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Oceanit is good at brainstormming ideas and writing proposals, but poor at execution

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Former Employee - Engineer in Honolulu, HI
Former Employee - Engineer in Honolulu, HI

I worked at Oceanit

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

I was able to build a great professional skillset during my time at Oceanit. They allow employees the freedom to take on diverse responsibilities and projects. Employees are encouraged to look for solicitations and submit proposals which is a great learning experience. Employees with initiative can quickly gain roles in project/program management. Since Oceanit is a small company, employees also get exposure to all business units (contracts, operations, finance, etc.) which enhances the big picture understanding of business operations.

Cons

Oceanit is great at writings proposals, but they are subpar at executing the contracts they win. Resources are routinely pulled off projects in favor of writing proposals which results in projects missing critical deadlines. This strategy has damaged customer satisfaction and hindered opportunities for follow on contracts with existing customers. Salaries are subpar compared to most engineering firms (roughly 85% compensation), and raises were frozen for 4 years straight. This is due to Oceanit being a small family business, they don't have the backlog/buffer of larger companies and are more sensitive to the economic downturn. The benefits are pretty meager also, health insurance is pretty expensive and they only match up to $1k to your 401k which takes 5-6 years to fully vest. Only family members have upper management positions, which is a drawback for anyone interested in advancing that high on the org chart.

Advice to Management

Focus more on contract execution, this will improve customer satisfaction and increase the number of follow-on contracts and thus stabilize revenue. Missed deadlines are far too common place and that part of the company culture needs to be corrected.

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  1. Worthwhile

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Intern in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Intern in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Oceanit

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    working with everyone including senior project managers. Work at oceanit was intense but relatively enjoyable and fun. Everyone has a good sense of humor and is very professional.

    Cons

    Not enough focus on one particular field. Different department (IT, Marketing, Consulting, Engineering) do not consult with each other often.


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    No leadership, no growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Oceanit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People (workers) are great to work with and form solid bonds. Diverse teams of skills/talent. Strong government connections in and around Honolulu. Well connected to DC lobby seeking earmarks as noted by the local news.

    Cons

    Pure nepotism at the managment layer with no room for employees to rise beyond family members Family CEO, COO, directors and managers quite literally have no educational background or skills in their particular areas and most workers have education and experience well beyond that of their leaders. The result is that the workers must pool together to overcome the lack of leadership and stagnate Marketing is the strongest part of the company with a focus in corporate promotion and questionable media releases v.s. actual substance and quality products Poor business model based on a grants and project based approach means constantly changing corporate direction requiring hiring a diverse skills/talent pool Project funding determines worker retention so company layoffs are highly regular

    Advice to Management

    Nepotism is the worst model for leadership. Workers are held accountable but family members quite literally are not and gaining real managers is required for real improvement.


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