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Oerlikon Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oerlikon full-time

    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.

    Recommends
  2.  

    exciting, fast learning pace, different projects

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

    I have been working at Oerlikon

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oerlikon

    Pros

    Experience 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.

    Cons

    Difficult 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 ManagementAdvice

    please 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Oerlikon Solar Review prior to 2012

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Leader in thin film solar technology

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to people-management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    could be better!!!

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    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 ManagementAdvice

    communicate

  8.  

    international & stimulating working environment. management lacks a clear direction

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    Former Employee - Sales in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Sales in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at Oerlikon

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It' s not bad

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer

    I worked at Oerlikon

    Pros

    You work from home and may be off between jobs

    Cons

    You travel 85% of the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Learning experience.

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Oerlikon as an intern

    Pros

    Oerlikon is an international company with diverse employees.

    Cons

    Pay is very low and management does not value people.

  11.  

    Ongoing Wild-West conditions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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