OFS Fitel Reviews

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
18 Reviews

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  1.  

    Working for OFS was nice.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA

    I worked at OFS Fitel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Forward thinking in their technology
    Fast paced

    Cons

    Running in circles
    Top heavy
    Reactive vs. Proactive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize people at all levels.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worked here over 9 years.

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    Current Employee - Operator  in  Norcross, GA
    Current Employee - Operator in Norcross, GA

    I have been working at OFS Fitel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good pay with good benefits. Most of your co-workers are awesome to work with. A pretty relaxed atmosphere for the most part.

    Cons

    Just not a good place to work anymore. Employee morale is down. Work to many hours and not enough people. Never get a day off. No way to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire most of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Quality

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Carrollton, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carrollton, GA

    I have been working at OFS Fitel full-time

    Pros

    Literally cannot think of a single good thing to say about this place

    Cons

    Everything is bad about this company. Employee morale has gone through the ground and nobody is truly happy here. The upper management and GM will literally micromanage you and suck the life out of you. People here go through the motions of living without feeling alive. It's truly one of the most depressing places to work at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No amount of advice will save this company aka sinking ship

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A lot of knowledge in the company, but poor management prevents progress

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    Former Employee - Engineering  in  Carrollton, GA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Carrollton, GA

    I worked at OFS Fitel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This used to be a part of the Bell Laboratories, and as such there is a lot of knowledge within the company.

    Cons

    - They want your work to be your life, and vastly underpay for what they expect.
    - The various departments cannot get along or work together. There is a lot of finger pointing and stonewalling.
    - As a younger employee, I was routinely talked down to, and any suggestions I made were dismissed as "you don't know what you're talking about"
    - Any issues I had were dismissed as how the Gen Y'ers want everything on a silver platter
    - For being in a technical industry, the technology at OFS was antiquated and obsolete
    - The management discourages extroverts and wants the engineers to be 'Yes men' and bow to every whim of production personnel, throwing away the entire scientific process
    - There is no career advancement for technical professionals (like engineers). The only advancement is done on the production floor level.
    - Half the day would be spent in meetings. Sometimes there were meetings to discuss what was going to be said in the next meetings. Nothing would get done and they were a huge waste of time.
    -Safety was NOT the first priority. Unsafe practices were common and many safety concerns were not heeded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none, management wouldn't listen anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Core of Sharp Scientists and Engineers

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    Former Employee - Engineering  in  Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Engineering in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at OFS Fitel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Stimulating Technology experience if you get the privilege thrown your way.

    Cons

    Management is clueless, they waste opportunities and products and get jerked around by customers because they are incompetent and confused. It's a shame that such a strong Bell Labs division is getting ground down to nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people and maybe you will get some management talent and keep the techncalfolks that know what they are doing. Clean house in human resources completely, wow what a waste.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OFS Fitel

    Pros

    Manager does not micro managed their employees. Very flexible hours and good company if you just need a job.

    Cons

    No pay increases, not an opportunity for advancement career wise unless you are an engineer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, offer more incentitives for mid employees. Stop making people do the work of five people without any compensation.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Company doesn't care about their employees

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative/Inside Sales
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative/Inside Sales

    I worked at OFS Fitel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Direct managers will fight for you, pay is good, benefits are good, bonuses are good when you get them

    Cons

    Corp. doesn't care about how hard the employees are worked. They down-size and then don't allow managers to hire so work is continuously being put on top of employees that already have more on their plate than they can handle. They lay off and then will not provide an explanation as to why you were the person let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to fight for the people that report to you. Upper management/Corp: It makes no sense to cut a department down to nothing and then pay the remaining employees overtime that amounts to the salaries of all the people you just laid off.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Used to be a great place to work. Ship is sinking fast now

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales  in  Carrollton, GA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Carrollton, GA

    I worked at OFS Fitel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good benefits, relaxed most of the time. Meet some great people and make friends.

    Cons

    The company started going downhill fast, I could tell that the ship was sinking and escaped the first chance I got. It use to be a great place to work, but then they started loosing money and still haven't stopped bleeding. Rounds of layoffs after layoffs, every time that happens they put more and more responsibilities on the employees that are left. This happened 3 times while I was there, effectively tripling my work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to reevaluate your entire business approach.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    sinking ship has bigger holes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OFS Fitel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    nothing left to say now

    Cons

    in a meltdown closing sites. going out of business signs are ready.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Lke a sinking boat being bailed out with a glass

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OFS Fitel full-time

    Pros

    There are none waiting for the end

    Cons

    No leadership 1 managment person to 1.5 hand workers Great business model for faliure lots of finger pointing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cant wait for the end because you will be working in the real world and when it happens,you will be Working for a living not like the Vacation you all have been on for years and your Bloated over paid salaires will be gone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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