Lutron Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
86 Reviews
3.2
86 Reviews
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Mike Pessina
13 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Others have said that Lutron is a great place to start a career, and I can see why (in 6 reviews)

  • Get to learn a lot of new materials (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work-life balance whatsoever (in 6 reviews)

  • Incredibly poor upper management, lazy marketers who make the Graphic Designers do their work for them (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great products, toxic culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coopersburg, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coopersburg, PA

    I have been working at Lutron full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hiring process often finds the best of the best to bring into the Lutron "family" however, most high potential employees realize over the course of 5-8 years that there is no chance of real advancement. The engineering team despite sweat shop like conditions at times- produces very high quality products for the lighting control industry.

    Cons

    Toxic culture, very limited employee benefits- no part-time, flex-time, work from home, limited vacation, horrible work/life balance - all very hypocritical for an organization that touts "family" and "Take Care of the People" as one of its core values. There is also a very pronounced brain drain at 5-8 years- engineers realize the abuse isn't worth the salary and move on and sales people realize that no bonus and no profit sharing are not worth their efforts in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is literally nothing that would make a difference. Nothing will change at Lutron - no matter how many people leave- it is unfortunate but true.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Very comfortable and interesting work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Embedded Programmer in Coopersburg, PA
    Current Employee - Embedded Programmer in Coopersburg, PA

    I have been working at Lutron full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Comfortable work environment
    Lots of helpful employees on team
    Challenging and interesting tasks
    "Controlled chaos"

    Cons

    High-ups are very busy, can be difficult to get a hold of for meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make yourself more available

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Graphic Designers DON'T APPLY!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Coopersburg, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Coopersburg, PA

    I worked at Lutron as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Gaining experience in AdobeSuite. Gain experience of a badly managed company and learn how to avoid such companies.

    Cons

    Incredibly poor upper management, lazy marketers who make the Graphic Designers do their work for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try keeping a Graphic Designer for more than a few months. Hire them as a full time employee. Treat them with respect, instead of like cattle about to go to the slaughter house. Have some guts and don't have hiring agencies do your dirty work of letting the employee go after you have used them for what you needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Felt like high school sometimes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA

    I worked at Lutron full-time

    Pros

    Lots of great co-workers, supportive mid-management, was easy to make friends there

    Cons

    Filthy warehouse, management was very cliquey and the only promotions that ever went out occurred in that small circle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of the favoritism that goes on there. I saw lots of co-workers that busted their rears get put on the back burner so a manager's friend could get the promotion instead. It was very blatant, and very demoralizing to the rest of the employees.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great People. Average Company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Lutron full-time

    Pros

    It has already been said that the best thing about Lutron is the people. Regardless of your discipline, you will make close friends here, and you will have ample opportunity to grow your core skill set. For those who want to hit the ground running, Lutron is a great place to start a career - as the company relies heavily on new-hires to make key technical decisions in the company.
    Lutron rewards achievement, though you'll need to be willing to stand-up for yourself and be your own champion.

    Cons

    While new employees get ample opportunities to make real contributions, they also bear the brunt of insufficient upper management. Short-term strategies mean that work / life balance doesn't often factor into the equation -- crises flow down hill, and the company isn't shy about asking for copious uncompensated overtime from exempt employees. Lutron could be so much more than it is, and could attract and hold great talent if the atmosphere were less stressed and less repressed. Upper management could stand up for themselves and their employees -- but unfortunately it isn't the culture, and isn't likely to change before the regime.
     Anything and everything is subject to change at a moment's notice at managements' whim, often causing redundant effort and wasted time on "black hole" pet projects. Viable new ideas, visions, and strategies often get overlooked due to paranoia and a CYA approach that stems from trickle-down fear of the top management tier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set Global Strategies and Stick to them -- Stop micromanaging the day to day operations of your project teams. The majority of your employees are very competent - allow them to work out the day to day issues.
    Don't be afraid to let non-contributors go.
    Recognize problem employees before they become a problem.
    Continue to invest in a better HR department. HR is improving, but remains incredibly sparse for a company of this size.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very stressful work environment with a hands-off management style. Poor communication between business functions.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Coopersburg, PA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Coopersburg, PA

    I worked at Lutron full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Engineering practices, good customer service. Fair/good employee’s benefits.

    Cons

    Resistance to change. Difficult environment. Favoritism. Poor communication between business functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should reevaluate their culture, observe at least some of the best practices utilized outside Lutron.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to build a career, if you are an engineer.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - N/A in Coopersburg, PA
    Former Employee - N/A in Coopersburg, PA

    I worked at Lutron full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, good benefits, small town feel, privately held family business.

    Cons

    HR is a complete mystery. Hard to figure out how promotions and pay raises are decided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on communicating the company's vision and strategy better. Delegate and hold people accountable. If all decisions roll up to the owner and a few others, the creative process and progress slow down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Experience, nice people

    Current Employee - Senior Project Electrical Engineer in Coopersburg, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Electrical Engineer in Coopersburg, PA

    I have been working at Lutron full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, privately held, very stable and fast growing

    Cons

    Location, access to big cities and cost of living

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Friendly company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coopersburg, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coopersburg, PA

    I worked at Lutron as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Good Pay
    -Near a decent amount of places
    -Friendly
    -Got a lot of experience in many different areas

    Cons

    -Very strict (and somewhat invasive) housing situation.
    -Could give more guidance

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great name in the industry, chaotic company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lutron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leader in the industry. Knowledge gained. Benefits. Training. Tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Management-old and outdated. HR needs some real HR specialists. Not a lot of promotions. Bonus and profit sharing no longer a guarantee every year. Small salary increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to make decisions and then stick to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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