Not just any old place to work


Apr 8, 2011

Today we feature a guest post by our very own Susan Hollingshead, VP of Sungevity People:

Walking into the office, I can feel the buzz as I walk in the front door. It’s our monthly Town Hall meeting day and, as with every month, the excitement is palpable. We love gathering together this way, crowded between desks and cubicle walls, sitting on chairs, tables or the floor, standing room only in the back. We’re here to share, to update one another, to applaud our new team members and to learn who the new Sfunster of the Month is. (A SFunster is a Sungevity employee who has lots of SFUN carrying out our mission of Solar For Universal Need). I’m always touched by the fact that whether we’ve hired four or forty people that month, the applause for each is prolonged and genuine.

You can see that support for each other in so many of the ways in which we interact; from picking up our maracas and shaking them every time a sale is made to the orange t-shirts, jackets, sweaters and even tennis shoes that we delight in wearing for any and all occasions. We treasure our orange pool table in the kitchen area. It’s more than a pool table: it’s a symbol of our commitment to having Sfun together.

The Town Hall starts and I look around the gathering – bigger every month (we were 30 in January 2009, we’re 134 now and we’ll be 180 by July) – and think about the deep commitment to our work that I see in the faces of so many of my team members as they listen avidly to the folks in the Marketing Department present the campaign for 2011.

We come to Sungevity from many places, for many reasons. I’m sure that, for some, initially it’s the paycheck and the great benefits, maybe some are attracted to the company’s location in Jack London Square and the awesome views of the water. But at the end of the day, we’re here because we’re engaged, we’re excited and we believe in the mission: “Build the world’s most energized network of solar customers who power their lives with sunshine.”

We’re here to create something wonderful – a world that can truly be powered by sunshine. There’s no better time to be at Sungevity and live the dream. Each day we can see that our efforts, individually and collectively, can truly make a difference.

Posted by Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy co-founded Sungevity and now serves as strategic advisor. He is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and Planet - from Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation.

One Comment

  1. That was a great post Susan. During a recent visit to the Sungevity headquarters, I, too, noticed there was a buzz in the air and the feeling you got from the sense of community and purpose was contagious. It instantly made you feel that you wanted to be a part of it. As that feeling expands to customers, and the solar social network is developed, I have no doubt that Sungevity will succeed as a direct result.

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