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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Company is small, nimble and growing. Lots of opportunity to significantly affect the results. Great mix of physics, software and machines. Challenging projects and talented co-workers. Industry leader.

    Cons

    No cons. It's not perfect, but what is? Management is committed to continual improvement and figuring it out. A small company with growing pains is not for everyone but works for me.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away from this company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Radiant Vision Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The one positive thing I can say is that the employees, the only people who actually get anything done around here, are great. A lot of smart, driven individuals.

    Cons

    The management, especially top management, makes this a miserable place to work. All they worry about is the bottom line. The CEO is a horrible human being and has no issue making everyone around him feel like small worthless nothings. The executives reporting to him are no better and act like he's their god.

    This is hands down the worst place I have ever worked. Please look for employment elsewhere. If I could give it zero stars, I would.

    Advice to Management

    Quit and let others who know how to manage people come in and turn this place around.


  3. Helpful (9)

    "Not a place to build a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Radiant Vision Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You are immersed in many different tasks, everyday you will be doing many different things. This is a great place to gain experience, but it is not a place to build a career. Look at the other reviews below to see why.

    Cons

    Turnover is very high, a testament to the work place culture and environment you are surrounded in. Most people will be newly graduated students from physics or math. The supply of these students graduating more than fills the demand from turnover.

    The pay is well below the average pay of your job in the greater Redmond/Seattle area.

    Culture and values of the company are nonexistent. Management constantly drills in the need to win at any cost. Morales and integrity do not exist, the end goal is how much money you can make with each and every transaction.

    Advice to Management

    Management is quite indifferent to the overall workforce. A personable, more relatable management would do wonders to boost company morale and instill confidence in the workforce.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Radiant Vision Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The best reason for working here would be the challenges you face. Like many small companies, you are asked to wear many different hats. You will grow quickly if you jump at these opportunities. Also, the people here are smart and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Slightly lower than standard wage. It is in the farthest corner of Redmond. It can be quite a commute no matter where you live.

    Advice to Management

    Please be fair with wages.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Worthwhile experience. Given a great work environment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Calibration Technician in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Calibration Technician in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Radiant Vision Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked alone for the most part.

    Cons

    Fixed lunch time of 30 minutes

    Advice to Management

    Management was skilled and versed in motivating a medium size crew to meet production needs. Mark Woods has a handle on his people.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Not worth your time"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Radiant Vision Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The employees are, for the most part, bright and talented people. I enjoyed getting to know almost everyone at the company.

    Cons

    There are a number of significant problems. To start, this was a very uncomfortable place to work. It was clear initially that there's no respect or real communication between the top managers and the rest of the company. There are of course people who will point out problems to HR and their managers, but these people are either lied to or ignored and end up leaving the company due to sheer frustration. I found that I needed to adopt an indifferent mindset during my time there to avoid sharing in this frustration, but again, that was very uncomfortable. Lots of talent has been lost.

    All tasks were given with explicit instructions that they were top priority, but there was no ownership and little accountability for these tasks. Lots of work that was labeled "Top Priority" simply didn't get done because it wasn't assigned in a straightforward manner, there was no follow up, or tasks were assigned to people who do not have the necessary skills. This became a serious problem, and our customers noticed.

    The CEO's stated goal is to sell the company in the next couple years. Many employees are concerned about the long term stability of the company, and while I didn't feel this was a concern, the CEO's short term mindset has filtered down through the rest of the company. This is a company without a plan (hence everything being top priority). Products are shipped to customers with the short term goal of selling a product, and not the long term consideration of whether or not the product worked, or would continue to work a year later. We shipped hardware and software to customers that didn't work, and no one seemed to care about this even if they acknowledged it. Our customers definitely noticed this.

    This company is stagnant. They will not fail due to the problems listed above, but they aren't going anywhere either. They will likely continue to putter along much as they have thus far, and probably achieve some sporadic success. This won't matter to you, however. Your pay will be below average (especially given the cost of living in Redmond, it is surprisingly low), unless you're a manager. You will have to deal with the problems listed above, and your career will feel as stagnant as the company.

    If you are a skilled scientist, engineer, salesman, accountant, programmer, manager, or any other professional, there is no reason to work here. You will succeed much more elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    It is very apparent that you do not understand the company that you are running. You did not take the time to understand either the hardware or software sides of the business, and neither is run efficiently at this point.

    You do not respect your employees, and they know it. You provide low salaries and benefits and expect people to be satisfied, to have a "Passion for Winning". You treat your people as though they are stupid, like they are children. Your employees are primarily engineers, scientists, and programmers. They're a quiet, introverted, and very intelligent group, and they are not happy. The more extroverted and assertive types won't question you either, they need a salary and this is a bad economy.

    You can't make people respect you, you have to respect them first. Provide a competitive salary and benefits package, and provide good bonuses to people. We had our best year in 2012 and everyone received standard bonuses. That does not send a good message. Give these people a reason to go above and beyond for you, you have the talent and are not utilizing it. Otherwise, people will continue to leave. Many can make a lot more money elsewhere, and they know it.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "no ownership, lots of favoratism. Manager travelling around and push the staff as slaves. No personal development and"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Staff in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Radiant Vision Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    fast growing and you may have a good time if you are manager's favorate fe. Enjoy your time if you are supervising some slaves

    Cons

    management in chaos and very bad people management


  9. Helpful (11)

    "It was that bad."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Radiant Vision Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Glassdoor is an option, maybe the only one, for employees or former employees to provide feedback to the company, especially negative feedback. If there were no problems there would not be any reviews at all, except positive, fake ones instigated by HR or management to attract new talent. A negative review indicates a problem or problems, multiple negative reviews indicate problems that haven’t been addressed, through the incapacity or unwillingness of the staff to address them.

