Search Optics Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
34 Reviews

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  1.  

    Amazing company, amazing people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Solutions Specialist  in  Ferndale, MI
    Current Employee - Digital Solutions Specialist in Ferndale, MI

    I have been working at Search Optics full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Just started as a digital solutions specialist and the training is intensive but very comprehensive. The management is very supportive and helpful, targeting any issues and working to make the employees better. Great work environment and a wonderful community feel. I love it here.

    Cons

    still growing, the training is still progressing so it is inconsistent between classes still, but it is coming into it's own and really a great program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up, keep developing new people to their fullest and your fullest potential, you are doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Search Optics Response

    Aug 21, 2014Content Strategist

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Your feedback is very important to us. We are committed to continually improving our company’s training and development programs, so that we will ... More

  2.  

    Awesome place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Digital Solution Specialist  in  Ferndale, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Digital Solution Specialist in Ferndale, MI

    I have been working at Search Optics full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This company is very in tune with their employees. They work hard to eliminate challenges and provide an environment, where you can work hard and play harder. Balancing work and home life, is not hard to do!

    Cons

    Coming from a position where I was paid weekly, the semi monthly pay scale is hard to get use to. I have been here for nearly a year and I must admit I am not use to it yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support the bond of communication, keeping us inform is key... So far you guys do a great job of doing that keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Search Optics Response

    Aug 21, 2014Content Strategist

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Your feedback is very important to us. We will take your suggestions into consideration as we continually try to improve how we operate as an ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is rapidly growing

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

    I have been working at Search Optics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for career growth if you work hard, promotes within for the most part

    Cons

    Transitioning from a small company to a mid size company which can have its ups and downs during the process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Search Optics Response

    May 23, 2014Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your positive outlook about the future of Search Optics, and we share your optimism! We understand our rapid growth can be challenging ... More

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company is on the verge of something great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ferndale, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ferndale, MI

    I have been working at Search Optics full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great new training programs are a highlight - there is a lot of dedication to getting resources where they are needed to grow the business. Great people and a friendly culture

    Cons

    Still experiencing growing pains. Business gets ahead of staffing at times and everything requires a sense of urgency. However, the work is challenging and fun!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to communicate the vision and how we are working to achieve it. There are so many new people, they need to hear from you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Search Optics Response

    May 22, 2014Administrator

    Thank you for your review of Search Optics. We have been working rigorously to improve our training program, and we appreciate your acknowledgment of our efforts. We, too, believe that our culture is ... More

  6.  

    Growing company with robust outlook!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Search Optics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial atmosphere with culture that rewards strong efforts and ownership of process.

    Cons

    There is not much tolerance for substandard work. The company is in high growth mode and daily work can challenge people to stay on top of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a company that is new to multiple locations and new process, continue to increase communication channels with all departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Search Optics Response

    May 14, 2014Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to provide a review. We appreciate your solid optimism about our future and the culture of ownership we have here at Search Optics. We certainly appreciate our ... More

  7.  

    Great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Ferndale, MI
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Ferndale, MI

    I have been working at Search Optics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The coworkers are great. The company is growing super fast so there is always something interesting going on. The company sponsored outings are always well done.

    Cons

    Absolutely no communication between departments. Pay in relation to work performed is not even adequate. Many empty promises from upper management. Hiring required staff is completely reactive. It shouldn't take over six months to fill an entry level position. Any info provided for career path is vague at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your rank and file employees, you'd be surprised how valuable they are. Pay attention to moral. Stop implementing major changes without proper planning.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Search Optics Response

    May 14, 2014Administrator

    Thank you for your review of Search Optics; we greatly appreciate your feedback. We do have outstanding employees here and the camaraderie is one of the best parts of our culture! We appreciate you ... More

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company and people to work with.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Team  in  Ferndale, MI
    Former Employee - Web Team in Ferndale, MI

    I worked at Search Optics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company, great people, great culture.

    Cons

    Compensation could have been better, but it was average/competitive for the area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice people, growing very fast, need to appreciate employees and share vision with them.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Social Media Strategist  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Social Media Strategist in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Search Optics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The folks at Search Optics are genuinely nice. In my time there (a year out of school), I never once had an issue/argument, large disagreement with anyone. People take their jobs seriously and do great work for their clients. Decent culture; similar to many agencies today (beer on friday, lunch provided here and there, occasional outing, etc.)

    Cons

    Average agency pay (perhaps a bit lower), poor communication between departments, lack of vision for employees. Because of growth, I worked with/and for a variety of people. One of the largest reasons I left; lack of communication and appreciation for my work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get employees excited. As the company grows so should your employees' roles. Give them something to aspire to. Most agencies promote after a year, Search Optics seems to create roles and sporadically promote on a random basis.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Search Optics Response

    Apr 14, 2014Administrator

    Thank you for reviewing us and for your kind words about our company culture. We appreciate your feedback regarding our company’s communication platform and growth process. While our company is ... More

  10.  

    Not my cup of tea

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Search Optics

    Pros

    The salary they offered was very competitive

    Cons

    The training I received was not geared toward employee success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your people, offer better benefit packages

    Search Optics Response

    Apr 8, 2014Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are happy to hear you were pleased with our competitive pay. We have found in the past it is difficult for a fast growing company to develop deep growth ... More

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast Company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Member  in  Ferndale, MI
    Current Employee - Team Member in Ferndale, MI

    I have been working at Search Optics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Search Optics is great place for people who like working in a progressive, fast-paced environment with lots of change. The days go by quickly and I always feel like I'm learning something new. Management, while busy, seems to genuinely care and are accessible when needed and are definitely open to new ideas. The company seems to be on the cutting edge with technologies and techniques.

    Cons

    If you like spending your day catching up on Facebook or surfing the web, you won't like it here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working on bringing the entire company up to speed on all the great things you are working on and how they will be implemented across the teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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