Ogin Reviews

Updated May 31, 2018

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4 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    R&D Intern

    May 31, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Best place to start with.

    Cons

    More interns should be given a chance

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Former employee with many years service

    Feb 10, 2016 - Mechanical Engineer in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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  3. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Senior Structural Engineer

    Jan 13, 2016 - Senior Structural Engineer in Charlton, MA
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    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Wind energy game changer - now called Ogin, Inc.

    Dec 23, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
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    Pros

    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

    Cons

    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

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Best career decision I could have ever made!

    May 18, 2013 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    None. This company is going to send a message to the competition and they will never know what hit them.

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Talented team

    Dec 21, 2015 - Manager in Waltham, MA
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    Pros

    Talented adaptable team with great experiences prior to working at Ogin. Challenging exciting technology to develop and install in field. Good company culture, work environment.

    Cons

    Product delivery timeline is aggressive and often not realistic. There are not enough engineers to achieve work load--Too many managers. Large company feel in a small company which is a pro and a con.

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  7. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Company lives inside the Greentech Bubble but it's about to pop

    Jun 14, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
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    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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  8. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Supply Chain

    Dec 16, 2015 - Supply Chain Manager in Waltham, MA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Interesting product that could make a significant impact on the distributed generation wind energy market. A fun and intelligent group of people work there.

    Cons

    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.

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    good and bad

    Mar 27, 2014 - Principal Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    work with good people, good project

    Cons

    politics is tough to deal with

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Intern Review

    Jan 12, 2018 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Very hands on job for interns

    Cons

    Limited resources in the lab

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