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OpticsPlanet Reviews

Updated April 2, 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexible hours, great office environment, variety of problems to work on" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Great office, free coffee, flexible hours" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "We are reprimanded for things upper management does on a daily basis" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Hostile work environment for minorities and women" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Best Company culture to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    can not work from home

    Cons

    Company culture, management, good benefits


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Lights, Camera, Action!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OpticsPlanet full-time

    Pros

    These people know how to P-A-R-T-Y

    Cons

    Workplace retaliation is real here. If you don’t like kissing tush, I’d suggest getting practice immediately. I’m sure the CEO is clueless as to what really goes on here. Also, if you don’t have family working here or old high school/college buddies, you won’t last.

    Advice to Management

    Fire current management and start new.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Not Recommended"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some intelligent people
    Interesting looking office

    Cons

    Underpaid and unrewarded
    Long hours
    Never enough

    Advice to Management

    Find a new profession


  4. Helpful (5)

    "A complete and utter joke"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at OpticsPlanet full-time

    Pros

    Free Coffee is offered on site

    Cons

    Everything negative here has been said before. All these reviews are true. The nepotism is extremely strong. The training provided is negligible. Sink or swim honestly. The pay they offer is absolutely terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Stop relying on nepotism to fill management. I know the owners are good people who care about the company, they work hard. Thing is they are surrounded by yes-men who cloud the judgement of the owners and get away with whatever they want. They isolate them at the top while the managers get to do whatever they want. Backstabbing is rampant.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great managers, good enviroment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketplace Specialist in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Marketplace Specialist in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Relationship with managers
    -Office perks
    -Company growth
    -Good employees

    Cons

    -The cost of healthcare for families
    -Starting pay

    Advice to Management

    Less extravagant company parties (as great as they are) and using some of those funds to have a raise for employees would have a huge impact on employee moral.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Dont join!!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great office, free coffee, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Bad family insurance. Family owned company, rampart nepotism, beware almost all directors / managers are related or get the job for knowing the ones that own the company. They want the best talent in the market for peanuts they have to offer as salary. This is a great place for beginners. If you have worked for some great companies before you come across this place- then you wont want to stay here for long. There are bad reviews on the place for a reason. Think before you join. If you are going to be meeting with the big wigs of the company better be prepared to be treated like there is nothing great about all your work experience and your expertise. They will want to check how desperate you are for that job and will ask you irrelevant questions only to see what your thought process is and how you react. Most asked question: What is the capital of Canada / sell me this pen! BEWARE!!!!


  7. Helpful (6)

    "SAD excuse for an organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Purchasing
    Former Employee - Purchasing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are so few Pros it's tough to think of any.

    Cons

    All the negative comments in these reviews are true. No need to list them all again. I was desperate for a job at the time I unfortunately wound up there. Was horrendous. Suggestion to all: Do not work here.

    Advice to Management

    No point - too far gone. The place is a joke.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "It's not business, it's personal"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OpticsPlanet full-time

    Pros

    -Flex Schedule
    -Very casual attire
    -Free gym
    -Free coffee
    -Free lunch time to time
    -Employee Lounge
    -Wellness Room
    -Company Picnic
    -Holiday Galas

    Cons

    -The pay is horrible. They GROSSLY underpay the employees there. Expect you to work 5 job titles but barely pay you for one. I've seen a lot of great talent leave because OP didn't want to pay out. (Including myself).
    -HR Dept is a joke. They hire a bunch of lazy, dishonest and unfriendly people. They do not have your best interest at heart. Former HR Employees have screwed up multiple employee health insurance enrollments, short term disability benefits (not paying employees on maternity leave), and call off as much as they can.
    -Nepotism is a STRONG part of the culture there. If you're not Russian or if you're not somehow related to upper management, don't expect to go anywhere in the company.
    -Health Insurance for a family is disgustingly expensive. You're better off just paying for private insurance at the price you'll pay with OP.
    -The less you do, the more they reward you. They don't reward the hardworking employees. Instead they throw management level positions to people who do the bare minimum and/or make HUGE financial/logistical mistakes.
    -Empty promises. They'll promise you the world, but fail to deliver.

    In the end, Executive Management is only worried about the money in their own pockets. They may spit a good game saying that, "We care". At the end of the day, they don't. In the corporate world, it's dog eat dog. They will step all over the little guy so they end up on top. At the end of the day, they will find someone new who will do 3+ job titles and pay them less than what they were paying you. OP is a place to get the experience you need and then move onto bigger and better things. The late Charlene Thompson said it best, "OP is not where you end up."

    Advice to Management

    Hold yourself accountable when mistakes are made. Don't be so quick to point fingers at others. Reprimand those who need to be and not let them get away with huge mistakes. Know the worth of your employees. Fight for them. When you see great talent, do everything in your power to keep them. OP can be something great if you just stood behind your employees and invested in them.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "From a software engineer perspective"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpticsPlanet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    OpticsPlanet is a great place to work from a software engineering perspective. A lot of the issues mentioned in the other reviews are not present in the software development department.

    Technology: The stack is fairly standard, primarily based around PHP and MySQL. There are efforts to incorporate newer technologies like React.

    Coworkers: Everyone at all levels of the company is generally friendly and helpful. Other developers are always willing to help. When bugs do happen, there is no shaming or blaming, just a factual discussion of the issue and ways to solve it.

    Work: There is always interesting new requests in the pipeline so you're unlikely to get bored and you'll have good job security. Although developers here tend to focus on either frontend or backend work, you're free to work on either area.

    Work-life balance: Very good. Hours are flexible and you can work from home when necessary. Pretty much 40 hours/week for most of the year, with rare occasions where you have to work a bit on the weekend (i.e. emergency fixes during the holiday quarter).

    Other general pros: Gym at the office, option to buy products we sell at cost, health and dental plans are good.

    Cons

    Some benefits are not great. 401(k) matching maxes out at $1,000 per year and fully vests after five years.

    There are no sick days. Instead you start off with 15 days of "flexible time off" a year so if you get really sick and take time off that's eating into your vacation days.

    No bonuses as far as I'm aware.

    Advice to Management

    Improve benefits.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Not the worst, far from great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free on-site gym
    Free coffee
    Good employee lounge
    Casual attire
    Good company events
    Despite the cons, the company is doing very well and shows no signs of slowing down.

    Cons

    Nepotism. There isn't a department in the company where someone isn't married or related to someone else in the company.
    It's confusing what people can get away with while others are berated for less offensive acts.
    Favoritism rules promotions, not skill or hard work.
    Unqualified or under qualified people in key roles everywhere.
    Company politics is more important than hard work.
    Tenure overrules competency.
    Read the other negative reviews, most are spot on.
    Pay is abysmal.

    Advice to Management

    Drive out the toxicity. Stop the nepotism. Get to know some low level employees. Put people in key roles that have experience and competency.