The Climate Corp Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. I worked at The Climate Corp

    Pros

    Smart people. Great culture. Amazing lunch provided every day. I would work here again.

    Cons

    Have a more of a fun environment. A bit more interaction between different people on different teams would be good.

    Advice to Management

    senior management engage more with everyone. Encourage working later more.

  2. Helpful (1)

    A good company with a noble cause.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Climate Corp full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The people at Climate have a genuine drive to help farmers by providing cutting edge services. The office environment is nice. Casual dress code.

    Cons

    There are a few growing pains associated with moving from a VC funded startup to a commercially viable business. It will take some time to find equilibrium in the hybrid culture. This is to be expected when you mix traditional businesses like Monsanto and Precision Planting with multiple start ups like Climate, Solum and 640 Labs.

    Advice to Management

    Demand accountability. Focus the product on what the customer (farmer) wants or believes would be helpful, not what the company "thinks" would be useful. Start with the customer in mind, find an unmet need and solve for it. Be thoughtful and tactical with product releases; test, test, test (and it doesn't mean let the customer be the initial tester). Continue to help bridge the gap between the numerous cultures within the company.

  3. Helpful (8)

    Getting worse

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at The Climate Corp full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    I work in the Seattle office. The people are great. Very smart engineers and scientists wanting to make a difference. People eat lunch together family-style and hang out. People work from home when they have to and are committed to making the company successful. However ...

    Cons

    The company is now distributed across San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Chicago, Peoria, Iowa ... and the company culture is becoming a mishmash of the worst of every one of these places.

    In terms of speed, it is not an agile Silicon Valley company anymore. More like how fast Monsanto develops software. Things that used to take one day now take 2 weeks. On the other hand, you don't have the quality management that worked its way up the ranks either (unlike the management at Monsanto, Solum, Precision Planting, etc. -- because they all have deep roots in the industry). Instead, you have lots of 25-year olds who have never been on a farm designing products, running divisions and mucking things up. The employees are entitled (like San Francisco) but paid in low-risk stock that pays something even if the company loses money hand over fist (like St. Louis).

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate offices and collocate teams. Multi-location teams are not working.

    Organize teams around products. Make sure the full team is in the same office. Make sure those people stick with it for years. Get rid of the ivory-tower academics. Make the science and strategy teams responsible for product lines..

    Hire product managers who understand farming.

    Bring in adults to manage the company. You need good people managers who understand the industry they are in, and are experts in their area. This seems to have started with a new COO, a new precip lead, a new dev-ops director and a new agronomy lead in the past few months but you need to accelerate the process. More importantly, as these new people come in, you need to get rid of the 25-year-old know-nothings and stick-in-the-mud Monsanto people.

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  5. Helpful (7)

    Egotistical work environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Climate Corp (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Nice office and good location.
    - Amenities in office are pretty good.

    Cons

    - Office culture... they have none.
    - Management.
    - People. There are too many unfriendly people, very few team players.

    Advice to Management

    - Accountability with managers to provide quality leadership. Don't promote employees to be managers without accessing their work ethic on how to build a unified team. Invest in employees as much as they invest in the company. Rather than treating them like replaceable workhorses, value their contributions and build a place of trust, not fear.

  6. Most recently, helped form a sub-division of the Sales department, the Enrollment team that focuses on compliance items.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enrollment Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Enrollment Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Climate Corp

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The environment is great, people are friendly, there is catered lunch

    Cons

    Limited room for growth, culture is evolving from start up to corporation, much more work than life in that balance

    Advice to Management

    There should be more managers and room for growth as opposed to limited roles and macro managers that have little time to worry about all the possible factors.

  7. Helpful (8)

    Poor Execution of a Great Idea (and Monsanto is not to blame)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Climate Corp full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get the chance to work with some amazing people, although most of them have left the company at this point. Multiple office locations, although this really became more of a con. Climate has average benefits and feeds you lunch for the time being.

