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- 1.0Jun 8, 2022Senior Mechanical EngineerFormer Employee, less than 1 yearWaltham, MA
Proprietary technology for wind energy. Smart driven employees trying to make a difference.
Management doesn't know where their market is for the technology and morale is poor.
- 3.0Feb 10, 2016Mechanical EngineerFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsBoston, MA
In the beginning, Ogin was a fun place to work. Anything was possible. With the right manager, work-life balance was outstanding. We had a lot of pride in our work and were completely dedicated to the company's success. As time went on, we saw that management was spreading itself very thin by planning a very optimistic business plan while not putting much resources into the engineering of the product itself.
Staffing of the engineering team designing the product was too thin. Engineers started leaving the company and they were not being replaced. Smaller teams were expected to take up the slack. Corners were cut. Problems obviously developed. Personally, I put in so, so so many hours to make my team a success. I volunteered for assignments and sacrificed so much to help make the company successful in those tough times (as did many of us!). I thought I was valued for this. In the end, I was forced to realize that I was simply an employee. Expendable. I was part of the lay off in November 2015 when 25% of the workforce was deemed "redundant" (their word, not mine).The company is approaching the end and executives have stopped communicating to other executives and upper management. Direction and focus have eroded from teams. Morale is gone.2
- 2.0Jan 13, 2016Senior Structural EngineerFormer EmployeeCharlton, MA
Good working environment. Nice People. Interesting Work. Technically a group of very sharp people working together to develop the next generation of wind turbine. Lots of challenges to overcome in the area of loads and carrying those loads.
Management more interested in meeting deadlines than finishing designs. Design review dates were set such that the schedule could be maintained even if the design was ready for that level of review. Action items for uncompleted work were simply carried forward. Resulted in staring to manufacture a wind turbine that the design was not completed on.2
- 5.0Dec 23, 2013Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearWaltham, MA
Innovative, driven to success, tireless energy and a pursuit of excellence; strong foundation fundamentals in all disciplines enabling the ability to quickly react to challenges in design and development; beyond start-up and well into pre-revenue maturity state; strong mix of youth and maturity, a virtual "Who's Who" of Ivy League education, F100 proven global discipline industry experts and wind energy experts
Not for the feint of heart.....the pace is enormously challenging; but then again any new-start company at this stage would be envious of accomplishments and positioning for success
- 2.0Jun 14, 2014Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 1 yearWaltham, MA
Great talent base, great people to work with, from around the world (much of the workforce is Danish or Indian). Good pay and benefits, including gourmet catered lunches (I put on weight there). Primary locations in renovated historic buildings in Waltham, MA and Silkeborg, Denmark are attractive environments, as is operation in Charlton, MA. Chance to learn renewables industry and operate in startup environment, including performing as many functions as you can handle. Environment has strong sense of renewables evangelism. Seems like over half the people are VP's, Directors, Managers, or Senior something, so a good place to get a good title for your resume. A large number don't live near where they work, so commute long distances (even intercontinentally) to work. Very well funded - there's a lot of venture capital looking for greentech investments, and Ogin is more plausible than many. The shrouded turbine concept does provide some performance enhancement, as others who have tried it have found, and Ogin does have a technically-valid tweak on the concept. Electrical and controls group in Denmark is outstanding in every way. A large number of people in both countries are Vestas alumni, some GE too.
Business plan is infeasible - cost of extra material and processing with shroud cannot be made up in performance, as others who have tried it have found as well. Cost disadvantage gets worse with size, limiting prospects to repowering old wind farms with small 1980's turbines that could be more competitive with new utility-scale machines anyway. Management talks about distributed and community wind markets, but those are not known even to exist. Secondary advantages of bird friendliness, noise, and visibility remain undemonstrated and of questionable commercial value even if they're real. Only two prototypes exist and have not shown the necessary performance results. Company has not made a single commercial sale, and none are in sight. Ogin is trying to repower wind farms it has bought or controlled instead, to prove the concept, but that would be years away. Board of directors, and major investors, operate in the same "greentech bubble" as Ogin management, lack the technical, manufacturing, and operations expertise needed to realistically evaluate the company's plans and status, or provide useful guidance. Their background is mainly in finance or Silicon Valley software, not very applicable to heavy machinery. Numerous negative leadership behaviors exist, unfortunately, due to growing frustration and panic that The Dream is not going to come true. Decision-making is erratic, impulsive, too often personality-driven. Strong messenger-shooting mentality, leading to repeated firings of people who apparently don't Believe In The Dream strongly enough to overcome the laws of physics or market realities. Numerous others are looking. Top management listens to very few individuals, and not well - need to hear what they want to believe is strong. Much time and money spent on a pointless name change that eliminates any guidance as to what the company is, a wind turbine manufacturer/operator. Technical leadership lacks either engineering or program management expertise despite their resumes. Much distraction of effort on developing standard, non-differentiating wind turbine components, with which leadership is familiar, even though the shroud is the company. Scattered physical locations of people, even for such a small firm, cause numerous communication friction problems.5
- 5.0May 18, 2013Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
Dynamic leadership. A collection of the most driven and proven discipline professionals in industry. Has a game changing product that will alter the way we think about green energy and its cost competitiveness against all alternatives, traditional and otherwise. Solid fundamentals, process and results driven. Focused on its people and the value human capital brings.
None. This company is going to send a message to the competition and they will never know what hit them.
- 3.0Dec 16, 2015Supply Chain ManagerFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsWaltham, MA
Interesting product that could make a significant impact on the distributed generation wind energy market. A fun and intelligent group of people work there.
Constantly changing strategies and business plans make getting anything done very difficult. The company needs to get something out the door and then figure out how to scale, not the other way around.2
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Ogin has an overall rating of 3.1 out of 5, based on over 22 reviews left anonymously by employees. 33% of employees would recommend working at Ogin to a friend and 13% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.
33% of Ogin employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Ogin 3.4 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.4 for culture and values and 2.7 for career opportunities.