Abbott Medical Optics Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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  1. Frustrating, if you like Equipment Development

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

    I have been working at Abbott Medical Optics full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Benefits and profit sharing are great, and Abbott overall (the pharmaceutical giant) is a great company. AMO is the fastest-growing division of Abbott, due to manufacture of intra-ocular lenses.

    Cons

    Organization and management are in constant state of flux, often political. Marketing is generally absent from equipment development. Upper management knows a lot about intra-ocular lenses and solutions but almost nothing about equipment design. Technology is outdated and equipment sales are decreasing. New product development and time-to-market are poor.

    Advice to Management

    Get serious about product development planning. Look at the detailed plans with your own eyes and see that they are insufficiently detailed and not maintained. Then hire experienced product development managers and planners.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Ok place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Abbott Medical Optics full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    the people at AMO are great

    Cons

    Management, Human Resources, separate benefit structures for exempt and non-exempt employees. This company is way too top heavy - they need more workers and less directors

    Advice to Management

    stop the crazy cycle, every 2-3 years you try something different except it's not new just the same thing with different players


  3. Helpful (3)

    Avoid This Company

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

    I worked at Abbott Medical Optics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great salaries and benefits; compensation is in-line with most Fortune 500 companies; there is profit-sharing if company hits sales targets; a gym and cafeteria are conveniently on-site.

    Cons

    Very top-heavy upper management that is extremely isolated from the rest of the employees; Often hostile work environment; ideas that are not generated from the top are often ignored or squelched. Lots of silos within the company with little or no team cooperation.

    Advice to Management

    Destroy the silos and listen to your rank-and-file employees.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Disfunctional!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Abbott Medical Optics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fortune 500 benefits and compensation

    Cons

    Since the Abbott acqusition the culture of AMO has totally changed to a mean and toxic working environment.
    The monthly chase for numbers makes for a frenzied and disfunctional atmosphere.
    Sr. Management is pharmaceutical in their mentality and not engaged in a positive manner with the sales team or customers. Employees work under the shadow of never ending layoffs. Employees are expected to do twice as much without the requisite resources.

    Advice to Management

    Your most valuable asset is your employees. Treat them right and the business will follow. Notice how many of the super achievers have left


  6. Abbott Medical Optics Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abbott Medical Optics

    Pros

    AMO has several pros that I could point out, but there highest value in my opinion is they have some great people working there. It is a very friendly environment for the most part and you really feel like part of the team. As a contractor, couldn't have asked for a better place to work.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there is often office politics that pop up and a lot of finger pointing towards dead line time.

    Advice to Management

    Some of the managers I had were great, while others couldn't care less about there workers other than how they made the managers look.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Hell

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Medical Compliance Analyst in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Medical Compliance Analyst in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Abbott Medical Optics full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Same benefits as any other big company out there.
    401K

    Cons

    - Work week = is never around the 40 hrs more around the 70hrs!
    - Very poor management - don't listen to what employees say for years but pay $$$ to a Consulting Firm to identify the same problems the employees presented years ago!
    - Does not promote within
    - Director of Quality has no management experience nor step up to the challenge
    - A few do the work of the many and if you complaint they tell you "mind your own business".
    - If you discover a mistake and you report it (as it should be), you get yourself a CAPA.
    - With +/- 50% less people they want better outcomes for metrics and upper management review.
    - Document Control area is like the Hunger Games!
    - It has been so bad that management (VP/Director/Manager/) combination has change more than 4 times in 4 yrs!
    - Every month is a run against time to meet numbers ....at all cost.
    - The single without family work 7 days a week (sending emails on Saturdays and Sundays) and expect the ones with family to do the same.
    - There is a mentality of "that is not my job" or "they don't pay me enough to do that" and management allows it.
    - People lie in Resume, get hired, can't do the job for 2 yrs (asking questions all the time, sick, left laptop at home, "working from home", vacation, etc) and all the mess she left behind is forwarded to someone else and the expectation is to fix ASAP 'cause the are old and to keep up with her load.

    Advice to Management

    Advice - none.
    KARMA will take care.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good life-work balance, not great for top technical talent

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

    I worked at Abbott Medical Optics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good for life-work balance. Overall Abbott appears to be a great company, however, the Abbott Medical Optics division values engineers who master process more than those who are technically inclined.

    Cons

    Division does not understand software. VP and director levels pile-on process and seem to value pushing documents more than innovative software.

    Advice to Management

    No vision, no understanding of software innovation. Being located in Silicon valley it may be difficult to get and retain top talent; however,technical talent and ability seems less important than to management than process management does.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Gold standard products, blinded and corrupt management

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

    I have been working at Abbott Medical Optics full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great products great work/life balance. Truly it WAS an amazing place to work

    Cons

    A national sales manager in the cornmeal division that:

    Knew his Chicago based manager called up the only two women on his team on a Friday morning at 8:30 and told them that their positions had been eliminated. However, only after they started to cry, then the district manager said, "I'm just kidding, it was the inside sales team that got laid off. ". No one was fired.

    Knew his Chicago based district manager had approved his St. Louis rep to convince a very large group practice to sell samples. The Chicago based manager was so proud of it that he had his rep present his success at the annual national sales meeting. No one was fired. How ever a cease and disgust letter was sent out by AMO legal the next day

    Knew his Chicago based manager had said things like "that guy needs yo be run over with a car" and " the fact that that guy is breathing is a shame". Both comments were directed at amo employees. No one was fired.

    Knew a rep had made HR complaints about the Chicago based manager and saw to it that someone was fired....the rep was.

    Knew of multiple complaints about the Chicago based manager bad mouthing a female manager. And when she placed an hr complaint, some one was fired, she was, not the Chicago based manager I'm so happy I'm not on his team.

    Advice to Management

    The above might indicate what management does with complaints.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Abbott is running blind here

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

    I have been working at Abbott Medical Optics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are good people here that are trying really hard, benefits, pension, 401K, annual bonus all good.

    Cons

    Not much respect, Lousy mid level management, poor communication, no marketing visibility, not allowed to attend trade shows. Not allowed to observe clinical's, poor physical work environment.....

    Advice to Management

    Get managers in place that know the business we are in. Listen to your engineers, they know what they are doing and quit trying to spin doctor up what has been remitted into unrealistic goals promises and deadlines.


  11. Satisfied Employee

    Current Employee - Field Specialist
    Current Employee - Field Specialist

    I have been working at Abbott Medical Optics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company that offers standard benefits and great pay. Annual bonuses, 3 weeks vacation for new comers. Positioned nicely in the market for continual growth. Friendly work environment, a great place to develop skills and gain experience. I would recommend this company to any friends or relatives looking for a competitive job with great benefits.

    Cons

    So many changes to corporate level management makes to company seem shaky. Needs to improve or produce new equipment to remain competitive in technological advances.

    Advice to Management

    Continue level of employee appreciation. Utilize the surveys or at least tell employees whether or not they matter.



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