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Physical Optics Corporation Overview

Torrance, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Aerospace & Defense
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year

Physical Optics Corporation – Why Work For Us?

Imagine working in an environment where your professional contributions assist in protecting lives around the world.

Physical Optics Corporation is a powerhouse of skilled scientists, engineers, and business professionals committed making the world a safer place. With a history spanning more than three decades, Physical Optics Corporation has developed a unique business model of achieving both research and technology advancements through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, then transitioning them into commercial and defense products.

Headquartered in Torrance, CA, Physical Optics Corporation houses highly advanced, unique research laboratories as well as full manufacturing and production facilities.  The company has made fundamental breakthroughs resulting in hundreds of U.S. and worldwide patents. In addition, POC has been successful in launching multiple spin-off companies to accelerate commercialization and attract investors.

We are dreamers and inventors who create tomorrow’s new ideas. We move fast and care about making a difference in this world.  If you are ready to explore your passion and make an impact, then Physical Optics Corporation is the place for you.

At POC, we are as committed to our employees as we are to our customers. We demonstrate this by offering a competitive and rewarding benefits program.

Highlights include the following:

  • 5 vacation days gifted upon hire
  • An additional 15 days of paid vacation (accrued throughout year one that increases with POC tenure)
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 6 days of sick leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage – very competitive rates/ lower premiums
  • 401k savings plan (with employer contribution)
  • Flexible Savings Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts (employer contribution if enrolled in our high deductible medical plan)
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (complimentary)
  • We offer flexibility with earlier/ later start times (may vary by dept.)  
  • Employer Van Pools with convenient locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties
  • Fun, employer sponsored team building events
  • Onsite free yoga classes
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Work Life Balance
  • And much MORE!!!!

Angie L. – Contracts

“I have been with Physical Optics Corporation (POC) for 15 amazing years. Whenever you can walk into work smiling and singing, you know you must be in a great place.”

​​ Fanny L. – Production

“POC has given me every opportunity to excel and contribute throughout my career. It is exciting to be a part of a company that is at the cutting edge of technology.”

Gordon D. – Finance

“Since its inception in 1985, POC has been a growing and profitable company. The company is in excellent financial condition and has good relationships with banks and other financial institutions. POC has sufficient resources to support its expanding operations for continued business growth in the future. "

Martin L. - Engineer

"I started at POC as an intern and have been a full-time employee for over 5 years now. I personally have been involved with biomedical, chemical/nuclear detection, RF filter design, and imaging system integration groups. A true benefit of working at POC is I am allowed to pursue my areas of interest and growth due to our diverse technologies."

Eddie N. - Engineer

"POC has awesome vision in many ways. As a high tech company, it sees innovative ideas and turns them into advanced technologies for men and women in uniform. As an employer, POC sees a family behind each employee which makes this company great.

EunHee H. - Scientist

"At POC, I work with great people on innovative and exciting projects that have the potential to address important global issues."

Shaz K. - Scientist

"POC has provided me an exciting research and development environment where learning possibilities seem limitless. I particularly enjoy the opportunity to work across a huge variety of projects. There is never a dull moment at POC!"

Rex G. - Technician

"It is very exciting to work for a company where the products and technology that are developed can be implemented in real world situations. POC has also afforded me the opportunity to take good care of my family."

George G. – Government Relations

"Prior to joining POC, I spent many years as a Marine Corps customer. I always received more, sooner, and at lower cost than expected. Now I see the dedication and effort that led to that performance on hundreds of diverse technology developments. The brainpower at POC is enormous!​​​​"

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    best opportunities for career advancement than at any place I've ever worked before


    growing very fast - it's a little scary. Haven't dumped the old dead wood yet.

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    You know about the old dead wood, right? Why are you hesitating?

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Physical Optics Corporation Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at Physical Optics Corporation.


    POC invited me for an on-site interview. I interviewed with three different managers. At least one appeared to be confused about which job I was interviewing for. Halfway through the on-site interview, I figured out that I didn't want the job.

    I would have really appreciated a phone screening prior to an on-site interview. The phone screening would have let me figure out that I wasn't interested in the job, so I and the interviewers wouldn't have had to waste our time.

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    • Interviewer #1 mostly talked at me about the company for forty-five minutes.
      Interviewer #2 and #3 asked me about previous projects that I'd worked on. None of them asked me very technical questions to gauge my abilities.   Answer Question
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Physical Optics Corporation Awards & Accolades

  • AS9100C, SAI Global, 2012
  • Certification Awards AS9110A, QMI, 2012
  • CMMI Certification, SAI Global, 2012
  • ISO 9001:2008 Certified, QMI, 2012
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