Essilor of America

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Essilor of America Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
73 Reviews
3.0
73 Reviews
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Essilor of America President John Carrier
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great Company...

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    • Senior Management
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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
  2.  

    Good Company but politics run the company

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

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

    Pros

    Very stable company and the employees are great people

    Cons

    It's all about who you know, and what title you have. Regular employees get passed over, and the increase in pay are pennies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just becasue people are placed in Management positions don't mean they know how to manage people correctly.
    Listen to employees, and treat them better.. Stop the pecking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent company to work for might need to look outside for learning opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Marketing Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Marketing Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Essilor of America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Stable job, Decent Pay, Reasonable direction, Good benefits just as long as you work for one of the more important business units

    Cons

    No clarity when new positions are created.
    There is a danger of stagnation when working for the less important business units

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Essilor of America Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Finance in Centennial, CO

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

    Pros

    Great benefit package! This company is smart, ethical and great at doing business. I have learned amazing business skills you will never learn at school, even as an MBA.

    Cons

    If you are not at the corporate office in Dallas, it is not possible to advance to a corporate position and move up the ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the modern world and how beneficial as well as cost effective (overhead) it would be to pull in talent from across the U.S. w/out having to move seasoned talent to Dallas. If you have the right people that want to be in the corporate part of Essilor of America, driven, hard working, smart, and can work from a home office, why would this not be entertained? However, Essilor is an amazing company and it will always be a positive and fantastic place to be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fairly good overall experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Essilor of America full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to work across multiple organizations within the company.
    Challenging projects that successfully brought the desired benefits to the organization.
    Very good collaboration on enterprise projects.

    Cons

    Multiple organizations are deciding to go through re-structuring and down-sizing. The risk is that too much
    knowledge and experience is leaving too quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not lose the culture that was built back when the headquarters was in Florida.
    Your employees are greatest and most expensive assets, treat them properly and you
    will maintain a culture that people will want to be a part of for years to come.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    My experience was very rewarding on a professional and personal level.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Essilor of America full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great management and working environment. Flexibility to transition to different departments and improve your skill set. My colleagues helped me integrate into the group seamlessly.

    Cons

    The pace of work may be a little slow, if you are used to the heavy workload of corporate finance in big cities, such as New York or Chicago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Market leader with conflicting vision

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Very intelligent work force. The marketing folks move jobs to often to sometimes be productive.

    Cons

    Senior management lacks direction - sometimes that may be due to lack of direction from France (French Company)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A happy workforce is a productive, and loyal workforce - right now, in 2014, there aren't a lot of happy people. Nobody feels like there is any job security, and good employees are leaving, or looking for opportunities elsewhere.

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

    Once you get five years of tenure, then you MIGHT get taken seriously.

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    Former Employee - IT Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - IT Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Essilor of America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Socially responsible company. Non-profit affiliate Essilor Vision Foundation contributes a significant amount of time and money to help those less fortunate

    In IT, some strong decisions about technical direction have been made, but they haven't really been in accordance with a well-defined, well-communicated strategy.

    Strong individual contributors, from the support through Director levels.

    Cons

    Limited mobility in the IT realm. Old guard generally not hostile, but neither are they welcoming. Downsizing at a pretty rapid clip.

    CEO left the CIO position unfilled for nine months, while multimillion dollar enterprise projects were underway. VPs left in charge (both Business and IT) could not always come to agreement on how to actually DELIVER something, resulting is a waste of precious time and resources (and market advantage truth be told).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career planning and defined avenues of progression are a must. Without that, people have no hope of bettering their situation, and without hope, they eventually either begin mailing it in, or they leave. HR has talked about this for years, but failed to deliver.

    Investigate why your workforce in IT comprises only employees with under two years of experience, or five or more (none in between). Get to the root of that, and you'll be able to stem the tide of attrition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    No Leadership

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Essilor of America

    Pros

    Wonderful products and as a consumer, I never realized there was a technology differences in lenses. Leader int he market, but they are losing market share as a result of the cons. Nice work facility.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, which has resulted in forward business strategy and ownership of lack of decisions or poor, multi-year investments which did not have adequate check points and assessments. It's sad to see a great product be wasted and lose market share because of the poor executive and senior leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take responsibility for your decisions; learn how to lead;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A great place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    I enjoy the people and the work. It is a place to learn a vast amount of information. You can move up if you are a hard worker. They have a lot of training available.

    Cons

    Not many people of color working in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people of color.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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