Otak Reviews

Updated Aug 11, 2020

To filter reviews, or .
3.1
48%
Recommend to a Friend
57%
Approve of CEO
Otak CEO and President Jim Hamann (no image)
Jim Hamann
13 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great People, Great Benefits"

    5.0
    • 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.

    Continue reading

    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. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, interesting work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structural Designer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Otak full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are great: helpful, kind, and friendly. The work is interesting and diverse with lots of emphasis on collaboration across disciplines.

    Cons

    Serious growing pains. The transition from a small/ medium company to a larger one comes with a number of challenges. Company policy seems to be in constant flux, although the core values have remained fairly steady. Managers always seem to be overworked, and it tends to leave staff without the support they need to really do well.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership is weak"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Otak full-time

    Pros

    Great projects and people to work with. A lot of people really care about their work and want to do a great job.

    Cons

    There are a lot of people helping to lead the company and most of them are bad leaders. CEO only cares about what is the next company to buy. CFO has way to much power and helps kill employee morale by making everything about profits. CTO is very slow on everything and hampers the ability for staff to work efficiently. There is no incentive to work across offices or across departments due to so much pressure on financials.

    Continue reading
  4. "No Leadership"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Otak full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Co-workers are fantastic people who deserve more than they get

    Cons

    No leadership from the top down, bad communication that usually contradicts itself or has to be restated and corrected, high turnover, lay offs of long term staff in IT, and Marketing to bring in younger, cheaper and less experienced replacements.

    Continue reading
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Executive Leadership"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Otak full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice office space and people

    Cons

    Bad leadership that starts at the top with the incompetent CEO Jim Hamann, bad business decisions, favoritism, pay isn't consistent with jobs, men are paid more then women for doing the same job, and their's no diversity, only white old men running the company from the top on down to mid level managers.

    Continue reading
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Upper Management does not address abusive Managers/employees"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Otak full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    several employees are doing their best in a toxic office

    Cons

    Throughout the Vancouver and Portland offices there is high turn over. Bullying was accepted by managers (who were the bullies) and human resources did not solve the bullying of women and other staff. Employees quit to avoid harassment and/or the toxic office.

    Continue reading
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely poor leadership"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many of the people are nice, and Otak does great projects.

    Cons

    Executives are unprofessional and abusive. It's an old boy network, and female employees are stuck without a career track. Otak leadership is toxic and the company survives because it has some good people.

    Continue reading
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Weak Links in All Levels"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Otak full-time

    Pros

    They have good benefits and there are some goods people working there.

    Cons

    Their managers are not good and some of the employees that have been there longer are trusted but incompetent. They also got hacked so my personal information is now out there on the dark web.

    Continue reading
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not a Good Place to Work"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Otak full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Reasonable pay and benefits compared to more progressive companies.

    Cons

    Poorly managed at all levels, actual job is typically well beneath the posted job description, staff typically not given resources to be successful or advance career.

    Continue reading
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Upper management is filled with incompetent weasels"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.

    Continue reading

    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 just A/E/C. We wish you well in your future endeavors.

Found 27 reviews
</>Embed