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Open Systems International Overview
Minneapolis, MN
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Information Technology
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI) is the leading supplier of open automation solutions for real-time management and optimization of complex production, transport and delivery networks for utilities in the electric, oil & gas, transport and water industries ... Read more

Mission: We are relentless in our pursuit of total user satisfaction. At OSI, architectural elegance, innovation, simplicity, security, openness and user-friendliness are the cornerstones of our design philosophies. Our solutions help empower our customers to meet their operational ... Read more

Open Systems International – Why Work For Us?

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Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI) is the leading supplier of open automation solutions for real-time management and optimization of complex production, transport and delivery networks for utilities in the electric, oil & gas, transport and water industries as well as large industrials, data centers and campuses.

We are relentless in our pursuit of total user satisfaction. At OSI, architectural elegance, innovation, simplicity, security, openness and user-friendliness are the cornerstones of our design philosophies. Our solutions help empower our customers to meet their operational challenges day in and day out with unsurpassed reliability and with minimum cost of technology ownership and maintenance.

OSI was founded in the early 1990s by a group of innovators with a vision to create a company dedicated to the development of innovative, real-time automation solutions based on the latest open IT standards. Since then, OSI has captured the imagination of many customers and has formed strong partnerships with its users that goes beyond a normal supplier/customer relationship. OSI enjoys one of the highest user satisfaction ratings in the industry. OSI's mission is best highlighted in a corporate message from our President and CEO:

"In order to succeed as a successful enterprise, we must build superior open, secure and elegant solutions based on the latest open standards and technologies, sell it at a reasonable cost, deliver it in a timely manner and stand behind our clients every step of the way. We are first and foremost a customer service business, and second a software and engineering services company."



While working for OSI, you can be assured a sense of empowerment and opportunities for growth and making a real difference. Read what some of the OSI team members have to say about their experience:

"Working at OSI affords me a high level of ownership over the products I maintain and it is thrilling that every piece of code I produce has a direct impact on OSI's customers. My work is engaging and there is always some interesting development around the corner to look forward to as we continue to design and implement innovative solutions for customer needs."

Software Development

"What I love most about OSI is the amount of entry-level professional people working for the company. Being a recent undergrad, this makes it a fun and non-intimidating work environment. Also, OSI is so culturally diverse that even coming from a different background, I can still find people that I can easily relate to and never feel lonely. In addition, managers and supervisors are actively involved in projects; always challenging you to be better and providing the necessary guidance and feedback to help you grow professionally."

Project Engineering

"OSI is a fast-paced company full of energy, excitement and daily challenges that keep us on our toes. I love having the opportunity to lead projects of all sizes and work with a team of technical experts to provide a solution to our customers. Our company culture pushes us towards ownership and constant improvement both in projects and as professionals."

Project Management

"I am amazed each day at OSI with the scope of work I am responsible for. I frequently work on projects that have a significant impact on the company as well as the utility industries around the world. I honestly feel valued and respected here. OSI is a great company for those who are looking for a high impact, diverse work experience."

Solutions Engineering

"I am continuously growing personally and professionally while surrounded by an excellent team of employees who are driven, motivated and enjoyable to work with! As OSI continues to grow and expand into new markets, I have been given the opportunity to face many new and exciting challenges while broadening my knowledge and learning more about doing business in other countries.

"International Operations


What the Campus has to Offer

The campus of OSI's corporate headquarters includes many amenities that are sure to make it feel like your home away from home. Such amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, walking trails, employee gardens and open collaborative workspaces. There is also a full-service on-site cafeteria which has complimentary beverages to be enjoyed on the patio or by the indoor fireplace.

As an employee of OSI, you will work with cutting edge technologies in a fun, professional, positive, creative, casual and dynamic work environment. You can be assured a sense of empowerment, opportunities for growth and the ability to make a real difference. You will also have the opportunity to learn from some of the best technical and business people in the industry.


OSI Events

Throughout the year, OSI sponsors a variety of company events to strengthen employee relations, encourage collaboration and promote teamwork. These events include holiday parties, picnics, bowling, sporting events, movie premiers (science fiction of course!) and much more!

At OSI, we are proud to be able to make a difference in the lives of others. We believe it is our responsibility to give back to our community and those in need. Each year we look forward to donating to such programs as back-to-school educational events, Special Olympics, giving gifts to those in need around the Holiday season and raising money for international disaster relief organizations.



At OSI, we believe our employees are our single most valuable asset.

