Physical Optics

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2 people found this helpful  

easy job, decent pay, disappointed at the government

Engineer (Current Employee) Torrance, CA

ProsCompared 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.

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Physical Optics Corporation: Ineffective Tyrants

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Torrance, CA

    I worked at Physical Optics


    Pros: Good pay. Exciting work. Lower tier management is effective. Cons: Total disrespect of all employees. Top-Down decision-making. Poorly run. Advice to Senior Management: Treat every employee with respect and dignity. Adopt a more… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    • Disapproves of CEO

    4 people found this helpful  

    Do not work here unless you really desperate for a job

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    I worked at Physical Optics full-time for less than a year


    Pros: Free coffee and tea and have your own office. Cons: Poor management at all levels. Management has no respect for employees. Poor benefits, big on title so don't be fool if they give you… Advice to Senior Management: You are profitable because of the people so treat them with respect. Just because you paid their salary, does not mean you… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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