Verengo Solar

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Verengo Solar Reviews

Updated 8 August, 2014
Updated 8 August, 2014
119 Reviews

4.4
119 Reviews
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Verengo Solar CEO Randy Bishop
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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)

  • work environment with a Family feel to the company, not a corporate juggernaut (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • What they disguise as growing and fast paced is mass confusion and chaos (in 5 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    great work place flexible management

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    Current Employee - TSR  in  Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - TSR in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    Pros

    The fact that there is the upward mobility within the infra- structure and the fact that they are flexible with making up work hours are two very positive attributes of the company

    Cons

    Constant change and guidelines are always in a state of flux

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make sure all levels of management are on same page. When there is policy change there is a lack of communication to all involved parties.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A fascinating opportunity in a growing business segment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative

    Pros

    Decent benefits, expense and draw structure.

    Cons

    Communication is sorely lacking but somewhat expected for a <5 year old company. Especially from National Sales Mgr.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Expectations, promises and values do not match the practices.

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative

    Pros

    Their stated concept and story was compelling. Their stated core values are solid and well stated. I meet several employees who seemed very happy, responsive and helpful.

    Cons

    The lack of structure and follow through in the sales training become evident as time exposed. The operations side was in constant disarray, which they referred to as being dynamic. The sales methods are hard boiled. On many occasions leads are not qualified for the product being offered. Some of the mid level leaders were passive aggressive, overtly aggressive and sometimes child like. Opportunities were not delivered as promised, which they turned into personal shortcomings. I was very disenchanted with my experience and felt it was extremely unfair. I received similar feedback from many others in similar positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people that reflect the stated Verengo values and design your programs accordingly. Educate representatives about competition. Don't speak ill of your former business partners, competitors or past employees; its very unprofessional. Develop and invest in your talent. Support their growth without ridicule or subversive actions. Trust your representatives with the information necessary to prosper and know with proper support, ongoing training and good leadership they can deliver a wonderful product to the public.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Canvasser  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Canvasser in San Diego, CA (US)

    Pros

    Lots of great, encouraging people who really want to see you succeed .

    Cons

    Not stable, portals hardly ever work. Gets very discouraging and you can lose your job very quickly . This job is not for just any one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more bilingual people in call centers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good

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

    Pros

    Great Schedule (Five Words Now?)

    Cons

    Get results or you are out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Torrance, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Torrance, CA (US)

    Pros

    - Fast-paced
    - High energy
    - Challenging
    - Great Support and Training
    - Good Management
    - Awesome atmosphere

    Cons

    There is never a dull moment at Verengo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to deal with problems quickly, fairly and consistently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    A lot of good people, but the company is struggling to meet its growth goals.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    Pros

    Company put on quarterly events for employees, and gave awards for outstanding performance. Human Resources was generally responsive.

    Cons

    First you need to understand why companies like Verengo, and it's many competitors like Solar City have sprung up overnight since 2009. Current solar technology cannot generate a kilowatt hour of electricity as cheaply as you can buy it off of the grid. Residential installations typically cost upwards of $50,000 and the panels lose 1% of their efficiency per year. But in 2009 a 30% federal tax credit was passed and in some states the utility companies were forced into guaranteed electricity buy-back programs which spawned the current solar panel sales boom in those states ie California. Barring a great leap in panel technology, once the current tax credits expire in 2017, the industry may shut down as quickly as it started unless the tax credits are extended, a very iffy proposition. Because of the high up-front cost, Verengo structures most of the deals as 20 year leases. As long as you see the big picture going in, Verengo can be a decent place to earn a living and pick up some valuable work experience for as long as it lasts.

    I worked in the Phoenix office for one year. The office contains the telemarketing call center and IT management. The main office is in Torrance, California. It's worthy to note that Verengo has worked very hard at a public relations campaign to promote itself as a "best place to work". Recently the company made CareerBuilder.com's list of "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona". This was after a carefully organized internal campaign to get employees to respond favorably to the CareerBuilder.com annual survey. The local media, most notably reporters and photographers from the Arizona Republic, were present at a recent Wednesday afternoon sales rally, known as a "rah-rah" for the award presentation.

    While Verengo certainly wasn't the worst employer I've ever worked for, the well crafted public image often doesn't match up with reality. Salaried personnel are often expected to work long hours of uncompensated overtime and to check and respond to emails and texts when away from the office. Many middle level managers work 7 days a week. Employee turnover was common. You might see a sales manager leading a Wednesday "rah-rah" pep rally, extolling the virtues of the company, and then be gone the next day. Some people were swept out abruptly, leaving in tears. At a Wednesday "rah-rah" in early January of 2013, management announced that all employees would be forced to take one unpaid furlough day per month, and use one day of vacation. We were told to never reveal this to the outside world. It might tarnish the carefully crafted public image.

    To be fair, there are a lot of fine, hard working people at Verengo. Your experience will depend on your attitude and work ethic of course, but also on who you have as a manager. My hope for all the good people still working there is that the company will survive until solar panel technology improves and the industry can thrive on its own without taxpayer subsidies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit stepping over dollars to pick up dimes. Set up anonymous grading for rank and file employees to rate their managers, then seriously consider their feedback.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Verengo Up For Sale Get Out While You Can

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador  in  Fresno, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador in Fresno, CA (US)

    Pros

    When I first started as a canvasser, Verengo in the Central Valley of California was a family. Month after month, I would look across the table and see my friends. We all did well until a change in management. During this time, us canvassers were given a territory to work and logged in our hours at the end of the day. No micromanagement whatsoever.

    Cons

    In April 2014, Randy Bishop and Ken Button shot out an email stating they were exploring the sale of Verengo. Around this time, canvassers went from being trusted as adults to log our hours and meet our monthly quota to being treated like children where we were given set work schedules and weekly quotas. To understand Verengo, you have to understand the structure. Verengo contains four structures: 1. Corporate, 2. Sales, 3. Telemarketing (Any and all reviews from Phoenix, AZ) and 4. Canvass (Central Valley, Northern California, Los Angeles, New York, Antelope Valley, Orange County, etc.) As a canvasser, my job was to put food on the table of those above me. Canvassers gather the leads and appointments to employ Verengo's call center (telemarketing) in Phoenix, AZ. Our leads and appointments, at the behest of those in Phoenix, would translate into appointments (inside and outside) for local sales reps. If an appointment got sold, then corporate would reap all the benefits and trickle it on downward to the tune of $100 to $165/sale depending on your canvasser rank (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum). All Corporate ever did was give us some Tony Robbins inspirational nonsense with no direction on what territories panned out. Verengo's Corporate mindset is, "It isn't about the territory, it is about the canvasser." Let me ask, could Billy Mays sell Gucci handbags at retail markup in south central LA? Of course not, territory matters, yet according to Verengo Corporate it does not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company to Solar City.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frequent and disorganized change at local level

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative  in  Bakersfield, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Bakersfield, CA (US)

    Pros

    The company has a very solid product and a good reputation with its existing customers. Great job for a single person with no kids.

    Cons

    constant state of change with policy and practice with poor communication at local level. Not a job for a family person. Late nights running poor company leads

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create stability to reduce churn

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Verengo Solar has given me a great experience! I met some really cool people!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Canvasser/Brand Ambassador  in  Fresno, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Canvasser/Brand Ambassador in Fresno, CA (US)

    Pros

    -flexible hours
    -bonuses, base pay
    -company values
    -improve communication skills
    -great coworkers

    Cons

    -it isn't a job for everyone and you would have to treat it like your own business
    -sometimes flexibility ends up turning into a on-call job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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