Abbott Medical Optics

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Abbott Medical Optics Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
45 Reviews
2.4
45 Reviews
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Murthy Simhambhatla
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Program Engineer II

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Abbott Medical Optics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly people to work with. Great benefit package, start out with 3 weeks vacation, 401K match, pension after 5 yrs vested, and yearly bonus of 5% salary min. up to 7%.

    Cons

    Managements are from corporate and does not know anything with R&D so their mentality is to buy new company and run it to the ground. No job security.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hostile Work Environment, Dead R&D Pipeline

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Abbott Medical Optics full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefit package. Overall, majority of the employees want to see the company succeed. The company has potential to turn around.

    Cons

    Of all the years that I've worked here, it is now one of the meanest work environments I've ever seen. Upper management will berate and rip presenters apart in front of co-workers and literally tell them they are stupid. This then trickles down to everyone else. There is NO appreciation of the hard work, long hours of overtime, and multiple projects that employees juggle - never a positive phrase or thank you. The motto is to just work harder. There is no career development plan for employees. They often hire from the outside bringing in managers with no knowledge of the industry or with management experience. Often the managers can't contribute to the R&D pipeline or to strategy so they in turn bully their direct reports due to insecurity. The theme is to acquire companies and then run them into the ground and then buy another company to make up for it. There has not been an upgrade to the VISX or IntraLase pipeline in 6 years and the cataract pipeline is riddled with problems. Managers never have your back and the theme is "every man for themselves".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a disconnect between upper management, R&D teams, and product managers. Employees don't feel supported. Focus on developing your middle managers on how to manage employees and how to execute strategies in a more positive and productive environment. Provide more resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed bag of issues

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Abbott Medical Optics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The benefits at some of the best in the industry. The technology of the devices allows for lots of personal growth opportunities.

    Cons

    The middle management is terrible. Constantly watching my back and waiting for poor decision after poor decision to be made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house on the mid to low level management. Get rid of the "yes-man" attitude that promises unrealistic schedules and continually stifle innovation.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    molding lenses inspected lenses

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    Former Employee - Production Artwork Technician  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Production Artwork Technician in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at Abbott Medical Optics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    company had moved out of USA

    Cons

    molding the lenses, inspected and input data

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    complete chaos and disconnect after the acquisition at AMO Santa Ana

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at Abbott Medical Optics as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    If you are friends with co-workers / colleagues from previously acquired companies you can cruise and get by with some shred of sanity till the next gig.

    Cons

    The worst pay rate / salary in Southern Cal commensurate to your experience and hard work!! They apparently do not appreciate the hard work, heavy overtime and dedication employees put in. If they did they would pay salaries at the market value. If it wasn't for a good, long time friend, and manager in dire need of help, at AMO, i would not have submitted to the grueling hard and chaotic work environment for a salary equivalent to what i received fresh out of college in the 90's. To me it was a slap in the face on behalf of Abbott.

    Due to the acquisition, there is a significant amount of redundant, parallel, and wasteful work energy and effort. Departments and personnel work with the dynamics of the per-acquired company mentality / methodology. There is a lack of communication and organization between departments and even within the same departments. Projects seem to meet dead ends and no upper management acknowledgment (they apparently don't see you or your urgency).
    There is a tremendous amount of literature and information (more than humanly possible to learn) strewn all about the network, divisions, and personnel (artifact of acquiring the knowledge of all the companies). Good luck if you can find the right document or even the proper person to answer your question or the needed edge to accomplish your tasks or projects. You have to do your own investigating and digging to help with your project. And even if you do find all the necessary information you will not get the guidance or educated review you need to complete your tasks. And even if you are the guru and know all the answers, you still won't be acknowledged by senior management. Lack of integration, impaired communication, and ignorance will be the demise of this acquisition. There are many start ups that have the dexterity, enthusiasm, and technological edge that will out-compete this impaired behemoth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your work force by LISTENING and materializing their concerns with measurable and tangible progress and reciprocation. Pay them what they are worth. Don't be cheap. There are many companies out there that would love to have these hard working, knowledgeable, intelligent hard working people. Don't forget these people have been working with these products for decades and they know the product from its infancy. It's time to listen diligently to what they have to say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the worst companies I've ever worked for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Abbott Medical Optics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Profit-sharing and health benefits are worthy additions coming from the acquistion by Abbott Laboratories.

    Cons

    Favoritism and horrendous office politics are rampant and have been for many years. Opportunities for advancement are slim to none. HR keeps repeating the mantra "We advance from within before hiring from the outside" - not true. Research is virtually non-existent. Risk-adverse environment. Rather than "grow your own"...management buys people/companies with the knowledge/technology they want and lay off/fire loyal employees. People are ignored (unless you are one of the "chosen favorites") when improvements are suggested. I've seen co-workers have their integrity questioned (with full participation of HR and middle management) and, when no wrongdoing was found...no apologies were given to the employees. Insults are common. Non-professional behavior is common. Age discrimination is present. Very few get to go to trade shows. Very few get to go to outside training. Very few get to attend clinicals or interact with customers (either patients or doctors). Travel budgets have dried up. On my only clinical trip - one doctor lamented how poor of a showing AMO had with respect to its competitors. Another customer nearly threw us out because of the horrendous experience they had with the field service and support group. Capital equipment budgets have also dried up. Things are so bad that management didn't even release the results of an internal survey that was taken about a year ago. By the way - James Mazzo has not been the CEO of this company for almost 2 years - he retired and Murthy Simhambhatla is the new CEO (do a search).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Toss out some of the deadwood in middle and upper management. Get some progressive managers in place before your competitors completely eat your lunch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Depends on who manages you...

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Abbott Medical Optics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you have proper management that supports your work and decisions, then you will be okay. The work is there and there never seems to be an end of things to do. You will learn new talents and skills.

    Cons

    Work is there but, at times it seems that other aspects of the company do not communicate well so projects get cancelled or delayed. It makes you feel like you're just wasting your time with meaningless work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your company is survived by the quality of your employees. If you just look out for your own agendas your company then all the talent that makes your company thrive will lose their drive and move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the best Experience

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Abbott Medical Optics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is really nice and they are friendly people.

    Cons

    The pace is really slow. Projects often take years to complete and along the way, there is tons of documentation that is meticulously reviewed. There are ZERO opportunities for learning and growth. Management will try to keep you doing the same thing over and over if you do it right the first time. My advice is to do poorly on the projects you do not like and to do a good job on the projects you would like to be involved in. On a personal level, management kept leading me on telling me that there will be a chance for moving up on the company, by it was not true. Salary is not that great either. Projects are often mismanaged and deadlines are often missed because of the poor structure of the project activities. Overall, my experience was poor, but it depends on which area you are working. I have heard great things about other departments within AMO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a complete restructuring of management if better results are expected. With the same people, things will continue to be average at best. Please do not hire young people to keep them down without an option to move up on the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Under resourced & mismanaged

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abbott Medical Optics

    Pros

    Great products....when you can get them to your customers.

    Cons

    Not given the resources to do your job & be successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Project manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Abbott Medical Optics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pension
    Benefit
    Work / life balance for most of people

    Cons

    Not customer focus
    Limited chance to move up enven you have great experience and Education
    Low morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should have better long term vision; should respect people's expertise; should have better communication/ sharing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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