Lutron Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (10)

    Great products, toxic culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coopersburg, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coopersburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Very comfortable and interesting work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Embedded Programmer in Coopersburg, PA
    Current Employee - Embedded Programmer in Coopersburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lutron full-time (More than a 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 Management

    Make yourself more available


  3. Helpful (4)

    Felt like high school sometimes

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Great People. Average Company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in Coopersburg, PA
    Former Employee - N/A in Coopersburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Coopersburg, PA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Coopersburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lutron full-time (More than a 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 Management

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


  8. Great Experience, nice people

    Current Employee - Senior Project Electrical Engineer in Coopersburg, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Electrical Engineer in Coopersburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lutron full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, privately held, very stable and fast growing

    Cons

    Location, access to big cities and cost of living

    Advice to Management

    Great work !


  9. Helpful (3)

    Great name in the industry, chaotic company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Learn how to make decisions and then stick to them.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Overall a good experience and a nice place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lutron full-time

    Pros

    -Friendly People -Break Time -Work at different assembly lines -Get to learn a lot of new materials

    Cons

    -Lack of shift to shift communication


  11. Helpful (4)

    Flat structure and frequent changes, providing opportunity and sometimes chaos.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coopersburg, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coopersburg, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lutron full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to move into different areas and work in varied projects and roles. Flat/non-existent org chart, so there aren't a lot of management layers between the average employee and top leaders.

    Cons

    Informal structure means internal politics can dominate decision making. Frequent changes in projects and priorities often aren't well-explained



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