Open Systems International Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Could be worse - could be better

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Medina, MN
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Medina, MN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people who work here. The type of work. The industry. Social activities. Nice building. Benefits. Bonus pay. Time off. Flex Time. Growing - hiring new people.

    Cons

    Pay could be higher. Better training at the start. Better empowerment of supervisors and managers. Some turnover. Travel if you like it or not.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the positive. Help supervisors and managers to be better communicators. Keep pay at the right levels for the type of work. Keep growing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good experience for new developers, bad place to settle down.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Medina, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Medina, MN

    I worked at Open Systems International

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

    Pros

    OSI is a good place to develop if you're fresh out of college and looking for entry level experience, as there are a lot of opportunities to build strong programming skills and techniques and a lot of talented peers to work with.
    The company also spares no expense on events, and has a number of fun activities and outings throughout the year to keep things exciting.
    Several years of experience at OSI will give you a strong resume.
    The culture is very output focused and will help you learn to be highly productive.
    The benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    The systems are limited mostly to C and older .NET versions, so depending on the team you work with, you may not get much experience with cutting edge technologies.
    Management at OSI has an abundance of whips, but no carrots to be found. They will not hesitate to punish an entire department financially when things are not going smoothly, including the more productive employees.
    Micromanagement is off the charts, product owners are also VPs, and the CEO sits in developer meetings making decisions about button placement. Lack of knowledge about the customer's needs makes it difficult for teams to be self-sufficient and have any freedom to dictate their own processes.
    Despite the outcry for for productive employees, OSI appears unwilling to pay for them. New employees struggle to find information, and there aren't enough experienced developers to keep up with knowledge transfer.
    Salaries for employees with 3-5 years of working experience are quite a bit lower than most other companies for software development in the Twin Cities

    Advice to Management

    Invest more into keeping talented developers around instead of calling them entitled in your Glassdoor self-reviews.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good company for entry level employees / new grads

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    OSI offers flexible work hours, casual dress code, very affordable high-value health insurance, free pop, a beautiful building/work environment, a free onsite fitness center, etc. We also get new laptops every few years which is nice. The work is satisfying and challenging; there is always a full work load / lots to accomplish. OSI offers on-the-job training for all new employees. Most of the employees are pretty great people to work with- very smart, motivated, etc.

    Cons

    Medina is a bit far from the city / long commute. They offer limited options to work from home but sometimes it is approved. Some of the supervisors / managers are new to the role, and should probably have more leadership training before getting direct reports.

    Advice to Management

    Consider giving employees the option to work remotely. Do more supervisor and leadership training for your new supervisors and managers.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Happy to have found this company

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

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job security, one of the few companies left in USA who keeps software development jobs in USA, special control and automation software applications for utilities gives developers specialization and job security over general computer science disciplines. This is a growth industry. Note that millions of Chinese, Indian and Eastern Europeans will be competing for your job if you did not work here! You want a fast buck and a short career, this is not a place for you. You can work elsewhere until your job is outsourced overseas. Job security here is job one.

    Cons

    Not a place for entitled employees, complainers, and blamers.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for the last great 15 years. I look forward to the next 20.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Best place I have worked at

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

    I have been working at Open Systems International

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Above average benefits, Flex time, challenging technical work, , great friends and colleagues, lots of perks and events

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    Cons

    Not for the faint of heart. High expectations to deliver, faster pace which some may notbe accustomed to

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more often


  7. Bad employees write bad reviews..good happy employees don't post. I am posting to set therecord straight. GREAT COMPANY!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Happy to BE Employed At A Great Company in Medina, MN
    Current Employee - Happy to BE Employed At A Great Company in Medina, MN

    I have been working at Open Systems International

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great employees, a few bad apples. Less and less as company gets more selective in hiring and all new employees seem to be a great culture fit, positive and high energy. If you are a complainer and not a producer this is jot a good fit for you.

    Cons

    Commute to the the western suburbs...

    Advice to Management

    A branch downton please!


  8. Helpful (7)

    Abandon hope all ye who enter here!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Plymouth, MN

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

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

    Pros

    An attractive woman in marketing.

    Cons

    Everything.

    The people: Most but not all of the employees aren't friendly or welcoming to new people. Half the company has been there a long time and so have formed impenetrable social circles. The other half is made up of folks coming into and out of the revolving door they operate due to low pay and the rest of the cons listed here.

    Management: The CEO will literally walk around the office to make sure you're at your desk by 8 AM. If you're not, you will get reprimanded. Work from home? Forget it.

    The equipment: Small cube, slow computers. They stick the developers right across from the marketing team, so you better bring your headphones or you'll listen to chatter and blather all day long. Everything from water cooler conversations sans the water cooler to the marketing folks yakking on the phone.

    The work: Boring. They are very slow to adopt new technology. The work you do isn't recognized or rewarded at all.

    The company makes a practice of hiring young guns right out of college, paying them very little, demanding a lot, and ensuring that they quit as soon as something better comes along.

    There's basically no reason to work at OSI unless you are absolutely desperate. In my 13 years of professional experience it's the worst job I have ever had.

    There's also rampant unfairness in the way they treat employees. Some of the management's pets can sit at their computers playing FarmVille, and nobody says a word. Meanwhile, they would routinely fire other people for "inappropriate use of the internet" (e.g. posting on discussion forums).

    They will also not hesitate to try and avoid paying unemployment benefits to employees they let go.

    Advice to Management

    Pretend like you value your employees. Pay them respectable wages, let them keep their own hours (within reason) and stop micromanaging every little detail of their professional lives.


  9. Busy, challenging work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free Soda, New building, leading edge technology

    Cons

    High school atmosphere, immature workforce,

    Advice to Management

    Enable employees to work form home


  10. Helpful (1)

    This was a great company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. The work atmosphere and the people were great.

    Cons

    The training wasn't very great.

    Advice to Management

    Get better training on the software.


  11. Helpful (7)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    -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.



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