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Helpful (2)

easy job, decent pay, disappointed at the government

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Engineer in Torrance, CA
Current Employee - Engineer in Torrance, CA
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

Compared to most companies, POC jobs are relatively stable. They secure government funding so as long as projects are coming along, there is generally enough work to go around.

Cons

Very few of the SBIR grants actually generate real products. The majority of the contracts won are based on very far fetched proposals that may seem innovative but are in most cases near impossible (i guess that is why they win all the time). Company structure is very flat and though it has something like a hundred employees, none of the projects are a true collaboration. Projects won are generally carried out by small teams of 3 who most likely are not the most qualified (for the given topic) people in the company. Essentially this company is just another money farm that basically lives off of government grants but produces very few products. It is true that they have commercialized some products, commercialization rate is very very low.

Advice to Management

Management needs to form a much stronger product development team. The bulk of the employees are scientists that have no know how on realizing products.

Other Employee Reviews for Physical Optics Corporation

  1. Helpful (6)

    Physical Optics Corporation: Ineffective Tyrants

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good pay. Exciting work. Lower tier management is effective.

    Cons

    Total disrespect of all employees. Top-Down decision-making. Poorly run.

    Advice to Management

    Treat every employee with respect and dignity. Adopt a more fluid communications model.


  2. The small little company that can

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Physical Optics Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Variety of assignments and advanced technologies

    Cons

    PHDs that think too highly of themselves and dont recognize well rounded talent and people that have inter-personal communications skills.

    Advice to Management

    Promote talent from within. Make some of your Directors to the future VPs and SVPs.


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