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Picarro Reviews

Updated October 31, 2016
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Management doesn't care"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Management needs to change"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Save your frustrations, find elsewhere to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Field Tech"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Full-time employee"

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    Former Employee - Emploee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Emploee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Picarro (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great potential product that will disrupt the gas industry

    Cons

    Communication between employees and leadership team is sub-par


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Progress and Change"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    What makes Picarro special besides the free snacks and Friday Happy Hour? It's the commitment that "We Can Do Better". We're not perfect and we will continue to make mistakes but we strive to learn and change.

    In the time that I have been here, I've noticed:
    - Catered hot lunches!
    - On-site Wellness Program Implemented: Chair Massages, Meditation, Boot Camp and Yoga.
    - Non-existent Performance reviews changed to quarterly Goals and Objectives to facilitate communication and growth.
    - Managers who care about the growth path of the people they hire.
    - Quick and timely responses to urgent matters, even if it is to restock the kitchen for free snacks.
    - Team building events: Bowling League, Softball League, Bocce Event, Go Kart Racing, Bike to Work/Lunch Groups and much much more.
    - OktoberFest, St. Patricks Celebration
    - Summer BBQs

    Some other important stuff for coffee drinkers (unlimited supply):
    - Nespresso
    - K Cups
    - Regular brewed coffee (Philz and Peet's Coffee)

    We celebrate diversity and honor tradition: Diwali, Lunar New Year and Black History Month.

    We give back to the community: Family Giving Tree and Second Harvest.

    Cons

    So, we're not perfect. But here's how we can improve.

    - Respect other people's time by showing up on time for meetings.
    - Be better at helping one another out. Answer the door even if it's not your job.
    - Understand that people aren't mind readers. Communicate, communicate, communicate.

    Advice to Management

    Vacation is good for the soul so take time off. Your people know how to run the ship in your absence.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great market opportunity in the energy vertical and amazingly talented people!"

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

    I have been working at Picarro full-time

    Pros

    - Very big untapped opportunity in the energy vertical. Picarro has first mover advantage
    - Technically strong, hardworking and committed teams
    - Catered lunches, well-stocked kitchen, Friday happy hours, fitness bootcamps, massages etc

    Cons

    - The teams are growing and the company needs some formalized approach for cross-team collaborations


  10. "Working ethics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Internship in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Internship in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Picarro (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people. Great work ethics.

    Cons

    I don't see any Cons at Picarro


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Egoistic and arrogant CEO"

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

    I have been working at Picarro full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees are talented. Technology is cool, which is the primary reason for employees to work at this company.

    Cons

    Review posted on 9/27 by a current scientist is right on the dot. CEO (Alex's) management style is "dictatorship and humiliation". He promotes an egoistic and arrogant attitude. He does not like to be challenged or questioned at all. This cultures trickles down at various levels. Hard working employees with integrity are being alienated and frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    CEO - listen to your team with open mind, deal with issues instead of avoiding them, and fix the culture you have fostered.



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