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  1. Forward thinking management

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Recon/Optical as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technical experience, if you can work through the politics

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Re-examine how all the parts of the operation are integrated - management has recognized and is taking action.

  2. Neutral at best

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    Former Employee - Bench Tech II
    Former Employee - Bench Tech II

    I worked at Recon/Optical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    See who is really doing all the hard work and make sure you tell them you appreciate their efforts.

  3. Positive, could be better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Recon/Optical

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Don't take too much risk. Invest in R&D

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  5. Distinguished Company History, Best Days Behind It

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Barrington, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Barrington, IL

    I worked at Recon/Optical

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    It 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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