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Verengo Solar Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Good people working there, good company to start a new career as electrician or installer (in 12 reviews)

  • The atmosphere in the office is on like any other work environment (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Couldn't keep up with the poaching of sales reps by rivals so canned the entire outside sales organization (in 9 reviews)

  • Upper management is not very transparent to their employees (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company to work for!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Solar Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Solar Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    you can make $100,000.00 if you work hard

    Cons

    There are no cons a job is a job so if you work hard you get rewarded.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Change of Direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy-going environment, not micro-managed, pay was decent

    Cons

    Lack of communication/direction, constant lay-offs with NO notice, lies and cover-ups from CEO and upper leaders, not a fun culture like it used to be at all

    Advice to Management

    Company changed direction to not being a "sales" company anymore to just doing installations which probably fits their skillset the best but obviously they screwed over lots of people to get there when they claimed it wouldn't happen. Never set realistic expectations and always asked for the impossible regardless of reality. Try just being decent human beings and be upfront with your staff when crap is going to go down so you don't mess up peoples lives who were loyal to and stuck through all it all to the end.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "It was Great for a awhile"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retention/Realization/Ops Management
    Former Employee - Retention/Realization/Ops Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pre November 2014, Verengo Solar was the greatest company I had ever worked for. I finally felt like being a salesman could have purpose in life through the vision of Dave Schotz, our head of call center at the time. Amazing work environment and hands down the greatest management team a sales professional could ask for.

    Cons

    At the peak when all of the mom and pops were being sold off or closing their doors, Verengo was still moving forward, making right decisions to fix the back end problems that every solar company deals with. Many many poor management decisions spiraled out of control after a large investment firm came in, ran sabre metrics against our company and it became the biggest Band-Aid upon Band-Aid fiasco. they fired more than 60% of the staff in less than a year, shut down the highest rebate market they were in, isolated to one area of Cali, and essentially hit the reset button on a 13 year old company.

    Advice to Management

    Good Luck


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  5. "Operations Rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Realization/Operations Specialist in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Realization/Operations Specialist in Mesa, AZ

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

    Pros

    When I first started working here we all had the common goal to make the company better. We all were more tight knit and helped each other out.

    Cons

    We got bought out like every other small corporation. They completely changed the dynamic and feel in the office. They started fire people immediately to overhaul so they could bring in new people for a lot less money then they were having to pay us. Corporate is corporate. They will squeeze the life out of you while at the same time making every effort to pay you as little as possible.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Energy Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Energy Consultant in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Energy Consultant in Riverside, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fall from grace and a waste of a good company. I don't know how they've stayed afloat in 2016. The company has been cut to the bare bone and now does only a few installations per month. Theyve also lied to their customers. Time and time again.

    At one time Verengo had potential to be one of the top dogs in the residential solar industry. Verengo revolutionized sales, by having some of the best management around, and the best training in the industry. Verengo's training is now used by SunRun and SolarCity.

    Cons

    Verengo axed the complete and entire Outside Sales, Training Team, Compliance managers, Sales Managers, Canvassers, Field Marketing team, Field Marketing Managers with NO warning, right before Christmas 2015.

    Stay away and don't waste your precious time in the solar industry. Work for a company with a good outlook. The ownership and management change led by CEO Anders Dahl and Verengo was driven into the dirt. Lots of promises were made to both customers and employees. These promises were broken. Our pay was degraded, the company did not give customers the incentives they promised. This company is the titanic. They've already hit the iceburg and the sinking is inevitable. Take your talents to SolarCity, Sun Run, Viving, One roof, solar 360. Anyone but Verengo.

    Advice to Management

    For the lower and mid level management that might still exist at Verengo. Run quick. Go to a company that values your hard work and dedication and go to a company that is going to be around for the long term. Solar is an amazing, lucrative, dynamic industry. Don't waste another day with this sinking ship.

    To upper management. The damage has already been done. Anders ruined Verengo. Firing him is too little, too late. Hopefully the new CEO can salvage whats left.


  7. "Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company cares about its employees. Good wages plus bonuses/sales. Great teamwork environment and awesome company leaders.

    Cons

    No cons. Enjoyed working for this company


  8. "Good company to grow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PV Installer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - PV Installer in Santa Clara, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Verengo Solar (More than a year)

    Pros

    None and positive working condition

    Cons

    None and keep moving for better

    Advice to Management

    keep working hard and success


  9. "Corporate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Growth potential of the company

    Cons

    Constant restructuring and instability causes your job to always be in line for the ax

    Advice to Management

    Get a team, keep it, build morale


  10. "Sales churn and burn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solar Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Solar Consultant in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most coworkers were fun to work with, call center environment that attempted to be engaging and recognize good performance

    Cons

    Commission structure was always changing, constant hiring and firing of sales people, always felt like a revolving door with no stability in paycheck. Leads were definitely funneled to the favorite top dogs and leaving low quality leads for new folks making it hard for new people to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the commission structure fair and stable


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Canvasser in Lancaster, CA
    Former Employee - Canvasser in Lancaster, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They used to have a great work environment with a lot of flexibility with schedule and paid well. Was a dream job

    Cons

    Recently, they have laid off their entire outside sales team in the whole company and they just this year laid off their entire canvassing program. (I was in the canvassing program last year and was fortunate enough to get out before that happened, but it left many of my friends unemployed because they kept lying about their stability as a company and assuring everyone they had nothing to worry about and left them unprepared.

    Advice to Management

    Please start telling the truth to your employees.



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