Manufacture Assembler/Tester (Former Employee), Kanata, ON – January 29, 2014
Pros: the company would each week provide free snacks, have company wide celbrations with cake and icecream for personal events, ie new baby, or got married, the company would have pot luck lunches for christmas, thanksgiving or easter celebrations
Cons: not many con, except the whole time i was there, i never received a personal review with my manager.
Optelian has a priority job number list, posted in the middle of the manufacturing floor. Every morning everyone would check to see what Job # their position in the manufacturing line was to work on. If one had a job unfinished from the day before, that was the 1st priority. If unsure due to more than one job having the same priority, there were always – more... lead hands or supervisors to direct you. I was often taken off the main job priority to work on smaller (in numbers) jobs by the supervisor. When this happened I would finish the unit I was working on, close my job in the computer and open the new job in the computer and work on what was asked. If I finished the small job the same day as asked, I would return to the main job, if I didn't finish the small job in one day, that would be my first priority the next day. I was crossed trained my many positions in Optelian, I was a fast worker, and got along with if not all then most of my peers. I have a strong work ethnic and always strive for perfection. I respected my managers and joined in the friendly conversations when occurred. I always tried to remember one personal information, asking how family is and getting the names of children correctly. Often my managers/supervisors I worked with directly or indirectly were hockey parent like I am and would bump into them in hockey arenas on the weekends. Always asked how their game went. There was two different starting times in the morning, one at 7am the other was 8am, I was on the 8 am shift and would say a general good morning to all and receive the same when entering the manufacturing floor. When I first started at Optelian, I made sure that I met 2 people, I don't have contact with during my work day at optelian, I would find out their names, their job function and where physically they worked and would periodically ask them about their work. In my last year of employment at Optelian, I made sure I did the same with any new hire and would often have them join my lunch table on their first day, and as often as we met. At Optelian, there are a multi national people working there, many prefer to stay with their group of friends. I learnt how to say Good morning, how are you, I'm doing well in many languages. We were all professional toward each other, no pointing fingers. If problems concurred we worked it out on our own, rarely involving lead hands and almost never supervisors. Everybody tried to get along, get the job done to the standards and beyond of the company. Would help peers when they were having problem, tried to explain how to make a tasks easier. Willing when asked to cross train or be crossed trained even if duties not what they were hired for. I enjoyed my work, coming in everday, even when it got hectic, the more busier it got the happier I got. The hardest part was the cycle count, especially if the items had to be counted several times – less
Good salary if your willing to make the commit but company lacks employee morals
Marketing (Former Employee), Atlanta, GA – May 25, 2014
Pros: good compensation.
Cons: no severance, limited advancement
This is a Canadian based company that has an obvious bias towards those that work out of the Ottawa office. The compensation was great but you have to put in the work for it. The management team during my time was dysfunctional but that is somewhat typical of a company that grew as fast as Optelian did.
Beware: I was laid off with 40% of the company – more... back in the fall of 2013 during the holiday season. They provided NO SEVERANCE PACKAGE or benefits to anyone. Didn't matter if you had worked for the company 6+ months or 6+ years. That was a little harsh and in my opinion illustrates a general lack of morals and integrity within a company's leadership.
If you need a job then Optelian may be a good option but if you're looking for a career then you may want to keep looking. – less