C3 Energy Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
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C3 Energy CEO Thomas M. Siebel
Thomas M. Siebel
5 Ratings

Pros
  • The senior management team has a tremendous track record of growing successful companies which instills confidence in everyone around them (in 7 reviews)

  • People are fun to work with and committed to getting things done and done well (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, expect to work the hardest you have ever worked (in 3 reviews)

  • The management team demands excellence (and should) (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    Overly positive reviews of this company are coerced

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C3 Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    * Many intelligent co-workers * Interesting problems to solve * Nearly unlimited resources

    Cons

    * Employees are bright and intelligent but not trusted * Company is completely run by the power of the CEO, lots of unnecessary bottlenecks and a revolving door of yes-men executives as a result * Extreme cases of wasted resources as capital is practically unlimited * Brutal expectations of after-hours work, before-hours work, weekend work, cancelled vacations, etc... usually for avoidable fire drills

    Advice to Management

    Listen to, trust, and value your employees


  2. Helpful (9)

    Case study of poor company culture

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at C3 Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    C3 has an exciting mission and dedicated team along with access to significant financial and non-financial resources. C3 also has a great alumni network of talented professionals and provides excellent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    The company culture is essentially a personality cult built around the CEO. This style may work for some companies, but it is not ideal for C3 because upper management does not have native energy experience / expertise and tends to hire based on resume rather than current skill set. And so while there are many talented and hard working employees, many are not suited for their current roles. This culture leads to all decisions, large or small, being made at the CEO level as well as incoherent and inconsistent strategy and sometimes poor treatment of clients and vendors. Employees are more concerned about management approval than client approval. The culture breeds "yes" men and women who are trained to execute based on detailed directions rather than create based on larger strategic guidelines. In this day and age of distributed tools and dynamic planning, C3's command and control culture puts it at a distinct disadvantage to similarly sized companies.

    Advice to Management

    - Empower upper and middle management to make the right decisions - Spend more time listening closely to clients - Prioritize early user experience design and testing prior to significant engineering investments


  3. Helpful (8)

    Time Machine

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at C3 Energy full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Executives are highly engaged in all decisions, many of whom were involved with Tom Siebel when he built his empire of fortune. - While it's not for everyone, some people do thrive in environment there and there's a certain feeling of "specialness" when tapped by the executive team

    Cons

    - Top down, command-style management combined with lack of focus, constant reprioritization, and micromanagement creates vast inefficiencies and stifles autonomy. A queue of people, literally and figuratively, line up for Siebel's approval for anything from whether or not to buy lunch to the details of an RFP. Many meetings are either canceled after the fact, or delayed quite a bit as a rippling effect from the top down. - Because many executives come from big company backgrounds, even though C3 is a relatively small company it has big company heirarchy, tools and policies. While these may be necessary at larger companies, they come with large costs to culture and efficiency. - many of the practices at both the executive and engineering level are outdated or not suited to the current line of business. It's a bit of a time machine back to the days when: - waterfall-style software building was The Way software was built, and no alternatives were considered feasible - Big (aka expensive, aka proprietary) platforms were The Way, instead of smaller isolated services built by autonomous teams. - management at technology companies was considered necessary and important to motivate and give direction to engineers who, if left to their own devices, would build shoeboxes instead of rocketships - companies often divided employees between the "thinkers" and the "doers", the engineers being the doers, and there was little cross-pollination - Data Modelers were necessary to protect software engineers from mucking around in the data layer where they do not belong - it was deemed status quo/unavoidable that engineers would/should work long, late hours - automated testing was less rigorously applied - there were few to no options for collaborating well with remote participants None of these things necessarily dictate failure, but they make for a challenging environment

    Advice to Management

    Provide more autonomy, less hierarchy, and focus more on removing obstacles to efficiency rather than oversight. I also highly recommend watching the video by Dan Pink on workplace motivation (on TED).


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  5. Helpful (9)

    The company still needs to deliver the promise -- after 3.5 years

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at C3 Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - The company attracts some star executives (although they have to prepare for stunning quick shuffling on the VP level) - The area still has great potential, at least on paper - What you should expect for a startup: High pressure; result-driven. - The CEO definitely has the vision and the track record

    Cons

    - The VP level has been shuffled twice which no wonder casts a lot of uncertainty to the whole company and negative impact to the morale; - A clear dictator-type management style. - Pretty bad work-to-life balance, even in Silicon Valley - If you have worked for Siebel Systems before, you are inferior by default.

    Advice to Management

    - Don't just vent your frustration on the subpar business growth via going through frequent firing/hiring cycle - Give some younger, and no ex-Siebeler a chance. You are not rebuilding another Siebel Systems, need some more fresh and creative ideas and personnel to drive to success.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Busy and everything is changing

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pudong, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pudong, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at C3 Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    All engineers are very good, and have chance to learn kinds of techs.

    Cons

    Everything is changing everyday, requirements or colleagues. In another word, management team always change their ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Focus and stable.


  7. Helpful (7)

    5 year olds chasing a soccer ball

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C3 Energy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Individually, everyone at C3 is highly competent and dedicated to the job at hand. There is an honest desire to ensure that the company succeeds and that our clients are satisfied.

    Cons

    Because Tom Siebel must approval any and all activities, and there is a nearly pathological fear of upsetting him, critical decisions end up being delayed until the last possible minute by staff unwilling or unable to take responsibility. As a result of this reactionary management style, employees are constantly putting out fires rather than spending time building a better business. An undeserved feeling of intellectual superiority over our clients leads to poor strategic decisions that end up causing more harm in the long run.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your employees the freedom to make their own decisions and take ownership of their own responsibilities. Centralized decision making is both inefficient and demoralizing.


  8. Helpful (4)

    It is closed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at C3 Energy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Salary is ok. Flexible work time. Life and work is balanced. There's not much work to do. Even the meeting is not required.

    Cons

    It is already shut down. Feel underestimated by the company.



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