Recon/Optical
3.2 of 5 4 reviews
www.reconoptical.com Barrington, IL 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Mar 2, 2014

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Carlos Johnson

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Forward thinking management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Recon/Optical as a contractor for more than a year

ProsGreat technical experience, if you can work through the politics

ConsYou have to work through the "silos" to get anything done.

Advice to Senior ManagementRe-examine how all the parts of the operation are integrated - management has recognized and is taking action.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Neutral at best

Bench Tech II (Former Employee)

I worked at Recon/Optical full-time for more than 3 years

ProsMaking sure that the Soldiers get the best training with the best working equipment is the priority of the employees.

ConsWork, Work and work. ... but nobody in management looks out for you. The "good 'old boys club" gets the kudos & promotions.

Advice to Senior ManagementSee who is really doing all the hard work and make sure you tell them you appreciate their efforts.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Positive, could be better.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Santa Monica, CA

I worked at Recon/Optical

ProsWork-life balance. OK benefits for a small company.

ConsNo research, no innovation. Could do well investing in new product development or improvement to existing products.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't take too much risk. Invest in R&D

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Distinguished Company History, Best Days Behind It

Engineer (Former Employee)
Barrington, IL

I worked at Recon/Optical

ProsI was an interesting place to work on leading edge of military reconnaissance cameras. Had an 80+ year history of serving militaries around the world with the finest products available.

ConsHaving to work within a framework of cutting corners, contract non-conformances, and not being responsive to customers.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt took a couple of decades, but the consistent "sharp" and risky practices ultimately undermined the customer base, deteriorated financial performance and caused the company to be sold off.

This is a case study in how "crafty" management can improve the short-term results at the expense of long-term health of the organization. The "cheaters" won and got their bonuses. But the company disn't survive, regretably.

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