OpticsPlanet

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OpticsPlanet Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
22 Reviews
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22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent company for career experience and growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL

    I have been working at OpticsPlanet full-time

    Pros

    Excellent 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get all stakeholders involved in important decision-making.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Get you when you are desperate and keep your mouth shut.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at OpticsPlanet full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Young group...lots of energy. Great place to learn Russian. Call center was exciting place to be. Great Christmas rush snacks.

    Cons

    Owners silo everything. Forced reductions left nepotism in place at expense of experience. If you question procedures your job is threatened.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept advice. Surveys do help. Cost cutting does not lead to success. SEO skills are not more valuable than business acumen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great at first and then.....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OpticsPlanet full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Holiday Parties
    Training programs
    Employee appreciation month
    Good employee discount

    Cons

    The company decided to outsource their warehouse and since then has gone completely down. Constant change has caused several of its best employees to leave. Almost all the employees posted on the career section of their website are no longer with the company. Management with no experience other than opticsplanet making business calls. Customer service is a joke as the leads were usually found outside smoking and provided no support. Some departments lunches go on for hours leaving no support. Marketing and merchandising issues cause constant customer complaints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better leadership and accountability.

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  5.  

    Meh

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at OpticsPlanet full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Nepotism 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not a career opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at OpticsPlanet full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle Management needs to be better equipped to lead their department

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Optics Planet...Great company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Logistics Specialist in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Logistics Specialist in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at OpticsPlanet full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    During 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!

    Cons

    There was nothing negative about my time at Optics Planet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Merchandising Analyst in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Merchandising Analyst in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at OpticsPlanet full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Unqualified 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Sometimes they might know more about something than you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with a lot of growth opportunity.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at OpticsPlanet full-time (more than 5 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Standard Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Standard Employee in Northbrook, IL

    I have been working at OpticsPlanet full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at OpticsPlanet

    Pros

    very few, they do offer a high base though

    Cons

    patronizing 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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