One Block Off the Grid Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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  1. 1BOG

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at One Block Off the Grid

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, strong/motivated sales team

    Cons

    Poor management and communication, lots of turn over.


  2. Vice President of Engineering

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at One Block Off the Grid

    Pros

    Chance to manage software product from the get-go, coordinating three development groups, creating design specifiations with stakeholders, and facilitating the work of geographically dispersed programmers.

    Cons

    The company was severely undercapitalized. Prime stakeholders had no experience with the software industry. Pay was substandard, and benefits nonexistent. The company went bust before we had a chance to really show our stuff.

    Advice to Management

    Next time, find the minimal viable product before you start coding. Decide what you want to be and relentlessly prune everything that doesn't fit with your basic plan. Simplify, simplify, focus, and concentrate.


  3. Great People, Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at One Block Off the Grid full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment to work in and very talented people.

    Cons

    It is hard work but well worth it.


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  5. Big disappointment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solar Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Solar Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at One Block Off the Grid full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling allowed me to attend to personal matters. Benefits were full coverage. There are free snacks. Product is exciting and neat to work on.

    Cons

    Organization structure is confusing and muddled. Opportunities for advancement are very limited; decision-making process for these opportunities is confusing and political. Operations/management is very much in "their heads" and is not caring towards the salespeople. Compensation is unbalanced and not competitive with respect to other solar companies. Training needs great improvement. Challenging to complete work due to lack of structure and sales support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Management is not transparent with employees and does not communicate effectively. It seems as though there is no professional code of conduct. Executive leadership holds great discrepancies between Canadian and Californian offices and makes poor decisions on behalf of 1BOG.


  6. I feel like I'm taking crazy pills

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at One Block Off the Grid full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The co-workers are a great group of people. The SoMa location is convenient. I love talking to people about solar power.

    Cons

    There is little upward mobility by skill or experience. It feels like management is moving the company in the direction of replacing a small but highly qualified sales team with many telemarketers to try to gain more sales. Lots of offers for sales contests but very hard to collect if you do win.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with more sales experience. In order to get them to work for you will require a more even commission split than sales people being paid 7-14% of the revenue they generate.


  7. Not what it used to be

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at One Block Off the Grid full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of great salespeople and 1BOG has a history of doing really cool stuff to promote environmental awareness...

    Cons

    Unfortunately employees are criminally undervalued by management. The new parent company doesn't understand or care about the culture that once made this place such a great environment. New management has no imagination, lacks organization and rules by force and threat rather than actual skill. They also flat-out lie. The other problem is that they don't pay people accurately. The amount of times they've screwed up paychecks is unbelievable. They also don't make anybody sign NDAs - if any salespeople went to a competitor (or a partner), they could spill some serious beans and that would be really bad. Really bad. Only thing that matters at the new 1BOG now is how much they sell every month. It's a sales organization and a call center, and they treat employees like garbage. Make your numbers one month, you're a star. Miss them the next month, you're back to garbage. It sucks because 1BOG was such a cool place at one point.


  8. Amazing company, great people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at One Block Off the Grid full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Positive atmosphere, great team, and a very promising future. Lots of opportunity for advancement and bonuses. Friendly competition but lots of support.

    Cons

    Sometimes we run out of bathroom soap? (But just started a regular Costco order so should be all set!)


  9. Helpful (2)

    Unique, fun, and engaging atmosphere

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at One Block Off the Grid

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    One Block Off the Grid is a young a growing company with a tremendous amount of potential within the residential solar energy market. Every employee is unique in their own way and bring some of the best talent to their specific job. The office is an open working environment, which makes it easy to connect with the executive board at any point and time. The potential is there for this company to grow exponentially within the next few years for this company.

    Cons

    As with any other start up company, the hours can be long, but the rewards of seeing the company grow and mature make it all worth it.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency to what the overall company strategy in moving forward is. Other than that, the management team is very approachable, and there's an enormous amount to learn from each and every one of them.



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