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Optech (Canada) Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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  1. "Very challenging work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Optech (Canada) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The engineering work is very interesting and challenging, and I looked forward to going to work every day. There was relatively little overlap in technical skills among my co-workers, so everyone works together to get things done. Everyone is friendly, easy to get along with, and communicates well among each other.

    Cons

    Business conditions are always tenuous, resulting in cyclical hiring and layoffs depending on the cash flow within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget to focus on the future of the company and make sure you put things in place to invest for that future, including new product development.


  2. "Engineer - R&D"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly dynamic working environment with lots of product development initiatives going on. You tend to work on different application areas with different markets. Gives good exposure to different industries, commercial/space/defense.

    Cons

    Compensation lower than industry standard. Need to increase the compensation for engineering staff to levels as surveyed by OSPE/PEO for them to retain their talent.

  3. "Good company"

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

    Pros

    Always fights for their employees.

    Cons

    no cons for this company

    Advice to Management

    Get better contracts for your employees


  4. "Customer focused and very collaborative culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Optech (Canada) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Age agnostic, limited politics, very collaborative culture.

    Cons

    Work distributed over several locations reducing efficiency

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the future and solving the root cause of problems.


  5. "Great people not so great pay"

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Interesting job and leading edge technology. Opportunity to learn stuff that you can't easily find around.

    Cons

    Pay is pretty low for any position, and bonuses are non-existent. Company structure and work organization pretty lousy.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the structure, create proper workflow and reward the people that deserve it. Lots of people are putting long hours and lots of effort and not rewarded for it.


  6. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Optech (Canada) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People and nice, flexible work environment. You can come earlier and leave earlier as long as you have work done. Good benefits

    Cons

    Management and pay range, management help. Lots of changes in company recently, lots of layoffs as well. No educational opportunities


  7. "Technical CSR/LiDAR Data Processor"

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    Current Employee - Technical Customer Service Representative/Data Processor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Customer Service Representative/Data Processor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Working as a technical CSR only allows you to have some days off during the week.

    Cons

    Hate working weekends and the pay wasn't great.

    Advice to Management

    Should do a better job compensating workers

  8. "Was good, is bad"

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

    I worked at Optech (Canada) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    cutting edge technology, strong sales, nice people

    Cons

    management is really poor, totally a mess.

    Optech was a great company, Carswells are very nice. But after grew to a big company, it has met big management problems. Or say, its culture didn’t grow up at same pace with its scale. There are too many middle managers, hardworking but stupid, (sorry for using this word), they don’t care things like planning, schedule, and procedure…, but just like work overtime to resolve issues within sight, so old issues repeatedly come up while new issues becoming old. For a great employee, it is very hard to get promotion, unless you are friend of managers, totally unfair.

    Advice to Management

    Change management, people and style


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great technology, horrible management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology, awesome co-workers, some departments get to travel and some dont.

    Cons

    horribly run and managed, HR is a JOKE.

    Advice to Management

    as though they would listen


  10. "NA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good learning place and good environment.

    Cons

    Not available at this time.

    Advice to Management

    They are friendly ppl.


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