Next Step Living

  www.nextstepliving.com
  www.nextstepliving.com

Next Step Living – Why Work For Us?

Green-Collar Careers Start Here.

Next Step Living: an Inc. 500 Company

Named to the Inc. 500 List of fast-growing companies, the 2014 Global Cleantech 100  and a New England Clean Energy Council Employer of the Year, Next Step Living® is a great place to not just work but a company where you can build a green-collar career.

A green-collar career means that we offer paths to growth, development and added responsibilities. Not just jobs.

Our Culture Reflects Good Energy.

Between our two offices, one in Boston’s Innovation District and the other in New Haven, Conn., we have more than 800 employees. Most work full time, but many have part-time positions. Some work in field positions as energy advisors and skilled technicians, while others work in our call center in sales and support positions. All enjoy training opportunities and monthly socials, as we work to strike that important balance between doing great work for our customers and enjoying what we do as the leading whole-home energy solutions company.

We also offer a great environment (ask us about our Chief Morale Officer, the black lab known as Katahdin), with members of the leadership team readily available for a quick chat in our café and with individual and team excellence recognized in a company-wide awards program.

And, of course, Next Step Living offers a competitive benefits package that includes:

  • Medical and dental insurance
  • 401(k) plan
  • FSA for medical care and transportation, dependent care
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Flexible paid-time off

Take the next step. Build your green-collar career at Next Step Living.

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Chief Morale Officer at Next Step Living - Katahdin

When not snoozing in one of her strategically placed beds in the office, seven-year old Katahdin makes her rounds among Next Step Living employees. (Of course, those with treats get more frequent and longer visits, usually punctuated by Katahdin insistently pointing her nose to the spot where she knows the goods are stashed.) This black lab is our chief morale officer. The companion of longtime employee Dave Boettcher, Katahdin is at work just about every day, commuting with Dave between our Boston and New Haven offices.

Dave started with Next Step Living in 2008 as one of our first Next Step Living energy advisors. Through the years, Dave’s green-collar career with the company has included managing our operations, leading the creation of our insulation department and growing our energy advisor team by dozens and dozens. While today Dave is the general manager of our Connecticut office and responsible for our advisor team, Katahdin continues to attend to anyone up for a game of catch or in need of a quick nuzzle. 

We’re Practivists.

Practical + Activist = Practivist

All of us at Next Step Living®™ want to make a difference: Protect the planet by making home energy efficiency and solar power easy, accessible and affordable.

Doing that requires a practical, workable approach that supports our unabashedly activist agenda. It calls for practivism. We think we’ve met that challenge by building a business focused on not just one bottom line but rather a triple bottom line:

  • People
  • Planet
  • Potential

We’ve mobilized socially conscious, environmentally aware and performance-driven people to make homes more energy-efficient with smaller carbon footprints. As our business grows, our ability to make an impact grows.

We’re practivists. And proud of it.


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Next Step Living Home Energy Solutions


Your One-Stop Resource for Home Energy Services

If you want to save money on your utility bills and live more comfortably and sustainably in your home, you’ve come to the right place. We make it easy and affordable for you to get the advice and services you need. Whether you’re interested in getting a home energy evaluation, need to upgrade your heating-and-cooling system or are interested in solar power, we can help. We can even replace your windows.

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Evaluation

A home energy evaluation gives you a thorough overview of how you could make your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter while shrinking your monthly utility bill and your carbon footprint.

An evaluation takes just a few hours of your time and leaves you with an action plan of recommended next steps that could lead to years of benefits. Some recommendations you can even implement on the spot, at the end of your visit.

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Home-Energy Solutions Company

Taking the Mystery out of Home Energy Efficiency and Solar Power

Next Step Living is the groundbreaking company on a mission to make it easy, affordable and rewarding for homeowners to implement energy-saving solutions.

Founded in Boston in 2008, the company is unique in offering a whole-home approach that helps homeowners:

  • Save energy and money
  • Reduce their carbon footprint
  • Live more comfortably

Information Resource and Service Provider.

one-stop resource for informed advice, expert workmanship and guidance about available incentives and rebates, Next Step Living partners with more than 400 municipalities, civic organizations and leading corporations to deliver energy-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions. Those solutions include:

  • Home energy evaluations
  • Weatherization work (air sealing and insulation)
  • Roofing and windows
  • Heating and cooling (ductless mini splits, HVAC systems)
  • Solar panel installation

Named to the Inc. 500 list of fast-growing companies, the 2014 Global Cleantech 100 and recognized by the New England Clean Energy Council as an employer of the year, Next Step Living has almost 800 employees in Massachusetts and Connecticut, where early in 2013 we opened our second office.

Next Step Living Reviews

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    Room for growth/ Moving in the right direction

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    Former Employee - Field Marketing Coordinator in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Field Marketing Coordinator in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Next Step Living full-time

    Pros

    I canvassed for the New Haven branch. Very insightful, though overworked canvassing manager. As far as the job goes....it's canvassing, so you kind of get what you expect when you're knocking on random doors.

    Cons

    Worked with a strange mix of people, far too many dudebros lacking in any sort of empathy/awareness for other humans (which is unfortunate for the customer service field) and some really friendly people. Takes all kinds, I guess.

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    They're doing a great job overall. My biggest suggestion? Hire more women and people of color. Every growing company of the 21st century knows that more diverse teams make better decisions and tend to be more sustainable (the name of the game at NSL). The current status quo makes no sense considering the New Haven populace, many of whom are looking for jobs. Perhaps consider revising hiring criteria and outreach strategies.

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Next Step Living Interviews

Updated Nov 24, 2014
Updated Nov 24, 2014

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    The company's hiring process is very similar to their sales techniques. Make grandiose claims, promises they can't keep, try to convince you they are doing good for the planet. It doesn't take long to realize that the only way to hit the incentives numbers they promise you is to work the maximum hours, and pressure your customers into taking sales visits they don't want and/or don't need. This entire company is a sales and marketing show, they have no interest in, or knowledge of, the energy efficiency or home improvement industry. As soon as they make a sale, they are on to the next one, and the customer is given little guidance in navigating the incentive process, the financing options, or how to operate their new system. Similarly, with regard to their employees, they employ a sink or swim strategy, constantly shift the targets and how you are incentivized/compensated, and when you burn out they tell you that "maybe this job isn't the best fit for you..."

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Next Step Living Awards & Accolades

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Pacesetters - Fastest Growing Private Companies, Boston Business Journal, 2014
Global Cleantech 100, Cleantech Group, 2013
Top 100 Energy Companies (# 6), Inc. Magazine 500/5000, 2013
Top 100 Massachusetts Companies (# 4), Inc. Magazine 500/5000, 2013
Top Company Boston Metro Area (#4), Inc. Magazine 500/5000, 2013
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Additional Info

Website www.nextstepliving.com
Headquarters Boston, MA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 2008
Type Company - Private
Industry Construction, Repair & Maintenance
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year

At Next Step Living, New England's leading residential energy services company, we believe everyone should be able to spend less to be comfortable in their home. We take a whole-home approach which enables us to provide personalized recommendations on how to improve your home’s efficiency and sustainability.

To meet our customers’ home energy needs, we offer a variety of solutions that can increase their home’s comfort and reduce their energy bills including:

• Home energy assessments
• Air sealing and insulation
• Access to renewable energy
• Heating and cooling...
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