National Vision Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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National Vision President and CEO L. Reade Fahs
L. Reade Fahs
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Pros
  • They have good benefits and rewards for their employees (in 5 reviews)

  • Flexibility in when I wanted to take vacation time and was able to take weekends off (Saturdays) (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • High turnover rate for upper management (district managers) (in 8 reviews)

  • The pay is not the best, and while I work 32-40 hours per week I am not full time (in 4 reviews)

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  1. My experience

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Lawrenceville, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Lawrenceville, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Vision full-time

    Pros

    The experience on learning about eyewear.

    Cons

    Not enough time to spend with children worked a lot of hours.

    Advice to Management

    Just keep it professional


  2. Helpful (1)

    Was lucky my first year with an awesome manager. All other 3 managers and experiences were extremely corporate-feeling.

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    Former Employee - Optician/Sales in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Optician/Sales in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Vision full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you're lucky, a good general manager will make the experience better. Solid pay

    Cons

    Extremely corporate. When you are speaking to your superior managers in the store; the speaking tone they use, techniques, and meetings they hold are all from the higher ups in the corporate office. Absolutely no personalization or supportive store environment. No matter how good you think you are doing corporate will always make a store visit and tell you what you are doing wrong. Always increasing sales goals year over year. No positive feedback from corporate or management. Will mess with your commission based on entire store sales. Never offers stable commission for sales.

    Advice to Management

    Be supportive and don't be afraid to be real with your employees! It is ok to not read directly from the pamphlet emailed to you from the corporate office. Dig into your management skills and come up with your own techniques and learn how to speak to people.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Moving on

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    Current Employee - District Manager
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love what I do and the people I support. We make a difference in people's qulaity of life

    Cons

    Micromanaged. No follow up from supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Inspect what you expect in your Regional Mgmt


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  5. Receptionist. ..

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    Former Employee - Receptionist/Dispenser in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Receptionist/Dispenser in Clearwater, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Vision full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved my job ..because I truly tried make a difference in patients experience.. .

    Cons

    Where do I start? Worked for America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses from the very beginning of store opening in January.2012 at Clearwater location until just recently. Turnover of employees. ..very, very high. .management extremely poor with no direction or leadership. And average of 40 or more patients for one doctor each day. Patients were rushed through appointment , leaving them with the feeling of no importance and insecure about their RX. They have gone through six managers in two and a half years and five doctors...PLUS there were weeks at a time without any doctor! I was the last one to leave from the original staff...just couldn't feel good about working for this dysfunctional group of "professionals" any longer.


  6. lots on micromanagment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Vision full-time

    Pros

    corporate training. If field supervisors had the same passion that corporate has this would be a great place to work.

    Cons

    total micro management. no freedom. no appreciation. never a Saturday off.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Store Manager

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

    I worked at National Vision full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    More than normal paid time off. Including holidays vacation and sick time.

    Cons

    Upper managers care only for their numbers and not about the people who work for them. At one time this was a good company to work for but no more. They have become a place to avoid as they have become impersonal and not to be questioned. The regional and district managers have been replaced and bought in to the Culture of Blame that was so popular at Lenscrafters.

    Advice to Management

    If the CEO really believed what he says he would be more involved and know what is happening in his own company. I do not believe what he says is really how he feels.


  8. optical tech.

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    Current Employee - Georgia
    Current Employee - Georgia
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learned about the optical field

    Cons

    Low compensation..No work life balance....little room for advancement since location had only a few positions

    Advice to Management

    Value the little guy.


  9. Adminstrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntingdon Valley, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntingdon Valley, PA

    I worked at National Vision (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A great company to work for as an in-office employee.

    Cons

    Cannot list anything negative about working for National Vision.


  10. Corporate cliques

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    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Vision full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Will give you all the tools to be successful. Resources are limitless. Reade Fahs is a genius/visionary

    Cons

    Thou have to be in the right all boy clique. Growing too fast & becoming impersonal.

    Advice to Management

    While being as big as Luxottica is a good thing, they lost track of the people who've helped make the company's global reputation what it is...


  11. Look elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at National Vision full-time

    Pros

    The only thing good about this company is the amount of paid time off you get.

    Cons

    I would not recommend this company to anyone. The pay is low,stress is high, and the upper management is awful. They give you unrealistic sales goals as well. They do not value their employees and do nothing to try and retain them.Oh and they play favorites too.



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