Granular - Big Money, Big Egos | Glassdoor
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    "Big Money, Big Egos"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Granular full-time

    Pros

    Excellent devops/cloud engineering practices. Really high-quality and interesting work in remote sensing. Very skilled and dedicated UX people. The company is willing to pay top-of-market for software engineers and has very nice benefits, including 12 week paid parental leave. Agtech is an interesting domain both in business and tech, with lots of potential. There are major cultural differences between the San Francisco office and the others, but the company seems to recognize this and spends a lot of time and money to bring people together across offices.

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    Cons

    Simplicity, teamwork, and optimism are the official company values, but none of these are truly integral to the culture, at least not in my local office (Des Moines). What is deeply ingrained (and has been since before the Granular acquisition) are big egos and an alpha-male culture. Frequent layoffs and reorgs mean lots of insecure people tooting their horns as loudly as possible, watching their backs, befriending the right insiders. If you admit mistakes or are on a less successful team or product, you will have a target on your back. Humility and servant leadership are not valued. The business always seems to be under enormous pressure to deliver as fast as possible. Every new initiative seems to have a runway of several months at the most before amazing results are expected. Overpromise -> underdeliver -> reorg/layoff -> repeat. The Iowa office has cycled through hundreds of both full-time and contract employees in just the last 2-3 years. The VP of Engineering just resigned, and some of the best devops and remote sensing people have left. The ag economy has been in a slump for the last several years, which isn't making anything easy.

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    Advice to Management

    Show some humility and servant leadership and encourage the rest of the company to follow. Promote more people with boots-on-the-ground ag experience into senior leadership.

    Granular2019-03-05

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Great place to learn and work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Granular full-time

    Pros

    - Great work environment - Dog-friendly office - Fantastic work and life balance - Great learning environment - Some great people - Generous management team - Great future

    Cons

    - Relatively poor compensation compared to other SF/ Bay Area tech companies of similar size - No stock option after the acquisition - Need a tighter relationship across offices (IA, IL, CA) - Not hiring junior engineers in CA... not sure why

    Granular2020-01-08
  2. "Notice how the positive reviews are all clustered together...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Granular full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Offices have been really well run at times, some teams within Granular are bright driven and there for the right reasons.

    Cons

    Kinda the worst of both worlds (no longer a startup but still REALLY disorganized but without the big company pay or perks) rapid turnover, few original members of Granular are still with the company, pockets of really confused teams, leadership easily influenced by technobabble, offices jockeying for power, integration of Corteva has not gone well, jerks are tolerated and promoted, communication among teams and offices is not at all managed well, apps themselves apparently have technical issues.

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    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to be and stick to it and hold leadership of low-performing groups accountable.

    Granular2020-01-26

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