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Updated December 28, 2017
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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

    "Good, growing company"

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    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


  2. Helpful (3)

    "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 You will be working with an outdated code base with bottom of the barrel developers.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

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. 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.


  6. "Good Company"

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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 (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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed Bag With A Unique Personality"

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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

    Pros

    Fun group of young professionals trying to figure out their futures
    Industry leader with a growing and impressive customer base
    Good benefits
    A few really talented people in key spots keeping everything moving ahead despite others

    Cons

    Terrible location, not near anything fun or useful
    Personality conflicts within upper management causes a lot of political drama
    Outdated code base and few opportunities to learn modern languages - resume killer!
    Low pay compared to everyone else in the area

    Advice to Management

    Get everyone on the same page before taking on big projects instead of relying on new employees to (hopefully) speak up.
    Provide competitive wages to get the right people instead of relying on training up those with only somewhat related degrees to save a buck.

  8. "This experience convinced me to give up software engineering"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Open Systems International full-time

    Pros

    They have decent company events.

    Cons

    -They are out in the middle of nowhere, the commute from any of the nice neighborhoods in the twin cities will be horrendous.
    -Compensation sucks. They do have slightly above-average PTO but well below-average pay.
    -Management is very hit and miss. One manager was very good and helpful but another was a total jerk and pretended to understand his products while really knowing next to nothing about them and getting upset when asked questions about it.
    -They say they will give you a 60 day review but it really takes many more months than that and they don't give much else in terms of feedback.
    -Their codebase is a huge bear to work with and very old.
    -Senior executives are very rude and will call you into their office to cuss you out about something minor they didn't like.
    -You will be looked down upon if you aren't putting in at least 50 hours a week. Combined with the bad compensation this can make life pretty miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Please stay right where you are and away from the many better places in the twin cities.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Five plus years with OSI"

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

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to gain some experience and grow. It is the kind of place that once you learn a job you can stay awhile and set up a stable home. Vice versa, it's a reasonable place to put in a few years and make friends for future connections. They make real attempts to make employees like their work environment.

    Cons

    Even if they love you, they pay less than competitors, expect about 20% less. They have come to expect a turnover rate of 2 - 3 years. Life is harder in some departments. Training is limited, expect long nights up front to teach yourself the details.

    Advice to Management

    Hang in there. OSI is a funny machine that continues to lumber forward. When I was there, turnover among leadership felt high. The leaders who stayed the longest seemed to view fighting fires as a journey not a destination.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    OSI is growing quickly which has given me lots of opportunities to grow into a position that fits me and the needs of the company. The work atmosphere is open and positive and my co-workers are fantastic.

    Cons

    With the constant growth there are growing pains, OSI could do better at planning ahead and communicating to employees to offset those pains for their current employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee feedback, make the small changes that will improve employee morale.


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