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Updated Feb 26, 2014

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2.7 10 reviews

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Dr. Michael Buscher

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Oerlikon Solar Review prior to 2012

    Marketing (Former Employee) Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsLeader in thin film solar technology

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNA

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Learning experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOerlikon is an international company with diverse employees.

    ConsPay is very low and management does not value people.

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    Ongoing Wild-West conditions

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOngoing changes unstable conditions might be good for high risk adventurer

    ConsNo 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 Senior Management1. 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Executive Management (Current Employee) Zürich (Switzerland)

    ProsGreat people in factories around the world.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the development and satisfaction of your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    HQ Position (Former Employee) Pfäffikon, Schwyz (Switzerland)

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

    ConsSome (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 Senior ManagementPay attention to people-management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    could be better!!!

    Optical Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Trübbach (Switzerland)

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

    Consinside communication, bad managment! less motivation for employees,

    Advice to Senior Managementcommunicate

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    exciting, fast learning pace, different projects

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Pfäffikon, Schwyz (Switzerland)

    Prosthe 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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    international & stimulating working environment. management lacks a clear direction

    Sales (Former Employee) Zürich (Switzerland)

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementwork out the numbers and define a strategy ;)
    communicate clearly the strategy for the years ahead
    concentrate on profitable sectors

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    It' s not bad

    Field Service Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsYou work from home and may be off between jobs

    ConsYou travel 85% of the time

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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    a company focused in in the future (but not rarely neglecting its personnel at the present)

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExperience is a plus on CV, as far as Oerlikon is a welknown company (at least in Switzerland) and dealing with high tech products. There is some good people there that you can learn a lot from. Very differentiated segments of business, which gives the chance to learn a lot about dos and don'ts at corporation life.

    ConsDifficult to mangage corporation tasks within subs, as far as quite decentralized management. Segments are not always cooperative with HQ.
    Huge fluctuation of personnel in HQ and also Segments makes work difficult, as far as even mid term knowledge is often gone.
    Finally, extrem cuts of headcounts lead not rarely to quick and dirty work by the remaining ones, and huge fees to external consultants...

    Advice to Senior Managementplease strongly rethink your support, compensation and motivation schemes in order to avoid loosing even more people with valuable knowledge of the company. Even if in the short term it sounds "efficient" to reduce headcount, in the mid and long term you are throwing paid for and built up knowledge away!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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