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The road to hell is paved with good intentions

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakland, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

I worked at Sungevity full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Probably the largest collection of really smart, dedicated and modern professionals that I've had the pleasure of working with. Before the contractions, someone who was willing to innovate could get ahead. And there are some great folks in upper management.

Cons

Lot of poor decisions from above, becoming decrees issued from the bunkers of their minds.
Also, it was messed up before, but things really didn't get evil until they hired the vampire.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Next time you do something like this startup, try to really appreciate the value of your work force, and the need to listen to the people that are ACTUALLY creating the workflows. It's not just about the sales and marketing, I hope you realize that once the dominoes fall. Great idea and noble attempt, founders, but speaking for myself, and I believe most of the others in my situation, after 2-1/2 years (almost from the beginning) of exceeding my title and hours, I think I deserved more than being called in mid-day on a Friday to be laid off with a two week "severance" (incidentally, the "waiting period" before getting UI), and escorted out like a criminal. But trust that it really is your loss and will be someone else's gain.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 9 people found this helpful  

    The Sun Has Set on Sungevity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Sungevity full-time

    Pros

    - Decent compensation
    - Free food (and while the food is nothing more than what can be found on Costco shelves plus some occasional produce and hummus wraps, it beats no free food)
    - Affordable parking lot next door

    Cons

    The leadership is sorely lacking. No direction. No momentum. Most importantly, no idea how to raise money, which is why most of the senior staff is now working part-time and the most talented (and also the most expensive) employees have all been laid-off or quit. Every all-hands meeting is a new chance to lay off more people. There is zero job security even if you are a top performer.

    Promotions are based on whims, and don't necessarily go to people with the right backgrounds and experience to do the jobs. Sometimes I think they just promote unqualified people because hiring someone from the outside takes too long. The company suffers because of this.

    The culture that senior management would like to create has not happened. Instead there is a culture of fear and micromanagement. If you want to work in solar try interviewing at one of the more stable and better-funded competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are well intended, but lack the business acumen to run a company anywhere but into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Constant change with a lack of transparency or security

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Sungevity full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Hours were flexible. Pay was pretty good.

    Cons

    Kitchen used to be stocked, but had terrible complimentary foods. Good people were constantly getting fired. Managers either micro-manage or hardly manage at all. Work was not challenging. Constant changes were being made while pay was becoming less. Co-workers were immature and unprofessional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To better understand how senior management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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