Sungevity

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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 You'll have to support outdated practices because none of the team leads gets their butt kicked by continuing education.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.

Doesn't Recommend

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Less sunny than they make it out to be

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    Former Employee - Solar Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Solar Consultant in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Sungevity

    Pros

    Sungevity has decent compensation, some cool people, and gives you lots of freedom. Lately a lot of people have been let go, so there is room to move up.

    Cons

    Sungevity suffers from a serious lack of strategy at all levels. The company often cuts off its nose to spite its face, and management's direction changes weekly. Sales goals are arbitrary. There are no checks and balances anywhere. Unqualified people are given promotions in order to avoid the hassle of interviewing external candidates. They need stronger leaders in the top positions at the company. Also, there is no employee development program whatsoever, so you won't grow at this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
  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

    Recommends
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