    Cons

    Don't let the company mission fool you (be direct and transparent, find the possible in the impossible...and so on) all phrases you will hear time after time as they talk about company culture and DNA. Had you joined last year, you might agree that the company operated under these ideal values. Recently though, the company has taken a shift towards a very indirect and somewhat questionable approach. This was most evident after the CPO joined. You learn quickly to keep your head down and avoid speaking up, even though you will be bugged constantly to do so by the terrible 15Five set of questions that you will see each week. The idea behind the 15Five feedback system is great, but depending on the team you are a part of, this feedback can easily be abused. Depending on the time of month, The exec that has access to your "feelings and thoughts" may approach you with valuable feedback, or may act like a child and convey complete disrespect for your feedback, typically the latter. Most Managers are not experienced and terrible at identifying ways to challenge the best talent on their team. This is most evident in Mobile and Engineering. If you are interested in this space, and it really is interesting, you should check out FarmLogs, or Granular.

    Advice to Management

    Stop telling yourself that your top talent is leaving just because they can't accept the change that is taking place at Climate. Your top talent is leaving because you have created a culture where people are afraid to speak their mind. A culture where your best people are somehow Managed by individuals who add little to no value to your company, and a culture that people in Tech (especially Engineers) do not need to put up with.

  8. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Climate Corp

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

    Pros

    Wonderful company culture, exceptional work life balance, dedicated & hard-working employees, supportive management and impressive senior leadership team. I would highly recommend working at Climate. This company is doing big things!

    Cons

    No cons at this time.

  9. I enjoyed my time at the Climate, but many of the first engineers left and the company's culture totally changed.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Climate Corp

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food, nice office view, chill environment.

    Cons

    Overload work(expected since it's a startup).

  10. Helpful (7)

    GMO-only

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Climate Corp full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people present. Decent salary and benefits. A great office and location.

    Cons

    Horrible culture. Given how smart the people are here it's a huge surprise to see how negative things are here. It stems from the CEO who is either absent or working on other ventures.

    Snack-gate: New HR person removed all snacks listed as non-gmo. This strikes me as petty.

    Advice to Management

    Team leads and employees are over-worked. Focus more on helping empower us to make and execute on decisions. Team leads don't have any respect in the company, give them some authority instead of enforcing the bureaucracy that we are falling into.

  11. Helpful (19)

    Makes Dysfunctional look Impressive

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

    I have been working at The Climate Corp

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

    Pros

    The location is nice and food is decent (although no Non GMO Project food allowed), however, with looming spending cuts this will likely change. There are some well intentioned and smart people throughout the company, but they're smart enough to be looking for other opportunities.

    Cons

    The main problem at Climate, and there are many, is the company has no leadership or vision. Legacy Climate leaders are jokes who historically just told the CEO and former COO yes to avoid being fired/they didn't know better and Monsanto has proven consistently it has no clue how to navigate this space-software is not seed.

    On top of not having leadership, the company has no idea why it exists let alone how it can make money. A core piece of this is Monsanto has at least finally realized they spent a billion on just about nothing. Compounding this decisions get made, then unmade, than made in a different way within a week and it isn't clear who is responsible for anything-thus no one is accountable for anything.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Hugh Grant, Monsanto's CEO: If you want ANY chance of recovering the money you spent on this acquisition you need to clean house a little. Start with the CEO David Friedberg , who duped you into believing the company had anything more than smoke and mirrors, and stop worrying about how it plays out on Wall Street. Acknowledge software is not the same as seed. STOP trying to put the seed business model on Climate. It will fail.

    Advice to Mike Stern, Climate's COO: Whip the Product function into shape. At a minimum fire Jim Ethington, who has clearly demonstrated he has no idea how to manage people, bring product that customers love or want to market period let alone in a timely manner nor collaborate. A clean sweep of most legacy Climate Product people wouldn't hurt either. How on Earth consultants make good Product Managers amazes most of us. Focus. This starts with getting out of insurance and learning how to ensure Climate makes decisions that it sticks with. Care about the product and the customer. You are coming across as someone who just cares about acres and money. We get that Climate needs to be a business, but it can't if you don't set a better tone.

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