Picarro

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Picarro Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
21 Reviews
2.6
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    driving

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Picarro

    Pros

    nothing. free food friday. free coffee

    Cons

    long hours. not respected. not

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great "green" company with lots of potential for growth.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Picarro

    Pros

    Good pay, great coworkers, beautiful facility, great product for environmental testing.

    Cons

    Overtime is expected and you are criticized if you don't "volunteer". The new facility is way oversized for their needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Picarro needs to work on improving their culture and employee appreciation.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Huge market opportunity and amazingly talented people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Picarro full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Technology is best available. Picarro can and should become an even bigger player in environmental and compliance monitoring
    Intellectual problem solvers, strong work ethic, market upside is there. Lots of fantastic customers and applications

    Cons

    Overall teamwork needs to improve, expectations are often set too high - then associates are either overworked or demoralized, There are some in positions that are either over their head, not taking ownership or think they know it all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure Customer Service and technical support gets better resourced and gets the attention it deserves. Balance the power and make sure no one individual can call too many shots. Strive to work better as a real TEAM and eliminate those who are not focused on creating an environment where the "best team wins". HR needs to step up and Finance needs to back off. Not sure how the new CEO will work out, yet his credentials are impressive

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Cool place to work with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Picarro full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work culture was very laid back, with happy hours every friday evening..

    Cons

    Issue with funding. Had to manage all testing with stuff already in the lab. Had meetings at 8:30 in the morning everyday, even if you worked later in the evening the previous day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lousy leadership, Lousy management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Picarro full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free food on occasion I guess?

    Cons

    The CEO (Mike Woelk) doesn't know what he's doing and he is not a motivator / not approachable. The folks in management are very poor managers and collectively are contributing to the demise of the company. Don't expect to be at this company for a long time. Don't expect to see any sort of raise or other commendation in your future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shape up or ship out. You're trashing a decent company and the competition is blowing you out of the water.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Stimulating and challenging, not for the faint of heart.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Picarro full-time

    Pros

    Amazing technology with very cool applications, not often that your products get used on volcanoes, aircraft, ice caves and city streets. Provided great opportunities to do a whole range of firsts. Not often that parts of your work can be great conversation at a cocktail party.

    Cons

    Aggressive timelines coupled with limited resources to solve very complex problems made for long and generally stressful work hours for so-so compensation. In 2nd half of 2013 the competitive landscape changed and new CEO came on board (all after I left) so the situation may be quite different now as far as timelines/resources go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't neglect the incubator applications for the next big thing. Employee performance is quite uneven, if you can't adequately reward the top performers then at least address underperformance and problem employees.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Possibly one of the Silicon Valley start-ups with the most upside!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Picarro full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    All the ingredients for success are here: Strong market potential, unique/disruptive technology, top-notch management team lead by a proven Silicon Valley entrepreneur, work-hard/play hard environment ideal for smart and ambitious professionals. Management style is very respectful of everyone's contributions, based on both empowerment and accountability. The culture values passion, innovation, creativity.

    Cons

    Fast-paced and highly innovative. Bring your A game or go home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on trusting the strong team of employees you have and make the most of their strengths.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great and Smart People, Hectic Environment

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    Former Employee - Service in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Service in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Picarro full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Hard Working, Smart People
    - High Impact on Decisions
    - Great Product and Technology

    Cons

    - Lack of Communication and Support from Upper Management
    - Constant pressure to change strategy with unrealistic goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your teams, improve work-life balance, improve communication amongst executives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working here is like a thrilling roller coaster ride but in an exciting and good way

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Picarro full-time

    Pros

    Innovative and impressive invention backed by science. It is out of this world! There is great potential in the company. Our products are gems waiting to be discovered as it is one of the key contributors to help make our planet a safer and better place to live in. This is the company for the future.

    The environment at Picarro is a collaborative one in a work hard play hard atmosphere. Employees are very smart and passionate. There is a sense of camaraderie that employees help and support one another when needed. It does not feel like you’re working in a shark tank here. It is not cut-throat. Working here is fast-paced that it never gets boring.

    Some of the perks: Free coffee and nespresso, free breakfast (hot sandwiches, bagels, and donuts) on Fridays, free fruit on Mondays, and frequent employee get-togethers (summer BBQ’s, holiday luncheons, employee happy hour, potlucks, and the annual Christmas and New Year offsite parties in which spouses and guests are also welcome).

    Benefits: I find that the employee benefit package is pretty good and reasonable compared to other organizations similar in size and industry. The number of PTO days you can accrue for each year of active service is fairly generous compared to another organization I've previously worked for so I can't complain on that.

    Cons

    I admit it can be chaotic and stressful working here. It’s a start up environment that lacks processes and organization but what startup never has any chaos? This leaves room for Picarro to start anew to create new processes and procedures to help towards its growth. This is a chance for employees to step up and at least voice their ideas to help mold the company. Several current employees or former ones may be disgruntled but as a small start-up, it takes patience and determination. I truly believe Picarro will be an enduring company but it takes time, patience, and perseverance. Rome wasn’t built in a day and some employees need to realize that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in employee training, add recognition programs to reward , motivate, and retain hard working employees, and improve office automation by providing faster and better equipment for efficiency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Politics and Personal Connections Above All

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

    I have been working at Picarro full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -There's always work to be done, so you'll always be busy.
    - Free donuts and bagels every Friday, plus the occasional BBQ.
    - There are some really smart people here! There is lot one can learn, if you ask questions, and listen.
    - Although small in numbers, there are some very hard working people.
    - Some really good technology.
    - PTO accrual is above average.

    Cons

    - Too political. In order to advance, you need to either be a friend of one of the MANY managers, and/or brown nose constantly. Hard work will only gain you more hard work.

    - Too many chiefs and not enough indians! The people that do work, work VERY hard. A lot of employees end up working excessively long shifts, just trying to keep up with the insane, last minute goals. Sadly, the hard workers are outnumbered, and at the mercy of political hacks, that spend their days talking, and creating unnecessary work for the rest of us to do.

    - Not enough time or resources to get the jobs done. Lack of tools, parts, and even floor-level employees, coupled with unrealistic goals leaves everyone on edge. They need more engineers, and more production floor techs and test techs.

    - Political and hostile environment. If you work here, better watch your back. Lots of back-stabbers and liars who will throw anyone under the bus if it scores them brownie-points with their bosses. Even if you know a lot, and work hard, there's no guarantee you'll always have a job. This is compounded and made worse by the management not really knowing what goes on. Quite a few people here also are arrogant, and have bad attitudes. If you're not part of there "click", you'll be treated like dirt.

    - Unbalanced recognition. Those who work in cubes are treated like gold, while the rest are treated like insignificant tools, there only out of necessity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Put a stop to office politics, and put aside your egos, it's ruining the company. Focus instead on making a successful company!

     - Try rewarding the people outside of the cubicle areas. They work there too, and work hard.

    - Cut back on the meetings. Too many meetings, and nothing productive comes from them. Get out on the floor and WORK!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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