C3 Energy Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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    Helpful (1)

    Amazingly talented, motivated, and collaborative team is making software history.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at C3 Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Men and women from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints equally get compensated, recognized, and promoted. Great career advancement for all. C3 Energy is solving very difficult, critically important technical, environmental, and economic problems.

    Cons

    None. Helping our energy customers make the world safer and more environmentally sound while saving money is an exhilarating experience.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the company’s unique tradition of hiring the very best, giving them great opportunities to contribute, and rewarding their successes.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great culture and fun place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C3 Energy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    60 people so you really get to know everyone. Lunch is catered and is usually different and healthy. Plenty of snacks as well so really gets you through the day. There's a lot going on, which means you don't end up sitting around too much.

    Cons

    Nothing that should deter you from working here. Pace can be fast and roles very well defined so doing something new or implementing your own idea requires a bit of work.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Incredible talent pool

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C3 Energy full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at C3 has been a very positive experience. The number of incredible people working here is really astonishing. The fact that everyone will go the extra mile to get things done makes it an easy place to work.

    Cons

    There are long hours but with the potential upside to the company, the long hours are definitely worth it.

    Advice to Management

    As we grow it would be great to see more flexible work hours and some of the other programs that larger companies have.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Visionary company, doing great things

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at C3 Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working on the cutting edge of big data and analytics, as applied to energy
    Opportunity to create meaningful business and environmental change in the world
    Strong management, very smart and competent peers
    Big, name-brand customers
    Ability to positively impact millions of people

    Cons

    This is a Silicon Valley company with a clear upward trajectory - people are very dedicated and work long hours.
    Offices are in a beautiful location, but a bit out of the way.

  6. Dynamic, brilliant, ambitious team.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dream team of world-class engineers, scientists, and strategists developing a game-changing analytics platform for the world's leading energy companies. If that's not enough, you get the best dev tools, free access to a deluxe fitness center (lane pool, rock wall, gym, spa, saunas, new equipment), catered breakfast, lunch, and Friday happy hour, and beautiful 5th-floor views of SF Bay wetlands.

    Cons

    If you're unfortunate enough to live in the East Bay, the City, or the South Bay, you'll have a long commute. That's all I've got.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the bar set high. Everyone in the organization is counting on you.

  7. Great place to work! Extremely challenging & rewarding at the same time. Very strong Mngmt. team & talented employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A very friendly office culture, you will run into so many nice people at C3. The work is challenging but fun and exciting. The Mngmt team demands a lot, but they're also approachable, willing to help and get involved in the day to day work.

    Cons

    Being a hard charger and willing to roll up your sleeves and work hard will go a long way

  8. Destined to succeed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The thing that stood out most for me at C3 was the professionalism and friendliness of the staff. These are highly motivated people at the top of their game and working with them was a pleasure. The problems they are trying to solve haven't really been attempted before which makes them all the more fun and challenging to work on.

    For me, having a strong leader is very important to maintaining confidence in the company as a whole and I would say C3 delivers on that front. I always looked forward to Tom Siebel's company updates where he'd gather all the staff and present his thoughts on where the company was now, where it was going and how to get there. They were a valuable insight into the 'big picture' and the Q&A sessions that would often follow were also very helpful. They helped me understand where my work fit into the broader scope, which in turn made it more meaningful and ultimately satisfying.

    It seemed no expense was spared on the environment, with large open spaces and tasteful decor making it a pleasure to spend time working in. A free breakfast and lunch was provided and there was a full sized pool table and table tennis to help break up the day. Being able to take a stroll by the water front helped to clear the head too. There was also a complimentary gym with a pool and even rock climbing about 2 mins walk from the office, which I enjoyed taking advantage of.

    Cons

    As with most small companies, there is no well defined career ladder to climb and it's often unclear exactly what it takes to get a promotion. But I'm sure that as the company grows that will be addressed.

  9. Like Heaven

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and nice working environment.

    Everybody is down to earth, smart and passionate about their jobs.

    Free lunch provided everyday and happy hour every friday after work.

    Lots of team activities outside work like Yoga, soccer, and surfing

    Cons

    None so far. Hope not to find any in future

    Advice to Management

    None

  10. Fantastic team, great office and work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I joined the team after meeting the very bright minds C3 Energy has within their engineering department. It's great to work in a challenging environment that doesn't seem to get boring. Constantly new product developments keeps the job exciting and there is no shortage on technical challenges and options to take my career into any direction. Engineers are encouraged (and rewarded financially) to take additional training, as opposed to other companies where one has to beg to receive training.

    Executive team is very strong and experienced with a board of directors second to none, consequently the company is very successful and grows at a very high pace.

    I love the office location, layout, lighting. Having breakfast and catered lunch every day is obviously also really nice and fortunately the fitness center on campus allows one to still keep in shape. All around a really nice working environment.

    Cons

    100% dedication is expected from all employees. If you don't love what you are doing and are not passionate about your work, this fast paced environment at C3 Energy might not be a good fit.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Software Engineering at C3 - Applications

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C3 Energy full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Team members very smart across all of engineering - nobody feels like dead weight at all
    - Good mix between senior, very experienced engineers, and recent college graduates
    - Friendly, exciting, upbeat atmosphere
    - Very little red tape or friction in getting code out to production
    - Very little to no office drama/politics
    - Development cycle very short (1 week sprints), stack easy & quick to bring up, code turnaround also quick
    - Projects challenging and interesting - nothing boring so far

    Cons

    - Priorities can get juggled a bit too quickly
    - Requirements for projects can get added/shifted at the very last minute
    - Some code we write becomes obsolete quickly

    Advice to Management

    - Keep true to the culture

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