C3 Energy

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Clear vision and strategy

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

I have been working at C3 Energy full-time

Pros

C3 Energy has some of the best people I have ever worked with in the technology space. There is a clear strategy and vision and a focus on executing the strategy. The technology problem that is being solved is challenging and requires some of the best minds to address.

Cons

C3 Energy is a fast paced startup. There is little time to learn on the job and you will be required to take responsibility and deliver immediately.

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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    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

    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    - many of the practices at both the executive and engineering level are outdated or not suited to the current line of business.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 ManagementAdvice

    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).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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