GreenVolts

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  1.  

    No longer in business

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    Former Employee - Tracker Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Tracker Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at GreenVolts full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Exciting environment, good compensation. The leadership team was very excited about possibilities, and stayed positive until the end.

    Cons

    Leadership team took large risks which didn't pay off. There were issues that were not communicated to the staff, which played a part in the demise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Tough growing pains

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    Current Employee - Operations in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at GreenVolts full-time

    Pros

    Learned alot about VS funding process

    Cons

    Grew too fast to quick without vetting long term plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    company closed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Case study in how to fail as a start-up even with a very promising head start

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

    I worked at GreenVolts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    New technology application was interesting.Most of the engineers were great people to work with. The location (SF) was fun.

    Cons

    Lack of upper engineering leadership with experience appropriate to complex new electromechanical product engineering driving to defined, reasonable targets was a key shortcoming which ultimately led to late product not meeting requirements. Top heavy with executives with inappropriate experience. Revolving-door VPs contributed to the chaos rather than taming it. Needed more sharp engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Founder/CEO with no "hard" engineering background should not have felt himself eminently qualified to be involved with engineering. He should have focused his efforts on hiring and retaining a quality engineering VP (read: DOMAIN SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE and APPROPRIATE MANAGEMENT STYLE) with full authority over engineering.

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

    Sad to see it go

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GreenVolts full-time

    Pros

    Greenvolts product design had the potential to be industry leading for cost and performance. A very creative design team and some very talented individuals to support. Complete product concept was a great way to go.

    Cons

    The management team was not able to preserve cash well enough to make it to volume.
    Too much confidence that a design that pushed the envelope would not precipitate problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Next time don't put all your eggs in one basket

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Exec Management...Poor Engineering Solutions

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    Former Employee - Director in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Fremont, CA

    I worked at GreenVolts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great product marketing opportunity. Great funding potential. With engineering solution and customer base, stock could take off. Tier 1 manufacturing partner provides plenty of upside.

    Cons

    No long-term funding. Lousy engineering management...seat of the pants rather than data driven. Noisy, low-cost office environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace engineering leadership. Prove engineering design locally first and then move offshore for volume manufacturing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    engineer is my subject to review

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    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at GreenVolts full-time

    Pros

    Well organized well planned I liked it

    Cons

    should control budget well in the future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    well done a nice guy

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Solid company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I worked at GreenVolts

    Pros

    Important to expand use of solar energy and a good company for doing that.

    Cons

    Fremont is a drag and solar energy is a tough market right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let the investors have to much say in how things go.

  9.  

    Learning Experience

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    Current Employee - Helpdesk Support Intern in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Helpdesk Support Intern in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at GreenVolts

    Pros

    Good people who are willing to teach. Paid Internship

    Cons

    Some issues with attitude of SOME upper management

  10.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at GreenVolts

    Pros

    GreenVolts is in an emerging marketplace, has a compelling technology, and an outstanding leadership team. The staff is very diverse, talented, and "real". Your emotional IQ, competency and common sense are more important to us than your degree(s) or where you graduated from.

    Cons

    You must be able to successfully navigate through the chaos associated with being in a growing start-up; you'll fail otherwise. We look for people who are not only great at what they do from a core competency standpoint, but also have a high sense ownership, accountability and integrity. The communication style of this company is very direct. We encourage each other to respectfully question decisions we do not agree with; our philosophy is we do not have to agree but at the end of the day we must all be aligned. We create internal tension by design and see it as essential to our success. Open communication is not a buzzword in this company; sweeping issues under the carpet may get you fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are among the most talented leadership team I've worked with in my 20 year career. I am impressed by the strategic and operational approach you've taken to position this company to scale with efficiency and succeed in the market place, especially considering the speed at which you've managed to achieve this.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Exciting and dynamic startup

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GreenVolts

    Pros

    Great product and expanding market make Greenvolts an exciting place to work

    Cons

    Slar market has been tumultuous and Greenvolts has struggled along with the rest of startups in the solar industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace change to improve things

    Recommends

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