Verengo Solar

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Verengo Solar Reviews

Updated 21 January 2015
Updated 21 January 2015
147 Reviews
3.8
147 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.  

    Simply the best...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Verengo Solar

    Pros

    1) Total integrity - what they say is what they do.
    2) Dynamic environment - be ready to adapt quickly.
    3) Best training in the industry - bar none!
    4) Most respected and trusted brand in the industry - A+ with the Better Business Bureau

    Cons

    Managers appear to be stretched to their limits. Be prepared to take initiative and be proactive about handling your business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    They're great!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Canvasser in Bakersfield, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Canvasser in Bakersfield, CA (US)

    I have been working at Verengo Solar

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with and for! Good money if you play your cards right!

    Cons

    No cons so far, hopefully that doesn't change!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a bit more easy to contact.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    I'm glad it's over

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I worked at Verengo Solar

    Pros

    In my 3+ years there I met alot of good people... most of whom were laid-off.

    Cons

    Don't expect hard work to get you anything because it's all about who you know.

    Many people are expected to do multiple jobs with no increased compensation.

    The managers are all about themselves and often hold people back for selfish reasons. Anytime you ask how you can advance or get a raise you are fed a series of lies, patted on the head, and sent back to your desk.

    If you want to work here be prepared to be taken advantage of.

    I can't believe I convinced myself to stay for so long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating people like interchangeable machine parts and start learning from your mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Little pay but some good people

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

    I worked at Verengo Solar

    Pros

    Some nice people, awesome hr lady, fun pep rally meetings but management was never sure what they wanted

    Cons

    Little pay, no job security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great learning experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  8.  

    Update to my original review dated July 5, 2014

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

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

    Pros

    Met some truly great people while I worked there. Gained some valuable skills and experience that fattened up my resume.

    Cons

    Completely phony "employee friendly" atmosphere, saw many good people let go. My boss made numerous errors of commission and omission, then blamed his vendors and subordinates for the disasters that followed.

    Follow up note: Due to the high cost of solar panel installations, Verengo talks the majority of their customers (mostly residential) into 20 year leases instead of outright purchases. From talking to many experienced Realtors, when a homeowner tries to sell their home with the leased panels, transferring the lease is a nightmare, and usually a deal breaker. My advice is to stay away from solar entirely until the next generation of more efficient and less expensive panels hit the market, probably sometime in the next 5 - 10 years.

    Last spring the company announced that it was up for sale. Even the two co-founders must think it's over. It will be interesting to see who, if anyone, buys the sinking ship. Sorry to see so many of my former colleagues laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For once play it straight with your hard working employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Canvassing ,Brand Ambassador,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chaotic not fast paced

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Installer in West Nyack, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Installer in West Nyack, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    coworkers, that's truly it. Is that at least 5 words?

    Cons

    No leadership or focus. One day everyone is running to the right. The next day everyone is running to the left. The next day, people are standing still because they're too tired from running. No one knows whats going on and gives up so theres a revolving door. Benefits and pay stink. Only for the displaced or unemployed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a plan, hire quality people then share the plan with everyone so we know what's going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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