Essilor of America Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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Essilor of America President John Carrier
John Carrier
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance for the most part (in 8 reviews)

  • Stable job, Decent Pay, Reasonable direction, Good benefits just as long as you work for one of the more important business units (in 7 reviews)

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

  • Senior management, old time employees with attitudes, no room for growth above supervisor (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Overall a Good Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are nice and the benefits are competitive. You get exposed to a variety of situations and projects so it's interesting and you get a breadth of experience.

    Cons

    Some processes and policies are antiquated and it's hard to mobilize change. No work from home or flexible scheduling.

    Advice to Management

    Host a department-wide monthly meeting to talk to employees and share ideas for improvement. Encourage discussion between teams as well - siloing is a big issue.


  2. Overall, it's a good place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essilor of America full-time

    Pros

    The people are great to work with. Low ego environment, friendly. For people that work hard and contribute, there are plenty of opportunities to advance. Salary and benefits are competitive. Great 401 k match and employee stock purchase program.

    Cons

    Like a lot of companies these days, sometimes it feels we are under resourced. Open working environment can be distracting at times.


  3. Great experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Essilor of America (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people who work there

    Cons

    Some departments have excessive amounts of meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on the end user of your products more.


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  5. Great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essilor of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, autonomy

    Cons

    Very high pressure job, high expectations despite owning most of the market already

    Advice to Management

    Continue to allow sales people freedom to get the job done as they see fit. The more we go to scripted conversations the more we lose the human element to this position


  6. Optical supply manufacturer customer sales

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Industry leader. Employees are not micro-managed by upper management. Enjoy coworkers and office atmosphere. Feel like it's extension of my family. Fair treatment and pay.

    Cons

    Lower management not qualified to guide hourly employees in career development and they abuse time off policy since they aren't required to clock in and out. Upper management is rarely onsite to observe this abuse.


  7. You Decide

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essilor of America (More than a year)

    Pros

    Job Security, people you work with, and you fall in love with the brand

    Cons

    Too much politics, If you looking to advance career, not the right company.


  8. lab tech

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    Former Employee - Lab Tech
    Former Employee - Lab Tech
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    if your young you might have a chance

    Cons

    worked for three and a half years. they closed our lab in dunmore an shipped us off to baluster. gave us more money than i made in 40 years in the optical business to find out in six months they layed us off. they said they wanted to take care of us and they did. my buddy i worked with for 30 years has to sell his house now because he could not get another job at his age. by the way we joined the union to and they were hiring months later and never called. thanks again


  9. Positive Growth-oriented Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essilor of America full-time

    Pros

    Essilor is a company with strong financial resources and a collaborative culture. 10 year CAGR tops charts globally.

    Cons

    company is in the process of growing up. Adding processes and simplifying decision-making is necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to all levels of employees - HQ & field. More frequent formal engagement surveys are needed.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good while it lasted, but they don't care

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Essilor of America full-time

    Pros

    Good product and profits. Good work environment.

    Cons

    They will sacrifice you in a heartbeat if it makes them more money. Bunch of greedy crooks. The epitomy of capitalism. They ruined my life and I will never forgive them for that.

    Advice to Management

    Respect humanity before you make those asinine advertisements about how you help humanity to see better. It would be best if all people boycott your product. Stop exploiting people in Mexico, Brazil and Thailand to make your lenses on the cheap. But you won't until people wake up.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Little opportunity

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Essilor of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    401k matching is above average.

    Cons

    Uncooperative culture, poor technology investment, restricted data availability, lack of organization from the top, upper management struggles to make decisions, lack of concern about employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and try to learn from them. Being lower in the organization doesn't always mean that employees are less intelligent than you.



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