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OSI Systems Reviews

Updated September 17, 2018
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OSI Systems Chairman, President, and CEO Deepak Chopra
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  • "If you are not part of CEO Deepak Chopra's family, you are expendable" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "It was a nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Layout/Fitter/Welder in Montgomery, AL
    Former Employee - Layout/Fitter/Welder in Montgomery, AL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OSI Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It was a layed back place to work

    Cons

    They closed the shop in April 2013


  2. "You can do so much better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at OSI Systems full-time

    Pros

    The pay is really low. So once you've finally had enough it should be pretty easy to find a job that pays better.

    Cons

    - Woefully mismanaged. Management is constantly running in circles. They aren't making any progress but they sure do look busy.
    - Extremely cheap. Anything and everything is done by the lowest bidder, all to the detriment of the employees and even the company. Examples include the mostly India-based IT staff and offshore manufacturing.
    - No policies, procedures, or regulation. This has gotten OSI and it's subsidiaries (Rapsican and Spacelabs) into trouble with the government on more than on occasion. Easily verifiable with a simple Google search.
    - Things are done so inefficiently it is frustrating. Company is completely adverse to change regardless of logic and reasoning. You have no voice, just do what you are told how you are told.
    - Job titles and job descriptions are meaningless. Your job is whatever your boss tells you to do.
    - Benefits and pay are a joke. Even if you manage to negotiate your way up to a decent salary it won't matter because... see above... your job is whatever they tell you to do. They will get their pound of meat out of you no matter what.
    - OSI stands for Optical Systems of India, though they try not to mention that too much. The work culture in India is much different than in the US and while I'm sure it's worse for the poor souls actually working in India it does come through to an extent here as well. Basically put - they do not care about you, you are just a seat filler, and there are plenty of butts out there. You have 0 job security.
    - CEO Deepak Chopra (not THAT Deepak Chopra) is known as being a tyrannical leader who publicly threatens and humiliates his employees.

    If you are thinking of working here please don't. You are worth more than this.

    Advice to Management

    Make waves.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Despicable Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OSI Systems full-time

    Pros

    There aren't any pros for this company. Stay away because this company is atrocious in every way. It's a toxic environment.

    Cons

    There aren't any pros for this company. Stay away because this company is atrocious in every way. It's a toxic environment. You are treated like dirt. You are put down and insulted in every way possible. There's no respect.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to gain valuable exposure to the industry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OSI Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Very horizontal organizational Structure
    - Flexibility to grow into multiple roles
    - Very stable in regards to retention on employees
    - Certain roles int he company like mine give great exposure to the industry all across the globe.

    Cons

    - Very low turnover rate so you have to wait for while to get promotions, plus the horizontal structure doesn't help as well in this regard
    - Salary is typically on the lower end as far as industry standards go
    - Equipment is dated in certain areas

    Advice to Management

    Invest in core competencies to help secure and expand the business.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Average place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at OSI Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some nice people to work with and your paycheck is always on time.

    Cons

    No advancement opportunity. Senior management is very bad. Employee turnover ratio is quite high.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employee more. Company culture needs to change.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Tough Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OSI Systems full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced and lively, lots to learn.

    Cons

    Nepotism abounds, and frequent lay offs.


  7. "Assem"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, CA

    I worked at OSI Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some nice people to work

    Cons

    CEO, Deepak Chopra Only in name

  8. Helpful (7)

    ""...never experienced a worse company""

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at OSI Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The engineers, technicians and project managers that I worked with locally were a highly intelligent, hard-working and creative group. Sadly, nearly every one quickly reached a level of intolerable frustration and left for greener pastures. I've talked with many of them; with well over 150 years of combined work experience, the consensus is they have never experienced a worse company. Not a single person I spoke with is sorry to have left.

    Cons

    This Indian-owned company with offices in the US (originally Optical Systems of India, now officially renamed "OSI") has intensely short-sighted management, directed by a myopic CEO who is famous within the company for his erratically uninformed temper tantrums. Management does not stay focused on anything very long, and this is reflected in the fact that quarterly performance is given far greater importance than annual - which leads to booking orders from one quarter to the next just to disguise natural fluctuations which would otherwise lead to boardroom tirades. Business is often fast and loose, which is how they got in trouble with the TSA on multiple occasions, and were even temporarily barred from screening system sales to the US government.

    It is often repeated that workers are a merely a commodity in India and that is very evident at Rapiscan and OSI. If you are not part of CEO Deepak Chopra's family, you are expendable. There is little loyalty to employees, and layoffs abound. From nearly the moment that our small company was acquired, there was a push to transition our knowledge (and I quote) "to lower-cost engineers in India" and "reduce workforce here in the US". Within 2 years, nearly everyone saw the writing on the wall and left or were laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Company culture starts at the top, and this company's culture is severely broken. Deepak and family should step down, and upper management should be replaced by people who are more qualified. Nepotism breeds dysfunction, discontent, and ineptitude.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company has great potential but full of politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at OSI Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    CEO's brother micromanages the company in India. Seems to know everyone by name. Caring and great guy to work with

    Cons

    Senior management very abusive (Punjabi background); no career path nor clarity of roadmap.


  10. "Potential"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at OSI Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good industry and genuinely interested in securing people

    Cons

    Needs to focus on modernization and become a real mature company


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