Olympus Corporation of the Americas

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Olympus Corporation of the Americas Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
119 Reviews
2.8
119 Reviews
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Karl Watanabe
26 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are some highly talented people here, lots of good people to collaborate with at all levels (in 8 reviews)

  • The workers are all great people who want to get the job done and are committed to the companies success (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is more concerned with medical product success than consumer goods (in 12 reviews)

  • The leftovers from long island are ruining the company (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    So many years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Olympus Corporation of the Americas

    Pros

    Time off policy was very good

    Cons

    Management lacks direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good experience but the company is going through major changes

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    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Paterson, NJ
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Paterson, NJ

    I have been working at Olympus Corporation of the Americas

    Pros

    Name recognition, and access to hospitals.

    Cons

    Salary has been declining, customers find the company hard to deal with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to take better care of your reps, don't treat them like a number

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    absolutely the most frustrating, the cheapest place you may encounter in your entire professional life

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    Current Employee - Employee in Center Valley, PA
    Current Employee - Employee in Center Valley, PA

    I have been working at Olympus Corporation of the Americas full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    people in general are quite nice, maybe influenced by Japanese culture. good brand image for the Medical system group, nice facility in Allentown area, some people still have pension.

    Cons

    everything else. the biggest problem is 'CHEAP', period. The pay is 20~ 30% percentage below Industry average at least and HR will try every single way to cut your compensation. They will come up with every way possible to give you the lowest offer possible, such as 'We are not a pharma company, so that is all we could pay you', 'we are based in PA, so the living expenses is low'. While you want to hire people from big pharma companies, shouldn't you at least try to match the pay? Stop those non-sense. Do you want your brothers or sisters to get such low salaries when they go to work?

    Being cheap is reflected in everywhere every day when you work here. Rather than find the best way to achieve a goal, the solution is always to find the cheapest. You get what you pay, don't you understand? They do not provide you with any training because it cost money to do so, they want you to stay at a shabby, out of no where hotel because it could save some money, they want you to risk your life coming to work in a snowy day because they do not pay you working from home, I could go on and one.

    If you are in marketing and find any of product manager position open, do not try to apply for it. The PM position is totally a scam, or misleading at most. When you start, you will be astonished to find out that most of the PMs are in their mid or late 20's, who never work in other companies, do not have an MBA or anything related to business education, never worked in PR, market communications, marketing research, or carry a beg. The truth is, because they are Sales Support, not marketing. 90% of their jobs is to answer sales reps emails, trouble shooting, or anything that the sales reps do not want to do. It is all your job. Marketing, strategy planning, forgot about it.

    The promotions in this company is quite unfair. You could find someone who was promoted three times a year, from someone who did not have any direct reports, to a director level with 30 people under him/her. You are not judged by your education, skill set, experience, but by who you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay the right salary, promote the right people, stop being cheap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembler in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Assembler in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Olympus Corporation of the Americas

    Pros

    good people, good company, co workers are great

    Cons

    management could be better and supervisors are bossy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve yourselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Center Valley, PA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Center Valley, PA

    I have been working at Olympus Corporation of the Americas

    Pros

    Friendly people
    Work life balance
    Great products

    Cons

    Bit weak in software development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Process heavy
    Should try to find innovative ways to develop software with light process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Advice to device sales reps considering corporate opportunities

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    Former Employee - Various in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Various in Boston, MA

    I worked at Olympus Corporation of the Americas full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Quality products and people overall. Committed, hard working culture. Working closely and well with healthcare providers is a priority. Field based positions more desirable (more freedom and better compensation) than corporate. Rewards performance in sales. Respected in field.

    Cons

    Heavy bureaucracy and slow to change/innovate. Heavily governed by the legal departments and conservative in decision making. VERY process driven. Strong Japanese culture. Appearances and saving face very important in the corporate environment. Everyone is expected to work well over a 40 hour minimum per week.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Culture and benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Olympus Corporation of the Americas

    Pros

    Training funded and encouraged, competitive salary and bonus structure, god benefits, friendly and caring people, more balanced in work-life than many places, nice main campus in the Lehigh Valley, I had the tools and resources get my job done

    Cons

    Influence of headquarters could readily trump decisions made in the US,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to try and encourage more cooperation and interface with HQ throughout org at relevant hierarchical levels, not only top management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician
    Current Employee - Technician

    I have been working at Olympus Corporation of the Americas full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with management cares about both work and home life. Have awesome benefits

    Cons

    It does not pay that much
    not much room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not much

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Thoughtful, caring company

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

    I worked at Olympus Corporation of the Americas full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, community involvement, almost no company politics, intelligent leaders, high quality products

    Cons

    Not as integrated into the global company's R&D as would benefit the success of the Americas business, Japanese leaders placed in American positions may not lead as strongly as the Americas business requires

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place more value on the investments you have already made and their ability to bring long term value to the company. This includes assets both tangible and intangible, employees and reputation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Decent company, especially for the Lehigh Valley

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Center Valley, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Center Valley, PA

    I have been working at Olympus Corporation of the Americas full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some good, hardworking people. Community involvement, volunteerism promoted. The products really do help save lives.

    Cons

    Behind the times, still using Lotus Notes, too many approvals required for everything!!! Many decisions are made by Tokyo. Company prides itself on long hours. Those who don't work long hours, don't move up or get recognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something with the information you learn in employee surveys! Get rid of the bureaucracy, and give people more work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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2400 Ringwood, Olympus Repair/Refurbishment Center
The Americas Headquarters was the first land purchase by Olympus in the US.
Employees at all levels are encouraged to voluteer hours that are matched with company financial donations to local organizations.

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