Good paying job, but had to work a lot of nights from home and weekends. Very stressful with a lot of pressure to get the job done. No recognition for successfully doing my job. A very development focused company that didn't recognize operations as being important, until something went wrong and then upper management would be all over you. Very unequal distribution of work for different departments.
Allowed to do important things
Unequal distribution of work. Very clubby atmosphere for long-time employees, not so much for newer hires.
Senior Accountant (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – May 10, 2018
The pay is in line with similar roles but the hours can very long and there is an expectation to weekends and late nights especially around month end and quarter end with little recognition. There is good exposure to fairly complex accounting but there are limited opportunities for advancement and culture is poor, especially in finance.
Manager (Current Employee) – Texas – October 12, 2017
Good pay, smart colleagues, lots of growth. The work/life balance is horrible. Expectations are to always be connected, respond on any day/hour. You are given a lot of responsibility, and people really support each other. It's just a high-pace, intense, pervasive work life
A typical day at work, stock kitchens and supply rooms. Fill copiers with paper, ink and waste toners. Order catering for scheduled meetings. Schedule meetings if they are not already. Book conference rooms.
What I learned; you have to be on your toes. You have to have short solutions to things that may come up unexpectedly; such as catering for a meeting last minute.
Management is well structured. We don't have an office manager per say, however, with different level positions within Pattern it works well.
The hardest part of the job is you are always on the go. Make sure and have comfortable shoes!
The most enjoyable part of the job, is getting to work with great individuals in different departments of the company.
(undisclosed) (Former Employee) – (undisclosed) – September 6, 2015
Pros: No shortage of amazing people with strong variety of industry experience in the lower ranks who know how to work hard. Team tripled in assets and employees from 13 to 15. Exec. Mgmt team is experienced with finance and development, has incredible network and strong relationships with vendors and partners. Incredible financial story from private to public. Strong and agile development pipeline that could be incredible with adjustments to operations model. Hedged with vast range of locations for wind/solar performance.
Cons: The deal-focused development culture with loose roles and responsibility has challenges with efficiency; - Afraid of applying quality methods or standardization. - Strong and talkative management personalities who have limited experience in the operating side of the industry, despite finance/development roots. - Heavy email, slow decision making abilities, hesitant to empower and allow decision making. - Strong risk aversion with complex policies leads to inability to quickly purchase or contract vendors. - Unsure about long term future model and therefore unclear overhead plan, importance of ownership, etc. - No cost strategies, no goal-based performance. - Limited levers to make revenue adjustments due to reliance on wind or sun only. - Leadership is openly more concerned about stock price than team building and developing cultural behaviors. - No data or systems to use for making business decisions. - Assets are very spread out and team has limited international experience to apply - Executive, Construction, Operationsmore... and Development offices are not co-located and teams work in stovepipes and rice bowls between Houston, San Diego, San Francisco and dev offices.less