The Optical Society

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Updated Jun 15, 2014

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Elizabeth A. Rogan


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

    Manager (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsYou 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 Senior ManagementAll 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?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not recommended.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros10% retirement contribution. The location is nice for people who take public transportation, and there are lots of good spots for lunch (expensive, though).

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor leadership

    Senior Director (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat mission, history and purpose.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great opportunities to advance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits, excellent reputation, interesting people

    ConsTurnover in certain departments

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    False promises with low pay

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe mission and membership and potential is great.

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementGive 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).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good solid non-profit

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat Benefits
    Good collegiate atmosphere
    Stable
    Values good employees

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice people, slow to impossible to change.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

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

    ConsVERY 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 Senior ManagementKill the authority complex and stop politicking all the time.

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