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Pros
  • "Great people and working atmosphere" (in 21 reviews)

  • "great environment, a lot of hours, great benefits" (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance is a challenge" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Many in upper management were retained from REC days and they are archaic" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "PV System Designer Review"

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    Current Employee - PV Systems Designer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - PV Systems Designer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Still has a "small company" feel to it
    - Tasks are fairly simple, albeit repetitive
    - During busy seasons there will sometimes be catered lunch and breakfast
    - During busy seasons there will be bonuses/rewards to those who complete a minimum amount of projects in a week
    - The amount of projects one is expected to complete slowly increases over time. Starts at 0.5 projects a day and goes up to 2.5 projects per day after about 2 months
    - The people are very kind and helpful
    - The desk height can be controlled so you can switch between sitting and standing
    - Supplies easily accessible (notepads, pens, mousepads, etc.)
    - Coffee, tea, hot cocoa and water are provided at no extra cost
    - Snacks and sodas only cost $0.25 from the machines
    - Somewhat flexible schedule: preferable to come in before 9 am
    - Down the street from the Irvine train station and a shuttle can take you from the station to in front of the parking lot where the office is
    - Benefits include: health, vision and life insurance, 401K, employee stock purchase plan, FSA, HSA, etc.

    Cons

    - Mostly a desk job, so not much moving around unless you're on break (not that bad if you're ok with it)
    - Training is them throwing a lot of information at you (lecture style), then at the end you do a few practice projects, you do most of the learning doing actual projects
    - Tasks are fairly simple, albeit repetitive
    - Irvine (and all of Orange County) is a very expensive place to live if you plan on moving there


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Great Community, Unchecked Sales, No Growth Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - PV Designer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - PV Designer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved the people I worked with. The sustainability field brings together a lot of awesome people and very talented individuals.

    Cons

    No 401k
    No incentives
    Expect a raise of less than 50 cents
    No real engineering or design. Mostly everything is automated and becomes extremely repetitious.

    The pitch to everyone was that they would be able to move up in the company, but there were no new opportunities within the first 10 months in any position. Additionally, they hired individuals with a lot of talent but didn't respect their opinions.
    Constantly required to correct PV layouts for sales people that are trying to take advantage of their customers. This was brought up multiple times, but nothing was ever mentioned or any action taken to correct it, which led me to believe it was purposeful. That is when I made the decision to leave. I wanted to help people and solve problems, but that's not what the job was.

    Advice to Management

    I would be honest with people in the hiring process. The job did not involve engineering or much problem solving. Give the people you hired to be intelligent the opportunity to be just.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "PV Systems Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PV Systems Designer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - PV Systems Designer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Very friendly and fun work environment.
    -Coworkers are easy to talk to and provide help when needed.
    -Willing to refine and update processes. Some process changes have resulted in cost saving and made job easier.
    -Meaningful company's mission.

    Cons

    -Not a lot of technical career paths and promotions from the PV Designer position.
    -Management is inexperienced and disorganized.
    -Taking on special initiatives and roles from designer position are encouraged but not well defined and compensated.
    -No 401k matching.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "job for new grads, not for professional"

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    Former Employee - PV Systems Designer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - PV Systems Designer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people, they are very nice and they will help you every time when you need it.
    good place to learn residential PV system design. Since it is a large company, you have a lot opportunity to work on different areas such as installation, permitting, etc.

    Cons

    1: management team is still too young, they mess up in some situations that make morale very, very low
    2: higher management team don't value designers much. They think we don't need high education and skills and replacement can be found in local market easily.
    3: low pay for master students, and "designer" title sometimes will be a road block for your career development
    4: way too many process changes and they always want you to accept it by telling you this is the value they live. sort of brainwash and it is funny

    Advice to Management

    a lot of supervisors don't know how to be a supervisor, and management team can't hear it. Now the employees with a degree are leaving. You don't value some of them, and you should know that they have saved the company tens of thousands of dollars. Learn to keep the good people.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Engineering grads, stay away!"

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    Former Employee - PV Designer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - PV Designer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    College-like atmosphere
    Watch movies and YouTube videos all day
    Take breaks whenever you want

    Cons

    Wow where do I start:
    All engineering grads are misled to think they will actually be doing engineering.
    No use of your mind all day, just sitting there playing Tetris with solar panels on people's roofs.
    Management had no idea what was going on. Ever .

    Advice to Management

    Utilize employees better. There was no good use of anyone. Stop changing the process every 3 days, nobody can catch up.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Great company vision, but horrible management team!"

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    Former Employee - PV Designer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - PV Designer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Young and Friendly co-workers
    - Flexible work schedule
    - Easy work compared to other fields
    - Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Design management team are incompetent and they will belittle you. Their approach is to keep you guessing and thinking there are upward mobility. Many of the supervisors/managers who got promoted either kiss their way up or "Fake it until they made it."

    Graduating engineers who are looking to pursue the solar industry, please stay away from here! Make yourself useful and go work elsewhere!

    Advice to Management

    Fire incompetent supervisors/managers and hire competent ones with experience to run your company. Value your designers and treat them with respect.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Great group of employees"

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    Current Employee - PV Systems Designer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - PV Systems Designer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sunrun full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and work schedule. Great group of people to work with. Within the Design Engineering department the people are great and make the job better.

    Cons

    Over promise and under deliver on many things. Communication between levels in the depart and with other departments could be drastically improved. When getting hired, management over promised about advancement opportunities. Very little advancement and promotion actually takes place.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "PV Designer"

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    Current Employee - PV Designer
    Current Employee - PV Designer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sunrun full-time

    Pros

    - Easy to gain the technical skills to get the jobs done right
    - Chill and fun work environment
    - Flexible schedule
    - Proud of working in green energy industry
    - Decent benefits (stocks are doing poorly...)

    Cons

    - Industry/company unstable.
    - Career growth is very limited
    - Mediocre Compensation and ~2.5% raise/year
    - Work can get repetitive
    - Overtime is almost never an option anymore
    - Does not provide sponsorship for foreign workers
    - Lack of training/educations outside of tools used in Sunrun.
    - No 401k matching

    Advice to Management

    This job is ideal for people who are looking for a chill job with ok-to-get-by salary. However, the residential solar industry is not doing so hot right now. It's unlikely Sunrun will hire anymore designer in foreseeable future.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Too much pressure on the employee"

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    Current Employee - PV Designer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - PV Designer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sunrun full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    friendly environment, nice office and location.

    Cons

    need to be more power for the engineering team


  10. Helpful (3)

    "The most disorganized company ever"

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    Former Employee - PV Designer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - PV Designer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sunrun (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, fun people.

    Cons

    Very disorganized. Reactive state employer. Process changes constantly. management plays favorites. Some promoted to management after only 3 months of work and others overlooked.

    Advice to Management

    Allow those who are skilled in database management, software and process planning to manage related tasks.. management team needs to change. The currently hired staff is far more educated than the current managers. Be Professional. Don't refer to tinder during huddles, or #, @ as these are social networking and dating sites. not at all professional.