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Renovate America Reviews

Updated March 28, 2019
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Pros
  • "Free lunch everyday for all employees" (in 44 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, casual work hours" (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • "Oh and the free lunch, that then became "highly subsidized"" (in 6 reviews)

  • "make sure I eat out of a garbage can" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "fun job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Renovate America full-time

    Pros

    The brilliant people who worked here helped save CA over 4 billion gallons of water, 5 star. I don't think anyone can grasp the size of that amount of water, the net impact well offsets any short term job displacement, especially after 800+ thousand acres of beautiful wildlife has burned down in the last 2 years. We need to save all the water we can get for safety of our elderly community.

    Cons

    Lower than average wage, long hrs sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe focus more on [HVAC, Winodws & DTL] until solar margins improve


  2. Helpful (2)

    "good benefits and pay, bad management"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Renovate America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits and pay, talented people to work with,

    Cons

    bad management, lack of direction on where the company is going

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Fake It Until You Make It"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Renovate America (More than a year)

    Pros

    The food was free and the mission was good. PACE is a great concept and doesn't deserve to be treated with unsubstantiated bias.

    Cons

    People that put themselves and personal profit over ethics, common sense and customer satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    What about those stocks some of us bought? Still haven't heard anything and theres no one to contact. But why?


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Need to do a better job planning for the future"

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    Current Employee - Underwriter in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Underwriter in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Renovate America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, benefits and other perks

    Cons

    Diminishing market share caused layoffs


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Stressful wild ride"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Renovate America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People on the teams were great.

    Learned a lot about what NOT to do in organizations.

    Cons

    A ton of ambiguity, dysfunctional leadership (except for a few standouts), highly reactive, stressful environment.


  6. "new year, new RA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Renovate America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    startup flexibility and hard-working teams

    Cons

    market and organizational changes


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Death Spiral!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Renovate America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Unfortunately, any “pros” disappeared long ago!

    Cons

    Another 90 people laid off this week! I would be very surprised if they are still around in a year. It’s truly sad to watch this once innovative company fade away into history.

    Advice to Management

    Sell!

  8. Helpful (13)

    "You Wont Find Your Passion Elsewhere But At Least Youll Have A Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Renovate America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nada, zip, zilch, none left.

    Cons

    Another layoff! 3 months after the one in late August! And it's DECEMBER!
     Employees really are just numbers to the upper management (dollar signs to cut from the bottom line) Unlimited PTO is nice...if they actually let you take it during the holidays. Oh and the free lunch, that then became "highly subsidized"...that's gone. The fancy new campus...moving out of it soon. Really, there is no saving grace left for this company.

    For anyone seriously thinking of applying to one of the posted jobs, DO NOT. You'll likely find that the place has shut its doors before you even make it past your 90-day mark.

    I wonder if "Hopeful" and "Optimistic" in the past reviews are still "Hopeful" an "Optimistic". More importantly, I wonder if they're still employed.

    And to "Manager" I'm sure the people who were just let go were "hunkering down and trying to make history"...now they'll get to do it somewhere else and hopefully for a more appreciative upper management.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Doing More With Less Has Its Limits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Renovate America full-time

    Pros

    Most of what made Renovate America a great company is gone or disappearing or soon to disappear.

    Cons

    Too many, just like the 4 layoffs that's happened in the past two years. Or like the one to two employees resigning per week. Or like the number of jobs outsourced to Manila. Or like the whole sections of empty cubicles and parking spaces.

    Advice to Management

    Would they even listen?


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Renovate America full-time

    Pros

    The challenge of re-building a company and an industry in turmoil. I’m receiving an on th job MBA. That wouldn’t happen anywhere else.

    Cons

    Reduced work force, although necessary, putting more work on fewer people

    Advice to Management

    Advice to my former collegues that write bad reviews: Move on with your life and stop badmouthing those that are busting butt to turn the company around.

    Advice to my current colleagues: lets hunker down, band together, work harder and together make history. Take advantage of the fact that this is an incredible learning experience. If you dont like it, leave. No one said this would be easy.