Clean Power Finance
4.2 of 5 12 reviews
www.cleanpowerfinance.com San Francisco, CA 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Mar 26, 2014

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Nat Kreamer

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90% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Best job of my career, this is a great place to grow

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Clean Power Finance full-time for more than a year

ProsHighly 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Director (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company doing great work

Director (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Clean Power Finance full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Clean Power Finance full-time for more than a year

ProsClean 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.

ConsWhen 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 Senior Managementhigh TIDE

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Creating a new market is a race, but one well worth running.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

Pros1. A company that focuses on innovative solutions to change the world for the better via alternative energy.
2. A collaborative culture focused on cross-functional teams.
3. A company respects, values, and invests in employee career development.
4. No shortage of intellectual stimulation.
5. Strong positive and recognized impact in the clean technology industry.

ConsThis might not be cons for everyone, but this company is not for the faint of heart or those who aren't completely committed. Only people who are masters of their craft, extremely competitive, and passionate about changing the world for the better through alternative energy should considering applying. You need to be prepared to be all-in.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep running.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Happy to come to work everyday and help do something great

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Clean Power Finance full-time for less than a year

ProsPeople 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Poor management, burning a lot of cash.

Vice President (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Clean Power Finance full-time for more than a year

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

ConsUntrained 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 Senior ManagementSupport 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Clean Tech Industry is on fire!

Technical Recruiter (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Clean Power Finance as a contractor for less than a year

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementGreat job!

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company to work for in an exciting new industry.

Analyst (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Clean Power Finance full-time for more than a year

ProsIntelligent and ambitious people.
Opportunity to learn and grow with an up and coming company.

ConsUncertainty with start-up company.
Need to be able to work through changes in industry regulations and changes in process.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good but could be better

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Clean Power Finance full-time

ProsGreat location, helping the solar industry, great coworkers, some free food, decent hours, good learning experience, growing company, start up environment.

ConsLack of support from management, not a collaborative environment - often there is tension between teams. Employee satisfaction is not very high, and it could easily be better.

Advice to Senior ManagementUtilize the talent you have - there are a lot of great employees who are either frustrated or bored in their role.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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