OpticsPlanet
2.9 of 5 21 reviews
www.opticsplanet.com Northbrook, IL 150 to 499 Employees

OpticsPlanet Reviews

Updated May 23, 2014
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2.9 21 reviews

                             

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Mark Levitin

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40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Excellent company for career experience and growth

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Northbrook, IL

    ProsExcellent place to work if you want to put forth the effort, it will be rewarded.
    Company is going through hyper-growth. If you can handle the fast workpace, you will thrive here.

    ConsThings change quickly. If you're not comfortable with change, this may not be the place for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet all stakeholders involved in important decision-making.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Meh

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat Employee Discounts
    Cool Training Sessions Keep You Current on New Products and Knowledgeable
    Flexible Work Hours and Good FTO policy

    ConsNepotism is Rampant
    Strong Employees Aren't valued or Compensated Properly Because Management Refuse to Expand Departments
    Micromanagement Like I've Never Seen.
    Hourly Pay is Well Below Average but There Are Usually Opportunities to Work OT

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagers Need to Be Held to the Same Standard as Everyone Else.
    Customer Service is a Joke.

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

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    Fast Paced - frenetic and inbred

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood for those needing a start to their careers.

    ConsChaotic senior management. Nepotism and silo management run amok.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhy? They are unconcerned with anyone's opinion who isn't culturally identical.

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

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    Not a career opportunity

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Northbrook, IL

    ProsGood for recent grad looking for a place to get them into the job market. People are friendly, but atmosphere can change quickly.

    ConsLots of turnover because there is no space for growth. Management is set in their roles and does not have room for expansion.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMiddle Management needs to be better equipped to lead their department

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Optics Planet...Great company to work for!

    Logistics Specialist (Former Employee)
    Northbrook, IL

    ProsDuring my 5 years at Optics Planet I was rewarded for the hard work I put in. Our managers were always there to lend a helping hand and bring out the best in us. Optics Planet would reward the employees as well as their family and friends with a summer picnic party as well as a holiday bash. It was always a big event to showcase how important family was to them. If you are looking for a company that you can grow in and be rewarded for your hard work, Optics Planet is the home for you!

    ConsThere was nothing negative about my time at Optics Planet.

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

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    Unfulfilling work for people that do not know how to run a business.

    Merchandising Analyst (Former Employee)
    Northbrook, IL

    ProsGreat team members, free parking, employee discounts.

    The best part of working at Optics Planet is the people you will meet. Everyone is friendly even though most people are wildly unhappy with their jobs.

    ConsUnqualified management, no transparency, poor business decision making.

    I worked in Merchandising. The manager never finished business schools and had trouble grasping even basic concepts such as ROI. More than once she made inappropriate comments about me in front of the entire team. The manager set rules and enforced them for everyone except herself. Multiple times I got the feeling that I was being singled out for "punishment" because I had original ideas that I tried to implement. It's their way or the highway, no new thoughts allowed.

    STAY CLEAR OF THIS PLACE!!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. Sometimes they might know more about something than you do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company with a lot of growth opportunity.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Northbrook, IL

    Pros- Wonderful people to work with/for.
    - A ton of interesting products to sell and learn about in Company Training.
    - Strong Project Management system in place.
    - Managers prove to be terrific mentors.
    - Massage chairs available for relaxing during your free time.
    - A well developed corporate structure.

    Cons- Salary and benefits are below industry standards.
    - Long hours, especially during the Holiday Season.
    - They grew too fast, and do not have a strong ERP system in place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be afraid to lay off people who are not productive, and instead spend that money on the talented people who are already in house. If you keep underpaying the high performers, you will lose them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not really that great of a place to work,... take other job offers if you can.

    Standard Employee (Current Employee)
    Northbrook, IL

    Pros-Casual Atmoshpere; Jeans, T-shirts, and sneakers.
    -Free Starbucks Coffee
    -Holiday Parties
    -Modern Building

    Cons-Everything and I mean EVEYTHING you type, email, and phone is recorded.
    -Pay is below average, suprisingly most of the jobs here are HOURLY
    -Stress is VERY HIGH
    -Not much teamwork, if you are not in a higher up position you are looked down upon and treated as inferior.
    -Most managers are not exerienced leaders, and are given positions by nepotism.
    -Most people are scolded more than told good work.
    -A lot of backstabbing.
    -You will not go anywhere in the company if you are not of Russian decent and speak it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI thought all the negative things I read before applying here were just people venting. Sadly it turns out that most of the negative things people post here are true. Its a nice looking building but employees are not treated fair and seem to be burning out quickly as the company tries to expand as fast as it can.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    terrible company, do not work here!!! very mean, very disrespectful! Stay away!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosvery few, they do offer a high base though

    Conspatronizing staff, unprofessional managers, mean owners, bad product, this is one big ripoff
    job applicants should stay away from this one
    they treat their employees in a nasty disrespectful way

    Advice to Senior Managementstop treating your employees like servants
    they are not servants they deserve to be treated with respect, not like robots

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

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    A Great Place to Grow your Career

    SEO Analyst (Former Employee)
    Northbrook, IL

    ProsYou can learn a TON and move up the ladder from entry level positions.
    -Wide range of skills to learn
    -Great people
    -Great Upper Management who care about their employees
    -Fun environment

    Cons-Not enough positive feedback
    -Management needs to take more time to discuss career opportunities and where they see employees going in the company. What roles and salaries are possible need to come up in performance reviews.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive good employees a roadmap so they know their standing in the company.

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

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