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Osram Sylvania Reviews

Updated November 15, 2014
Updated November 15, 2014
99 Reviews
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Osram Sylvania President, CEO, and Director Rick Leaman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible work schedule for some (not me) (in 6 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits are fairly good (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is geared to those with the mentality of "work is life", but even that isn't particularly valued (in 5 reviews)

  • Limited opportunity for advancement (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dismal outlook for continued US manufacturing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer

    I have been working at Osram Sylvania full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits. Parking lot is paved. Most toilets work nearly everyday.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for advancement. Projects are never executed on time due to unrealistic goals. Weak on investment in many manufacturing areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The lower ranks disapprove of upper management bonus plans never being discussed as an effective cost saving measure. Ripping good employees out of important roles to reduce variable indirect costs, while disengaged executive line managers pull 20-30% of a six figure salary at the end the year is disheartening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Employee moral all time low

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danvers, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danvers, MA

    I have been working at Osram Sylvania full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people I work with are really great!

    Cons

    Compensation packages are not so great and this year overall reviews were very low and its not because of performance. Most of my peers were also commenting how low it was. Work-life balance is not consistent it is based on department and if youre stuck with a bad manager like most departments then you get none. Promotions are given to those who are friends or brown nose. The posting goes up for a day internally and before you know it the next day its gone and a candidate fills the position 2 weeks later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please listen to your employee surveys. We are underpaid and understaffed. Many of the perks have been taken away from us and while its exciting to move to a new building some of that money could be used towards bonuses and retaining some of your younger talented staff who are moving to other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company that doesn't know where it is going and has no idea how to get there.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danvers, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danvers, MA

    I worked at Osram Sylvania full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This company has some bright, energetic, and truly talented people. It's the employees that make the company viable. There is some flexibility in work schedule and location but it depends on your manager.
    Benefits/Salary are carefully adjusted to be average.

    Cons

    In this quickly changing industry, leadership has completely failed to adapt to the market demands, leading to a decline in market position and layoffs.

    Management seems to be completely focused on how to downsize the company rather than on how to build the company.

    Corporate values are a mystery. Corporate culture is non-existent or Toxic.

    Work life balance is geared to those with the mentality of "work is life", but even that isn't particularly valued. The 14 hour days, the weeks of missed weekends, is just as likely to earn a pink slip as a promotion.

    The slacker that strolls in at 9 and leaves at 4, who has only been there 6 months, yet still has history of missed deadlines and mistakes is just as likely to be your next boss as the dedicated professional that has been there 5 years and has never had anything less that a glowing review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fill executive positions with people that know something about the industry and want to lead Osram Sylvania into the future. Determine what your company values are. Align and balance German and American management. Market first to your employees. Build the brand name back up. Stop selling off valuable assets that took decades to acquire for short term profit gain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I worked for Osram Sylvania for a little over 11 years and was laid off when the maintenance side of the business was closed down.

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

    I worked at Osram Sylvania full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to move positions. Some very intelligent people.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't know the business. There are a lot of "Chiefs" and not enough Indians if you know what I mean. Not a team type of company- everyone is out for themselves. Upper management likes to bully employees and use scare tactics to keep them around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better and trust them to get the job done. Take a look at the personnel that is in manager positions and make sure they know what they are doing. The hourly employee shouldn't know more about the business than their superiors...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Financial Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Danvers, MA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Danvers, MA

    I have been working at Osram Sylvania full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great working environment and you get to travel and work with people around the country and around the world.

    Cons

    Worked in corporate where I was let go due to downsizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better system for everyone to focus and complete goals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good colaboration

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Danvers, MA
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Danvers, MA

    I have been working at Osram Sylvania full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People willing to work as a team

    Cons

    Very bad time management and project delivery

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the projects are fully tested and defined before moving forward to NPI

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Technician in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Service Technician in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Osram Sylvania full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many good people, not much else to say

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't have a clue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people in the field, they know more than you advisors sitting in the same office day in and day out. Overall the most disappointing is that good people who work hard are often overlooked and the "skaters" get promoted. Company did great when local management was allowed to run the operation, once corporate took over that's when it all went bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stuck in the 1970's

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Generally nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Old school mindset to business. Slow to react to changes in market. Poor senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to change and listen to the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A company on the decline

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Osram Sylvania full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great people, flexible work arrangements, moving to new HQ location

    Cons

    can't keep up with the tecnology changes, continued layoffs, plant closings, ineffective leadership controlled by Osram Munich.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take off the rose colored glasses and lead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Mechanical Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Danvers, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Danvers, MA

    I have been working at Osram Sylvania full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some very good people in development. Flexible working environment.

    Cons

    -Lack of Focus from the executive level. Decisions are made on a "Germany First" basis.
    -Money is spent on a lot of non value add activities.
    -Going back to being primarily a components supplier means they are going back down the value chain.
    -Marketing dominated, not development dominated
    -The company tried to be an entrepreneurial business model with the German Procedural Straight Jacket which killed the momentum to be quick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The old boy's club mentality means you drive away all the people with the ideas and drive leaving the company with a bunch of disaffected marketing cronies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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