Essilor of America Reviews

Updated March 7, 2015
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Essilor of America President John Carrier
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance for the most part (in 8 reviews)

  • They also have a pretty good benefits package (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance, email eccentric culture (in 4 reviews)

  • hours a day plus weekend hours is part of business for middle and upper management (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Working for the best Lab ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Essilor of America

    Pros

    The best company to work for, great people to work with. Rewarding

    Cons

    Hours somewhat great, but could have used a little tweaking................

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great job !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Poorly managed monopoly

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Essilor of America as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bonus checks and benefits are top tier

    Cons

    There is no corporate culture, their is no camaraderie amongst employees, work life balance does not exist in some departments, no organized means for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing seems to work, management stays the same no matter who is running the show. Develop a corporate culture,without it you are going to continue to move in circles

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great company with great people!

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Essilor of America

    Pros

    Good compensation, benefits and bonus plans.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance and burn out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Old fashioned, cheap

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    Current Employee - IT Eng in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - IT Eng in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Essilor of America

    Pros

    A lot of various areas of responsibilities, independence from management

    Cons

    Lack of modern day IT standards, 18" monitors, low power laptop for IT admins, lots of night work, neglecting IT infrastructure, MS Office 2007, Gmail rather a business class Exchage server, 1999 style cell phones (or so it appears)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop penny pinching, listen to your newer IT employees who bring fresh knowledge (some older employees have been in the same job for many years and got out of touch with the current state of IT). Modernize the IT infrastructure, provide tools for people to do their job; this may actually eliminate silly night work and improve life-work balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Great Company - strong competitive position

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Essilor of America full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Industry leader - innovative products - fun colleagues. This industry has less turnover than most - many people with deep experience. Diverse work-force, truly a global company.

    Cons

    Less focus on career development than other companies I have seen. Compensation system felt less merit based than optimal. Too political at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for better ways to get the most out of each employee. If someone has been in the same job for 5 years, it probably is time for a change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. ten years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Essilor of America

    Pros

    good pay good health benefits

    Cons

    poor upper management inability to answer isssues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen the first ten times before its too late

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. My review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Essilor of America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Money spent in technology to continue to be the best manufacturer of prescription eyewear. Leader in better vision innovation than any other company.

    Cons

    Silos most departments, lack of resources, lack of strategy and strategy implementation, young staff in key departments who don't have experience needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    French culture is difficult to expect change. Need leaders not managers in this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Essilor of America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, opportunity for promotion in some areas, friendly people, global opportunities available

    Cons

    Male-dominated management, work-life balance is a personal responsibility, industry is slow to adopt change, few holidays and vacation structure is dismal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider developing leadership from within instead of bringing in top management from outside. Slow the process of rotation for marketing employees to allow them to grow in place before moving. Reconsider the vacation policy to encourage people to actually take the time off.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. A Changing Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Essilor of America (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good quality products, and strong international management.

    Cons

    Management in the Americas looks to be performing too much change at one time. Losing a lot of good knowledge and experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on training and promoting from within.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Poor Strategic Management at Essilor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Essilor of America (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good products and good selection

    Cons

    Bad service, customer insights, and execution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Essilor will have obsolete technology as bioengineering progresses in ten years

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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