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Sungevity Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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  • Questionable decisions from upper management (in 16 reviews)

  • Sungevity wil be cash flow positive in no time, or will they go under first (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "My Heart Breaks When I Think of What Could Have Been..."

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

    I worked at Sungevity full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The team!
    The mission
    The locale
    The work environment
    Heath Galloway

    Cons

    Chasing the magic bullet rather than fixing the core business.
    Silo mentality of departments
    Being bankrupt =(


  2. "What a Mess"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission-driven colleagues (until their souls were crushed)

    Cons

    Almost everything. Operational nightmare, arrogant management, undifferentiated product, no direction or vision.

    Advice to Management

    Just end it.

  3. "Solar Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've never worked with a finer set of people in my life.

    Cons

    The solar industry is struggling as a whole. Riding the constant and continuously massive waves of change is unsustainable long term.

    Advice to Management

    You're already doing everything you can. Keep caring.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Mission driven culture but ultimately failed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart and ethical staff, location, Solar: "tech for good." Good exec communications with the team, monthly "town hall."

    Cons

    Company ran out of funding, and shut down suddenly. Didn't lay off staff legally in terms of final compensation for vacation, etc.


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    "Wheels Fell Off The Bus"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, lots of runway to expand the scope of your job title, good company mission

    Cons

    Higher level decisions seemed haphazard at times, hyper paced sales environment

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose the forest for the trees. Keeping qualified talent should be a top priority in such a niche market.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Solar Marketing Specialist"

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

    Pros

    The company was attempting to create a strong, national brand in the residential, roof top, solar PV market.

    Cons

    They didn't actually know how to do what they were attempting to do. Like most recently

    Advice to Management

    Management needed (and still needs) to learn operations management from the ground up. Which means: they need to spend some time performing remedial functions to better understand the business and then grow it slowly. They also need to take remedial courses in financial controls. They burned through an unconscionable amount of money by spending it on wasteful processes because they had no knowledge of actual business management. Why? Because they had never worked in simple operational roles. Anywhere. They had a good idea but were woefully inexperienced. They also believed they knew what they were doing and were creating "value" by creating "proprietary intellectual property" for which they paid foolish amounts of money to develop. This intellectual property was trivial - and it wasn't even proprietary. It was a set of poorly developed "tools" that already existed in better form elsewhere. Senior management paid vast sums to "develop" content that was a ramshackle collection of Commercial off the shelf (COTS) software or freely available tools that were poorly cobbled together by junior software "developers" with no real experience or talent. The company did recruit some capable and experience sales talent in some regions but they never actually supported success. Good ideas are a dime a dozen. Careful execution is what matters. I have been paid thousands of dollars to explain to people what senior management at Sungevity never learned: "You can definitely have this! And you can get it cheap, fast and good! Pick two.

    Sungevity tried to do all three and got none. No surprise there. The only surprise is that they didn't go bankrupt sooner. Having friends in the VC world helped, but ultimately we all have to pay the piper - especially if all you're selling is a pipe dream.


  7. "Difficult Mentality"

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    Former Employee - Sales Consultant
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sungevity part-time

    Pros

    Talented team, great company morale

    Cons

    The job coule be deflating at times

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Rollercoaster"

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

    I worked at Sungevity full-time

    Pros

    Fun group of people, with generally shared purpose
    Opportunity for advancement or exploration of field
    Mission-based

    Cons

    Unfocused and tried to do everything at once
    Management decisions can be opaque
    Strain from funding uncertainty


  9. "Company had potential, but quickly fell apart"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for responsibility

    Cons

    Horrible management and decision making forced company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Company focused too much on 'having fun at work' instead of running it like a business (aka making money!).


  10. "Great company - bad business"

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    Former Employee - Remote Solar Designer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Remote Solar Designer in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company and the people were amazing to be with.

    Cons

    The (upper) management had poor business practices, and bad decision making skills.

    Advice to Management

    No need, management is gone.


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