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Optics 1 Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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  1. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Electrical/Mechanical R & D Associate in Bedford, NH
    Former Employee - Electrical/Mechanical R & D Associate in Bedford, NH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Optics 1 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the best Companies that I was proud to be employed by. Will miss them dearly!

    Cons

    I cannot say anything negative, absolutely loved working there!

    Advice to Management

    Very proud to have been lead by such an incredible, awesome, management team. You have been so supportive!


  2. "subsidy of billion dollar company (vectronix) now run by mom and pop level management (optics1)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Optics 1 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of turnover could create opportunities for advancement except they rarely promote from within

    Cons

    Extremely poor management. vice Presidents who literally have no experience in their functional areas. CEO who is completely out of touch and unethical. CEO is not Jeoron Cammeraat, is Joe Bogosian

    Advice to Management

    get used to more turnover

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Incompetent Management Unraveled Formerly Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Bedford, NH
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Bedford, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Optics 1 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers (Engineers)
    Cutting Edge products (that are slipping behind...)
    Fast Paced R&D
    Engineers "own" products from concept to first production

    Cons

    - Used to be a highly versatile small job shop with wide range of programs that got lost attempting to transition to a higher volume "production" company focused on 1-2 products
    - Top level management over the last 3-4 years spent more time trying to copy competitors and constantly re-orient business plan to the next shiniest object than doing any real management
    -Management told customers what they thought the customer wanted instead of listening, expected bottom bidding vendors to produce parts outside their capabilities, and constantly re-scoped programs without making budget or schedule adjustments - directly resulting in missed deadlines, cost over runs and unnecessary technical issues
    - Engineers were constantly blamed for problems resultant of poor management and expected to work excessive hours to compensate for lack of planning and discipline at the top of the company.
    - Due to the above on top of an already intense R&D work schedule low retention and high turn over rate was common
    - Extreme lack of respect for employees and horrible company Morale - see movie Office Space or comic Dilbert....

    Advice to Management

    After a long needed turn over in upper management what's left of the engineering staff and middle management has more than enough talent to make a turn around. Use this chance to get back on track. HAVE A PLAN and STICK TO IT!

    - Listen to your employees, especially the senior ones who were there during more successful times.
    - Ask those employees which Program Managers can actually manage and keep them.
    - Remove Program managers that cannot do their PM duties and reassign them to BD, research, etc more in line with their skills.
    - Get more ACTUAL management
    - Get a real QC department
    - Focus on COMPLETING current programs before chasing others


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to learn... what not to do"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Optics 1 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a ton. Got to wear many hats. Developed cool products and was allowed to play with them outside of work as well.

    Cons

    Terrible management. No schedule whatsoever on projects, and Engineers were blamed when the nonexistent plan was not met. Projects were bid knowing that the schedule required could not be met. Zero compensation for massive amounts of required overtime. Terrible life balance.

    Advice to Management

    A little System Engineering and Program Management goes a long way. Customer satisfaction will go up if you bid with a realistic schedule. Employee work ethic and productivity will go way up if you don't treat them like slaves.


  5. "Bedford Office - Defense Systems - No Plan, No Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, NH

    I have been working at Optics 1 full-time

    Pros

    Talented engineers. Nice building.

    Cons

    There's no company direction or plan. Management does nothing. Supposedly we're busy, but multiple employees are sitting around with out work to do. Programs are never finished, due to lack of priority or plan. Program managers don't manage programs, so programs have no spec. or schedule. All programs are considered late, before it's even started. General morale is non-existent... Employee's just don't care anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Need leadership. Direction and a plan would go along way. Listen to employees. You're among seasoned and talented people who have grown far more successful companies in their previous jobs.


  6. "No management, no plan, no future."

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

    I have been working at Optics 1 full-time

    Pros

    They pay well, I guess.

    Cons

    I worked at OPTICS 1 for quite some time. This company truly has no management at all. The guy who runs the place has no clue what he is doing, but he thinks he is god's gift to man. He is in panic mode all the time and let's the president of the parent company run the show. Programs have no plan and fellow engineers (and everyone) was overworked and always got yelled at for no good reason at all. This company has been around for a while but simply out of pure luck and last I heard, they were NOT doing well and just had a big layoff. The engineers are knowledgeable, but everyone is so overworked that they can't do their best. If you want to work nights, weekends, give up your planned vacations, and be completely unappreciated, this is the place to be.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to actually GET SOME. Get someone who knows how to manage programs and not let some other guy do it for him.