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  1. 5.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Excellent work experience

    Jan 27, 2019 - Data Scientist Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    A mentor is assigned to each intern at TCC, who provides very hands-on guidance for the job. It's really helpful, especially for a first-time intern. The colleagues are very nice and helpful. There's a happy hour after work in the last week of each month, which is a nice opportunity for colleagues to hang out and social. Perks are good, with two times a week catered lunch and a full lounge of snacks and drinks (even beer and wine).

    Cons

    It is recently merged into Bayer following the Bayer Monsanto combination. Some instability may rise.

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  2. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Failure of a company

    Aug 30, 2021 - Software Developer in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    You can just collect a salary and do basically nothing. Nobody cares.

    Cons

    Monsanto overspent for this company and have been foolishly trying to make something of it for far too long. They don't know that it's time to hang it up and stop the hemorrhaging of money.

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    10 people found this review helpful
  3. 3.0
    Former Intern

    Ok

    Oct 10, 2019 - Intern 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good people, good food, good salary

    Cons

    This company is owned by Monsanto.

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    Climate Response

    Thank you for taking the time to review us! The Climate Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bayer Crop Sciences.

  4. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Company in Heavy Transition

    Nov 6, 2017 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    --Laid back culture --Many high-performing developers --Strong company vision that permeates every level of the company

    Cons

    Company was recently (~2 years ago) acquired by Monsanto, so many integration pains are still occurring. With the acquisition of Monsanto, this is somewhat beginning to creep back again.

    1 person found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Nosediving work culture

    Aug 14, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Climate is tackling big issues in the digital agriculture space. The application space is rewarding to be working in and the world is a better place because of the work done here. Great dedicated individual researchers.

    Cons

    The SF culture has nose dived. The place is like a midwestern ghost town some days of the week. Major opportunities exist but mainly in St Louis now which for folks on the west coast is a non-starter. The management has been almost entirely replaced by Monsanto since the acquisition. There is little appetite to take big decisions while the Monsanto-Bayer deal is in the works. Why solve a problem when we can call a meeting instead to discuss it.

    18 people found this review helpful
  6. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Avoid narcissist abuse and hostility in the science organization cult

    Jul 28, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Some individual contributors are intelligent, creative, and passionate individuals if they can endure inept management. Precision or digital agriculture is very exciting integration of meeting customer needs with rapidly evolving scientific approaches.

    Cons

    The feebly-led science organization failed to produce viable product for several years while devolving into chaos of ineptitude. The modus operandi of a Monsanto manager and his sycophants are to demoralize, disenfranchise, and criticize so that qualified and creative individuals leave the company, allowing said team to steal and re-package others’ ideas and results as their own.

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    31 people found this review helpful
  7. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Hopeless

    Mar 27, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -Trying to attack and make sense of the digital ag arena -Food and drink -Decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    -Dazed and Confused Leadership from top to bottom -Lack of clear transparent direction for near term and future -Needs to become profitable soon or will be past tense to Monsanto -Science has had several leaders, each one has been invisible as the last -Very unstable work environment

    20 people found this review helpful
  8. 5.0
    Current Contractor, less than 1 year

    Forward thinking company and great people

    May 3, 2016 - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Climate is a great company with people who work hard and care about the business. Wonderful startup atmosphere and innovative thinking. Also - David Friedberg is no longer the CEO. I think Mike Stern is going to make positive changes and is invested in Climate

    Cons

    There have been some growing pains with the company since the acquisition by Monsanto. Definitely a small identity crisis from going from a true startup to an established company, but isn't that to be expected? HR is on their way to cultivating that.

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  9. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Your choice

    May 1, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Climate has nice offices and good snacks. You get great access to farmers – our customers – a fantastic group to get to know and understand

    Cons

    It’s difficult to paint a large organization with a single brush. There are some good, competent, people at Climate, and some great teams. There are product managers who are professional and have a deep need to understand their customers. This review is about the senior management and the organization as a whole, not about the rank and file, who really do want to make this work. If you’re considering a PM role at Climate, a stark way to break it down might be think of what type of PM you’re looking to be. Say the world divides into two types of PMs: Type 1: You like to show up to work, clock in 9-5, get paid pretty good money, tell your friends and spouse a nice story about how you work with farmers. You like good snacks in the kitchen. You can keep an engineering team mostly on the rails, but don’t really want to be bothered with the details of implementation. You don’t care a ton about design or about spending time to get to know your customers, especially if it’s not rewarded. You enjoy the security of never being held to account for how good your product is. You’re not too bothered by shipping product on extremely delayed schedules due to management’s constantly changing its mind or its habit of not holding teams to account. You’re just not going to be bothered to build a great product because the organization can’t seem to recognize or find greatness – this is just a job. Type 2: You’re passionate about shipping great product and building a great team. You want to learn skills from people around you. You aren’t in it for the snacks. If Type 1 resonates more with you, Climate is likely a great fit. If Type 2 resonates more, there might be other, better places to spend your life. So why such a stark choice? Climate’s issues stem from two major flaws: The first is that the original startup was hollow from the beginning. It was a pipe-dream of a company that never had a commercially successful product and got lucky with the Monsanto acquisition. The original management from that startup is still largely in place and has learned and matured very little. More important, the culture – of non-delivery, of never focusing, of zero accountability, of conflict-avoidance – is still there. As stated earlier, there are individually good people and good teams, but they are overwhelmed by poor direction and worse culture. The second flaw is that the executives from the parent company, Monsanto, have little idea how to run a software company, and have no inclination to learn how. They want to play company and want visit their shiny toy in San Francisco via corporate jet. They come from a world where they understand corn seed sales very well, but they don’t want to do the hard work of understanding and managing a software company. They don’t ask critical questions or critical follow-up questions. They don’t roll up their sleeves and sit with teams. They conflate their knowledge of farmers with knowledge of what good software is and how to build it. They make classic software mistakes like cutting pricing in half midway through the sales season. They don’t put in place product and engineering executives who can build good software (see flaw 1). When the occasional good person with a vision comes along, they sit by as that person gets fired or quits. The world is full of solid, interesting companies with a chance of success. It’s not clear that Climate is one of them. Candidates for jobs at Climate should think hard and ask serious questions that dig into whether the company will be a successful, happy place for them to land.

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    37 people found this review helpful
  10. 2.0
    Former Employee

    There are better options in today's market

    Nov 4, 2015 - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good benefits, office space is good, lunches provided. Weather technology space is very interesting and fun.

    Cons

    Owned by Monsanto who is putting an ever heavier hand on the company. The product vision is uncertain and the top leadership in engineering is decidedly uncertain as to what to do. The SW people from Monsanto are inexperienced in mass market software and do not understand the engineering cultures in San Francisco and Seattle. Expect the St Louis office to grow as Monsanto tightens its grip.

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    10 people found this review helpful
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