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The Climate Corp Reviews

Updated August 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Best work/life balance i've ever seen in the bay (in 11 reviews)

  • Collaboration with incredibly smart people (so many PhD's (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • There are a few growing pains associated with moving from a VC funded startup to a commercially viable business (in 7 reviews)

  • Major opportunities exist but mainly in St Louis now which for folks on the west coast is a non-starter (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Content but hopeful"

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

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

    Pros

    -Driven by the vision to feed the world.
    -cutting edge technology
    -career learning experience
    -development opportunities
    -work/life balance
    -diverse teams

    Cons

    -constant meetings
    -inconsistencies within the roles
    -lack of recognition at the bottom
    -career advancement is slow

    Advice to Management

    Ensure compensation is adequate for retention of your highest contributors.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Could be great if..."

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home
    Work with really bright people
    Nice office with lunch and snacks daily

    Cons

    The CSO seems to spend more time hunting than working. The CPO appears to be more worried about protecting her oversized department than retaining talent in other departments. The CEO has to wrangle too many inflated egos on his leadership team.

    Too many managers that do not actually manage anything. Titles here mean nothing.

    You are worked to the point of flaming out and then worked more.

    Direction constantly changes and those responsible for implementing changes are brought into the loop after the decision is already made.

    Poor communication in general. They boast about transparency but fall short.

    Too many meeting that show zero results, most seem to talk about the problem rather than solve it.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your own way. Talk to your employees and take their opinions into consideration. You hired these people for a reason.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Leaders are trying, but not hard enough"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    Difficult/Challenging problems. Work can be very rewarding. Cutting edge tech, data, and science. Collaboration with incredibly smart people (so many PhD's!). Can't complain about salary and perks, but possible to find better elsewhere. Benefits are incredible.

    Cons

    Communication and processes between primary divisions (Eng, Sci, Product, DA) are still silo'd from their startup days. Engineering in particular tries to run the show rather than be servants to Product, Science, and Marketing/Sales. Morale is down because of 15+ people leaving this year alone. I'm sure it will all be shrugged off as 'growing pains' related to Bayer acquisition. It's too bad, Climate has a lot of potential but hasn't capitalized on it internally. Externally they are leading the market, but that doesn't help with company culture.

    Advice to Management

    Step down. Let new blood bring new life into the org. Climate won't have a problem maintaining its market share without you, but it does have a problem with culture and employee retention.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "never been happier"

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

    I have been working at The Climate Corp full-time

    Pros

    - Best work/life balance i've ever seen in the bay. Office is nearly empty by 5:30pm
    - Very flexible wfh policy
    - PTO is great and tons of holiday vacation. We had 3 days off just for 4th of July, and company shut down from Christmas to New Years
    - interesting activities like farm tours
    - can't speak for other teams but career advancement is slow but fair
    - great food (lunch and dinner) and snacks
    -I love the people here. Most friends i've ever made at any company that I'm happy to hang out with outside of the office too
    - leadership team is fairly approachable
    -the entitlement of people is lower than most tech companies

    Cons

    -there are a few people who are difficult to work with
    -product direction is constantly changing
    -employee voices often not heard or ignored (this is starting to improve)
    - management is sometimes lacking in communication
    -several under-experienced people in managerial/leadership roles

    Advice to Management

    - more cross department interactions/off-sites
    - more open communication between leadership and employees
    - SF leadership team should be more talkative and approachable around the office


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Nosediving work culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Avoid narcissist abuse and hostility in the science organization cult"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Prepare to be sold post-Bayer purchase when disorganization, excessive middle-management, and lack of scientific, commercially-viable product becomes public knowledge.


  7. "Highly technical staff"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Ballwin, MO
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Ballwin, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall people are very open to doing things in an innovative way, choosing the right technology for the task is highly recommended. Management is highly supportive of the engineering staff. Food is served (3 out of 5 days a week) which is awesome! Snacks and drinks are provided as well.

    Cons

    There is a bit of process around infrastructure in place that can be a hindrance sometimes. The manual steps in infrastructure changes should be removed.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to enable more self service infrastructure without adding more manual steps to the process

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Test"

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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)

    Pros

    it has free food on some days

    Cons

    a lot of work and not much pay


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Field product specialist"

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    Current Employee - Field Product Specialist in Mankato, MN
    Current Employee - Field Product Specialist in Mankato, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing team to work with. Great people, great industry, amazing development and forward thinking opportunities. Certainly a market leader in the technology industry

    Cons

    Sometimes things can be a little bit confusing and you have to blaze your own path. It's a great environment for people who have been in that organization for a while but for newcomers it can be overwhelming and confusing

    Advice to Management

    More communication with the team


  10. "Quantitative Researcher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Climate Corp full-time

    Pros

    Creating something really meaningful.
    Leader in the Digital Ag space
    Competitive salaries

    Cons

    Teams still need to improve on connection and alignment.


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