there every day that i heard that the manager would be there to leave an impression that i really wanted the job, which i did. He had confidence in his current crew and because of the amount of time that I spent there trying to get the job, he interviewed me. I had basic knowledge of construction and he wanted to make sure that i could learn quickly and had the ability to do the physical labor. Laid back environment, with lackadaisical management. If he personally likes you, it wouldn't matter if you knew that much, but a little would help. He just looks for dedication and reliability.

    Interview Questions

    • None really, it was pretty easy, except if i could read a schematic of circuit of a solar panel system which i had no experience with, but it was easy to learn.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    He basically negotiated the entire pay and hourly, but if you have experience it wouldn't hurt to bargain. But remember the highest paid get cut first normally unless you are exceptional at your job because all in all even though Akeena is a good solar company, they are pretty cheap when it comes to the employees supplies and pay, from a construction workers standpoint.

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Website www.akeena.net
Headquarters Campbell, CA
Size 1 to 5 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Public
Industry Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
Revenue Less than $1 million (USD) per year

Ask anyone at Akeena about their company's name, and they'll tell you Akeena was the mistress of the Greek sun god Apollo. The company (which does business under the Westinghouse Solar name as the result of a 2010 partnership agreement) designs, markets, and sells solar power systems for residential and small commercial customers. Akeena was founded in 2001, and by early 2009 had installed more than 3,000 solar power systems at schools, wineries, restaurants, housing developments, and other locations. However, the company exited the installation business in ... More

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