Physical Optics
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Headquarters Torrance, CA
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Type Company - Private
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year

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Founded in 1985, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) is a high technology company and a small systems integrator that generates over $50 million in annual revenues from a combination of government contracts and commercial sales. POC has developed a unique business model of achieving both research and technology advancements through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, then transitioning them into commercial and defense products. As a small, privately owned company, POC has made fundamental breakthroughs resulting in 91 granted U.S. and worldwide patents, with major applications in a unique blend of advanced technologies. These technologies underlie a broad portfolio of products that POC manufactures and sells to hundreds of customers worldwide.

In addition, POC has implemented a successful business model for launching spin-off companies to accelerate commercialization and attract investors. To date, POC has created six spin-off companies and provided a technology base for two additional ventures. POC is one of the few companies that have managed to retain the creative and innovative research environments, while developing the disciplined approach to manufacture products that meet and exceed customer requirements, on time and on budget. These technologies are positioned to respond to changing market needs faster, while providing better solutions, and with a higher value payoff to its customers. The company is poised for growth and expansion with its production capability, integrative engineering, intellectual property and strong financial position. Recently, POC achieved a prestigious number 24 position on Inc. magazine’s list (“The Innovation 50”) of the most innovative companies in America. Additionally, POC has won SPIE’s prestigious 2011 Prism Award for Photonics Innovation in the category of Defense and Security.

POC’s talented staff has delivered over $200 million in products to its customers, and this number will certainly grow. Currently, POC has a staff of 188 highly skilled employees, 54 of whom hold Ph.D. degrees. An additional 76 employees work at the affiliated spin-offs. Supported by a vast technology portfolio that covers: optics, electro-optics, holography, photonics, fiber optics, optical instrumentation, sensor systems, chemical-bio-medical, standoff detection, avionics, information assurance, wireless systems, metrology, renewable energy, surveillance systems, electronic warfare, ISR, and less-lethal solutions, POC is ready for expansion. In fact, POC is anticipating one of our best years in 2013.

Our innovative products and highly advanced technologies have a positive impact on the lives of many people. POC creates disruptive technologies and these solutions can be found in aircraft, automobiles, ground vehicles, displays, movie theatres, machine vision, instrumentation, elevators, microscopes, medical, biomedical, communication, wireless sensing, law enforcement, right down to the individual war-fighter. POC’s technologies really do make a difference, and our future is still ahead. This creates opportunities for employees to develop and advance based upon hard work and real contribution – Please click on “Working at POC” for more.

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Physical Optics Chairman, President and CEO Joanna Janson

Joanna Janson

Chairman, President and CEO

POC is a balance of Pros and Cons

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Pros: Job satisfaction includes some purpose and involved work, wage and benefits are better than most small to mid size companies, appreciation of a job well done by peers and immediate supervisor, coworkers, and location. Full Review

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Accepted Offer – Reviewed May 22, 2014

Interview Details – Received a call from the TAS. It was good timing since I just started job hunting. The position working on technology I haven't done intrigued my curiosity. Overall interview took about 2 hours. Met with the TAS, the VP, Director, and COO. They were all impressive and presented POC beyond my…Full Interview

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I thought I was going to get quizzed on SBIR. Luckily the TAS shared that part of the business before I met with the COO. I expected to get technically questioned by the Director. Its good to be… View Answer

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Physical Optics Awards & Accolades

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AS9100C, SAI Global, 2012
Certification Awards AS9110A, QMI, 2012
CMMI Certification, SAI Global, 2012
ISO 9001:2008 Certified, QMI, 2012
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