Canvasser (Former Employee) – Los Angeles County, CA – April 18, 2017
It was a hard first job. Only part time which was fine because I was in school. It was a door to door sale job, talking to home owners and really pushed to get the sale. It was hard working in the freezing cold or burning hot sun and getting yelled at all the time just because we were a solar company. But the pay was phenomenal. For paid hourly and commissions. It was a hard, demanding job but the people I woke with made the job for me. We got along great and really pushed each other to succeed!
Road trips, the pay, my co-workers, over all experience pushed me to become a people person and communicating better
Working in scary neighborhoods alone, or only with two girls. Being chased by dogs and got bit by one.
Canvasser/Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Lancaster, CA – November 1, 2016
I worked there for a period of about 8 months and was even a top producer in my region (I know it seems like everyone says that, but I was!). Very unprofessional. From day one we had no formal training and at the time it was either "sink or swim." Very little opportunity to advance and overall communication was terrible. The job ended with the entire region of southern Californian cutting their sales rep and canvassing programs. They did this by bringing us all to one place (not telling us what was going on), confiscating our company material and letting us all go.
Canvasser (Former Employee) – Fresno, CA – January 28, 2015
A typical day on the job includes meeting up with co workers and planning a route to work. Once pre planning is done, all workers are split into groups and set out to schedule as many appointments as possible. The things I learned during my time at Verengo were overcoming objections customers threw at me while communicating with them face-to-face. The hardest part of the job was staying positive when things were not going your way but that was overcome by having positive co-workers and remembering every new face is a new opportunity to improve. The most enjoyable part of the job was being able to reinvent yourself at every door and trying to improve yourself.
Canvasser (Former Employee) – Torrance, CA – October 1, 2014
A typical day consists of nearly passing out of heat stroke, getting attacked by dogs, walking for hours in a neighborhood you've never been to, and struggling with gas for the car. I learned to never do door-to-door sales ever again, and the management was very unorganized. The best part of this job was payday.
Canvasser (Former Employee) – Orange, CA – April 6, 2014
Watch some videos and hit the streets. Sick, sun, rain, snow, uphill, dangerous neighborhoods, rude people, bad training, dogs coming at you, and so on you have to produce if not then you'll receive the call and an email saying they did A B C and D to help you and they never did that. Give you 20 hrs to start but have to work or are frowned upon if you work before 4pm on weekdays and weekends which shows how does the 40hr week look like. You will drive 20-40 minutes to get new areas. If it requires a permit they will send you to outskirts of the city where its not necessary. They say to qualify them but then just say get anyone even if they dont meet it so just get their number and well call them 10times a day and to let the call center do the call. Bad leadership but learned communication and handling escalating situations.
San Diego has it worse their trainer manager is 3 hours away from them. They just watch some videos as we did and have to get walking up and down hills and have to produce no matter what in areas that have been hit with so many solar companies.
Canvasser (Former Employee) – Torrance, CA – January 27, 2014
Verengo is a fantastic company for those who are willing to to go the extra mile for their careers. Verengo has great room for advancement in little to no time at all. The work is hard though, requiring you to face rejection from customers regularly. But for those driven salesmen/women out there it is the ideal job. The company is great and takes care of training. You determine the hours you will work. The best part of this job is that unlike most sales positions, Verengo pays you for the hours you work AND any sales you bring in. Its easy to go to work and do what needs to get done when you are being paid for your time.
Canvasser (Former Employee) – Los Angeles – November 27, 2013
A typical work day as a canvasser entails, if you live in a area that doesn't provide SCE(Southern California Edison) prepare to drive, and drive a lot. You get an assigned territory from someone who is in another state and views it from a map thousands of feet above not knowing the conditions of the home or the roofs. The reason that is said because you are going door to door qualifying homeowners based on many factors. 1) shade 2) roof 3) house appearance 4) is owner home 5) is owner a homeowner 6) is their electricity bill over 150$ 7) is their credit over 700 8) can you convince them and their spouse this is a good plan. You have to do all those and if any of those do not factor in you do not have a qualified homeowner. What I learned at this job were communicational skills. You have to be sharp on the job as there are rude homeowners and nice ones to offer you a drink of water while walking in 90º+ weather. The thing I enjoyed most was the freedom and the ability to set your own schedule. While you could set your own realistically you would have to work after 4pm because there aren't as many homeowners before then and if you worked before that, you were frowned upon.
commission, long drives, rude homeowners, working outside in the heat, cold and rain.