Sungevity Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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Andrew Birch
35 Ratings

Pros
  • Great atmosphere, great mission, great values (in 6 reviews)

  • Fun company culture with a lot of people that really care about their jobs (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Constant fear of downsizing, sales team is increasingly micromanaged and overworked (in 4 reviews)

  • Challenging to achieve sponsorship in senior management to get opportunities to grow (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Very good opportunity have to shine above everyone

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    Former Employee - Lead Gen in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Gen in New York, NY

    I worked at Sungevity

    Pros

    Different environment all the time..

    Cons

    Traveling a lot not much stability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To work more one on one

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Work hard, play harder.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sungevity full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, stock options, fun workplace, great training.

    Cons

    Growing pains with consistency in protocol, communications internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop uniform internal way for employees to communicate and document communication on projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. New company with a new attitude

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sungevity

    Pros

    Flexibility when needed, an open communication

    Cons

    Growing too fast and direction is not clear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep everybody informed as to what were doing, where we are going, how are we going to get there

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    Positive Outlook
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  5. Fun, Wild Ride

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

    I have been working at Sungevity full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    We're a bunch of smart, passionate people who have a lot of fun while at work. The start up culture keeps you engaged and the industry is booming which makes it fun to see how your work has a direct result.

    Cons

    Departments don't communicate well with each other but that's the nature of a start up I suppose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let our desire to maintain/spread our culture interfere with scaling the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Most amazing place to work

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    Former Employee - Solar Consultant
    Former Employee - Solar Consultant

    I worked at Sungevity

    Pros

    I loved working here so much! The people were so passionate and fun! Everyone really wants to help the world. A young company in terms of people's age, a lot of people in their late 20's which was awesome! The benefits are amazing, and management is outstanding. They listen to you and if you ask enough you get opportunities to act on your ideas. Management is VERY open to ideas.

    Cons

    Long work hours as a solar consultant, but I knew that going in, they were very upfront about the hours. For the money you make it's very worth it. However after a few years you can get tired which is what happened to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is great! It's hard for me to think of something, maybe making training sales more consistent, feels like we are left to our own devices after the initial training, which is fine, however I think continual training on skills would be a good thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  7. Great company with potential to be a near-perfect one

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sungevity full-time

    Pros

    - Great mission with co-founders and top-level management who truly care about the positive impact this company's making
    - Competitive salary, full benefits, positive culture, plus perks
    - Most managers are receptive to hearing what their direct reports have to say
    - If you're hard-working and smart, there's opportunity for advancement within the company as it grows
    - Lots of smart, friendly people who care about the work they're doing
    - Management is relatively transparent and strives to keep their employees updated on initiatives and company progress
    - The market potential of this industry is huge

    Cons

    - Some employees complain about the frequent changes, but this is a growth-stage company that requires iteration. If you're not comfortable rolling with the punches, this probably isn't the place for you.
    - There's a lot of silo-ing among teams/departments. People are more focused on getting things off of their desks, when they should be encouraged to think about how their actions (or lack thereof) impact other teams. It causes a lot of unnecessary double-work and inefficiency. More cross-departmental meetings/gatherings need to happen to keep people in the loop and make them comfortable enough to walk up to each other to discuss problems directly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep hiring smart, passionate people
    - Help employees figure out what their best path for advancement is. I've heard several instances of HR discouraging employees from moving around, which is really shocking. The best companies retain talent by allowing smart people to grow their careers there. At the same time, don't keep people just for the sake of seniority if they're no longer contributing.
    - Do more to engage employees. Give them the opportunity to work on extra projects and contribute ideas. Otherwise, they're most likely going to get bored and disengage. In such a big company, roles are increasingly specialized and therefore monotonous.
    - Please get more software resources if possible

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    Positive Outlook
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  8. Good company that has lost quite a bit of its soul.

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

    I have been working at Sungevity full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people
    Good location in Jack London Square

    Cons

    Poor Upper Management - unfair practices and favoritism

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9. Great so far!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sungevity

    Pros

    Management and supervisors very helpful!

    Cons

    no cons as of yet

  10. 2 people found this helpful

    The best company I have ever worked for with a very bright future.

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    Current Employee - Sales in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Sungevity

    Pros

    Mission driven company that really cares about its employees. Its a very fast-paced work environment with constant change and growth. A lot of opportunity to move up or laterally in the organization as it continues to grow.

    Cons

    Rapid growth is exciting but can be exhausting. Be ready for constant change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to source ideas from your ground level employees as the company grows.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great mission and team

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sungevity full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    It's great to work for a company whose mission you really believe in; Sungevity is doing great things for the global community, local communities, and it's employee community. The people are also super friendly and upbeat. Best company I've worked for!

    Cons

    None to report - have really enjoyed working here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep shinin' on!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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