Essilor of America

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Essilor of America Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
71 Reviews
3.0
71 Reviews
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Essilor of America President John Carrier
John Carrier
38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance for the most part (in 8 reviews)

  • They also have a pretty good benefits package (in 6 reviews)


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

  • work life balance, email eccentric culture (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  2.  

    Essilor of America Review

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    Current Employee - Finance  in  Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Finance in Centennial, CO

    I have been working at Essilor of America full-time for 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
  3.  

    Fairly good overall experience

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    • 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
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  5.  

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

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

    I worked at Essilor of America full-time for less than a 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
  6. 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 for 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - IT Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Essilor of America full-time for 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
  8.  

    No Leadership

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    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
  9.  

    A great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Essilor of America full-time for 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Industry Leader

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Strength of R&D, market leader, low debt

    Cons

    work life balance, email eccentric culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Essilor is a great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Essilor of America as an intern

    Pros

    I enjoyed the employees and executives. I enjoyed learning about the various entities and was aways learning new things and growing.

    Cons

    I really did not find any cons about the company. Essilor is incredibly enjoyable to work for and treats their employees with respect and equality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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