OSI offers a comprehensive benefit program that is a key component of the total compensation package provided to our employees. Major benefits include: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, prescription drug coverage, a 401(k) and 401(k) matching fund, profit sharing, performance and end-of-year bonuses, personal time off and paid holidays.

Additional perks include casual dress code, flexible work hours, sponsored employee events, monthly birthday and anniversary celebrations, exciting travel opportunities, free beverages and, above all, a fun and dynamic work environment that offers immense opportunities for professional growth.

Health Insurance
OSI offers employees and their dependents a comprehensive medical insurance plan, at an affordable cost. Highlights of the plan include preventive care at no cost to the employee, a large network of participant providers, minimum co-pays for doctor visits and prescriptions, ability to contribute to a health savings account and discounts for health club memberships.

Dental Insurance
OSI offers employees and their dependents dental coverage that includes preventive care covered at 100%!

Vision Insurance
OSI offers employees and their dependents vision insurance to help cover costs associated with eye exams, contacts and frames/lenses for prescription glasses.

Life Insurance
OSI provides basic life insurance for employees and their dependents. Employees are also able to purchase additional Voluntary Life Insurance for themselves and dependents at affordable costs.

Disability Insurance
OSI provides short- and long-term disability insurance for employees to help sustain their income in the event of illness and/or injury or for maternity leave.

Retirement Savings, 401(k) and Matching Fund
OSI offers employees a 401(k) retirement savings plan in which a percentage of pre- or post-tax income may be set aside for retirement investment. OSI provides a generous company match to employee contributions.

Profit Sharing
Based on annual profitability, OSI apportions a part of its profit to be distributed to employees' 401(k) accounts.

Personal Time Off and Paid Holidays
Personal time off is an all-purpose time off policy for employees, on top of paid holidays. In your first full year of employment, you will accrue 25 days of paid time off.

OSI awards performance and end-of-year bonuses to eligible employees.

Referral Bonus Program
OSI pays a bonus to an employee for each referred employee who is hired.

*Note: The information contained herein is not an official plan document and may be modified at the company's discretion. The information contained is relevant to our USA-based employees. International operations will have benefit programs corresponding to their local countries' regulations.

undefinedundefinedOur Greatest Asset is the Collective Brainpower of Our People. There has never been a more exciting time for a career at OSI. The pace of growth, breadth of global opportunities, intensity of competition and need for leaders has never been as great as it is today. Resumes to:

These opportunities will call for your best in the use of your creativity, imagination and personal leadership. In giving your best, you can expect a high return on your investment. Personal growth, limitless career opportunities, sheer personal satisfaction, learning the most state-of-the-art technologies and, above all, being able to make a big difference, are just a few of the rewards you can expect in your career with OSI.

Thank you for your interest in exploring a career with us. Offering a professional, friendly, dynamic, exciting and diverse atmosphere, OSI has a wide array of positions available for exceptional and talented individuals like you.

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    This is a great place to gain some experience and grow. It is the kind of place that once you learn a job you can stay awhile and set up a stable home. Vice versa, it's a reasonable place to put in a few years and make friends for future connections. They make real attempts to make employees like their work environment.


    Even if they love you, they pay less than competitors, expect about 20% less. They have come to expect a turnover rate of 2 - 3 years. Life is harder in some departments. Training is limited, expect long nights up front to teach yourself the details.

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    Hang in there. OSI is a funny machine that continues to lumber forward. When I was there, turnover among leadership felt high. The leaders who stayed the longest seemed to view fighting fires as a journey not a destination.

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    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Open Systems International in January 2017.


    I had an initial phone interview with an engineer at OSI. He asked about my resume for a few minutes, followed by 25min of the guy talking about himself and OSI. He asked if I had any questions, and I said yes. He then said something along the lines of, "actually, we can probably just end this right now, I have a meeting to run to." and then he hung up. He did not ask me a single technical question, and I barely got to speak at all. 90% of the phone interview was the interviewer just talking about his job instead of seeing if I was qualified for the position. He barely took a breath between sentences. It was like he was trying to not let me get a word in. At one point I'm pretty sure he was just reading the OSI wikipedia page to me so he could kill time. I've had plenty of interviews, and this was truly the worst one I've ever had (by far).
    The only explanation for this terribly unprofessional "interview" is if they had already filled the position and were just obligated to interview one more person for whatever reason. Unfortunately, that person was me.

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Open Systems International Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work for Recent Grads, Experience™ a ConnectEDU company, 2014
  • Best Places to Work for Recent Grads, Experience™ a ConnectEDU company, 2013

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