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Otak Reviews

Updated May 23, 2019

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Jim Hamann
9 Ratings
  1. "Great People, Great Benefits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Otak full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Keep improving technology. Forward thinking. Improving focus on staff through benefits, mentoring and professional development.

    Cons

    Buy in from too many people causes initiatives to move forward slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your staff to make professional decisions and back them up.

    Otak2018-11-06

    Otak Response

    December 4, 2018Senior Communications Manager

    Thanks for the great review. We're instituting a 360-degree process to give better coaching to our senior leaders, in the hopes of moving things forward more quickly and improving staff empowerment. Glad you like working here!

  2. "Upper management is filled with incompetent weasels"

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

    I worked at Otak full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very nice people to work with day to day. Excellent working environment. Competitive pay and benefits. Laid back and fun but also serious about job excellence. Excellent support staff and staff level workers. Competent, professional department managers. Cutting edge technology. Had a great, supportive IT staff until recently new CTO blew it up.

    Cons

    Upper management is inhumane and out of touch. Bonus plans or profit sharing plans are non-existent except for upper level staff. Money is wasted hand over fist. Over emphasis on acquiring small companies rather than growing organically causing cultural divisions and problems.

    Advice to Management

    Purge upper management (CEO, CFO, CTO, etc.) and start over with new leadership. Recognize that employees are human beings not cogs in the machine to be cast aside without due consideration.

    Otak2019-05-23

    Otak Response

    May 31, 2019Otak HR

    We appreciate your disappointment in the loss of highly respected and well-liked IT staff. When a company is on a trajectory for high growth, organically and through acquisition, changes in staff are sometimes necessary to support that growth - this is true in all industries, not ...

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  3. "Project Coordinator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Otak full-time

    Pros

    Good employee benefits, great community environment

    Cons

    Some internal communication issues, however it's been improving a lot over my time here.

    Otak2018-09-13

    Otak Response

    October 3, 2018Senior Communications Manager

    We're so glad you're here! We're also glad you've noticed the investment in our communications efforts, and you'll continue to see improvement in this area.

  4. "A team with solid values dedicated to excellent Civil Infrastructure projects!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Design Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Otak full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I work with awesome people who want to see you succeed, we work hard but the management understands that life happens and are very accommodating to scheduling. The best resources and all the tools you need to do the job right are provided. I work with a fun team with great values who are committed to excellency and it is great!

    Cons

    95% office work 5% field work, so far.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Push for every other Friday off and 9 hour work days ;)

    Otak2018-09-13

    Otak Response

    October 3, 2018Senior Communications Manager

    We're glad you enjoy your team and working for Otak! You might want to talk to your manager about your every other Friday off idea...not everyone would like the 9-hour workday part, but sounds like it would be great for you. We strive for flexibility in work-life balance, and it looks ...

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  5. "We are making strides to be at the top of our game!"

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

    I have been working at Otak full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I have been with Otak for about a year and a half and have noticed huge changes for the better. The company really puts forth an effort to offer a healthy work/life balance for its employees and encourages personal career development. We put a high value on sustainability and giving back to the community - you can even accrue additional PTO through volunteering! It is an open door environment from top down so everyone...

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    Cons

    Technology needs to be updated on some fronts.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time exploring how each of your employees wants to grow and provide the mentorship they need to get there. There can never be enough training and development to help employees be the best they can be, so they want to do the best they can do for you!

    Otak2018-09-10

    Otak Response

    September 10, 2018Senior Communications Manager

    Thank you for your comments. Otak's opportunity to accrue PTO through volunteering is one of the best benefits we offer! Employees also have the option to donate their PTO to help coworkers in need. You'll be glad to hear that our IT team has been bolstered and revitalized, and ...

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  6. "Great Company that practices corporate responsibility"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Otak full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Otak is a fun place to work. The Portland office (1 of 8 offices across the U.S.) has put-put golf to raise money and food for the food bank, Wine Down Wednesdays, a beer tap on site (only available after 3:30 PM), $100 a month in the Portland location to use for mass transit or parking, fun employees, environmentally engaged, rewards employees with up to 24 hours of extra PTO for volunteering for qualified non-profits,...

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    Cons

    Tight deadlines for clients. Work can be very demanding and then slow depending needs of the clients.

    Otak2018-09-06

    Otak Response

    September 10, 2018Senior Communications Manager

    We're glad you appreciate the benefits Otak has to offer! The other unique benefit we offer new employees with many years of experience is that PTO is based on number of years of experience, NOT number of years with the company. This benefit means that experienced staff do not have ...

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  7. "Architectural Designer @ Otak"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Otak full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy atmosphere to work in. Overall staff is very helpful and easily approachable.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity and easily pigeonholed into project types. The work here is rather mundane/monotonous.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved with mentee's to help them get the experience they need. Provide better schedules and understanding to clients. Overall the office standards could be much better organized. Better communicate project tasks from upper management down all team members of said associated projects.

    Otak2018-09-10

    Otak Response

    September 10, 2018Senior Communications Manager

    I'm sorry to hear you haven't had the chance to get involved in more exciting work. That must be disappointing. I hope you take the opportunity to provide this specific feedback to your supervisor, or if you're not comfortable doing so, please contact HR. We want to make sure ...

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  8. "Great People, Great Company Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Otak full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Highly collaborative, dynamic and creative group of people. Otak has really interesting projects all over the West. The project managers are very good at giving emerging professionals a chance to play a meaningful role on projects and people are given as much responsibility as they want to take on.

    Cons

    Some of the larger competing firms offer more benefits than Otak.

    Advice to Management

    All aspects of working at Otak have been improving significantly. One are that still needs work is developing a formal internship and mentorship program to move people into managing projects.

    Otak2018-06-22

    Otak Response

    June 22, 2018Senior Communications Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are continuing to look at the compensation and benefits we offer our employees, so we appreciate your feedback. We're glad you are seeing improvements in all aspects of Otak. We'll pass along your feedback about a formal internship ...

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  9. "New Otakian excited for the future!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Otak full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people. The culture. Clear vision & strategy. Client-care focus. Opportunities created by growth. Well-deserved stellar reputation.

    Cons

    A lot of (positive) change going on. Some people are at risk of burning out. Bandwidth to execute strategic initiatives is challenged. Work to do on the systems and processes to support growth.

    Advice to Management

    Set and communicate clear priorities across the various initiatives. Find ways to manage change in bite-sized pieces (tough to rewire the house with the lights on...not impossible...just needs careful planning and execution). Communicate - communicate - communicate.

    Otak2018-06-22

    Otak Response

    June 22, 2018Senior Communications Manager

    We are so glad you've joined our team! Your review is a good reminder that we need to pay attention to make sure our staff don't overcommit themselves as we rebuild and enhance Otak. We share your commitment to a healthy work-life balance, and we need to continue to remind each other ...

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Otak full-time

    Pros

    Great office location and office dynamics - working with engineers, architects and planners in an "open" office environment was really fun and exciting. Good work life balance and culture.

    Cons

    Workload balance was not great at times, and when you're salaried it really stings. I saw many people burn out. Also, the lack of female leadership and opportunities for females was glaringly obvious.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that employees are working a fair amount and all business groups are held to project schedules. More team building activities.

    Otak2018-03-05

    Otak Response

    March 7, 2018Senior Communications Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your comments. We're glad you enjoyed the downtown location, office culture, and collaborative environment! Your feedback on workload balance, scheduling, and team building is helpful. And you'll be glad to hear that the Otak leadership team ...

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