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Updated May 31, 2017
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  1. "Not Your Typical Small Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oceus Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Oceus Networks is a small company where employees often wear different hats throughout a project and provides opportunity to learn and hone other skills. The engineering office is a challenging and fast paced environment that is a "down to business" environment with the occasional Happy Hour from time to time. From 25+ years of working with/for small companies it is par-for-the-course with the stresses and challenges that engineers and a small company faces. What makes Oceus Networks unique is the products and services produced are far beyond the competition that operates with much larger teams and higher operational budgets. Within Oceus Networks are opportunities to learn and contribute in all areas of the company beyond what most small companies offer. Oceus Networks is primarily a services driven company and arguably second a product company. The product engineering (in general) ranges goes from hardware development to software engineering/development across multiple disciplines. The work environment in the Plano TX office is casual. As long as you stay focused on assigned tasks and the company goals, you don't get much grief from your manager. Great things are being accomplished with the small teams as Oceus Networks has accomplished several advancements and patents in secure 4GLTE cellular communications and mobile device security that no other company has been able to accomplish.

    Cons

    Did I mention this is a small company? Yes, it is small compared to some and this may be a "con" to a few people while being a "pro" to others. With Oceus Networks being a small company it is not a startup company that is blowing money and the employees only actually work 20 hours a week, you are expected to stay focused and deliver on the company’s goals (which may not be the goals of the individual engineer). Everyone is having to do multiple jobs, so you may be asked to do something that is new to you or you will need to go talk with other teams or IT for help, if you are in introvert this will probably kill you. As with any small company, there are "Crunch Times" that will need additional hours beyond the 40 hours a week (this maybe a problem for some, while others it is not an issue). Advancement is very limited as the services and product portfolio is not expanding as fast as fast as larger companies can offer. Stress can be high at times during the final push on a deployment or product release. As an engineer, your job duties will change from time to time and there are times where a requirement changes after engineering/development has started and can cause some heartburn to those who are used to a full waterfall development cycle with very large teams.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the engineers in the treches and spend time with each team member in the trenches. One of the greatest assets that Oceus Networks engineering office in Plano has is the CTO and his ablity to listen and motivate others. While he does this effort, doing it a bit more one-on-one could help in improving the office and the team as a whole.


  2. "Was fun, but now in trouble"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oceus Networks (More than a year)

    Pros

    The projects are interesting - developing communication equipment for military and special forces.
    It is a fun place to work with smart people who get stuff done.

    Cons

    They are in financial trouble now. The outlook is grim. The staff has been cut to almost nothing.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Unstable future"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oceus Networks (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with in a challenging technical market. I enjoyed my years working there.

    Cons

    Large, recent, reduction in force. Not sure what the future holds for Oceus, but I hope they can recover and market their superior leading edge products.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Sell the company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oceus Networks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some people still doing good work here, gaining experience. Other than that not to much to say on a positive note.

    Cons

    Most people don't want to leave because its a pain in the *** to find a new job. Management here are waiting to cash in their stock and bail-out. This company has a lack of leadership - C-levels are irresponsible. They do the yearly layoffs but the core employees are kept and that is the problem. Same people making the same mistakes making the same product that is going nowhere. Oceus has been around for 5 years and has failed to grow, sales are a joke, sales funnel is sad. There is no excuse for the failure of this company other than the leadership has continually failed.

    Advice to Management

    Company is dead. Your secret sauce is old and stale. Failure to execute. Failure to understand you can only re-org so many times with the same people in charge. You keep promoting the boys club and the company keeps failing. You keep doing the same thing and failing but you expect different results? Insanity maybe?


  5. "Good pay and great benefits, but very stressful"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are very intelligent and hard-working, you will be rewarded.

    Cons

    If upper management doesn't like you, your days are numbered. High stress atmosphere dealing with government contracts. Top management and sales has some a few manical men with tremendous egos. Overall not friendly to women or minorities.

    Advice to Management

    Calm down before you have a heart attack.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to get a variety of experience, but beware of the good ole boy small company mentality and poor management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oceus Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Due to small company, you get a chance to shape your experiences, work in new areas, etc. In some positions, you can branch into a variety of work areas and thus somewhat shape your career. You don't get as bored at one job, since you are not as highly specialized as you would be at a much larger company. This is a good place to really learn a lot about LTE and sometimes other wireless communications systems. This may be a good place to jump your career but due to poor chance for advancement it is probably best to plan to stay for a few years and move on.

