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Fun Workplace
Account Manager (Former Employee) –  Newark, CAOctober 25, 2017
Typical workday consisted of answering customer questions about their solar project, driving to different locations and designing systems, and helping out with install crews.
Pros
Great work with amazing benefits. Tight, close knit crew and co-workers
Cons
Company declared bankruptcy earlier this year and there was a massive layoff.
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Out of buuisness
Solar Sales Consultant (Former Employee) –  CaliforniaOctober 10, 2017
Company closed its doors this past year. They did not have a very competitive pay structure when I was there. Seemed to be set up very similar to a pyramid scheme.
Pros
Ability to make your own schedule
Cons
Poor pay and comission structure
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Poor Management
Sales Consultant, Account Manager (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CASeptember 27, 2017
Company has a real lack of direction and cooperation between employees and managers. Many things go wrong with many accounts, yet nobody seems to care.
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productive
Sr. Superintendent, Field Operations (Former Employee) –  Santa Monica, CASeptember 18, 2017
lots of work lots of challenges good place to work provided opportunity to grow and develop skills diverse work force professional compensation was adequate
Pros
challenging
Cons
work hours too long
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Bankrupt
Account Manager (Former Employee) –  Brentwood, CASeptember 15, 2017
My experience varied from excitement to disappointment based on the eventual closure of this company. Great group of people, just poor financial management.
Pros
General office environment.
Cons
Company growth, industry struggles.
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More focused on the company than the customer
Solar Consultant (Former Employee) –  Irvine, CAAugust 7, 2017
Canvassing 6 hours a day. Concentrated too much on hard sell techniques and overcoming objections instead of addressing and assessing the needs of the customer.
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Mediocre Job
Solar Energy Consultant (Former Employee) –  Woodland Hills, CAAugust 2, 2017
Not an awful place to work though commission structure is nearly impossible to attain any sort of sustainable lifestyle. Training provided is excellent however the sales platform doesn't allow for optimal results.
Pros
Postive Enviroment
Cons
Bad pay
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Great place to work
Consultant (Former Employee) –  Santa Clara, CAAugust 1, 2017
Company went out of business...was a great place to work. The environment was the goal of most, who worked there. Each employee had a purpose of working for the company.
Pros
people
Cons
out of business
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Not Good
Solar Consultant (Former Employee) –  Canoga Park, CAJuly 19, 2017
They sent out canvassers to make appointments from house to house. But the supervisors just go in and close the deals that other people work on doing. Somebody is making the money and it's not the hardworkers. They make you feel like your going to make a lot of money but in reality it's not true. Every three months they hire a whole bunch of people they motivate them to book appointmenst but they (managers) close the deals. Then they set you up to fail. So they can re-hire new people. It's a Lie. They also show favortism in regards to you ethnicity.
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fun place to work with flexible hours
Consultant (Former Employee) –  Victorville, CAJuly 11, 2017
American Solar Direct was a nice place to work with friends, and offered flexible hours. This made it easy to work with each others schedules. The canvass manager helped us get started and assisted with our pitch.
Pros
flexible hours
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work culture
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Anaheim, CAMay 1, 2017
Best group of people to work with, true family feel and bond. The people make the company function and make it all worth while. Great place to learn but don't expect to stay too long.
Pros
The people
Cons
Lack of compensation
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Great company that was underfunded
Regional Sales Director (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAApril 30, 2017
American Solar Direct was a great company. They were underfunded in the building phase and this created a waterfall of issues. They ultimately sold the majority interest in the company and this was the beginning of a totally different management style.
Pros
Great people
Cons
Underfunded
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Management destroyed company
Crew Lead/ Site Inspector (Current Employee) –  Santa Monica, CA 90404April 26, 2017
Mismanaged company that failed due to unsafe business practices. The company went bankrupt. Due to this fact, they haven"t paid all employees their final checks.
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Frustrating
Headquarters (Former Employee) –  Anaheim, CAApril 24, 2017
This company went through a series of lay-offs, missed payroll, and lies about the stability of the company during the entire time I worked at American Solar Direct. The board gutted the entire middle management level, routinely closed its regional sales offices, and laid-off staff nearly every quarter. Find a job somewhere else...
Pros
Flexible time off, work life balance
Cons
No stability; missed payroll on a regular basis; no leadership; lies about company growth
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Excellent Management and Executive
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Anaheim, CAApril 19, 2017
Perhaps one of the best places i have ever worked at. Ops Management and Executives are excellent mentors and friends. Co-Workers are the primary reason why you enjoy your work life, and this is easy to say... They are the best.
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Questionable survival
Solar Consultant (Former Employee) –  Santa Cruz, CAApril 7, 2017
Another Solar company who cannot manage growth.
Poor operations and unsustainable business model. LA based, residential focus, no commercial clients, hard sell strategy, founded by a door to door salesman who believes in that approach regardless of what the market feedback is. Internal communications issues. Cash issues.
Pros
decent products
Cons
unreliable management, high sales turnover
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Risk Reward
Employee (Current Employee) –  Anaheim, CAApril 3, 2017
Private company in a roller coaster industry. Great opportunity to learn, not great rewards. Hard work is rewarded within your team but not always recognized by management. The culture needs serious work and employee morale is not so good.
Pros
Co-workers
Cons
No bonus, no parking, no accountability
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Great Comp. plan
Solar Consultant (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAMarch 6, 2017
Was a great company when I worked there. Although there's been a lot of changes. The company had to do a lot of restructuring and had to cut costs. Don't know if I would recommend it now.
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Good place to work
Solar Consultant (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CADecember 15, 2016
I loved it when I was c working at ASD. There was less of changes bur everything for the good, it makes me sad no longer being part of this family but I can say I enjoy everyone who I work with. One thing is about bonuses, it seemed at times I had to fight for them to give me my bonuses, and sometimes it didn't happened, they'll always b find an excuse, v but overall good company
Pros
Control over your own schedule, recently gave everyone rose
Cons
Fight for bonuses, a little disorganized
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great working place
Door to Door Sales men (Former Employee) –  Lancaster, CADecember 13, 2016
was great to work with and was great environment as well the management was really nice and understood and worked with us around our schooling
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