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

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
25 Reviews
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  1.  

    Innovative, Growing Company with Great Facilities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Young staff, friendly environment, good benefits

    Cons

    Unorganized, chaotic at times, engineers get tossed around

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  5.  

    Great place to work!

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

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time for 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
  6. 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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8.  

    Some people should just "move on"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Really bad experience -- but at the time I had no better choice due to economic downturn

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

    I worked at Open Systems International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Most software developers whom I work with in OSI were friendly and helpful
    - In case you are a soda drinker, they offer free soda
    - The new building and new facility make the work place a nice environment

    Cons

    - Low compensation (salary); it is one of the lowest in Twin Cities area and interestingly they call it "competitive"
    - Micromanagement at the very top level (i.e., CEO)
    - Nothing in OSI resembles a high tech company and of course OSI is not high tech but the way they treat their software developers is really indecent, from salary, to pto, to starting work hour
    - Since it is not a good place to work for, most of OSI developers leave the company within 1-3 years of service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Do not micromanage and adjust your employees salary with industry standards

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great work environment, includes revolving door for employees due to sub-standard wages.

    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Many job 'perks' such as company outings and free soda.
    Lots of room for promotions due to high turnover rate.
    Opportunities for expense paid work travel around US and over seas.

    Cons

    Low wages are the number one reason for the high employee turnover rate.
    Promotions are near impossible to come by, even with all goals exceeded for the year.
    HR has no power, the company CEO micromanages all important decisions away from them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees for their dedication and commitment. Compensation for going above and beyond should be given, not battled for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great starting place if you're looking to go into software/IT not Electronics Engineering.......

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

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

    Pros

    - Hands on experience with various Operating Platforms
    - If you have't learned Command prompt, you will definitely take a dive head first at it (sink or swim)
    - Free pop (another incentive Management preaches about)
    - The environment is full of youth (recent college grads). It could be both good and bad as the turn over rate on Engineers are about two years

    Cons

    - You don't really need an EE degree to do the work here
    - tribal knowledge is big here although the documentations are starting to improve
    - LOW-end EE entry level salary (don't expect to negotiate)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay your employees more and the turn-over rate wouldn't be so high! Stop trying to sell your performance/holiday bonuses & health benefits as a way to compensate the low pay..........

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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