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Open Systems International Reviews

Updated April 12, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good opportunities for developing skills, relaxed work environment, friendly and helpful coworkers" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Free Soda, New building, leading edge technology" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Finally I was approached by someone from upper management today to tell me that" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Osi is a revolving door of employees and this is the CEO's business model" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - great atmosphere
    - flexible work schedule
    - great opportunity for growth
    -great lunch and free drink options

    Cons

    - still have to work 8 hours a day


  2. "Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician
    Current Employee - Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Open Systems International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work in an exciting and growing industry
    Campus in Medina is fantastic
    Many opportunities for travel
    High expectations in the workplace
    Good Benefits, low cost health insurance
    They provide a good laptop to work on which you are able to use as a personal laptop
    Cake and beer/wine days

    Cons

    Travel can be extensive depending upon unit
    Benefits don't begin until your first completed full calendar month
    Pay is once a month on the final business day
    7 paid holidays

  3. "Under functioning HR office and politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Open Systems International full-time

    Pros

    Growing company looking forward to a greater market share in automation industry globally.

    Cons

    Bad Lower management, Low career growth, office politics.

    Advice to Management

    If employee says his supervisor doesn’t want to work with him means she will never want to work no matter what you do. Firing new employees isn’t a creative and cost effective solution. HR could have function more appropriately.

    Focus on your new hires development in different ways rather than just relying on a supervisor who might not want him/her to succeed.


  4. "Still a great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time

    Pros

    OSi employees are way better off than these tiresome posts would seem. The raises are good, the career opportunities are good and you are working on challenging tasks with great colleague and friends. Engineers and software developers run the place but they have the needed skills and customers like them. Non technical staff are well treated too. Sales seem to be booming.

    Cons

    No place is perfect and OSI has some faults. Mostly demanding work and recognition can be hard to find.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget whos doing the work.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Don’t stay long"

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

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

    Pros

    Free soda
    There is a company picnic and a company holiday party each year which are actually quite lavish and nice

    Cons

    I spent a considerable amount of time at osi across multiple positions and waited until I had another job for a decent amount of time before writing this review.

    Software developers - working at osi is career suicide. You will be working with an outdated code base with bottom of the barrel developers. This is largely due to the low salary osi offers compared to the rest of the industry. Osi takes what they can get since they expect you to leave in a couple years anyway. You will be expected to put in 50 hour weeks and there is very little opportunity to work on anything that will help you appear attractive to any real tech companies. You will spend most of your time maintaining a legacy application that should have been rewritten years ago.

    Project engineers - according to the CEO you are simply "scada delivery boys" and will be the most overworked and abused employees at the company. A lot of the reviews on here stem from kids who have just graduated college and are getting their first real paychecks so everything is great! However, osi is not a place to build a career. As you become more skilled and put in your time, your workload and travel will increase. Soon you will travel multiple times every month flying out Sunday afternoon and getting back late Friday night with no comp time hence losing more and more of your weekends. The company will literally make you fly out Sunday morning instead of Sunday night if it will save them $50. I should add here that these are most often undesirable travel locations. If you are a real go getter and work harder than your peers, expect to be rewarded with twice the work and the same raises and bonuses as your coworkers who put in the bare minimum. If you do become recognized and get offered the coveted position of supervisor (everyone who lasts more than 3 years will), enjoy your title change since your salary won't.

    Osi is a revolving door of employees and this is the CEO's business model. The osi mantra is hire new college grads, pay them next to nothing and replace them in 2-3 years when they quit from being burnt out.

    Osi will not invest in its employees as evidenced by its rejection of its employees wishing to pursue their masters degrees or professional certifications. Not only will osi not help with tuition, they will also threaten to fire you for "not being able to fulfill your duties" if you are unable to travel due to your class schedule.

    Lastly Osi is petty. A big red flag to you should be the non compete agreement. Osi has gone after ex-employees several times in the past when there was even a chance that they may have violated the non compete

    Long story short if you have no other options, Osi is an okay place to work for 2 years. Any longer than that and you are sabotaging your career and your earning potential

    Advice to Management

    Won’t matter, they have their business model and don’t care


  6. "Good place to start"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for developing skills, relaxed work environment, friendly and helpful coworkers

    Cons

    Salary is below average for level of education, corporate building is located out in the middle of corn fields


  7. "Mandatory Review"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Medina, MN
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Medina, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work. Sure is.

    Cons

    I'm entering at least 5 words for this.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Waste of market leader potential and good talent"

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

    Pros

    Building is new and clean, looks like an Apple Store. Free pop and decent amenities. I'm adding words here because Glassdoor is saying I need to have at least 20 words worth of pros, which I don't.

    Cons

    OSI is sick environment that is truly worthy of both the praise and criticism they receive. They strive to have a good culture but fail miserably. Middle management is allowed to run the company with this heads up their rears. And senior management is too busy self serving like a fortune 100 in the 90s.

    They truly are positioned to dominate the market but until Bahman (CEO and founder) gets smart enough to shake things up and hire a real CEO to scale his business, he'll never cross the 75M mark in revenue. A company cannot grow if the employees aren't growing. The revolving door effect is strong at OSI. Those that do stick around bust their tail for at least five years to earn titles such as Supervisor. Unless you're an expert Butt kisser or a blonde, don't expect a promotion.

    If you're fresh out of college and just need to pay some bills and get a logo on your LinkedIn, by all means you can work here and be satisfied. But I promise in retrospect after you've worked at virtually anywhere else, you'll realize how toxic and wasteful the culture is here.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a real CEO to scale the business. Turn over your middle management and hire outside talent with the authority to fix the culture, work life balance, and pay issues. Make it the best company possible and then sell to an acquisition for 300M if possible.


  9. "Good, growing company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and culture.

    Focus on development and not on turnover.

    Lots of growth and opportunity for the future.

    Flexible work schedule to suit your life and commute.

    Cons

    Only downside is the location and distance from the city


  10. "Good Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and sociable workmates
    Excellent management for anyone fresh out of college
    Lots of travel opportunities

    Cons

    Monthly pay
    Travel opportunities are often last minute
    Training program was bulked up with information not needed for the job

    Advice to Management

    Develop a more robust training program and be more flexible with reimbursing expenses


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