Oerlikon Reviews

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oerlikon full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Overall good company to work for. You will learn a lot if you are a "go getter". If you are a driven individual, you will succeed at this company.

    Cons

    You need to manage your own career. It is not necessary a bad thing. For me it was a good thing.


  2. Offers opportunities if you create them

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oerlikon (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great company if you can create opportunities within your field of responsibilities. Offers a good amount of freedom in workstyle and Tasks. Very international scope internally as well as externally.

    Cons

    High level of independence is required by its employees (which is not necessarily a bad thing)


  3. Ongoing Wild-West conditions

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ongoing changes unstable conditions might be good for high risk adventurer

    Cons

    No stable or defined strategy, ongoing sell-buy chaos of segments and business units
    Very poor central operation, risk and audit management
    Within 5 years in corporate 4 CEO´s, in many segments C-level changing on 1-2 year basis.

    Advice to Management

    1. Specify and agree upon realistic strategy, align with segments and business development
    2. Build transparent performance measures over segments, no blind inheritance from car industry
    3. Build reasonable corporate governance, managed by corporate, formalized risk-, audit- and compliance mgmt, build it governance.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    CEO

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Management in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Executive Management in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people in factories around the world.

    Cons

    Horrible management team including both the past CEO Michael and current acting CEO Juerg. They have destroyed the heart of this business.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the development and satisfaction of your employees.


  6. Oerlikon Solar Review prior to 2012

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at Oerlikon full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Leader in thin film solar technology

    Cons

    Difficult to predict if thin film will the technology of choice going forward

    Advice to Management

    NA


  7. Nice company, lots to do, to many manual procedures at HQ

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - HQ Position in Pfäffikon, Schwyz (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - HQ Position in Pfäffikon, Schwyz (Switzerland)

    I worked at Oerlikon full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice tasks could be picked up but focus is changing to quickly.

    Cons

    Some (German....) 'high-potentials' are getting too many chances, playing games and as management is busy with 'surviving' also people has been mobbed. New CEO (also German) has a totally other personality (and tougher) as the previous and nice Mr. Krueger.
    (By the way: Vladimir V. Kuznetsov is NOT the CEO)

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to people-management


  8. could be better!!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Optical Systems Engineer in Trübbach (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Optical Systems Engineer in Trübbach (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Oerlikon

    Pros

    solar, renewable energy market!!! good technology, eco-friendly

    Cons

    inside communication, bad managment! less motivation for employees,

    Advice to Management

    communicate


  9. exciting, fast learning pace, different projects

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Pfäffikon, Schwyz (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Pfäffikon, Schwyz (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Oerlikon

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the experience within a couple of years one gets at Oerlikon one would need two or three times longer in another (more stable) company. ie for the career and technical development it is great, if you can handle the instability and turns around

    Cons

    ups and downs and fluctuatin of colleagues is a clear minus... change of strategies and projects are often too fast so that one ist not yet really implemented and the next mngt team generation is already coming with a new strategy...

    Advice to Management

    speed up modern HR tools and motivation of the staff, reduce fluctuation, build up inter-departamental exchange


  10. international & stimulating working environment. management lacks a clear direction

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Sales in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at Oerlikon

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    highly capable scientists and engineers
    the company allows and promotes job changes and further development
    interesting business (solar)

    Cons

    management lacks a clear direction and strategy or it is not able to communicate it
    low morale
    crappy company locations

    Advice to Management

    work out the numbers and define a strategy ;)
    communicate clearly the strategy for the years ahead
    concentrate on profitable sectors


  11. Helpful (1)

    It' s not bad

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer

    I worked at Oerlikon

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You work from home and may be off between jobs

    Cons

    You travel 85% of the time

    Advice to Management

    None



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