    Cons

    Good ole boy network dominates here - many of the top level engineers and PM's and/or VP's were past friends and coworkers of the hiring managers and VP's, and can do no wrong.. Company is dominated by SW engineers because that is all the hiring managers know and therefore cannot appreciate nor understand any other engineering specialties, such as EE engineers, RF engineers, and HW engineers, etc. Therefore they tend to think SW engineers alone are geniuses who can do everything including specialties that are way beneath them, resulting in grossly inferior products. There is a LOT more office politics here than at large companies. If you are not good at playing the game you will lose out. PM's have a boss who is over 1000 miles away in another state; as a result they are not controlled in any way and get away with anything; this includes one who regularly yells and curses (words like F'ing, F, D, and GD, etc.) at and intimidates people; all PM's have a direct path to management and are allowed to complain secretly about employees and it is never brought up to the employee until a year later at their annual review, with no rebuttal or discussions allowed with the complaining PM. Dispute resolution is nonexistent; employees are totally expected to do their jobs, keep quiet, and take whatever is dished out about them with no recourse. There is an inner circle of old fiends who do all kinds of social activities together; if you ARE in this inner circle you are trusted and can easily bring up issues about others, even while socializing; if NOT you are to shut up as you will not be trusted; on the contrary you will instead be viewed with a very skeptical eye.
    Innovation is highly encouraged in the entire company, however the reality is that only R&D team members are provided a platform and opportunity to really discuss openly and work on their ideas. R&D team will 'consult' with others on ideas when they absolutely need help, but then will work secretly on those ideas beyond that point, walking the grey area between stealing others ideas and not, only later to take 100% credit for new products and/or features.
    Some of the PM's have poor to no development experience; some have no engineering background at all; as result they have absolutely no understanding of the engineering disciplines and development environment; results are unprofessional at best.

    Advice to Management

    Engineering management has a reputation for not giving a crap about its people. If you are not in the 'inner circle' of friends with management who goes boating, four-wheeling, or whatever, you are seen as unimportant and as just another number. Any complaints are viewed by management as just a thorn in their sides, therefore management is not trusted at all by many. If you have a problem, just keep it to yourself. Management needs a better appreciation for other engineering specialties - SW engineers can't do everything as good as they do SW engineering - that's why these other engineering specialties exist.
    Also project managers are not properly managed themselves. Their boss is over 1000 miles away. PM's can do anything they want and get away with it. They can complain about employees but the employee never hears about it until a year later at their annual review - and then there is no rebuttal allowed. One of the PM's even curses at, yells at, and intimidates his workers for example and this is totally allowed.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "One-dimensional company - one promising product and good team but no customers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oceus Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn latest in LTE and security technologies
    Some great technical people -smart and helpful
    Some very cool demos in trailers, humvees, balloons and planes.

    Cons

    Only one product offering; still immature and lacks radios approved for government spectrum.
    Work load is seriously unbalanced. Technical delivery groups are overworked while admin groups are idle and punch a clock from 9-4 typically.
    Leadership is disengaged with the real work (who does what) and don't know individual's value to the team.
    All new leadership positions are filled from outside - rampant cronyism.

    Advice to Management

    Company is too top-heavy with executive mgmt. for its size.
    Company spends way too much for consultants and travel and not much in new business to show for it.
    Clean house on management and hire more sales people who can really bring in customers.


  8. "Exciting technology, great people!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can truly say I enjoy coming to the office each day. Not only do I enjoy the people I work with across the company, I like work that I do. I'm still learning new things after two years with the company.

    Cons

    We are a newer company (currently in our fourth year after a spin-off from a much larger organization) and are still finding our way, trying to penetrate new markets, which isn't easy.

    Advice to Management

    I have faith in the new leadership and am excited about the road ahead. Let's keep focused and not try to do too many different things, and I think we'll be successful.


  9. "Oceus Networks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oceus Networks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I believe that recent changes have improved our opportunity for future growth. A very exciting time with full belief that many positive things are headed our way. Changes at the top level are seen as positive and everyone seems ready to take on the challenges ahead under the new leader.

    Cons

    Not an easy job, changes impact users which can sometimes be very stressful. Promotions or moving up into management areas not very likely unless you are already on the inside. Some roles do not show a lot of room for growth, which can be discouraging.

    Advice to Management

    Believe that they are on the right track! Keep up the good work.. Note below comment of No Opinion was an outdated selection.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Spending spree no accounting for management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Below the director level good people doing good work - Managers just keep on making the same mistakes - over looking their customers wants and needs. Sales are flat what does that tell you?

    Cons

    Sooo many managers. Surprised Oceus doesn't have a manager of restrooms. Seriously they are the most top heavy company I have seen. Upper management CEO/COO seem to be good at hiring managers but do nothing to gain business. Sales and marketing...none. They can't collect whats owed and they seem to give away service and support at a drop of a hat. This is a company who is lost in the DoD arena. Good luck to those that are sticking it out.

    Advice to Management

    Loose some weight - my goodness how many managers does it take to screw in a light bulb. Learn how to perform in DoD space and remember its not what you think of yourself, but what your CUSTOMERS think of you. Keep going down the path you are on, the cliff is not far away. Some company is going to buy whats left of you, of course that's what you want anyway.


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