Ocean Tomo
3.9 of 5 12 reviews
www.oceantomo.com Chicago, IL 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Jan 21, 2014

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Ocean Tomo Managing Director & Board of Managers Andrew W. Carter

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82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Took awhile, but I finally found my "this is it!" company

Associate (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Ocean Tomo full-time for more than a year

ProsCutting edge in its field. I have learned a lot here in less than 2 years. The people here are the best. Everyone is willing to help and I learn from them every day. The work environment is very flexible, which makes it great for working mothers. The Chicago and SF offices are very nice (I have not been to the Houston office yet). And, while this may seem small, they pretty much pay for my cell phone. It's nice little gestures like that that really show they care.

ConsAlmost too much socializing. We go out monthly, have semi-annual all-company get-togethers, and there are the random "let's everyone grab something at the bar" nights. Last year I couldn't make it to everything (missed the Cubs rooftop and Whirlyball nights). Would be nice if they we got to vote on what nights the monthly outings are so I don't miss things.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should promote their family-friendly attitude more. They have great family policies but downplay them (I almost did not accept the job because I didn't know about the flex time). I pretty much work 4 days a week, which in consulting is unheard of. In other words, dear bosses, don't be humble... tout what makes your great!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people, space, and work. I really enjoy it here.

Expert Testimony Analyst (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Ocean Tomo full-time for more than a year

ProsSmart, fun, and helpful coworkers. I love the people here. Management appears to really care about us. Great office space. The work is interesting and challenging, and it seems like I frequently learn something new.

ConsWork can be erratic at times, with some unplanned late nights. While I understand this can happen in consulting, it still can be upsetting when I have to change my personal plans to finish a project.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be good to have monthly outings, instead of only having "fun" nights every other month. This would be especially important if we have had to work any late nights.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great culture, manageable hours, overall good people to work with

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Ocean Tomo full-time

Pros1. Company has "unlimited PTO", which is good because you don't have to acrue PTO before using it. It is bad because you may not have ownership over a certain amount of days, so it may be hard to take off 3 straight weeks even though you have 15 days, for example, depending on your boss. Management is overall very understanding of taking time off, and I would say the average employee takes more time off here than most other firms, which is a plus. All time off is paid.

2. Very casual, familial culture. Some employees, especially the director and MD level employees seem to have been there a long time. I think this is a sign that people really do enjoy working there if there isn't turnover.

3. Paid continuing education classes if management approved of it.

4. Alot of after work fun events designed to allow employees to have fun and bond, even in the economic downturn.

Cons1. No 401K match even in an uptick in the job environment.

2. Niche business, so transferability of skills is very weak at best, most exit opportunities are other patent-related businesses. If patents are what you love, this isn't a con. Business school is intriguing as the experience is very different than other business school applicants. There isn't much the company can do about this con as patents are their business.

3. We paid 20% of the healthcare costs pretax.

4. From my understanding, some of the business lines may pay below market rates.

5. There is some expectation that you work for other groups in times of downturn in your business line, which I disliked. Employees have their strength and weaknesses which make them bad fits for other business lines sometimes. We also don't get compensated based upon work for other lines, so incentives are not aligned there.

Advice to Senior ManagementAim for a higher standard of entry-level employees. Except on the West Coast where there are USC and UC Berkeley hires, aspire to hire the top students everywhere. In the Midwest (biggest office) in Chicago, management does not hire heavily at U of Chicago, Northwestern, Notre Dame, etc, which are the best schools in the region. It is more common to see U of Illinois, Indiana University and DePaul at the firm. No disrespect to those schools, but there isn't even a recruiting presence at the previously mentioned schools. I think it results in lower quality work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience with friendly people

Analyst (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Ocean Tomo full-time for more than a year

ProsLocation
Friendly people
Smart people
Well-rounded individuals in and out of the office
Learn some of the soft skills - they are all really good talkers since they work with clients and sell jobs
Chicago's biannual meeting was always fun

ConsCan feel lonely and stressed a couple of days - but you feel that in every job
Work can get boring since you work with lots of data in MS Excel and type up reports in MS Word

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Space, great workers, not great management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Ocean Tomo full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat space, great offices, great people

Consmanagement sucks! they don't always do what they say they will do.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe fair to all employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place that I very much enjoy

Associate (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Ocean Tomo full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood mix of challenging work, interesting new projects, and "typical" assignments. My coworkers are great... all the people here are willing to help and are very friendly. The company promotes teamwork and "everybody getting ahead". Management has both true visionaries and good everyday managers.

ConsThe company offers unlimited time off with pay, which sounds great but it can be hard to get as much time off in large blocks as you want. Taking a few days or a week off a few times a year is easy. But trying to take more than 2 weeks off at once can be challenging. Last year I was only able to take 5 weeks off total, and was not able to take the month-long vacation I had hoped for.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't offer free ice cream on Fridays in the summer so I don't get fat? Just kidding. But except for the vacation issue I think this company does a great job of working with people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very good company

Associate (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Ocean Tomo

ProsExcellent company to learn and grow with. My coworkers are great, probably the best anywhere. I have made many friends here at all levels of the company. We work on both "tried and true" things and cutting-edge ideas. Overall, a great place.

ConsMost benefits are good (health plan and vacation are great), but the company does not match 401k contributions. I thought everyone did that.

Advice to Senior ManagementA week ago I would have said to do something fun for the summer, and then on Friday they announced that we would have a free ice cream cart in the office every Friday this summer. So someone is thinking ahead!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very good place to work, learn, and make friends.

Associate (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Ocean Tomo

ProsGreat culture and people. Less like an impersonal business and more like a family working together. They constantly provided me opportunities. I learned a ton while I was there (left to go into a completely different line of work). Good mix of "regular" and "new" projects. Sometimes the hours were long but at least we were all working together.

ConsThey do not match 401k contributions and dental plan is below average. Other than that, things were great for a long time. Unfortunately, early this year things got a bit rough because of the economy and the "non team players" at the company began grumble and cause trouble. Once they left everything was good again though.

Advice to Senior ManagementI think the best advice I could give would be to tighten recruiting standards so no more "non team players" get back into the firm. A few bad apples can spoil the whole barrel.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I have been working at Ocean Tomo

ProsThe company has several nice, intelligent, hard-working employees. Work product is thorough and accurate. The company encourages a very innovative culture.

ConsThe hours can be demanding, as some projects can require late nights and weekends. The company has a very small, familial culture and some employees have not enjoyed similar successes and/or opportunities as those who have been around longer.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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No clue about business

Director (Former Employee)

I worked at Ocean Tomo

ProsRelatively diverse workforce. Interesting ideas. Nice offices.

ConsToo many ideas--no execution. Very political environment, stay away if you are not related to or know someone very well in the firm. Entire view of the management is on creating valuable IP (they have several patents and many pending) not business value--marketing, sales, and operations are not priorities.

Advice to Senior ManagementSplit up the firm into services, products, auction, and investments. Too many conflicts of interest

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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