C3 Energy – Why Work For Us?

The human capital team assembled at C3 Energy is extraordinary. Our employees include PhD’s and graduate students in machine learning, computer science, power systems, etc., from some of the world’s leading research institutions including MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Berkeley, UCLA, Michigan, and Illinois. Many were faculty members and research scientists at Carnegie Mellon, UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, Stanford, and Yale. They collectively bring over 1,000 man-years of relevant work experience to our mission from McKinsey & Co., PG&E, Exelon, Apple Computer, Nest, IBM, SAP, Oracle, and Siebel Systems.

If you want to work with an experienced, driven team and are looking for a fast-paced environment where you can contribute to next-generation energy technology, C3 Energy is hiring extremely talented and motivated professionals.

Big Data. Real-time Analytics. Machine Learning. Cloud Computing. Mobile. Social. 

C3 Energy employees are applying cutting-edge computer science and information technology to enable a cleaner, safer, more reliable, and more efficient energy system. C3 Energy is delivering software solutions that enable smarter generation, delivery, and consumption of energy.

This advanced energy system is not a thing of the future. Today, C3 Energy is leveraging big data, social networking, cloud computing, and machine learning to improve the sustainability, efficiency, reliability, and safety of power delivery.

And because of all this, our world’s energy systems will be smarter, greener, and safer.

Interested? Browse available positions to see how you can join our extraordinary team. 


From our uniquely designed office to our comprehensive healthcare benefits, C3 Energy strives to cultivate a healthy, happy, team-oriented work environment.


It's the most important meal of the day. C3 Energy offers breakfast five days a week, including bagels, muffins, oatmeal, cereal, fruit, and delicious coffee.


C3 Energy offers competitive coverage.
Our program includes medical, dental, and vision.


C3 Energy provides a fully stocked snack area and beverage refrigerator that contains everything from energy drinks to sodas and iced tea. Every day C3 Energy provides a catered, gourmet lunch so that the team can relax together and share ideas.


Stock options are granted to all full-time C3 Energy employees.


C3 Energy offers 15 days of paid time off every year. Employees are encouraged to take advantage of their full vacation benefits. C3 Energy also offers 10 paid public holidays around which you can build your vacation leave.


C3 Energy has been known to host ping-pong and pool tournaments, allowing you to step away from the monitor. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy coworkers while hitting a white ball at them. Even the executives have been known to wield a paddle or a cue.


Relax and unwind at the end of the week at C3 Energy's weekly Friday Happy Hour. Enjoy good food, good drinks and great company at our office.


To help keep you at the top of your game, C3 Energy offers employees a free gym membership at our state-of-the-art athletic facility.


We’re passionate, and we work everyday to make a difference. Ask a C3 Energy employee why they work here, and their answers are inspiring. Here are a few insights from employees, unedited. 

“I work at C3 Energy because…I wanted to work on the underlying infrastructure that powers smarter, greener, and healthier cities. And of course, the hardest problems I’m excited about — integrating renewables into the grid, making the transportation and consumption of energy more efficient, and stabilizing electricity generation to reach each person—can only be improved and more advanced with data, analytics, and a stellar group of committed, thoughtful, and dynamic people to work on this."

"I work at C3 Energy because…I've lived in a safe, beautiful world my entire life. I owe something to the planet and global community that gave that world to me. I work at C3 Energy because I think we're making a difference. We're acting on a global scale to improve entire systems, networks, cities, while we empower individuals to take control of their own homes, their own worlds."

"I work at C3 Energy because…climate change is overwhelming, and is also the greatest unsolved problem facing humanity. I came to C3 because this is the place where I can have the biggest impact and have the greatest probability of actually changing the way we use our energy. I also want to solve this problem with the smartest people out there."

I am at C3 Energy because people make a hundred choices everyday about energy without thinking through a single one. We all want to be more efficient but don't always realize how or when we can. Through our work, someone will choose the stairs over an elevator; someone will shorten their shower; and someone will trade their radiator for a comfortable sweater. Through our work, appliances will talk to homes that talk to cars that talk to wind turbines and solar panels.  And because of all this, our grid will be smarter.”

"I work at C3 Energy because I want to work on making our energy more affordable, more reliable and more environmental, enabling the dream of a smart grid we have been promised for so long. I am excited to make this a reality using cutting edge technology, algorithms and some of the brightest minds out there, and to explore a vast amount of data like no one has done it before.”

"I work at C3 Energy because it provided the greatest opportunity to use my technology and software background to solve pressing business and environmental problems at the same time.  It is a rare chance to place my career efforts in service of a global goal that is both challenging and vitally important. Technology and business are often seen as being at odds with environmental or humanitarian goals. C3 Energy demonstrates that technology can help the energy industry while also assuring clean, safe, reliable power and limiting the impact of energy use on the environment.”

"I came to C3 Energy because it's time to use the amazing capabilities of Silicon Valley technology to update and improve the systems that power our daily lives. Four generations ago, our country decided to invest knowledge, money, and a nation's effort into building the infrastructure that made us the economic and innovative powerhouse of the world.   Now it's time to renew that investment and show the world how the new landscape of information, technology, and talent can create a second revolution in our infrastructure. I can't think of a better team of people to do that with than my colleagues at C3 Energy, and that's why I came to work here.”  

"Climate change is the most existential problem facing modern civilization, and I decided a while ago that I had to do what I could to have a meaningful impact on solving that problem. Helping to make C3 successful is one of the best ways I can think of to do that. We can potentially have the largest, most scalable impact on the efficiency and carbon profile of energy production, delivery, and use of any organization in the world, by leveraging the power of information technology and the talent of Silicon Valley."

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    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.


    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.

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    I applied online – interviewed at C3 Energy in March 2015.

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    I applied online, and got an invite the very next day, I had to solve three programming assignment in 1 hours.You can choose the programming language that you are comfortable with.

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C3 Energy Awards & Accolades

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Global 250 Top Private Companies, AlwaysOn, 2014
Top Ranked Vendor, UTILITY AMI ANALYTICS FOR THE SMART GRID 2013-2020, 2013
OnCloud Top 100, AlwaysOn, 2015
Global Cleantech 100, The Cleantech Group, 2014
Technology Innovation Award, Ventana Research, 2014
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    Does your utility need a data scientist? Intelligent Utility magazine features an interview with our Chief Data Scientist Zico Kolter to answer just that. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIfYv

    Does your utility need a data scientist?

    Well, the answer to that question in our headline from C3 Energy's Chief Data Scientist Zico Kolter is yes-and no. You need the skills. You need the product they make. You need to understand how data science can impact revenue protection, predictive volt/VAR optimization and asset maintenance.


Additional Info

Website www.c3energy.com
Headquarters Redwood City, CA
Size 50 to 149 Employees
Founded 2009
Type Company - Private
Industry Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year

C3 Energy is an enterprise application software company that harnesses the power of big data, smart grid analytics, social networking, machine learning, and cloud computing to improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of power delivery.

C3 Energy’s family of utility-tested and proven smart grid analytics products deliver end-to-end solutions across the entire smart grid, from energy grid capital asset allocation, transmission, distribution, and advanced metering, to the customer experience and energy efficiency programs.

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