Why Otus?

At Otus, you will work with people that are passionate about improving the lives of teachers and students. We are group of talented designers, developers, coaches, and leaders. We love what we do and strive to the best work we can each day.

On our team you will find musicians, beer enthusiasts, designer toy collectors, table tennis fanatics, and more.


Core Values

Authenticity

How we show our clients
Otus was created and built for teachers, by teachers. This unique characteristic is the foundation for the future development and implementation of the platform.

How we show our colleagues
We trust that each member of a team is an expert in their field while also understanding that no individual person knows everything. As the saying goes, we all understand that “we don’t know what we don’t know” and try and learn something new every day.

Transparency

How we show our clients
The voice of educators is invaluable to the constant evolution of the Otus platform. We will continually strive to keep our users informed about new features, updates to existing ones, and the exciting future of Otus.

How we show our colleagues
Being transparent to your co-workers only builds trust. Be honest, be upfront, and be open to feedback. With this, all company meetings are completely open to anyone who wishes to and is able participate in that meeting.

For example, if a newly hired developer wishes to attend a sales team meeting, that is totally acceptable. If there is a meeting that you aren’t asked to join, but you believe you would benefit from attending...just ask! The only closed meetings are 1-on-1 meetings as those may only be attended by the employee and their immediate supervisor (and/or his/her supervisor).

Empathy

How we show our clients
The challenges that students and teachers face in the classroom are what motivates our team to create new solutions within Otus. We work to organize the chaos; shine light on the great experiences that are already happening and provide an opportunity to implement meaningful improvements.

How we show our colleagues
When working with your colleagues, understand that what might not be important to you is important to somebody else. Also, what might be important to you may not be important to a colleague. That being said, it is critical that each person view situations from multiple perspectives and act accordingly.

Courage

How we show our clients
We believe in challenging the status quo when necessary. We are not afraid to risk failure in order to reach new frontiers in education technology. We work to serve all students and teachers, especially the traditionally underserved or those at risk of falling through the cracks.

How we show our colleagues
Make decisions using your best professional judgment. Ask for help when you need it. Carve your own path to success and risk failure. It is ok to make mistakes as long as you are creative and do not make the same ones twice.


Recognition

Otus was named as a 2019 Top Place to Work by Built in Chicago. Our product is frequently recognized by various award-giving organizations.

While that is nice, the biggest reward is the success of our clients and seeing the work we do each day help improve the learning outcomes of students across the world.


Life at Otus

Healthcare
Otus offers medical, dental, vision coverage, and a HSA.

Work/Life Balance
Employees have over 6 weeks of paid-time-off (PTO) a year. This includes 20 PTO days, a day off for your birthday or a loved one’s birthday, an Interest Day for you to do something you love, and paid holidays.

Work From Home
Chicago-based employees can work from the comfort of their homes two-days each week. If you want to work in our office every day, that's ok, too.

Parental Leave
We believe that parents are the first, and most important teachers to their children. Employees may take up to 12 weeks of parental leave.

401(k)
Eligible to participate in company 401K Plan.

Location
Otus is nestled nicely in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, a diverse and changing neighborhood that once was home to and is still home to a few meatpacking businesses. There is a great blend of old and new architecture, the best restaurants Chicago has to offer and plenty of places to grab a drink after work. Otus is headquartered in the new Google building at 1k Fulton.

Perks
We work in a great building that has an amazing rooftop deck, a gym, frequent social events and a free shuttle to and from train stations (CTA and Metra).