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Recurrent Energy Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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  1. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Recurrent Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Modern office and many company functions.

    Cons

    Divisions hang out with each other.


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    "End of 2016 Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Recurrent Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The caliber of the employees at Recurrent Energy is second to none. A perfect balance of teamwork, project management, alpha personalities, and personal drive makes the working environment highly enjoyable. Historical leadership was A+.

    Cons

    The acquisition of the company by Canadian Solar has disrupted the planning norms and prioritization methods that are the hallmarks of Recurrent Energy's successful path.

    Advice to Management

    Trust in the processes that were in place when you acquired the company. Set goals for our teams to hit and guarantee attractive compensation for achieving them. Understand that the platform is not resilient to disruption - few people are replaceable and once a tipping point is reached the best will go elsewhere.


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    "Director of Development"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Recurrent Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Recurrent Energy for a few years ending in 2012. During that time the company was headed by very bright people and attracted and retained very high caliber talent. Pros included: strong leadership and management; good organizational systems and processes for developing PV projects; collaborative corporate culture, with fun company outings each quarter; and competitive compensation.

    Cons

    During 2015, I've heard that many of the best people have left, and the company is now left with a "B team" instead of an "A team" (though there are definitely still some amazing folks there).

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be aware of this growing perception that the company is being left with a "B team". Do whatever you can to retain the great folks who are there, and to attract top caliber talent.


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    "Strong, growing and collaborative team."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Recurrent Energy full-time

    Pros

    In the early days, Recurrent Energy was a close-knit team with great cross group collaboration. There was definitely an aspect of growing pains in scaling the team and completing projects. The leadership team is very strong and communicates effectively to the rest of the company.

    Cons

    Personal development is discussed, but this is one of those nebulous areas where new employees must take it upon themselves to find a mentor or actively have discussions on career progression and feedback in order to improve and move up.

    Advice to Management

    The difficulty lies in maintaining the lean company culture while growing and expanding the company.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great company in a great industry!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Recurrent Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic management team, bright, enthusiastic and passionate employees, work hard/play hard culture, successful company in an exciting industry (PV utility-scale solar), entrepreneurial atmosphere.

    Cons

    If you're looking for rapid upward progression, this may not be the place for you since we're a fairly small company, but the company looks for creative ways to meet employee's personal development needs and encourages lateral moves, project work, etc.


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at Recurrent Energy full-time

    Pros

    - Collaborative, team oriented environment
    - Small, tightly knit group with low turnover
    - Transparency, exposure to key decisions
    - Share value creation with employees through above market compensation
    - Work-life balance emphasized by senior management

    Cons

    - Difficult to move around internally if interested in other groups
    - Email intensive culture
    - Team oriented environment leads to lots of meetings
    - Moderate to heavy reporting

    Advice to Management

    - Streamline reporting processes
    - Train staff to run more efficient meetings, and cut down on meetings where possible
    - Find tools to reduce heavy use of email
    - Provide opportunities for junior employees to see other parts of the business


  8. "Ok Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Recurrent Energy full-time

    Pros

    Lots of smart and good people, young workforce

    Cons

    Not much opportunities for growth


  9. "Fast paced, exciting projects with awesome people."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Generous bonus structure. Internal goal of making an impact on the world.

    Cons

    Not great work life balance.


  10. "Great industry, okay company, weak management with narrow view."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Recurrent Energy full-time

    Pros

    knowledgeable and fun staff, flexible hours, interesting projects.

    Cons

    Closed door conversations, compensation and promotions are completely unbalanced, and management team does not use strengths of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Balance out promotions, titles, and compensation companywide based on experience, professional qualifications and tenure; and solicit 360-degree feedback from employees.


  11. "Good, if inconsistent, leadership; great bonus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Recurrent Energy full-time

    Pros

    * Hybrid work atmosphere for the Bay Area. Has some of the freedoms and independence of startup culture (depending on department), but also some of the stability and structure of more established/older companies.
    * Depending on your department, the potential to earn bonuses can be extremely substantial.

    Cons

    * Culture driven largely by sales team, which leads to a lack of work/life balance and a bit of a "bro-y" atmosphere, in general. Not terrible, but something you'd be conscious of if coming from a more laid back environment.
    * Top-level leadership seemed to be on a short leash at times because of being a subsidiary of Sharp, which seemed like a very risk averse company.

    Advice to Management

    The focus on the bottom line seems to ultimately push people away. It's culture, not just money, that keeps people around and companies successful.


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