OpSec Security Group
2.0 of 5 9 reviews
www.opsecsecurity.com Washington, United Kingdom 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jun 25, 2014

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OpSec Security Group Chairman David A. Mahony

David A. Mahony

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25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good Company/Incompetent Management

    Staff/Management (Former Employee)
    Lancaster, PA

    ProsThe general employees are skilled and mostly pleasant people. The location is very convenient and in a beautiful park. Plenty of vacation time.

    ConsThe management rules by fear and intimidation. Upper management has no background in printing or security and have not been inclined to learn them. They have a "good old boy" mentality and have tried to manage by bringing in their own large chemical company mentality and staff. The employees have zero respect for management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou cannot teach respect by having a local college lecturer come in and teach it. To get respect, you have to give it. Put experienced and industry relevant people in charge.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cheapskates in denial about cost of doing business

    Anonymous (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsI was promoted while I worked there. Many of my coworkers were wonderful people who I enjoyed working with. The company is exceedingly generous about allowing employees to work from home during poor weather or for any personal need.

    ConsPay is well below industry norms for the area. The company refuses to hire adequate staff, citing costs. The company refuses to purchase adequate equipment, citing costs. Meanwhile, the company blows absurd amounts of money on travel and perks for executives and salespeople, giving employees the impression it's an old boys club rather than a business.

    Upper management dumps unrealistically big work expectations and unrealistically short deadlines on employees with no regard for management's own refusal to provide sufficient staffing or equipment to get the work done, ignores all warnings, and gets upset and applies pressure if they don't get what they want. I and others in my group became sick from stress. Employees were regularly forced to work nights and/or weekends in addition to a full time schedule during business hours. Because of management's constant attempts to squeeze blood from the stone, quality of work is consistently poor, and those things that do get done often feel like they're a big thing held together with bubble gum and twine.

    I was denied vacation that I had earned on the grounds that my manager didn't believe I'd be able to meet the work goals that had been set for me if I was allowed to take my vacation days.

    Executives tend to fall in love with a project and jerk everyone around to get their pet project done by verbally inflating its importance regardless of its actual revenue value. This means people end up doing vast amounts of work to get a tiny project with little revenue done, resulting in a net loss, and keeping them from being able to focus on the needs of actual large clients that produce a lot of revenue.

    Despite that I got a promotion, mostly there is little to no opportunity for promotion. Analysts have strictly no career advancement in the company and turnover consequently seemed high to me. There is no opportunity for a raise without a promotion, aside from token inadequate annual cost of living adjustments. Morale is very poor, and at the time I left a lot of others were leaving or planning to.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have to spend money to make money. This means you have to hire an adequate level of staff and pay them market-competitive pay, or else you will consistently not have enough people to get things done, most of the people you'll be able to attract will have poor skill level, and people will keep walking out the door with valuable institutional knowledge.

    Hiring lots of contractors has consistently worked out poorly for you, so why do you keep doing it?

    Applying pressure to your employees as a method of getting more work out of them will only get you so far, and has consistently gotten you bad work that needs to be redone later, so why do you keep doing it?

    You think you're still a manufacturing company... you're not. Your clients think you're a manufacturing and digital services company now, and you'll lose your clients if you don't staff up adequately on the digital services side to be able to meet deadlines.

    When you have more managers running a department than people actually doing the work, you've got a problem.

    You have to stop making contracts with clients without consulting the people who will actually have to do the work to find out what can really get done and how long it will take. You have to stop micro-managing your people to a level that prevents them from actually meeting deadlines. You have to stop allowing loudmouth executives from jerking the whole company around to ensure their pet projects get done first at the expense of actual large customers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Could be better if right people were in charge of plant. Good business! Wrong people running it !!

    Press Operator (Current Employee)
    Lancaster, PA

    ProsDecent pay, Good group of production employees, extra holidays off, 3 week vacation to start

    ConsUpper management has no clue how to run a printing company. No one in upper management has previous printing experience. Scheduling is terrible causing extra work for production employees. No raises due to company spending more money than it is making. Morale is ruined on production floor due to poor management

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut a plant manager in charge who understands the printing process. Place could be awesome place to work if management would understand printing. To many office people, need more production employees not office people walking around doing nothing

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    Excellent niche business.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe workforce is extremely dedicated and cooperative. Inter-department communication is above average and the facility is clean, secure and comfortable.

    ConsThere is a disconnect between upper management and the employees. The flow of information seems to be one of "privilege" rather than company-wide, which is unfortunate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRound table information transfer meetings with department heads and random, rotating groups of manufacturing floor employees. Open door policy.

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

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    Awful Place to Work

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    ProsDecent benefits, and a great location (downtown Boston in Copley Place). Those are the only positive things to say about this company.

    ConsSalary well below market averages for Boston. Disconnect between management and employees makes for "lost" visions and an often frustrating work environment. Blame game is constantly being played. HR is nonexistent. So is work/life balance. Virtually no interest is taken in employees or helping them achieve career goals. Company is in the tank financially so no one gets raises or bonuses. Hard when trying to raise a family.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees and determine company goals. Stop working in silos.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An untrained, disorganized mess.

    Analyst (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsThey are (were) willing to hire entry-level post grads. The benefits were decent. Analysts were friendly.

    ConsWhile they hire entry-level employees, they do absolutely zero training, on-boarding, and HR is essentially nonexistent. Individuals in management have no previous managerial experience and were simply promoted to those positions because no growth development existed in their previous positions at the time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEvaluate who you have running what. Provide HR support in your Boston office because the corporate HR office in Lancaster, PA is always unavailable. Put money into developing the software you've already up-sold to clients but haven't finished (or in other cases started) to develop.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cheap is the key word.

    Invisible Worker (Former Employee)
    Robbinsville, NJ

    Prosreally can't find any good thing to say about this company

    ConsThis company's hub is in Lancaster, PA. That is where the jobs are. After this company bought Robbinsville, NJ, lay off followed. And now they are shutting down the place. Before even the decision was made, there was no management in the office.. Basically it is a ghost town office. Now the CEO decided to shut down the site in about a year. Many people in Robbinsville will lose their jobs. Yes, they still remain Customer Service there, but who knows how long they will let those people go.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMoving whole plant to PA will eventually backfire..You are losing lots of good and skillful people! This may jeopardize your business.. Just wait and see...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible company to work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Lancaster, PA

    ProsLocation, vacation days. Can't think of any other pros.

    ConsNo room for advancement. Terrible health benefits. Managers don't know what their employees jobs entail. No sick days, no bonus, no increases.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen, listen,listen! Managers think they are better than their employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I love my job!

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsIt's an amazing culture here. Great work/life balance. Awesome people, my team is incredible! As long as you do your job on time, there is no problem taking an extra day off even if you run out of your vacation hours. MBTA is sponsored (monthly Link pass), salary is growing, 12 holiday days per year, company outings, perfect location (Copley mall).

    ConsIt would be nice to have some sick days in addition to personal ones. Otherwise, you take the days out of your vacation time.

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

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