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Updated 2 May 2017

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2.6
2%
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Sungevity CEO Andrew Birch (no image)
Andrew Birch
5 Ratings
  1. "Goodbye Sungevity!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Support in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sungevity full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You worked at Sungevity because of Sungevity's mission. We were all out to do great things, and even though it didn't work out, we still achieved a lot as a team, and that meant something.

    Cons

    It sometimes felt like you were working for a non-profit and the company is now defunct, purchased in a takeover.

    Advice to Management

    I hope the new company makes us great again!

    Sungevity2017-05-03
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not what it seems"

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

    I worked at Sungevity full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Co-workers are great, the motto is great!

    Cons

    laid off hard working employees with no severance-PTO-or owed commission, our last check bounced and it will be over a month before we know if they will pay us for all the fees incurred, the company new it was filing bankruptcy and allowed us to push deal through knowing they would hold off installation until after the bankruptcy to avoid paying commission

    Advice to Management

    Step up and show you care about your employees the way you pretended to when recruiting us

    Sungevity2017-04-05
  3. Helpful (11)

    "Thanks for the experience but it was time to move on"

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    Former Employee - Operations in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sungevity full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Headquarters location is a win, CEO is quite friendly, endless cereal and fruit & nut bars in the kitchen, benefits are good, bike program offers reimbursements for cycling-related costs (up to $20/month), new & awesome friends will be made, office feels cozy (bean bags available for relaxation time), work from home is flexible, and Friday evenings usually guarantee some sort of camaraderie at Heinholds, Merchants, or the office

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    Cons

    Longevity seems to secure employment over time, but seniority does not justify leadership. Managers should have the desire to build teams, inspire growth, motivate others, and lead by example. The direct reports are always receiving +\- feedback, but it's about time the managers get some constructive feedback about their performances & contributions from their subordinates and the teams they collaborate with. Drama is nonstop between departments (people in Software & A/P have feelings too... be nice!) I've witnessed some serious scapegoating. The trash talking gets old, lowers team morale, and is negative overall. Unfortunately, trinkets of information trail down from upper management to everyone else, which turns into gossip, so uncertainty and discomfort develop. The lay offs in March of 2016 weren't handled well, but to be fair, lay offs in generally aren't easy for either party. However, it was confusing (and frightening) when half the company (including myself) received an email one morning about lay offs taking place that same day. There are smart employees there, but when people's egos get the best of them, conversations end up being about who is right and wrong. We're all technically on ONE team (called Sungevity)... Can't we all just get along? Sometimes, processes aren't throughly thought out, so once glitches and errors are discovered, fire drills and revamps ensue. I never got a raise working there, either. Last but not least, no matching contribution for your 401k.

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    Advice to Management

    Let's make sure the team stays mindful of the mission. It's not all about money (okay, maybe money matters, but culture & attitude are huge also). Sincerely, best of luck to Sungevity in the future. You can do it, Birchy.

    Sungevity2016-06-07
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great solar company"

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    Former Employee - Operations in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sungevity full-time

    Pros

    Green business, social awareness, great benefits. Happy people

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement at company

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, stay focused on profitability and a sustainable workforce. Many people are counting on your success

    Sungevity2016-03-10
  5. Helpful (7)

    "Churn and Burn"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sungevity full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good place to get started in Solar. Nice Oakland office.

    Cons

    - Churn and Burn environment in which staff is pushed very hard, contribute a lot, and then when the inevitable re-org happens (every six months or so), management looks at a spreadsheet for people to layoff. If you have added a lot of value over the years but a new executive sees you simply as a line item on a spreadsheet, your job is in danger. - A very sales and marketing oriented company. There is a constant flow of new ideas that come from sales and marketing, many of which are great ideas. But there is minimal attention given to operationalizing these ideas. Eventually when the new product is rolled out, the message come down to implement in a few weeks. This leads to inadequate tools to handle the new process, chaos, poor product quality, and much extra and inefficient work. Which leads to low morale. - Poor software department on the internal systems side. Software does a great job developing innovative customer facing solutions. But when it comes to systems to help internal processing, they do not have their act together.

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    Advice to Management

    Spend the money needed to create streamlined internal processes. Sungevity wants to be a high volume quality builder of custom residential solar systems, while providing great customer service. But the executive team and upper management do not seem to be willing to invest in building the back office tools needed to achieve this. You say that the staff is great and creative and will get the job done. Without the right tools, that is a cop-out for not building the systems that will make your vision of bringing solar to the masses a reality.

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    Sungevity2015-08-30
  6. Helpful (15)

    "Very Poor Mid-Level Management"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sungevity full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working in the solar industry has great long term opportunities. Office environment is good.

    Cons

    - Unfortunately, to advance in the industry most Sungevity employees need to put in some time here and then move on. - Those responsible for career development are not supportive of employee goals and have been know to trivialize employee frustration with lack of career mobility within the company. - The focus on "hitting the numbers" goes too far. The intense focus on the quantitative without also focusing on the qualitative and human factors will hurt the the long term bottom line. This also leads to employee burnout and staff not actually performing as well as they could, were the quantitative and qualitative metrics more in balance.

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    Advice to Management

    - Value the unique strengths of individual employees and develop them. The current employee development process is clearly lip-service to that concept. - At the very high management level, there seems to be sincerity. But lower down the management chain there are yes-men (and women) that lack creativity and seem primarily concerned with making the bosses happy, to the long-term detriment of the company's stated core values and mission. - There is too much top down decision making and not enough input is accepted from the rank and file workers that see the good and bad with the day-to-day processes. Whether you know it or not, the middle and lower level managers are working too hard to please you, but not working hard enough to solve real problems.

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    Sungevity2014-04-13
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