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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  2. Nations Leading Solar Power Installation Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tremendous growth - grew to be one of the nations largest. Great brand, tremendous marketing. Wonderful people.

    Cons

    CEO hired a CFO from the newspaper industry that did ruined the company


  3. Leading Solar Installation Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great founder and solar product

    Cons

    Challenged to get an executive who could scale installations.


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  5. " the wild west"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A good product, a good service. My direct manager was very competent but his superiors were anything but.. Most of the non management were very nice people, all working working hard because they liked the idea of solar.

    Cons

    Just a lot of back stabbing because everyone is worried about looking bad and getting fired. They fire A LOT of people. I think this is because they promote unqualified ( but willing) people too often and then fire them when they cannot do the job. The pay is quite low also. The best way I can describe this company is that management change their mind like the wind and then the rest of the company jack-knifes to respond to the input. It was not a good working environment so I moved on.

    Advice to Management

    They need experienced management who can make sense of a chaotic work force. They need to project much further down the road and see how their choices today will strongly affect next month, etc. I always felt this company had potential to be a great place to work, it just needs a different style of management in place. Good luck to them


  6. Solar company shut down installations to promote distribution

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good salary, before layoffs and business unit shut down

    Cons

    massive layoffs, no communication to staff. There was a lack of connection between senior management and the staff.

    Advice to Management

    don't let personal financial trouble affect your business



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