Energy Consultant (Former Employee) – Raleigh, NC – May 14, 2019
This is definitely a numbers game. Typically, you will have to knock on 100+ doors a day to talk to 25+ nice/polite people who will schedule an appointment with you (many times no one will answer the door or you get the not so polite people). It is very, very common those appointments you set either cancel, never reschedule, or you show up to their house and they do not answer the door. When you do go through an appointment and sit down with the homeowners, closing a deal is entirely a different beast and honestly, door knocking is the easy part. Contrary to what you may believe, solar does not sell itself. People are going to want to learn more about solar, but don't expect, "Oh, it's solar panels...it's good for everyone and it's easy to sell to people." You will be surprise how many people do not want solar panels. You will learn a lot about the industry with solar, utility companies, local/state/federal laws and regulations, HOAs, and more. The management is supportive and they do incentives for everyone. This job is 100% commission with no salary/hourly pay and with zero benefits. There is a "startup" bonus when you start, but be aware there are strings attached and many requirements you must meet first before you can be paid which, honestly, is not much compared to an hourly job. The company does not reimburse you for any events you pay for or any business materials you may need or gas/mileage you use with your own car. You can work 10-12 hours a day, 6 days a week, 4 weeks a month, and still not have a sale which makes your revenue 0 for the month. Yes, there willmore... be a month where you do make a sale or three sales or more in one month but, as they say, "This job is known as the solar coaster." You will have highs when you sell a deal(s) in a month and you will have lows when you do not sell anything in a month(s). If you are financially sound, the first few months without pay will be less painful compared to if you are not financially sound. Also, you may sell a deal and all of that work paid off to have the homeowner sign the contract and paperwork, but it is not uncommon for customers to cancel the contract a few days later or for operations to mess up and the deal falls through and you are stuck not being paid even after all that work. It's not often but it does happen. There is a high turnover rate and everyone is a 1099 employee which means you're a contractor for Sigora and not an actual employee of the company. Overall, I would NOT recommend this company to people and if someone was to consider working with this company, please, please read all the details and ask A LOT of questions about the role/responsibilities/expectations/compensation/etc. Whatever they say, the devil is in the detail.less
Learn a lot on solar, utility companies, laws/regulations
100% commission, 0 benefits, Contractor, 60+ hours a week, barely a social life
Residential Energy Consultant (Current Employee) – Richmond, VA – May 24, 2019
I am a current employee at Sigora and have been there for about 2 months. Obviously, I have a ways to go before I get the full picture, but I can say the following things with 100% certainty:
- the culture and vibe at this company are the most positive I've ever experienced. All sales team members are 1099, so we're sort of on our own, but the team really carries each member and is genuinely encouraging and positive and wants every member to succeed! Training and development is a mix of role-playing, group discussion, one-on-one, and throw-you-in-and-learn-to-swim. Is it perfect? No. But at least in my experience, they are willing to support anyone willing to put in the work to improve themselves.
- income potential is amazing. I'm still working my way up to it, but I fully intend for this job to change my life. Making a good commission doesn't require any more work than most other typical sales jobs, and it is wholly possible to make more money than you ever thought you could. You get out what you put in, and work/life balance is just a matter of good time management.
- work consists of team meetings, trainings, etc; developing leads, which includes door-to-door, personal networking, and some company generated leads; and in-home sales appointments with customers
- the hardest part of the job is not having a regular paycheck, but with a little cushion to start and a couple sales in my first month, I'm well on my way to being very happy with my income. Yes, it's a bit of a roller coaster, but as long as you know that going in, it's manageable.
- the most enjoyablemore... part of the job is making a lot of money selling a product that I'm passionate about and is going to make a huge difference in the world!less
Your job matters! Great income potential and company culture
Solar Consultant (Former Employee) – Richmond, VA – May 15, 2019
D2d knocking and they change what your door pitch is then yell at you when you do what you were trained to do day one. the weekly meetings with the work team were the best thing about this job. They preach "grass roots company" and make toxic decisions. if you are good at sales and have door to door experience it might be a good fit. Ive watched them tug around employees and make empty promises. if you work for them just watch out. no matter how much they say they support you they are aiming to be a solar giant and might be burning bridges along the way.
good work environment
empty promises, wasted time. wasted hard work for little pay.