Oceanit - Abundant opportunities for talented, motivated scientists and engineers | Glassdoor
There are newer employer reviews for Oceanit
There are newer employer reviews for Oceanit

See Most Recent

"Abundant opportunities for talented, motivated scientists and engineers"

StarStarStarStarStar
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Scientist in Honolulu, HI
Former Employee - Scientist in Honolulu, HI
Recommends
Approves of CEO

I worked at Oceanit full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Review for S&T group. Freedom to work on what interests you. If you can bring in funding you can work on it. A wide variety of cool projects available to work on. Hawaii (quality of life is high: weather, activities, beaches, restaurants, etc.). Strong materials science, bio/nanotechnology, electrical engineering. If you have a question chances are someone in the company knows the answer- very diverse talent pool. Aloha shirts at work everyday! Some very smart employees with very good ideas.

Cons

Some have complained about low salaries but if you work hard and bring in funding you will be rewarded for your efforts. As a small business, funding depends on employees (yourself or your colleagues). Hawaii (cost of living is high compared to mainland). If you choose to just "coast" along, your career path could go out of your control (must take initiative).

Advice to Management

Bringing Tech jobs to Hawaii is a great thing. It is not necessarily easy but Oceanit is thriving and have built a company where people can really put their talents to work.

Other Employee Reviews for Oceanit

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Oceanit is good at brainstormming ideas and writing proposals, but poor at execution"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was able to build a great professional skillset during my time at Oceanit. They allow employees the freedom to take on diverse responsibilities and projects. Employees are encouraged to look for solicitations and submit proposals which is a great learning experience. Employees with initiative can quickly gain roles in project/program management. Since Oceanit is a small company, employees also get exposure to all business units (contracts, operations, finance, etc.) which enhances the big picture understanding of business operations.

    Cons

    Oceanit is great at writings proposals, but they are subpar at executing the contracts they win. Resources are routinely pulled off projects in favor of writing proposals which results in projects missing critical deadlines. This strategy has damaged customer satisfaction and hindered opportunities for follow on contracts with existing customers. Salaries are subpar compared to most engineering firms (roughly 85% compensation), and raises were frozen for 4 years straight. This is due to Oceanit being a small family business, they don't have the backlog/buffer of larger companies and are more sensitive to the economic downturn. The benefits are pretty meager also, health insurance is pretty expensive and they only match up to $1k to your 401k which takes 5-6 years to fully vest. Only family members have upper management positions, which is a drawback for anyone interested in advancing that high on the org chart.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on contract execution, this will improve customer satisfaction and increase the number of follow-on contracts and thus stabilize revenue. Missed deadlines are far too common place and that part of the company culture needs to be corrected.


  2. "Worthwhile"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Intern in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Intern in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    working with everyone including senior project managers. Work at oceanit was intense but relatively enjoyable and fun. Everyone has a good sense of humor and is very professional.

    Cons

    Not enough focus on one particular field. Different department (IT, Marketing, Consulting, Engineering) do not consult with each other often.

There are newer employer reviews for Oceanit
There are newer employer reviews for Oceanit

See Most Recent

Work at Oceanit? Share Your Experiences

Oceanit
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
 
Click to Rate
or