Abilty to work at home on projects, increasing salary based on merit
Coordinator Vendor Operations (Former Employee) – Plano, TX – June 7, 2017
All work was done remotely with sales associates located in other parts of the country via email. I became very adept at self time management and working with the schedules of others. Very hands-off management style with little tolerance for errors.
rewards for completing application submittals on time and correct
indifferent direct management rarely communicated anything but criticism
It's definitely not for everyone, the pay is commission and if you don't get sales they pay minimum for hours, the sales training was poor, the separation from management does not influence positive success in sales. In the end of the day you are on your own, if you're comfortable with standing for hours outside/inside, training yourself, and motivating yourself then the job is perfect for you. Having team leaders in diffrent states contacting you via mobile on the daily and rarely in person really doesn't help keep consistent energy and momentum in the work environment.
The management, training and the people I worked with were great however what killed it for me were the people I had to come in contact with in order to get a sale from them and the low pay that came along with it. Not everyone was qualified to sign up with Green Mountain as they had bad credit. Out of the 10 people that I signed up, only 1 or 2 qualified. Too many poor people with bad credit in my sales area.
You gain experience dealing with people
Travel, low pay, commission is not guaranteed, nasty and stupid customers.
Forward thinking company working to better the environment
Field Lead Agent (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – June 27, 2014
Progressed from sales agent tabling to sell renewable energy at store fronts, events and farmers markets to managing a team of ten sales agents. Short sales cycle stopping prospects and conveying to them the benefits of choosing a premium electricity product to avoid carbon dioxide emissions. Top sales agent second quarter 2013. Work with a group of individuals who look to better the environment and the world we live in.
Field Sales Agent, Retail & Events (Former Employee) – Westchester, NY – February 26, 2014
Having never had a sales position prior to this, working at Green Mountain provided me with insight into the difficulties of face-to-face sales. My time at the company strengthened my interpersonal skills and allowed me to gain insight into the regulatory issues facing the energy industry. I am grateful to have worked alongside a company that strives to change the way energy is made in this country.
The culture there is fantastic. There were frequent gatherings and events. Of course, much changed after the merger with a larger parent company, but enough remained that it was a pleasant place to dedicate my time. Earth Day celebrations, employee competitions, creative outlets and more.
The focus on green energy was very apparent before the buyout. We were all steeped in knowing that what we did every day was changing the world. However, after the buyout, it was obvious that the company was simply greenwashing for a major energy corporation, and the actual impact of our efforts felt very diminished.
In the time I was there, I saw one person move from a supervisory position to management, and two people move from entry level to supervisory positions. This is not what was promised to any of us.
While touted as room for growth at hiring, I saw the whole structure set for stagnation of employees. There were not enough steps along the path to promotion. On my team alone, we lost all but one team leads, and no one was ever named to replace them. Everything was left to the department manager, and his right and man.
I am not bitter, the day to day work environment was pleasant, and the overall tone of every level of employee from top to bottom was very approachable.
In the end, I would return to work with them again if the opportunity arose, but I would negotiate harder at the onset, and know that it might take years to take a step up the ladder.
Frequent breakfast tacos, regualr celebrations. Open dialogue among the entire strata.
No room to grow, talented people not encouraged to come to their full potential.
Sales agent (Current Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – November 10, 2013
Commission work means you can potentially earn a lot on one shift, but can just as easily talk yourself blue in the face and not earn a penny or even lose money if you paid for parking. Sometimes working outside can be unpleasant but most shifts are coordinated for the weather. Western Pennsylvania also means you run into a lot of climate change deniers who are just looking to argue and tell you you are wrong and will waste your time.
The management is among the friendliest and most encouraging I've met. A very socially responsible, green company.
Work hours 7am - 4pm Management Team was upfront and easy to talk to. The hardest part of the job was proven that some misapplied payments could not be posted to an account. I enjoyed researching customer's missing payments.
Great customers with great customer service I learned to speak out and approach customers the right way. Management was a ok experience, not much helpful, but they do let you do Self training. Co-workers were remarkable and great team members. Hardest part was making the sells and making them go through successfully. The most enjoyable part was being at different events and talking to a lot of different new people. Talking with families and discussing their energy with them.