American Solar Direct

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    Great for experienced sales and great training and support for inexperienced sales

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solar Consultant
    Current Employee - Solar Consultant

    I have been working at American Solar Direct full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very positive atmosphere, great team spirit, great management - management dedicated to training and helping Solar Consultants succeed, management very open to listening for feedback from everyone in the company on how they can improve. Having owned an employee benefit firm for many years, I've seen what is out there and American Solar Direct is up with the top of them, this shows that they truly care about their employees and their families well being and I appreciate that. Management also cares about work-life balance, there is no issue asking for time off. We do not have to work all the hours God sends and this is very much appreciated. The hours Solar Consultants work (sales) are when homeowners are home as we are a direct marketing firm -Monday - Friday 3pm - 8pm; Saturday OR Sunday 9:30am - 6pm (very few of us work Sundays but hours are flexible so if we want to we can work on a Sunday). The bottom line is this is a company that is working very hard to attract and retain employees, that values their employees and actively seeks employee input on how to do things better.

    Cons

    - It is Direct Marketing door-to-door sales - not everyone even very experienced sales people is comfortable with door-to-door sales. You will get the occasional rude homeowner! Fortunately most homeowners are really nice and they are very open to learning about solar. This is where we lose new hires,many don't make it through the first week as they are uncomfortable knocking on homeowners doors. The bottom line is, door-to-door sales is very effective, it gives us a real opportunity to talk to homeowners and dispell any misunderstanding, explain the savings and open up discussion on why it makes sense to look at solar. It would be very hard to do this over the phone, There is nothing like looking a homeowner in the eye and asking him or her why they are not interested in going solar - understanding where they are coming from helps us tailor our discussion and get their buy in...
    - 'Must like Dogs!' - If you are terrified of dogs this is not the job for you as most homeowners love them so they will greet you at most doors.
    - Must like working weekday evenings 3pm - 8pm and Saturday and/or Sunday 11am till 6pm - Hours are flexible but our job means talking with homeowners at the door or across their dining room table we have to work the hours when they are at home. This would be a great job for moms who cannot afford expensive day care who can work these hours.
    - We tell homeowners at the door and at their kitchen or dining table that not every home can go solar, issues with roof, electrical can prevent sales moving forward - this is disappointing for homeowner and also disappointing for our Solar Consultants who worked very hard to get those sales but it is no different for us than our competitors, this is going to happen, we will run into homes that we cannot install solar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the conversations going with staff, continue to be open to new ideas and input - you will hear everything you need to help you make American Solar Direct an outstanding company. Thank you for listening!

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American Solar Direct Interviews

Updated Feb 25, 2015
Updated Feb 25, 2015

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    Sales Consultant Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at American Solar Direct.

    Interview Details

    Very professional, somewhat intimidating, look your best and present a can-do attitude. Ultimately, ASD hires just about anyone for this job. This is what's called a churn and burn position. They are looking to get as many bodies in the training room knowing that plenty of people will drop within the first week of training and few people actually make it past their 30 window. There's a good chance that if you have a pulse you will get this job. This is not an easy job, you will likely make no money and quit. Their business model is to pay you nothing unless you produce and they count on folks dropping off. So if you're up for a challenge, dress well, be confident, and go into the interview knowing that you're signing up from something far a cakewalk and most people don't make it. Be prepared to explain why you are not most people.

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Website www.americansolardirect.com
Headquarters Los Angeles, CA
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 2008
Type Company - Private
Industry Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year

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