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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fun and Practical Internship Experience"

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    Former Intern - Materials Intern in Honolulu, HI
    Former Intern - Materials Intern in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oceanit as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was an intern at Oceanit interning with their Advanced Materials group this past summer (2016). Interning here was a great way to get some experience after graduation and to see what it is like to work for an R&D company in Hawaii (which is really hard to come by on this rock).

    I worked on some interesting novel materials projects and learned a lot of technical knowledge while interning. Having the opportunity to work on real projects with experienced engineers helped me segue from academia to industry. This internship was also my first full exposure to business operations and taught me a lot in that aspect, too.

    Disciplinary and cultural diversity as well as the general company culture really elevated the experience. I really enjoyed being able to work with such an exceptional group of people.

    Cons

    I had experiences where I was micromanaged and found it hard to complete certain projects without being watched over my shoulder for hours (literally).

    I felt that I as well as all the other interns had idle hands on projects too often which made a few people goof off fairly often. Mandatory non-project internship program assignments took up a lot of time away from working on cool project stuff.

    Few realistic job prospects with Oceanit without a graduate degree.

    Advice to Management

    A little more hierarchical structure would probably go a long way to improving productivity and management training would benefit many of the younger employees.

    Oceanit Response

    Aug 22, 2016 – Human Resources Manager

    We’re happy that you enjoyed your internship and found it to be a worthwhile learning endeavor after graduation. We appreciate your feedback on how we can improve the experience, as this was the ... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Really great if you enjoy creativity"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Freedom in terms of what projects you can do/join
    + Everyone is incredibly smart and talented
    + Allows you to meet and network with alot of different companies and people due to the nature of most projects.

    Cons

    - Salary is lower than in most places
    - Projects are dependent on funding
    - Pressure to finish projects to get more funding/stay employed
    - Pressure to GET projects to stay employed

    Advice to Management

    * Have a bigger team that can push projects to commercialization
    * Group people in the office together that are close in background

    Oceanit Response

    Aug 14, 2015 – Human Resources Manager

    We’re glad you enjoyed collaborating with amazing staff, while working on challenging projects. Our diverse client base and business environment requires everyone’s participation and engagement in ... More


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Aloha feel but no substance. Great projects can be won but always problems from up top. No support for their own."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At best a family atmosphere. The atmosphere tries to encourage creativity and innovation. I met some good people here....they all left.

    Cons

    No promotion potential unless you are a family member. Most projects are more marketing and self delusion rather than true scientific or engineering innovation. This company doesn't gauge itself off any real industry standards. It believes its own marketing.

    Advice to Management

    Create a basic business structure that holds people accountable and promotion can take place. Engineering and creativity can still take place but your best people will leave if there is no potential for improvement and everything is left up to "Mom and Dad". Base your achievements off of comparison in your industry, not off of the meager technology sector of Hawaii. Then you'll get a realistic gauge of where you stand. Money won from contracts should go to support those contracts, not extravagant vacations for leadership as you deny workers any raises for years. If you hire an engineer for a field of expertise you should probably allow him to function in that field.


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  5. "Oceanit: innovative Hawaii-based technology firm"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Software Team in Kïhei, HI
    Current Employee - Manager, Software Team in Kïhei, HI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oceanit full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative hawaii-based company. Interesting projects.

    Cons

    Relationship with customer was strained.


  6. "A very unique place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Personnel in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Senior Personnel in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oceanit full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Oceanit leads cutting edge research in Space& Defence, Information Science and Life Science areas. Key to the success of Oceanit is the multi-disciplinary aspect of problem solving.

    Cons

    Oceanit faces similar challenges like any other small company. Transitioning and communicating advanced technology solutions to the real world is always a challenge for small companies.


  7. "creative culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company embraces risk taking when it comes to innovation, knowledgeable staff of all varieties of backgrounds, are able to solve hard problems in most areas, unique culture of collegial creativity, ideas are sought from all of the staff regardless of education or degrees earned, staff are genuinely nice to work with, family atmosphere

    Cons

    Suffers from same problems faced by smaller technology firms, i.e., no funding to commercialize (venture funding) and uphill climb to gov't acquisition programs (long process), high cost of living in Hawaii not balanced by higher salaries, difficult to retain staff especially not from Hawaii (island fever).

    Advice to Management

    keep going, Hawaii needs more tech jobs


  8. "Abundant opportunities for talented, motivated scientists and engineers"

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

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

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    • 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.


  10. "Worthwhile"

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    • 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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "No leadership, no growth"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People (workers) are great to work with and form solid bonds.

    Diverse teams of skills/talent.

    Strong government connections in and around Honolulu.

    Well connected to DC lobby seeking earmarks as noted by the local news.

    Cons

    Pure nepotism at the managment layer with no room for employees to rise beyond family members

    Family CEO, COO, directors and managers quite literally have no educational background or skills in their particular areas and most workers have education and experience well beyond that of their leaders. The result is that the workers must pool together to overcome the lack of leadership and stagnate

    Marketing is the strongest part of the company with a focus in corporate promotion and questionable media releases v.s. actual substance and quality products

    Poor business model based on a grants and project based approach means constantly changing corporate direction requiring hiring a diverse skills/talent pool

    Project funding determines worker retention so company layoffs are highly regular

    Advice to Management

    Nepotism is the worst model for leadership. Workers are held accountable but family members quite literally are not and gaining real managers is required for real improvement.


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