Lutron Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
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  • Amazing place to start a career - as much personal responsibility as you can stomach and tons of learning opportunities (in 7 reviews)

  • Others have said that Lutron is a great place to start a career, and I can see why (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no work-life balance whatsoever (in 6 reviews)

  • The company is run by upper management that can make it quite difficult to keep up morale (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Great place to begin your career.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer

    I have been working at Lutron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    fantastic coworkers, small company feel, ok benefits, job security

    Cons

    Unstructured development paths, archaic pay structure, vacation time is less that other companies, inflexible with change


  2. Helpful (3)

    A somewhat misled tech career incubator that often burns out their amazing talent too quickly

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design & Development Engineer in Coopersburg, PA
    Former Employee - Design & Development Engineer in Coopersburg, PA

    I worked at Lutron full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Surprisingly impressive technology and innovations in what many would see as a dull industry
    - Incredibly talented coworkers, great culture
    - High quality products that engineers are proud of making
    - Amazing place to start a career - as much personal responsibility as you can stomach and tons of learning opportunities
    - Fast paced and exciting, if that's your thing
    - Salary is okay. Benefits are okay.

    Cons

    - Often not willing to pay for the resources necessary to get things done
    - Long hours, short notice, little to no appreciation of personal life (especially if you don't have a family yet). The young guys get stepped on.
    - Emphasis on quality trumps all other (often more logical) decisions. This could be seen as good and bad.
    - Management rarely willing to hear out good ideas coming from the bottom, even with fully working hardware.
    - Highly respected but obsolete senior design engineers are often off in the weeds making impractical hardware that junior engineers are routinely tasked with cleaning up later. Guess who gets the glory when it works? Guess who doesn't get a shot at the initial design work?

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your engineers and give them a shot.
    Learn to be more agile in product development.
    Respect the work/life balance of your overworked engineering staff or they will leave you.


  3. Good company for embedded coders

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering Co-Op in Coopersburg, PA
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering Co-Op in Coopersburg, PA

    I worked at Lutron as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, but their intern program is poorly structured.

    Cons

    I was interviewed for a hardware position and was given a software position because there was nothing else available.


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  5. Satisfied

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lutron full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, Good opportunities, Fast paced projects, "In this together" attitude among coworkers

    Cons

    Can be hectic at times
    Timelines don't always match up to reality
    Lots of movement to meet staffing needs


  6. Helpful (1)

    Decent place to start but certainly not the company to last you for career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design & Development Engineer in Coopersburg, PA
    Current Employee - Design & Development Engineer in Coopersburg, PA

    I have been working at Lutron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Opportunities to expand your role beyond the assigned responsibilities.
     - Company is still not very big so easy to expand networks and get noticed.
     - Leadership opportunities earlier in the career.
     - Come on time and leave on time for most of the time
     - Every team member is given a equal chance to voice their concerns.
     - Design and development cycle is very fast. From the project approval to market launch, often the time period is 6 months. This keeps the employees on their toes and work creatively and smartly.
     - Good opportunities for training
     - People manage their own schedule.

    Cons

    - HR is hard to work with, often very inflexible and adheres to their strict rules.
    - HR tries it's best to enforce company culture and often shoots down ideas for change.
    - No work at home or remote work policy.
    - Senior management often micromanages.
    - Transition of roles is not as easy as touted by HR at time of hiring.
    - No free lunches, food or any side benefits of a medium size company.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Felt like high school sometimes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA

    I worked at Lutron full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great co-workers, supportive mid-management, was easy to make friends there

    Cons

    Filthy warehouse, management was very cliquey and the only promotions that ever went out occurred in that small circle.

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of the favoritism that goes on there. I saw lots of co-workers that busted their rears get put on the back burner so a manager's friend could get the promotion instead. It was very blatant, and very demoralizing to the rest of the employees.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Great People. Average Company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Lutron full-time

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It has already been said that the best thing about Lutron is the people. Regardless of your discipline, you will make close friends here, and you will have ample opportunity to grow your core skill set. For those who want to hit the ground running, Lutron is a great place to start a career - as the company relies heavily on new-hires to make key technical decisions in the company.
    Lutron rewards achievement, though you'll need to be willing to stand-up for yourself and be your own champion.

    Cons

    While new employees get ample opportunities to make real contributions, they also bear the brunt of insufficient upper management. Short-term strategies mean that work / life balance doesn't often factor into the equation -- crises flow down hill, and the company isn't shy about asking for copious uncompensated overtime from exempt employees. Lutron could be so much more than it is, and could attract and hold great talent if the atmosphere were less stressed and less repressed. Upper management could stand up for themselves and their employees -- but unfortunately it isn't the culture, and isn't likely to change before the regime.
     Anything and everything is subject to change at a moment's notice at managements' whim, often causing redundant effort and wasted time on "black hole" pet projects. Viable new ideas, visions, and strategies often get overlooked due to paranoia and a CYA approach that stems from trickle-down fear of the top management tier.

    Advice to Management

    Set Global Strategies and Stick to them -- Stop micromanaging the day to day operations of your project teams. The majority of your employees are very competent - allow them to work out the day to day issues.
    Don't be afraid to let non-contributors go.
    Recognize problem employees before they become a problem.
    Continue to invest in a better HR department. HR is improving, but remains incredibly sparse for a company of this size.


  9. Great place to build a career, if you are an engineer.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in Coopersburg, PA
    Former Employee - N/A in Coopersburg, PA

    I worked at Lutron full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, good benefits, small town feel, privately held family business.

    Cons

    HR is a complete mystery. Hard to figure out how promotions and pay raises are decided.

    Advice to Management

    Work on communicating the company's vision and strategy better. Delegate and hold people accountable. If all decisions roll up to the owner and a few others, the creative process and progress slow down.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Very stressful work environment with a hands-off management style. Poor communication between business functions.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Coopersburg, PA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Coopersburg, PA

    I worked at Lutron full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Engineering practices, good customer service. Fair/good employee’s benefits.

    Cons

    Resistance to change. Difficult environment. Favoritism. Poor communication between business functions.

    Advice to Management

    Management should reevaluate their culture, observe at least some of the best practices utilized outside Lutron.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Could be a great place to work but...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Technical Designer in Coopersburg, PA
    Former Contractor - Technical Designer in Coopersburg, PA

    I worked at Lutron as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cafeteria, the people, the location, the constant learning experience

    Cons

    Make up their own rules in regards to "contractors" and pay men more then women with the same qualifications. HR is terrible. The company does not follow through on the contract to hire process and then just "drop" contracts for no reason like there are not human beings attached to them. Repost the position weeks later. Won't rehire you if you've worked there previously.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the "we don't rehire ex-employees" nonsense, particularly in the creative fields. Why wouldn't you want people working for you who already have relationships with engineering, standards, creative and so on? Stop making up rules in regards to your contract-to-hire people, who are a valuable resource and human beings who make fantastic contributions. Ending contracts after a year only to hire someone new to train for months and the cycle repeats does not make sense.



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