Picarro Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
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  1. Seasoned leadership, innovative technology and go-to-market strategy, real career upsides

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Santa Clara, CA

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

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

    Pros

    - Intellectually stimulating environment & technology
    - Truly making a difference both for greenhouse gas monitoring and support of safe/efficient energy distribution
    - Led by a new team of seasoned Silicon Valley executives experienced in growing businesses fast
    - Culture centered on respecting all employees, fast innovation, ownership and accountability

    Cons

    - Complex technology and business models, not for science or marketing lightweights

    Advice to Management

    - Keep on reinforcing the culture of trust and open communication that you've developed over the last couple of years

  2. A company that cares, but sometimes misses the mark

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    There is no shortage of great product ideas. The application of the technology has got so many opportunities that the real challenge is focusing on what to address now and which opportunities to wait on. People genuinely do care about each other. There's also a real effort by management and executives to make Picarro a place you WANT to work at instead of just a job, but are challenged by not having an excess of resources that some big companies have.

    Cons

    Advancements can be tough to come by. Unless a person is a self-promoter or has a unusually caring manager, it is easy to be looked over when there's opportunity for a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Company culture seems to be very mixed. Different departments obviously have very different culture which can create conflict, but there also seems to be a conflict of culture among the "veterans" versus the recently hired employees. Challenges Picarro faces seem to be covered up with the repetitious line "we're a start-up" rather than addressing and resolving the problem. I would like to see a clear vision of who Picarro is and who we want to be.

  3. Helpful (2)

    driving

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Picarro

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nothing. free food friday. free coffee

    Cons

    long hours. not respected. not

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  5. Helpful (2)

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (2)

    Huge market opportunity and amazingly talented people.

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    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)

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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

  7. Helpful (1)

    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  8. Helpful (4)

    Lousy leadership, Lousy management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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 Management

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

  9. 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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. 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 a 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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (2)

    Great and Smart People, Hectic Environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Service in Santa Clara, CA

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

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

    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 Management

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

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