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Good solid non-profit

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

I worked at The Optical Society

Pros

Great Benefits
Good collegiate atmosphere
Stable
Values good employees

Cons

Some managers need proper management training, job titles are very changeable and seem to change based on cronyism

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    Nice people, slow to impossible to change.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The Optical Society

    Pros

    Great benefits
    You interact with nice people
    Great location
    IF you are in the right department, ample opportunity to move up
    Reasonable hours

    Cons

    VERY if not OVERLY political. Unless you are higher up in the food chain you don't really have a say. You could be the most competent person in the org on a topic, but unless your title carries weight your expertise will be be ignored and the opinion of someone who has no idea will win out. That could be the case everywhere, but I'm just not sure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kill the authority complex and stop politicking all the time.

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    Working for the Optical Society is challenging but can be very rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at The Optical Society full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The mission and goals of OSA are ambitious. The members of the society are dedicated. Many of your co-workers will be very talented people. There is great opportunity for advancement if you have the social skills and technical knowledge. You can accomplish a great deal here if you can avoid being blindsided by the politics.

    Cons

    You must have the political skills and social background to impress the "in" crowd. OSA tends to reward people with titles instead of money. Dissent is not tolerated, and honesty is not appreciated. You can survive by doing your job well and never arguing; you can thrive only if you know how to promote your ideas and yourself in a highly politically charged atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the inflated titles are really becoming laughable. Please show some appreciation for the people who do the day-to-day work. Stop micromanaging. Hire fewer "directors" and more workers. How many layers of bosses can such a small organization really need?

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