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Picarro Reviews

Updated September 7, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "A perfect place for the corrupted"

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

    I worked at Picarro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    • Ask not what your company can do for you -- ask what's for lunch.
    • If you like fixing broken things, this is the perfect place for you.
    • "[At Picarro], we always ship". That's what people told me when I first started. Three years later, I realized the company would knowingly ship bad / broken / not tested instruments to customer to meet quarter revenue... So dead or alive, we always ship.
    • The company put a [temporary] freeze on shipping bad instrument. I was let go because no instrument was shipped.
    • Do you love customer service? Great! You can add extensive experience in dealing with mad customers, who paid a lot of money for bad instrument, to your resume!
    • Picarro provides a great environment for meeting new people because employees come and go every week!
    • If you want to go outside and smoke all day, go for it! Nobody will care.

    This is the place where you'll have mind over matter... because if you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

    Cons

    Are you lonely? Tired of working on your own? Don't know how to make decisions? HOLD A MEETING. No action, talk only.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Soon you'll have less people to manage.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Picarro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    GMO infested food twice a week, McDonald's on Fridays , cheap wine and alcoholic beverages.

    Central location in Santa Clara

    Cons

    CEO bolsters hatred, prejudice and berates people openly.

    HR group is involved in nepotism, the HR comes on to the white boys openly

    Relationship among leadership is toxic, F bombs are used on them openly by the CEO.

    Spectroscopy/CRDS has no future.Patents have run out and the company is struggling to survive.

    CEO is remarkably an incapable man who has so many issues to list, he has zero ethics and what he is doing with LGR is a pity.

    Turn over rate for most is <6 months

    Advice to Management

    @ new employees please do your research. Picarro is known to destroy people's careers. Contact all the people who have lasted for a few years in this company and compare the history of employment to understand why they left or got terminated at Picarro. No one deserves to work for a raging capitalist who just cares about his way and his bloated EGO

  3. "Leader in its field"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects and doing something that no one else does.

    Cons

    Management doesn't seem to know which direction to go


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Interesting Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Picarro full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very few! More and more of the limited resources removed; few perks and less every month.

    Cons

    Company has just enough to keep it going! Not sure the CEO is really good enough to keep the company from sinking.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the company going and do not let the CEO destroy what little is working.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, needs more focus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Picarro full-time

    Pros

    People were great, technology is interesting

    Cons

    Lack of strong leadership at the time, large turnover of highly skilled people.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Great product - truly making a difference and first of its kind
    - Very competent and smart team of engineers, data analysts, scientists

    Cons

    Some disgruntled people are continuously trying to drag the team down


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Management doesn't care"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    free lunch
    onsite yoga lessons
    ok compensation

    Cons

    Poor communication among team members
    Some of the team members are very unprofessional
    Management doesn't care about employees

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Management needs to change"

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some employees are helpful. HR head is really nice person.

    Cons

    Too much politics within the small team. Engineering management is disaster. If you want to work life balance , you will not get it here.

    Advice to Management

    Respect all the team members.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Save your frustrations, find elsewhere to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are catered lunches during the week and happy hour on Friday.

    Cons

    - VERY poor communication: Manager mumbles instructions; can make situations very awkward and makes you wonder if your message got across; Have been told not to interact with neighbors (bad PR).
    - DANGEROUS work conditions: Drivers are assigned to drive cars that have not been properly maintained; Co-pilot effectively removed from assignments, so drivers must operate tablet alone while driving a car; Sent to dangerous neighborhoods alone in Oakland and San Jose. Co-workers given responsibilities without proper knowledge of equipment has led to dangerous situations.
    -UNPROFESSIONAL work environment: Manager hires roommate for full time work while still in school while others ask for months regarding full time work and are more qualified; Field tech contracts ended after 6 weeks and never renewed, led to uneasiness about immediate termination if project went south.
    -WASTED money: Field techs would sit for hours waiting for others to complete work and help wasn't accepted by most; Got paid to be browse the internet for about a third of the time working.

    Advice to Management

    Start looking into how the company operates so deficiencies can be minimized. The engineering group needs to hire people that know how to actually manage because thousands of dollars are wasted on unnecessary tasks, field techs sitting around, and replacing poor-quality equipment.


  10. "Field Tech"

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    Former Employee - Field Tech in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Field Tech in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Picarro (More than a year)

    Pros

    Catered lunch. Coworkers and managers are cool.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind.


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