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Open Systems International Reviews in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
32 Reviews
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  1.  

    Busy, challenging work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medina, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medina, MN

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free Soda, New building, leading edge technology

    Cons

    High school atmosphere, immature workforce,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enable employees to work form home

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good breadth of experience and responsibility, poor work/life balance, very low pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Medina, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Medina, MN

    I worked at Open Systems International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Skills: OSI provides the opportunity to learn quite a few technologies in short-order. Their software developers use a number of languages and software tools regularly, many of which are industry standards.
    -Responsibility: As a result of their relatively small size, developers are expected to quickly become product leads for their product domain. Within a year or two, most developers are the product lead for at least one product and will be leading projects through all phases of the software development lifecycle.
    -Company events: OSI hosts an annual picnic in the summer, a Christmas party in the winter, and another event that varies in the spring. In addition, they host roughly monthly to bi-monthly after-work events where they serve complimentary snacks, beer, and wine. These promote camaraderie and are a respectable effort at employee satisfaction.
    -People: The people are, as a rule, about 80% entry-level graduates coming straight out of college. This makes it easy to make friends for folks coming out of college, as OSI does hire some pretty good people.

    Cons

    -Compensation: OSI's salaries for software developers/engineers are remarkably low. I would say between 15-35% below the competitive rate, depending on how low they are able to start you at. They claim bonuses will bring your pay back in line with the industry, but they really only compensate for maybe 5% of the gap. After the first couple years, these bonuses hit their caps anyway and stop growing very much.
    -Work-life Balance: The expectation is that people will put in regular overtime despite the poor compensation If pay were better this would be a non-issue, but in the end it amounts to the company asking a lot of its employees and giving little in return. Do not expect better pay in return for this extra effort as your pay seems, at best, very loosely correlated to your performance. Promotions are largely meaningless as you will be required to do the necessary work, whether they call you a level I, II, III, senior, or master-chief.
    -Organization: The weekly goals are poorly planned and the product road-maps are largely non-existent. This causes many of the employees to get burned out with the constant lack of a long-term vision. A developer can only go so long flying by the seat of their pants hitting weekly can't-miss deadlines before becoming demoralized. This has improved somewhat in my time with the company but still has a ways to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Pay your employees better: The money you will save by lowering turnover will pay you back in spades with increased productivity and quality that comes from experienced employees.
    -Indoctrination: It doesn't work, so stop trying to do it with your employees.
    -Leadership: Many departments are directionless and their workers won't see a future in the company 5 years from now if their leaders can't elucidate a future 5 months from now. Your leaders need to do more than tread water, they need to have a plan for the future and the ability to make it happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    company without a soul

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Medina, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Medina, MN

    I worked at Open Systems International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing really except the helpful coworkers.

    Cons

    Below market pay rate, pathetic benefits and bonuses.

    No stability with a lot of major reorgs in the last 3 yrs. Employees repeatedly shuffled here and there and put under different managers each time.
    High turnover with majority of employees leaving within 1-2 yrs for better jobs. OSI is at best a stepping stone employer for recent college graduates.
    Almost every day I worked here I saw HR interviewing candidates while the head count never crossed 400 due to this very reason.
    Back stabbing galore! Working here is like watching yourself in a soap opera where you never know what'l happen next.
    HR constantly bullies and intimidates almost all employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please have some respect for your employees .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company for college grads

    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Medina, MN
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Medina, MN

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Young staff, friendly environment, good benefits

    Cons

    Unorganized, chaotic at times, engineers get tossed around

  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not the worst first job, but don't hesitate to move on quickly

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medina, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medina, MN

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Good benefits
    * Extravagant company parties
    * Some good Directors, Managers, and Supervisors
    * Plenty of intelligent and fun people in various departments
    * Job security

    Cons

    * Pay is subpar
    * Virtually no opportunities for advancement or significant pay increases for entry-level employees
    * High turnover
    * Many of the executives have oversized egos.
    * Not enough middle management
    * CEO, some VPs micromanage (examples: departments aren't given budgets, the CEO has to sign off on every purchase order whether it's $10 or $10,000; there is a VP that will get involved in the details of menial tasks assigned to entry-level employees)
    * The worst lobby music in the world. It sounds like it is produced by downtrodden minimum wage workers in cubicles who are given assignments like "Produce a smooth techno-reggae song w/ female vocals and no real instruments by the end of the day." If you care about music at all, it is instantly depressing to walk through the door every day.
    * Overall I'd give it a 2-star rating but I'm balancing things out because there seem to be a lot of new employee reviews lately, written before the negative aspects of the company fully come to light (I suspect HR is encouraging new employees to write reviews, but I can't prove that).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay industry standard rates and don't be stingy with pay increases.
    Don't be condescending to lower-level employees.
    Don't micromanage from the VP and CEO levels.
    Change the lobby music. Classical would be great but if you want to keep it edgier let someone who is knowledgeable and has good taste make a mix.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Innovative, Growing Company with Great Facilities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Medina, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Medina, MN

    I have been working at Open Systems International part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Love the new building, very bright and open work place
    -Excellent subsidized cafe on site
    -OSI takes an innovative approach to an interesting field
    -Very committed to being socially responsible by being "Green"
    -Growing rapidly with lots of new hires and expansion

    Cons

    -High learning curve, this is a huge system to get acquainted with
    -High expectations from employees(could be a pro)
    -Monthly pay cycle is a little strange at first

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Make exception for first month's pay: a month is a long time to wait for that first check!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business in Medina, MN
    Current Employee - Business in Medina, MN

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture at OSI is alive! The work is fast-paced and the employees are full of energy. In my specific position I enjoy getting to work on a variety of tasks on a day-to-day basis, never a dull day. Casual work environment, flexible work hours, free soda, free snacks, lots of employee events throughout the year. The health insurance plan is unbeatable! I'm not sure why everyone complains about the pay, it seems to be in line with industry averages and the bonuses are great.

    Cons

    Location - Medina is definitely on the edge of the metro.
    While they do have flex time, I wish there was a work from home option

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company to get some experience, but don't expect longevity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medina, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medina, MN

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good chance to get job as a new grad and a good place to get exposed to many learning opportunities. Since there is so much work, you get to do things that other companies would not let you touch.

    Cons

    Too much work, sometimes disorganized, since it's a matrix organization and you get work from many people. The pay is quite dismal and they think they are doing you a favor by giving you other "benefits" such as a nice building and free soda, rather than giving you a decent salary for the work you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees better by giving them better salaries and having a less paternalistic philosophy. It may help change the trend of high turnover the company has had for years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Lot's to love!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Medina, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Medina, MN

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The building, exercise room, cutting edge technology, grwoth in sales, free sodas, the cafeteria, my boss, health insurance, staging area, great work experience, beer and wines days and lots of young, intelligent coworkers.

    Cons

    Tough projects, pay rates, some cynics, lack of push back on customers who are not fair, some favoritism and no tuition reimbursement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    loosen up on tuition reimbursement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Some people should just "move on"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staging in Medina, MN
    Current Employee - Staging in Medina, MN

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This company is growing and very successful. It is clear that that growth has had a cost. It is a fast paced hard working environment with good work for technical minded people. Check out their Facebook page to get a sense of what it is really like. For someone with a two year degree this place rocks.

    Cons

    Some people can't move on. They post and repost the same complaints. So this wasn't the place for you. get over it. The customers are demanding and they should be. Management can't make that any easier. This is not a place for cry babys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We all want higher pay. Make sure you are thinking abot that as it grows.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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