Optimal Solutions Group, LLC

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Optimal Solutions Group, LLC Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Opportunity to learn and get involved in public policy research.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Optimal Solutions Group, LLC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Large enough company where there is a diversity of people
    small enough that everyone knows each other
    great network to be a part of

    Cons

    if you don't have graduate education, there is not a whole of lot of advancement that can be done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Worst company to work for in DC area

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Research Associate in College Park, MD

    I have been working at Optimal Solutions Group, LLC full-time

    Pros

    It's very easy to get hired at Optimal. But beware of everything you hear -- not everything they tell you will come true.

    Cons

    The working environment at Optimal is ruined by the top management, who choose to manage through fear and misinformation. I was lied to outright about several different things during the interview process, including what projects I would be working on, as well as the success and nature of past projects completed by the company. Be very careful to check everything they tell you against an external source before accepting a position.

    One of the main things that kills any joy that employees at Optimal take in their work is the poor communications skills of the top brass. They seem to delight in dressing down individual employees in front of other employees -- and they call this motivation. They also seem to enjoy diatribes leveled against employees as a group via email. It's a very emotional and volatile place to work. The top brass does a really great job of presenting a happy face while courting prospective employees. They are really, really, excellent salespeople for their company. But it is a facade, and after about or 4 months of work, the new employee finds they are actually in the worst job imaginable.

    There is no respect for an employee's life outside of work. Billable hours are all management cares about. If you are young and this is your first job out of school, this is not a good place to work, because you'll end up thinking all companies are like this. They are not. Parents, don't let your children take this job. Optimal preys on kids fresh out of school to provide them with cheap labor, but they work the kids 80 hours a week and give them little to no training on the job. Kids fresh out of school would be better off taking a fast food job than working at Optimal. Their starting salaries are not a liveable wage in Washington, DC. I've witnessed so many young interns and new hires get emotionally wasted by this company, for salaries that don't even pay their living expenses.

    In my experience with Optimal, they get government contracts by underbidding every other company (and by virtue of their special status with the SBA). This means that the contract usually requires more work on the part of the employees than is budgeted for. The top brass doesn't want to go over budget, so the employees must put in a lot of unpaid hours to complete the project. If the project is not done on time and well, then the employees are harangued individually during staff meetings. Optimal wlll tell employees that this is standard at all consulting firms in DC. It is not.

    The turnover rate is extremely high, but you probably will not hear about that in the interview. Most employees leave within a year of being hired, with the exception of three or four long-term employees. The negative reviews here on Glassdoor accurately reflect the plight of many people who have worked there. I have witnessed it.

    Walk away. Just walk away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's nothing that makes up for your style of management. If you continue to not see yourselves as the problems, you'll just push more people out the door who will end up reviewing your company on Glassdoor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Optimal Solutions Group, LLC

    Pros

    It is a place where you get the opportunity to learn. There is a lot of projects to work on.

    Cons

    It can feel a cold environment to work in.

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    Opportunities you receive at no other job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Optimal Solutions Group, LLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    At Optimal you as an employee have opportunities to be hands on in research and take on numerous responsibilities very soon after joining the company.

    The people who work here are very friendly and the teams that you work on all strive to put out the best product.

    The small business environment allows for personal growth and the ability to work on numerous different projects when you are first starting out, which in turn allows an employee to figure out which area of expertise they would like to work in/ study further.

    Cons

    Ex-employees have left somewhat of a stain on the reputation of Optimal and have caused others to not take a chance on a place where you can grow as a researcher and a person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take pessimistic rants on social media with a grain of salt...do not believe everything that you ready or react to it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great learning experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in College Park, MD

    I have been working at Optimal Solutions Group, LLC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    At Optimal, I have been given various types of tasks across many different projects and have learned a great deal from each one. Each project is invariably different from another yet there are fundamental similarities in the way research is conducted and what principles are used to conduct studies, and it is very interesting to see how projects overlap at times. Even as a junior staff member, I have been given the opportunity to work closely with senior level staff and upper management.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, some researchers do not give their position/Optimal an adequate amount of time nor do they realize all the opportunities they are provided with to do high-level work and, as a result, leave the company. This can create a negative energy when they leave and tarnish Optimal's image, but I do not feel that the image created appropriately depicts the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take researchers leaving Optimal personally because it is not a reflection on you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Research Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Optimal Solutions Group, LLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    forward thinking, fast pace
    there were some interesting projects

    Cons

    no care about employees
    no appreciation of employees' contribution
    extremely high turn over
    heavy office politics
    micro-managers
    sometimes management shows a lack of integrity, doing whatever it takes to get profit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be nice to people and people will be nice to you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Don't Work Here - It's Worse than Hades

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Optimal Solutions Group, LLC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The only positives are the receptionist and her candies. The building is clean and well maintained. There is a nature trail behind the building to walk.

    Cons

    Management is out of touch with operating a company. Management's approach related to contracts is not focusing on contract requirements but rather telling contractors what to do and what Optimal will do. Staff members are ostracized when negative reviews are posted to GlassDoor and then executive management posts a positive review in an attempt to counter the truth. There is an alarmingly high turnover rate. Unrealistic deliverable time frames set for tasks. Mid level employees directing senior level employees. Executives verbally abusive to staff. There is no balance between work and life. Employee stress levels run high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to share for executive team will not listen.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very abusive work environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in College Park, MD

    I have been working at Optimal Solutions Group, LLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    small business environment
    attractive location, close to Metro

    Cons

    It is a very abusive work environment. Executive managers bully and intimidate junior staff, by discussing staff within the office and sending demeaning emails. Senior Research Managers do not manage effectively and they do not support or defend their team members against the abuse of Executive Managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a step back and realize how you treat your staff members. Your behavior is very concerning. A happy staff is a productive staff. People do so much with what little advice and support they get. Imagine if people were not scared and got adequate advice to do their jobs properly. Treat people as though they are human beings.

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

    WHERE DO I START???

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD

    I have been working at Optimal Solutions Group, LLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hmmmm. Give me a minute. Time's up, can't think of anything

    Cons

    Cons - Con artists who can convince you to join this company with promise of career enhancement. Con - will not be allowed to do your job , without constant input from upper management, After all, Coo and CEO know how to do everything JOB within the entire company! What experts. Con - co-workers afraid to talk for fear of losing jobs. An eerie environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider having a meeting to research where you're going wrong. Something is seriously wrong here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Over promise, under bid and under deliver to clients.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in College Park, MD

    I worked at Optimal Solutions Group, LLC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small business, so you get to wear many hats. Good if you are independent learner.

    Cons

    Employees asked to work on projects that question their integrity. Training…none. The organization has been through multiple HR people and people come and go a lot. Senior researchers offer no recognition at all and do not know how to give direction. Owners squabble a lot in front of staff making for an uncomfortable work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior researchers should not be project managers. Hire real managers to manage projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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