OMNI Institute Reviews

Updated June 10, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great people and projects, but overworked staff

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at OMNI Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    OMNI's employees are bright and conscientious, and most aspects of the evaluation projects are engaging. For many of OMNI's clients, evaluation is mandatory (e.g., required to receive federal grant money), but some clients found evaluation work to be useful in making data-driven strategy decisions regarding their work. It's satisfying to be an integral part of that process.

    Cons

    From the moment I started until the moment I left, I had too much to do and not enough time to do it. I worked long hours, and my work was appreciated, but I felt as if I couldn't stick to working just 8 (or 9 or 10) hours a day without dropping at least one of the many balls I was juggling. The situation would have been somewhat easier to bear if my compensation were higher.

    Advice to Management

    Executive Management should 1) make it possible for employees to maintain a healthy balance between one's personal and professional lives, and 2) incentivize and model this balance.


  2. Great people here!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at OMNI Institute full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    OMNI is full of fantastic, smart people, and allows quite a bit of schedule flexibility.

    Cons

    Pay is low, benefits have gotten progressively worse over the past several years.

    Advice to Management

    Re-institute regular cost of living raises, in addition to performance based raises.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great if you have no other options

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at OMNI Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with (not management), flex time, get to work with non-profit organizations in Colorado. Vacation time is great. Good place to get a little bit of experience.

    Cons

    No work life balance, executive management lacks knowledge of basic business fundamentals, high level mismanagement lead to layoffs, 401k cuts, and benefits reduction. No advancement opportunities. Questionable business practices.

    Advice to Management

    A business should be run by business people, not social science people. There is a reason business school was created. Small mistakes are okay, but not knowing basic business fundamentals is unacceptable.


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  5. Smart, friendly, talented coworkers. Challenging and interesting work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Researcher in Denver, CO

    I have been working at OMNI Institute full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people, who are smart, skilled, friendly and dedicated. The work is interesting and dynamic. For a non-profit, they have a good benefits package and decent salaries. Good flexibility.

    Cons

    Upper-management group think is a problem. They are ingrained in their way of thinking about the business and it's unclear whether they're truly open to change.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest and transparent with your staff about challenges the company faces. You might gain useful ideas about solutions while simultaneously engaging the staff to be part of those solutions.


  6. Researcher with over five years experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OMNI Institute full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing, intelligent and committed staff with a deep dedication to doing work that supports the non-profit and public sectors; highly collaborative environment with lots of opportunities to learn and grow from peers and supervisors; dynamic work environment with diverse opportunities to develop expertise in a variety of areas, both methods and content areas

    Cons

    At times, upper management hasn't placed enough priority on business management principles; desire to go above and beyond for clients often leads to scope creep and staff feeling over-worked

    Advice to Management

    Enlist focused expertise on business management in the areas of hiring, training, staffing


  7. It's a great place to be from

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advanced Research Associate in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Advanced Research Associate in Denver, CO

    I worked at OMNI Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing health insurance, excellent co-workers (peers not management), 401(k) matching, flex time, a great place to get some experience to move on to better paying opportunities and promotions

    Cons

    Very little work life balance with last emails frequently sent between 10 and 11pm, Lack of business management and project management skill, very little promotion opportunity, poor allocation of personnel resources, salaries much too low to take advantage of 401(k) matching

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with business degrees and project management experience to run this company. A Ph.D. in a social science gives you neither business management nor project management experience, and this is evidenced by scope creep and cost overruns on virtually every project.


  8. I worked at OMNI for over two years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OMNI Institute full-time (More than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility with scheduled work hours and vacation time
    Most people you work with are very intelligent and fun
    You can work with a variety of non-profits and government agencies - great way to get experience and make professional contacts!
    Benefits - health insurance and vacation time was great!

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities
    Company is known to be the "puppy-mill of evaluators" in Colorado
    Poor leadership and management
    Poor salary

    Advice to Management

    Provide management and leadership training to all supervisors and directors, including the executive team.
    Executive management needs to put feelings aside when their business model plays out and individuals leave for better pay and positions.


  9. Great place to start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advanced Research Associate in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Advanced Research Associate in Denver, CO

    I worked at OMNI Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Support from management to advance
    - Variety of topics for projects

    Cons

    - Constantly changing processes.
    - Flexibility with schedule (actually a pro)


  10. disappointing, they move too fast without giving enough thought to decisions

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at OMNI Institute

    Pros

    they offer flex time. Do a good amount of activities to support staff in their personal lives. they work to keep a balanced budget and try not to start projects without having a plan to pay staff. Staff is generally not expected to work more than 40 hrs a week.

    Cons

    they move too fast in the organizational & administrative division. they don't always give enough time to develop staff's skills or projects before pushing them out the door and expecting them to preform.


  11. Fast paced, dynamic, changing environment with high expectations on quality of work and fun people to work with.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OMNI Institute

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Lots of good people who are fun to work with
    Flexible and accomodating once you have proven you can be trusted to do quality work and don't have to be monitored.
    Interesting work that actually has a social impact
    Good coffee and free soda

    Cons

    Awful parking unless you pay
    Not all people work on same floor
    Work can be mentally exhausting

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve on promoting a wrok life balance and place emphasis on qulaity and completeion of work versus hours worked



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