The Optical Society

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The Optical Society Reviews

Updated June 15, 2014
Updated June 15, 2014
7 Reviews
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7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Working for the Optical Society is challenging but can be very rewarding.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at The Optical Society full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The mission and goals of OSA are ambitious. The members of the society are dedicated. Many of your co-workers will be very talented people. There is great opportunity for advancement if you have the social skills and technical knowledge. You can accomplish a great deal here if you can avoid being blindsided by the politics.

    Cons

    You must have the political skills and social background to impress the "in" crowd. OSA tends to reward people with titles instead of money. Dissent is not tolerated, and honesty is not appreciated. You can survive by doing your job well and never arguing; you can thrive only if you know how to promote your ideas and yourself in a highly politically charged atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the inflated titles are really becoming laughable. Please show some appreciation for the people who do the day-to-day work. Stop micromanaging. Hire fewer "directors" and more workers. How many layers of bosses can such a small organization really need?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Not recommended.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Optical Society full-time

    Pros

    10% retirement contribution. The location is nice for people who take public transportation, and there are lots of good spots for lunch (expensive, though).

    Cons

    The worst micromanagement I've ever seen. Highly critical environment, mean-spirited, high stress. Very hierarchical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read some management books. 'Empowering employees' has been industry best-practice for many years. C-level staff should be focused on 'big picture' stuff! And research shows that positive feedback is more effective than harsh criticism. Try some 'best practices' in your management style, please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Poor leadership

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    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The Optical Society full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great mission, history and purpose.

    Cons

    Very poor management with extremely high turnover. Problems start at the top with the board not knowing what goes on inside the organization. CEO in over her head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A complete third party (Board-led) assessment of the organization will reveal the emperor has not clothes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great opportunities to advance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Optical Society

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent reputation, interesting people

    Cons

    Turnover in certain departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    False promises with low pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at The Optical Society

    Pros

    The mission and membership and potential is great.

    Cons

    They are losing ground because of outdated management habits and there is a lot of unrest between departments because most of the staff is not compensated as well as other non-profit staff members doing the same thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give fair compensation to employees. Follow through on promises. Balance the workforce so there are more staff to do the work (fewer directors - more people getting the work done).

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good solid non-profit

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at The Optical Society

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Good collegiate atmosphere
    Stable
    Values good employees

    Cons

    Some managers need proper management training, job titles are very changeable and seem to change based on cronyism

    Recommends
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice people, slow to impossible to change.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The Optical Society

    Pros

    Great benefits
    You interact with nice people
    Great location
    IF you are in the right department, ample opportunity to move up
    Reasonable hours

    Cons

    VERY if not OVERLY political. Unless you are higher up in the food chain you don't really have a say. You could be the most competent person in the org on a topic, but unless your title carries weight your expertise will be be ignored and the opinion of someone who has no idea will win out. That could be the case everywhere, but I'm just not sure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kill the authority complex and stop politicking all the time.

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