Open Systems International Employee Reviews about "free soda"

Updated 30 Jul 2019

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Open Systems International President Bahman Hoveida
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68 Ratings
Pros
  • "Collaborative work environment, good food, good work-life balance(in 13 reviews)

  • "Free Soda, New building, leading edge technology(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "OSI has strong processes in place, which can feel rigid at times, but it also provides clear expectations(in 18 reviews)

  • "Finally I was approached by someone from upper management today to tell me that(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Was skeptical all but proven wrong"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Medina, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - New technologies, cutting edge in some areas - Interesting work with the opportunity to travel - Good work culture - Free soda - Good benefits Retirement/Health

    Cons

    - Travel can be excessive if you do not set boundaries - Workload can be high as it is difficult to find skilled staff

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  2. Helpful (24)

    "Don’t stay long"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Open Systems International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Free soda There is a company picnic and a company holiday party each year which are actually quite lavish and nice

    Cons

    I spent a considerable amount of time at osi across multiple positions and waited until I had another job for a decent amount of time before writing this review. Software developers - working at osi is career suicide. You will be working with an outdated code base with bottom of the barrel developers. This is largely due to the low salary osi offers compared to the rest of the industry. Osi takes what they can get since they expect you to leave in a couple years anyway. You will be expected to put in 50 hour weeks and there is very little opportunity to work on anything that will help you appear attractive to any real tech companies. You will spend most of your time maintaining a legacy application that should have been rewritten years ago. Project engineers - according to the CEO you are simply "scada delivery boys" and will be the most overworked and abused employees at the company. A lot of the reviews on here stem from kids who have just graduated college and are getting their first real paychecks so everything is great! However, osi is not a place to build a career. As you become more skilled and put in your time, your workload and travel will increase. Soon you will travel multiple times every month flying out Sunday afternoon and getting back late Friday night with no comp time hence losing more and more of your weekends. The company will literally make you fly out Sunday morning instead of Sunday night if it will save them $50. I should add here that these are most often undesirable travel locations. If you are a real go getter and work harder than your peers, expect to be rewarded with twice the work and the same raises and bonuses as your coworkers who put in the bare minimum. If you do become recognized and get offered the coveted position of supervisor (everyone who lasts more than 3 years will), enjoy your title change since your salary won't. Osi is a revolving door of employees and this is the CEO's business model. The osi mantra is hire new college grads, pay them next to nothing and replace them in 2-3 years when they quit from being burnt out. Osi will not invest in its employees as evidenced by its rejection of its employees wishing to pursue their masters degrees or professional certifications. Not only will osi not help with tuition, they will also threaten to fire you for "not being able to fulfill your duties" if you are unable to travel due to your class schedule. Lastly Osi is petty. A big red flag to you should be the non compete agreement. Osi has gone after ex-employees several times in the past when there was even a chance that they may have violated the non compete Long story short if you have no other options, Osi is an okay place to work for 2 years. Any longer than that and you are sabotaging your career and your earning potential

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  3. Helpful (5)

    "Engineer"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Open Systems International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free soda, friendly coworkers, family events, growing company.

    Cons

    Low salary, lack of career path, high turn over rate.

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Busy, challenging work"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medina, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free Soda, New building, leading edge technology

    Cons

    High school atmosphere, immature workforce,

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  5. "Great place to work!"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business in Medina, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The culture at OSI is alive! The work is fast-paced and the employees are full of energy. In my specific position I enjoy getting to work on a variety of tasks on a day-to-day basis, never a dull day. Casual work environment, flexible work hours, free soda, free snacks, lots of employee events throughout the year. The health insurance plan is unbeatable! I'm not sure why everyone complains about the pay, it seems to be in line with industry averages and the bonuses are great.

    Cons

    Location - Medina is definitely on the edge of the metro. While they do have flex time, I wish there was a work from home option

  6. Helpful (10)

    "Really bad experience -- but at the time I had no better choice due to economic downturn"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Open Systems International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Most software developers whom I work with in OSI were friendly and helpful - In case you are a soda drinker, they offer free soda - The new building and new facility make the work place a nice environment

    Cons

    - Low compensation (salary); it is one of the lowest in Twin Cities area and interestingly they call it "competitive" - Micromanagement at the very top level (i.e., CEO) - Nothing in OSI resembles a high tech company and of course OSI is not high tech but the way they treat their software developers is really indecent, from salary, to pto, to starting work hour - Since it is not a good place to work for, most of OSI developers leave the company within 1-3 years of service.

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  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great work environment, includes revolving door for employees due to sub-standard wages."

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Medina, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Open Systems International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Many job 'perks' such as company outings and free soda. Lots of room for promotions due to high turnover rate. Opportunities for expense paid work travel around US and over seas.

    Cons

    Low wages are the number one reason for the high employee turnover rate. Promotions are near impossible to come by, even with all goals exceeded for the year. HR has no power, the company CEO micromanages all important decisions away from them.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Project Engineer"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Open Systems International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Free soda: they have free soda in the office which I don't know if it is good or bad. I have seen some developers drunk 25 + cans a day. - very self-driven work environment - New hires pretty much learn as they go on the jobs, but you do get a lot of supports from other engineers because they have been in the same shoes not long ago. - have opportunities to learn many different things

    Cons

    - lack of standards - Upper management teams don't care about employees. Upper management team are really into micromanaging. - low pay high stress. Engineers average have about four to five projects at the same time. They work average 55 hours or up per weeks. They work even more when you are on site with the clients. - Upper managers don't really care about work and life balance. Example: Friend of mine traveled 3 weeks back to back to back straight. They will always fly you out on Sundays and fly you back on Fridays or Saturdays. You really don't get to pick your hotel because they will pick the cheapest hotel (sometime motels) for the business trip. You have to use your own credit cards to book flights and hotels for the trip upfront.

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  9. Helpful (7)

    "OSI is a great stepping stone employer."

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Engineering Technician in Medina, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Open Systems International

    Pros

    You will work hands on with a lot of different products and learn a ton of valuable abilities. Free soda/coffee. Generous amounts/scheduling of PTO(see CONs below for the other side of this). Lower level employees are mostly competent and very enjoyable to work with. Sounds great on a resume.

    Cons

    Upper management is completely out of touch with the work force of the company. PTO is easy to schedule, but you are so overloaded with work that working overtime either before or after your PTO is almost required. There are very little to no advancement opportunities within OSI. No communication between Sales and the rest of the company, so when they sell something that we can't produce it falls upon the engineers/developers to work overtime to make it happen. Salary is very low for 80% of the company. Turnover is very very high, a significant amount of employees leave after a year.

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