I ensure the correct lens blanks are pulled from our inventory for each job we receive. I order lenses on an as-needed basis to maintain appropriate and accurate lean inventory levels on-site. Our proximity and part ownership of Global Optics, Inc allows us to make a quick trip back and forth to refill stock multiple times a day. The longest a lens sits on our shelves is 2-3 hours before it is used to fill an order.
Why is Cherry Optical, Inc a good fit for you?
I am a very analytical person, so maintaining order and organization is fun for me. “A place for everything and everything in its place” is my motto and top priority. I enjoy the challenge of keeping a slim inventory while also minimizing wait time. It would be easy to overstock everything or conversely just order what we need. Maintaining a balance in between is a unique challenge.
What does it take to be a successful employee at Cherry Optical, Inc?
Aside from showing up on time and doing what is required, expanding your knowledge and trying to improve existing systems in the workplace. There is always room for improvement and there are always lessons to be learned.
For example: When something is flagged, it’s usually important. So, whether you’re in the workplace or out, don’t let it get past you or you may make a mistake… Like accidentally walking through the freshly poured concrete at the end of your shift. Oops!
What do you find most satisfying?
My job is very visual. I’m constantly looking at stacks and stacks of trays that need to be filled. Boxes of lenses that need to get into trays. Getting them out of my room and into the lab is my priority. It’s nice to have visual feedback on progress as opposed to say a stack of papers in a box. When I see a nice clean stock room I know I’m making progress.
What makes Cherry Optical, Inc different?
While I don’t have any experience with other labs, I can still compare to other places I’ve worked. Cherry Optical, Inc listens to it’s employees. If you have a problem or a kink in your workflow, you can always make suggestions and try out new things. They understand that there is always room for improvement and sometimes that means new tools, new organizational methods, etc. Even as the business grows, we maintain a startup feel.
What are the biggest challenges?
Definitely learning the opticianry side of things. This is a newer field for me, and there is a lot for me to learn so I try to pick up a little more every day.
What is the secret behind Cherry’s success?
If I told it wouldn’t be a secret now would it?
What area of optical technology excites you the most?
I enjoy the machinery and electronics involved. While I don’t actively use them for my job, I’m always talking to our lab managers asking questions about how/why things work.
What music are you embarrassed to like?
90’s Girl bands: The Cranberries, The Cardigans, Alanis Morrisette, etc.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy recreational computer programming and writing music.
What Is Your Weapon Of Choice For The Impending Zombie Apocalypse?
In lieu of a weapon, I would open up a Zombie Buffet/Community College. I would propose that we dig up the dead, serve them buffet style and have college professors give seminars during their meals. Zombies need access to basic services too; just because you’re born a brain eating zombie doesn’t mean you have to grow up to be one. We need to start with basic healthcare and education. Zombies are people too!
Summer at Cherry Optical, Inc involves lunches at the outdoor picnic tables, usually with the heavenly scent of the grill floating on the summer breeze. This week we’re gearing up to see a baseball game together as a company and we just finished distributing our new company t-shirts. In between work, there are conversations about vacations that take us from Montana to our favorite places in the north woods. Teamwork and friendship help cover the vacationing employee’s post while they are away. As a family built and oriented company, this show of camaraderie isn’t hard to find.
Soon we will be making plans for one of the employee’s annual corn roast and it makes me hungry every time we talk about it. The sunshine lightens everyone’s spirit, but the cloudy days exude more focus. Everyone works hard throughout the day to get outside and play in the sun after his or her shifts. Wisconsin summers never last too long, but that only means that football season is making a comeback. Enjoy the weather, we sure are!
I just have to let everyone know that Cherry Optical is by far the best lab I have worked with in 30 years. And I'm not kidding. The quality of work and the quick turn-around time makes my practice work so much better. There is no settling for dubious quality AND great prices. The staff at Cherry are all knowledgeable, no weak links in the system. Also our sales rep here on Long Island, NY keeps us updated on a myriad of new products and lens designs. They just keep helping me grow my practice. Thanks.
Exceptional customer service. If you make a call to their customer service dept, you can be confident in knowing youll get a reliable, knowledgeable and capable person on the other line. Management and the sales teams are also engaged and motivated to help you offer the very best products to your customers. I feel like I would rarely say this about something I've experienced, but you truely do not know what your missing if you havent yet tried Cherry Optical.
One of the absolute BEST labs I have ever worked with! The staff is thorough and extremely knowledgeable. The service is outstanding! Their work and craftsmanship is phenomenal. I get orders on time for my patients. Plus they are very impressed with the end product as well. Thank you Cherry Optical for your fantastic work!
I manage a small optical shop in Haverhill, MA. We recently switched to Cherry Optical, Inc. for our lab. I couldn't be happier! The quality, attention to detail and wonderful employees are top notch! I have been selling a lot of cutting edge lenses and have had great feed back from my customers. If I have any questions, about anything, all the staff has been so helpful and informative! The employees at Cherry Optical really know their lenses! I highly recommend this lab to anyone and everyone!
I have had glasses since I was a kid (I am now middle-aged) and the clearest vision I have experienced is with the lenses that are ordered from Cherry Optical. They have a very fast turnaround time and very impressive quality!!! Everyone should give them a try, they won't be disappointed!!