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5 days ago

Systems Engineer

Physical Optics Inc. Torrance, CA

Our ideal candidate will perform hands-on end-to-end electronic design, assembly, integration, and test. The tasks will also include system… Physical Optics Inc.

13 days ago

Software Engineer

Physical Optics Inc. Torrance, CA

The successful candidate will be involved with embedded systems and electronics including RF filters, imaging systems, sensors, system control… Physical Optics Inc.

20 days ago

Test Engineer

Physical Optics Inc. Torrance, CA

• Develop, validate and support test systems to verify the performance of various electro/opto/mechanical and software based systems. • Ensure… Physical Optics Inc.

25 days ago

Analog Electronics Engineer

Physical Optics Inc. Torrance, CA

A fast-growing Southern California high tech company specializing in advanced military defense, homeland security, and energy solutions is seeking a… Physical Optics Inc.

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Physical Optics Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Joanna Jannson
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  • Few pros, many cons

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    I have been working at Physical Optics Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)


    Since there is little to no management knowledge at POC, you can create an environment in which you are accountable for very little while still receiving praise. Deliverables and job expectations are low, managers are easily satisfied, and job stability is high with POC's high employee turnover rate (more than 30% in the past two years) due to employees choosing to leave for more appealing jobs. Compensation is decent to encourage people to stay, and titles are inflated for the same reason, rather than program or merit needs. POC is a good place to build a seemingly strong resume with little to no prior experience, as many of the people who settle here for long periods do.


    Again, due to the poor management, POC has several major cons. If you can put them aside, as many of the employees do, then the company is tolerable. These include: *timecard fraud - program hours billed by the non-overhead staff differ from programs that were actually worked on. This is necessary to meet upper management revenue demands while still producing a large number of proposals. Employees are told how answer government timesheet auditors and told the auditors' blame will land on employees if the scripted responses are not followed. *oversight from upper management - while they believe they are helping the process, upper management often causes trouble and creates excessive workloads and meetings to "solve" problems they originally created through their own poor management *lack of management and direction - often times employees are pulled in many directions by many supervisors (more than 1/3 of the company is director and above management level), with no accountability for those doing the pulling, resulting in missed schedules, last minute emergencies, and budget overruns on nearly every program with finger pointing every which way. *being a laborer - POC's business model is based on hours billed to the government, so beyond filling in timesheets, employees are treated as sheep and are not to be trusted by management. This feeling is reciprocated by the employees to management as well. Additionally, employees are often hired without much regard for their qualifications or usefulness, and a large number are related to other employees. *proposal time crunch - POC earns money by milling SBIR proposals, so for technical staff this means creating fantasy proposals by mandate, and for support staff this means massive workload spikes every couple of months requiring late nights and high stress. *flexible morality - creating SBIR reports when no work has been done, manipulating test articles to pass critical tests, leading customers on, leading vendors on, and sabotaging other employees is quite normal. *negative workplace - beside the management treatment of employees as pawns, employees are often in negative moods and show little respect for management or each other in many cases. Overall, the company is ridiculed by employees across hierarchy, but is tolerated by many that are complacent or have no other option for the power, position, or pay they are given at POC.

    Advice to Management

    Work on improving the situation rather than masking it, the behavior is obvious and creates a mistrust in employees and reflects poorly on POC: *fooling employees - employees understand the engagement survey statistical manipulation, timecard fraud, proposal fantasies, artificial glass door reviews, and so on...no need to try to convince them you are trying when you are not. Your time would be better spent fixing issues instead of trying to convince the world they don't exist. *fooling the government - again, timecard fraud, proposal fantasies, marketing lies, low quality deliverables, faked test results and reports...by making an effort to produce a product with pride rather than milling proposals and designing through brute force, POC's image can be greatly enhanced. *fooling yourselves - your employees are not evil and incompetent, they (hopefully) were hired to improve POC. There is no need for mismanagement of employees caused by the belief that they are inferior...again, it causes massive mistrust in the company and is counterproductive. It is clear to employees there is no management interest in POC's programs or employees other than revenue.

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