Optech (Canada) Reviews

Updated May 1, 2015
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  1. Very challenging work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Optech (Canada) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The engineering work is very interesting and challenging, and I looked forward to going to work every day. There was relatively little overlap in technical skills among my co-workers, so everyone works together to get things done. Everyone is friendly, easy to get along with, and communicates well among each other.

    Cons

    Business conditions are always tenuous, resulting in cyclical hiring and layoffs depending on the cash flow within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget to focus on the future of the company and make sure you put things in place to invest for that future, including new product development.


  2. Engineer - R&D

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly dynamic working environment with lots of product development initiatives going on. You tend to work on different application areas with different markets. Gives good exposure to different industries, commercial/space/defense.

    Cons

    Compensation lower than industry standard. Need to increase the compensation for engineering staff to levels as surveyed by OSPE/PEO for them to retain their talent.


  3. Good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Always fights for their employees.

    Cons

    no cons for this company

    Advice to Management

    Get better contracts for your employees


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  5. Customer focused and very collaborative culture

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Optech (Canada) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Age agnostic, limited politics, very collaborative culture.

    Cons

    Work distributed over several locations reducing efficiency

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the future and solving the root cause of problems.


  6. Great technology, horrible management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology, awesome co-workers, some departments get to travel and some dont.

    Cons

    horribly run and managed, HR is a JOKE.

    Advice to Management

    as though they would listen


  7. NA

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good learning place and good environment.

    Cons

    Not available at this time.

    Advice to Management

    They are friendly ppl.


  8. Decent Job, bad pay.

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    Former Employee - Customer Support Representative in Vaughan, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Support Representative in Vaughan, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Optech (Canada) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a lot of expertise on the job, as well as the freedom to take on side projects. Several experts in their respective fields work in this place, and it is reflected in their flagship products. The company encourages internal promotion as well. Junior and senior management are responsive to problems and interested (and responsive) to all input including at entry-level. There is a focus on mission, and the energy in all positions reflects that. If you are ambitious and intelligent, there are opportunities for growth as well, regardless of race or gender. Some people are all talk when it comes to workplace equality, these folk are more "do" than "talk", which is refreshing to see. There is also a decent benefits package.

    Cons

    The main sticking point is pay. In my entry-level position, it was not enough to afford rent, support of someone else and vehicle maintenance in the GTA, and was positioned in a location that is time-consuming and awkward to get to via transit. At least half of peers on team (including shift leads) made do through living with their parents. Other problems included disorganized training structure, difficult interdepartmental communication (mainly ad-hoc). These two smaller problems can be frustrating, but are minor - if worked through - and shouldn't dissuade anyone with ambition as they are similar to problems in many mid-sized organizations.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to the management to what they already intuitively know. The lower to senior management are all good people who are focused on the mission.


  9. Optech Inc.

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    Former Employee - Data Processor in Vaughan, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Data Processor in Vaughan, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Optech (Canada) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -coworkers were nice -excellent learning opportunity within an innovative and emerging field --great opportunity for exposure to international clients

    Cons

    -insufficient pay for the amount of work done -not employee oriented considering they are the foundation of the company -lack of employee appreciation or promotion -high employment turnover/lack of employee retention -training could significantly be improved, especially of new employees

    Advice to Management

    Develop strategies to retain employees, build morale, and provide proper compensation for your workers. The lack of appropriate compensation, respect and appreciation drove me to leave.


  10. Successful lidar based company in a small industry

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    Current Employee - Data Processor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Data Processor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    -Good team environment -Fairly laid back -Great opportunity to learn new things

    Cons

    -disorganized to some degree -low salary

    Advice to Management

    -Become more organized


  11. great place to learn about laser technology but they don't treat employee well

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    cutting edge laser technology chances for international travel

    Cons

    financial compensation does not justify the amount of work last minute flip flop dysfunctional at times

    Advice to Management

    too much middle management, should pay more attention to employee to retain people



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