Verengo Solar

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Verengo Solar Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
142 Reviews
3.9
142 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great Work Environment - Fast paced work environment with a Family feel to the company, not a corporate juggernaut (in 8 reviews)

  • Competitive pay, great structure, awesome company culture that really emphasizes the team (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • It's a very competitive and fast-paced environment, may not be suitable for everyone (in 7 reviews)

  • growing pains and finding balance gets to be a challenge (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great learning experience!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Canvasser in Stamford, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Canvasser in Stamford, CT (US)

    I have been working at Verengo Solar part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very open and engaging staff, great schedule if you have your own vehicle and you save folks money with solar energy!

    Cons

    Schedule can be unconventional and requires you to work on the weekend. You need a personal vehicle!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish offices where canvass teams meet and drive in a company van or bus to different canvassing locations so as to save gas and limit CO2 footprint.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Had a good 4 year run

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Consultant in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Consultant in Phoenix, AZ (US)

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

    Pros

    I can't say as much right before I left but the people I worked for and around were the main reason I stayed so long. The way we took that company from a small player in the industry to the leading installer was just tremendous and I had the opportunity to grow through that with the company.

    Cons

    Unless you know the right people there you have little to no chance for advancement. The money used to be good but because they are loosing so much now they kept a few low paying execs and all the entry level people on board to help cut cost. I made good money right at the end of it all and I think that was one of the reasons I was let go. I cost to much to retain. They will change the pay structures over and over again if you start making too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have none. I had some great managers and some not so great managers. There are still a few that work there but most of the people that made this place Tick in unison the way that it used to are gone. I think it was a point that I needed to part ways and head into a different direction. Seen some good hard working people lose their jobs when I think they should have been retained and shifted to another position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Canvassing ,Brand Ambassador,

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Canvassing, Brand Ambassador, in Long Beach, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Canvassing, Brand Ambassador, in Long Beach, CA (US)

    I have been working at Verengo Solar part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good potential pay, with hourly plus commissions.People making $850 a week for 30 hours

    Cons

    Walking 5 to 8 miles a shift outdoors in all conditions. Required to work in pouring rain ,walking door to door. Working until 8 pm at night during the winter, very dangerous and scared home owners opening doors with guns on you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In Southern California it does not rain much so requiring your people go out in pouring rain at night to be sick during the weekend when you make the most contacts is poor treatment of your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Been here for 6 months

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SSA Solar Site Assessor in Ventura, CA (US)
    Current Employee - SSA Solar Site Assessor in Ventura, CA (US)

    I have been working at Verengo Solar full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Professional, growing company. Pays well. Great job security (as far as the solar industry is concerned). The company works to improve its employees, as opposed to letting them go on a regular basis to hire new ones.

    Cons

    Like any competitive industry, they can demand a lot from you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more room for advancement within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Dont trust

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Care in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Care in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I worked at Verengo Solar full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Made good money thats it.

    Cons

    Massive layoffs since July 2014.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut your losses and get out now

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Never try switching departments to advance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Care in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Care in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I worked at Verengo Solar full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun people next to you, relaxed environment, just get your work done

    Cons

    Never apply to another department or expect to be asked for your two weeks notice. The director of Customer Experience asked two of us to place in our two weeks notice. This is because if you are hired as a customer service representative and apply for inside sales, two weeks is you make or your out type deal. She wanted to make it as your not being able to come back to the position period. I left the company because of this, that was a dumb mistake on their end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your people to advance to a higher promotion, don't try and hold people back. Its unbelievable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work don't believe the hype.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Consultant in Ahwatukee, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Consultant in Ahwatukee, AZ (US)

    I worked at Verengo Solar full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I truly can't think of one, uh friendly receptionist, guy I interviewed with was super cool and personable but when I started 2 weeks later learned he was fired.

    Cons

    Office is so cramped, don't even have a proper cubicle it's like a 2x3 ft desk with dividers, literally like boiler room packed in. 1st day of training they throw you a 28 page agreement and tell you to memorize it with no time in class to do so, so after spending 8 hrs learning about company policies and doing math equations you have to go home and memorize it, before sending you to California for "boot camp". I was super excited to start a new career but after learning the guy I just met with two weeks prior was fired I knew something with this company was up. They said growth was crazy and great time and they've been doing training class after training class for 4 months straight as I saw on career builder it was true but when i got the tour found it extremely odd that after all this hiring and training their were only 20 reps on the floor which means one thing, the people they are hiring are quitting after realizing how much they try to brainwash you and nothing they tell you is true. When you start you get like 3-4 leads which suck, all good leads go to outside reps. So you spend all day calling the same people over and over to look busy. Sorry I wasted my time and gas to drive to such a dump.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just be honest about the position and training program during the interview. I feel they hire as many people as possible and give the job to anybody then just let the herd thin itself out and at the end you'll have a few people willing to endure the torture left, mostly kids out of college who don't know better, or the telemarketer kids thinking their getting a promotion who end up lasting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Liked Working Here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Riverside, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Riverside, CA (US)

    I worked at Verengo Solar full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I was a Sales Rep working for Verengo. They are doing it the right way. Really good leadership in sales. They ask a lot of their sales team but treat you well in return. I got good leads and made good money, but left because of the hours. I really liked their emphasis on honesty and treating customers well.

    Cons

    Its all about the hours. Sales reps have to grind here. Lots of evenings and youll need to work weekends to get good leads and make good money (nature of the business - we need to run leads when homeowners are available to meet with us)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    heard about recent changes where verengo is focusing more of its efforts in profitable markets and is now using inside sales for less profitable markets. makes good sense. also, please consider providing company vehicles for reps.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Be careful...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Call Center Employee in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Call Center Employee in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I have been working at Verengo Solar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company used to have a positive, friendly, warm atmosphere....and then the lay offs started and continued for 2+ years.

    Cons

    Inconsistent strategy, poor upper level leaders (Senior VPs, CEO, etc.) that treat people like a number and not like a person. This is a cut-throat company, regardless if you are performing, you can be replaced at any moment as evidenced by the repeated lay offs each year (and 2 in the past 60 days). If you want to be treated like a valueless commodity, this is a great spot for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the strategy that is not working leads to a layoff, change your approach and your strategy. Cutting heads 1-2 times per year and making no changes to your plan will only result in the repeated action year after year. The employees are fearful each day they arrive at work, not knowing if this is the day they get let go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very Exciting Future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Installation Foreman in Anaheim, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Installation Foreman in Anaheim, CA (US)

    I have been working at Verengo Solar full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Verengo is a great place to work! Everyone is super smart and hard-working. It's a very young company with lots of energy. Management is transparent and very approachable.

    Cons

    It's a very competitive and fast-paced environment, may not be suitable for everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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