Clean Power Finance

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Clean Power Finance Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Started unpaid, left with a recommendation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clean Power Finance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    When I started working here, it was a ~10 person deep company. The environment was nice, the co-workers were helpful, and the company grew very fast. When I left for grad school and a part time job with a different company, CPF was ~30 deep and they referred me to a new solar company closer to my graduate school.

    Cons

    It was a hectic environment at times, and the employment at the time was a revolving door.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The company was okay but management was not.

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    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Clean Power Finance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The environment was really fun. There were a lot of younger people so going out drinking after work on a Friday was a regular thing. I liked that they have a fully stocked kitchen where you can make sandwiches, have cereal, etc. I also liked that the culture was very casual.

    Cons

    There isn't room for advancement within the company. Also, the management team is very one-sided. They are not very considerate of the employees which resulted in working very long hours, being under compensated, and caused there to be a very low-morale among certain departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good potential bad execution and lot of politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clean Power Finance full-time

    Pros

    The company is in an industry with huge growth potential.
    Very committed software engineering team.
    CEO is very focussed on execution but lacks support.

    Cons

    Lot of politics for a small company.
    Inexperienced product management team that is extremely difficult to work with.
    Company has not been able to execute and deliver despite lot of opportunities
    Random layoffs and good people leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please bring in more experienced managers that can execute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Best job of my career, this is a great place to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Clean Power Finance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Highly motivating to be working for a great mission: to drive the mainstream mass-market adoption of residential solar. People are friends here. Competitive pay, good benefits, pleasant working conditions. Office is a good area, with lots of places to eat lunch and the sunny embarcadero close by. Transit heaven. It's a pleasure to come to work each day. The management really listens and engages with everyone across the company on a day to day basis. When they say they will do something, they do it. Exec team is very smart and executes strategy with reliable success. Feels like I'm working for a company that is not part of the bubble, but is contributing meaningfully to a new market which is based on clean energy, real value and clean profitability. Great work life balance here. Emphasis on transparency, trust and positive company culture is really inspiring and refreshing.

    Cons

    Office is starting to get a little crowded as we are growing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic team with diverse talents & experience focused on innovating industries, market creation & changing the world.

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Clean Power Finance full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ample opportunities to learn, grow and make an impact in a fast moving, innovative company leading the way in a transformative industry.

    Cons

    Growth companies are not for everyone. but if you like the challenge, are agile, love collaboration and take initiative - CPF is the place for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company doing great work

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Clean Power Finance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people who are committed to their work. Culture is strong, perks (e.g. food in kitchen, company-provided lunches several times a month, massage therapist in the office once a week) are really nice. Company is a leader in a fast-paced industry and central to evolving U.S. electric energy landscape, so things are exciting.

    Cons

    Excitement means fast pace. People here work hard and push themselves. Not necessarily a con, just a heads up: if you're not a quick learner, able to operate independently and to sometimes very tight deadlines, this may not be the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue strong work promoting culture and professional development of employees. Company is really good about this (some departments more than others), keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I was looking for a socially responsible company, and I found one.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Clean Power Finance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Clean Power Finance places great emphasis on being a nice place to work. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Work is often collaborative and working with the team is great.

    The leadership team is encouraging, and helpful.

    Some of the key metrics that CPF uses to measure their success are things like "the amount of solar that we facilitated this year had a carbon offset equivalent to planting xxx number of trees." Trying to save the world, one rooftop solar installation at a time.

    Cons

    When the worst problem with an employer is that they recently cut the in-office massage days from two a week to one a week, that's a pretty good place to work. (seriously, massages in the office every week is awesome)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    high TIDE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Happy to come to work everyday and help do something great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Clean Power Finance full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    People seem genuinely happy to work here and believe in the vision of the company and take pride in what they do. Part of that may be because we are building a business that is helping society and the environment and we want to succeed at what we do.

    Work / life balance is great. I've actually been encouraged my boss to use my vacation and to go home when it gets too late. Very different from other companies I've worked at!

    CPF gives opportunities for career growth and mobility. There are numerous people who have transitioned to different departments because they were interested in that area of the company, or people who started as analysts but are now leading whole departments or regions.

    We also have the perks of a small but fast-growing company such as a fully-stocked kitchen with free food, team outings (i.e. ski trip to Colorado!), and happy hours on the department every Friday.

    Cons

    The retirement benefits (i.e. 401K plan) are significantly less than what I've had at other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Poor management, burning a lot of cash.

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    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Clean Power Finance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Early market entry with good name recognition in the solar industry.

    Cons

    Untrained and unskilled staff across the board. Loosing many customers -- poor customer retention. Executives more interested in raising money than creating a self-sufficient business. Stock options worthless; early-stage employees diluted dramatically so company can try and raise more and more money to stay viable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your customers. Update software -- it is now almost a decade old and the company is shedding customers at a dramatic pace. Right-size the business and staff. Open up to shareholders to avoid future lawsuits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Clean Tech Industry is on fire!

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    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Clean Power Finance as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. People are friendly, collaborative, energetic. Company is growing, and is in clean tech.

    Cons

    Location; San Francisco. Can be a hellish commute at times, and for now, there are no virtual jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job!

    Positive Outlook

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