    The only positive at Radiant is people, the small circle of colleagues and co-workers one can respect and value. They are nice, intelligent, quirky, supportive.

    Cons

    The software development management staff at Radiant is technically educated but demonstrates no management skills, doesn’t possess any knowledge of the software development world, its practices or standards, and has no business strategy to lead the team to success. What is the value of technical knowledge if there are no management skills? - None. Technical knowledge is good, but it is better to do the job you are paid for: to manage, lead, respect. It is to be hoped that the younger generation of managers is ready to learn, think and work outside the box, to be honest and to maintain professional pride.

    Advice to Management

    Here is a piece of advice for top company Management and Development Management at Radiant: talk to your employees, listen to your employees, respect your employees; if you promise to address a specific problem, keep your word (this is a sign of a mature manager/leader). Study professional management; learn what real software development means, including industry standards and the best tools and technologies to use; develop one reliable product, not multiple unfinished, partially-working sort of products (in the last three years no successful product was developed). Respect your developers and use their creativity; provide quiet (your “cubicle farm” is not a feedlot or a football field, and you are not cowboys or football coaches) and a mentally healthy environment for the team. Don’t just stand up all day long in your offices, but stand up for your employees, do your job so the company and its employees will succeed.

    Management effectiveness on a scale from one to ten is negative five. It will take time and efforts to improve, if you want to do it. You have to work hard and apply all the intelligence you have or do not have. Good luck!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It is not that bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Radiant Vision Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is readily apparent that glassdoor has provided disgruntled employees a public forum to vent their frustrations. I have worked for many companies and the one constant is employees griping about management. Now griping can be done in public with complete anonymity. I feel that all these negative reviews are presenting an image of Radiant Zemax being a bad place to work which is not entirely fair. If you look at other companies on glassdoor you will often see the same kind of negative reviews, with the exception of those companies who pay well above market.

    That said, if you are looking to start a career in STEM, Radiant Zemax is a great place to get experience. I wish I could of worked for a company like Radiant Zemax right after college.

    If you are middle to prime of your career, Radiant Zemax can be an option. Interesting technology, very intelligent people, travel options.

    Since dissent speaks louder then content I am rating 4 stars.

    Cons

    Like the other reviewers have said: brown nosing, favoritism, gossip, the occasional backstab, they are all here...just like every mid size to large company. If you do not want deal with these things then work for a small company.

    Advice to Management

    Less compartmentalizing, get more advice from those qualified to give it.


  11. Helpful (8)

    "Great Technology and People, but Poisonous Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Radiant Vision Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people that work at Radiant Zemax below management-level are, largely, wonderful. Lunches with coworkers - food, sports, running, shopping - were the norm. Regular happy hours, afterwork/weekend parties and gatherings, and general camaraderie made the social culture great. The technology and software RZ is developing remains bleeding edge, as well, and anyone fascinated with optics/light/mechanical engineering/product design have many options.

    Cons

    Management is absolutely terrible. Both initial companies were founded by brainy engineers that have since taken on various VP roles, leaving company direction in the hands of an MBA that is looking exclusively to sell. As such, nobody at the top has any managerial experience or training, so yelling, favoritism, and a culture of 'every project is critical' is the norm. Everyone at the top is just waiting for their golden parachute to come in, and all make 6-figures and get regular bonuses. No one below the top 10 get stock options, everyone else is salaried and expected to happily put in 60 hour workweeks and be able to travel out of country weeks on end at will. Work/life balance is something an employee is expected to figure out 'on their own time'. Work functions are either inane or creepy, and seem largely geared towards management's children instead of employees. Pay is, at best, 80% of the industry standard, and benefits are laughable. Bonuses are measured against whether management likes you, and the occasional random treat - largely lunches or tickets to local sporting events that management isn't using that night - always go to attractive salespeople and/or brownosers. Quarterly management meetings are uncomfortable - individuals and departments are regularly called out on supposed faults - and lack substance. Anyone that raises concerns (pay, benefits, morale, treatment, improvements, etc) are dismissed or hassled, and management regularly polls employees for 'dirt' on others.

    If none of the above has convinced you, here's three specific points to consider:
    - 3 different HR people have quit in the last year, and the latest was hired solely to find new hires and stop the mass exodus.
    - One of the VPs has a pair of cars that combined cost well over $700,000, and both were purchased in the same year. This is more than every single engineer, support engineer, programmer, and other technical staff make COMBINED annually.
    - Absolutely nothing is measured or balanced against former or current employees, resulting in situations where a manager of a team of 4 makes 50% more than a manager of a team of 9, but then hired someone that made more than themselves. Since the entire companies payroll was inadvertently made public, everyone knows this. Titles, experience, education? Meaningless.

    Advice to Management

    Get training on how to manage people. Treat employees as if they were people, not replaceable cogs in a machine. The office is too small to avoid gossip and personal contact, so embracing that and actually creating a familial atmosphere would go a long way to retaining good people instead of steadily watching them leave. Increase pay and benefits down the board, as profit margins and some of the perks management enjoys while letting nothing trickle down is insulting.



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