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  1. "Great Team, Amazing Work Environment and Challenging Work!"

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to apply engineering skills. Very energetic, fast paced and dynamic work environment. Elegant and well engineered products. Awesome and very talented team with diverse technical skills. Opportunities to work on and develop skills in areas other than your core.

    Cons

    Needs larger office space. Work-life balance is in your hands.


  2. "Freedom to create the job you desire to benefit the overall objectives of the company."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cogenra Solar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ability to play a key roll and have real impact in the operations of the company. Small group of bright people, highly technical, bring your A game and think out of the box. You get to work with other highly talented technical professionals with a multitude of backgrounds. Happy hour every Friday.

    Cons

    They need a larger office, packed into way too small of an office. Team building could go along way. People tend not to challenge ideas nor ask enough questions to vet good ideas.

    Advice to Management

    The company should continue to hire more outside leaders to bring fresh ideas to the group, thinking long term helps promote stability and delegate more responsibilities, continue to share and recognize everyone's accomplishments. Back channel discussions & micro managing limit team growth and trust.

  3. "Top company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Talented people plus very cool work.

    Ability to learn and contribute in a wide variety of areas.

    Cons

    Not easy to access office from public transit.


  4. "Excellent opportunities to make real contributions and learn new skills"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Cogenra Solar full-time

    Pros

    The team is highly intelligent, skilled, and passionate about their work, and a lot of opportunities are provided to new employees to make important contributions right from the start. As a new college grad, I was looking for a fast paced environment where I would be challenged to learn new things every day, and Cogenra has certainly delivered. The work day flies by, with all of the interesting projects that you get to work on alongside a really talented team, with the added bonus that you're working on a technology that can really impact the world.

    Cons

    You have to be flexible to do well here, be prepared to contribute in a variety of different areas, some of which you may not have had a lot of prior experience in.


  5. "Great Team, Great Ideas!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cogenra Solar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Highly talented and motivated team. I've had a great experience and learned a lot.
    - The engineering team is still small enough that everyone's ideas can have an enormous impact on the technology. Come to Cogenra if you have great ideas and want to be heard. Management is very open to new ideas.
    - The company is growing fast, which means there are lot's of opportunities for career growth. Management rewards employees for hard work and contributions.
    - Travel opportunities.

    Cons

    - Management refuses to support Odwalla hand washing station proposal.
    - Local sandwich shop is awful. Luckily, Cogenra provides lunch most of the time.


  6. "Very thankful for my time at Cogenra."

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    Former Employee - Sales in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cogenra Solar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I was given lots of responsibility from the start that only grew from there. Very interesting technology and a strong appetite for new ideas across the organization.

    Cons

    Making a market for commercial scale solar hot water in North America. We entered the market right as the shale gas and oil boom was picking up steam in the U.S. The downward price pressure on natural gas made the value of the thermal production from the system low. And, copper piping, as it turns out, was difficult to cost optimize.


  7. "Awesome team, a product that does something real, free sweatshirts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cogenra Solar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wide open to make an impact on every level and be a key contributor from day 1 (OK, maybe after a week or two).
    Solid group of brilliant people who care about each decision and a tightly knit camaraderie between all levels of staff.
    Positive and reinforcing management.
    A hands on company and product - you get to build it and you get to go outside!

    Cons

    No Odwalla hand washing stations.
    Jokes about 'The Cloud' mostly go unheeded.
    A gnome lives inside the building and is constantly stealing impact drivers.

  8. "Great team, exciting technology, fast paced environment"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cogenra Solar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to be a key contributor. Smart, capable, driven people are rewarded and promoted. Truly impressive and trust worthy team, with great camaraderie and a collaborative/positive/supportive environment.

    Cons

    It is fast paced and demanding. Cogenra is a lean running machine, if you are looking for frills or silicone valley perks like an in-house barista or a fleet of company color coded bikes this may not be the place for you.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Brilliant and talented team dedicated to solar"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cogenra Solar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with a highly intelligent, driven team and leadership who will push you to perform at a very high level. Everyone at the company owns a critical part of the product, business or both. The company is excellent at engineering design, analysis, rapid prototyping and testing. Highly recommend for engineers or hands on technical people looking to be part of building a great solar product.

    Cons

    Don't expect to start slow or receive much training at Cogenra. You'll join and be expected to contribute quickly and significantly. Work-life balance will be your responsibility.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great idea riddled with lousy management"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cogenra Solar full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You have a chance to work with many brilliant people.

    Because it is a startup, you have the opportunity to work on many facets of the business; from R&D input, sales and business development, analytical analysis and interaction with C-level staff

    Cons

    Upper management is very technically focused and they don't care much about hiring and laying people off. In addition, pay is very low compared to other companies, less than expected even for a startup.

    Advice to Management

    By working with current employees who may be unhappy, you won't have to spend so many resources bringing new people on board and up to speed.

    Pick a particular direction for the product and company and focus all resources on that endeavor. Don't pursue different directions every weak and accomplish nothing.


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