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5 people found this helpful  

You'll have plenty of time to dream about another job

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Not In Sales in Oakland, CA
Current Employee - Not In Sales in Oakland, CA

I have been working at Sungevity

Pros

* real commitment to work/life balance. You may take time off, or leave the office before dark, without being considered a slacker

* real commitment to diverse hiring. It's great to see the range of skin colors, ages, and genders here.

* Danny and Birchy are genuine and in it for the long haul. They're not your usual fast-talking Bay Area startup founders.

Cons

* the worst aspects of corporate and startup environments, mixed together. Think soul-deadening cubicles with immature, loud co-workers making your day hell.

* unstable financial base. Any all-hands meeting could mean a layoff.

* A lot of people resting on laurels they earned ages ago. You'll have to support outdated practices because none of the team leads gets their butt kicked by continuing education.

* the answer to everything seems to be, "let's hold a meeting!"

Advice to ManagementAdvice

* require every single employee to take at least one class in their area of supposed expertise every year. Knowledge acquired ten or even five years ago is useless in a fast-moving industry.

* don't try to cram everybody into the same kind of workspace. Not every job can function in a veal-fattening pen with ringing phones all around.

* as another reviewer pointed out, there's no obvious career advancement track. Ask employees what that would mean to them, then implement it.

* don't let anyone force you to consider the diversity hiring as "nice to have." It's one of Sungevity's best points.

* nobody outside management should have to attend more than 2 meetings a week. Reprimand the people who require more.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A mix of great people and products trying to change the world

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Sungevity

    Pros

    - Great team of people, very dedicated to solving problems quickly and taking action.
    - Everyone is really driven with a passion towards renewable energy, it makes the office a fun place to work. The lack of paper plates, paper cups, etc can take a little getting used to, but the use of real glasses and dishes emphasizes the focus of the company on renewable sources.
    - Benefits are very good, and comparable to big companies in the valley.
    - IT and Software management was shaky last year, but really steller this year! Clear roadmaps for both IT and Software teams. The new VP of SW Eng is truly a rock star.
    - Free fresh fruit and snacks provided a few times a week. Good stuff tends to go fast.
    - Great energy around the office, love that everyone shakes a maraca when a sale is made.
    - Office is right on the water in Jack London, great views of the bay and excellent food (lunch/dinner) nearby.

    Cons

    - Solar market is tarnished right now, but getting better. Know the industry you're getting into, and you should be fine.
    - Office space is a little cramped, but they are looking to expand in to a building next door.
    - "Food and Snacks" around the office should be refilled more often, not a lot of places to "snack" around Jack London these days.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sungevity is a strong community of employees that provides excellent potential for professional growth.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Sungevity

    Pros

    1. Excellent leadership team.
    2. Strong company growth potential
    3. Excellent payment and strong benefits.
    4. Fun place to work

    Cons

    1. Startups are often difficult places to adjust to, especially after corporate transition.
    2. There is volatility in the home solar market

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