Osram Sylvania
2.7 of 5 79 reviews
www.sylvania.com Danvers, MA 5000+ Employees

Osram Sylvania Reviews

Updated Jun 25, 2014
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2.7 79 reviews

                             

36% Approve of the CEO

Osram Sylvania President, CEO, and Director Rick Leaman

Rick Leaman

(36 ratings)

36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Flexible work schedule for some (not me)"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Cutting edge technology, Grea work/life balance"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management find it easier to cut the work force's benefits than to find savings in areas that need to be cut"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Hard work goes unrewarded while the "Yes Men" get promoted"
    in 5 reviews
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIndustry competitive benefits. Leader in lighting technology

    ConsDramatic changes in the past few years has resulted in lack of continuity. The strategy seems to change every 6 months.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to see clear leadership and direction. We seem to be managing to the deliver the bottom line at the expense of future success.

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

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    Clueless in Massachusetts: Company has no concept of commercial construction process

    Director of Sales (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGood benefits, good training, some really good people to work with, good products

    ConsPoor leadership, poor market concept - to include product pricing, too political - play the game and move up

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive your teams time to build a business. You know nothing about commercial construction and if you are serious about selling lighting and controls through specification, you better learn fast or hire some senior managers from some competitors. It would be a shame to see the Rexel BDM's go the same way as the controls guys.

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

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    Working for osram

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood benefits, good pay, good opportunity for advancement, good people, nice work environment

    ConsNone really - Good benefits, good pay, good opportunity for advancement, good people, nice work environment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good company currently going through big transitions.

    Principal Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee)
    Danvers, MA

    Pros1) Employees of their automotive group enjoy almost complete job security.
    2) Very strong emphasize on legally compliant and safe business practices.
    3) Company invests in the development of their employees and provides them with generous tools for doing their job.
    4) Many exciting high tech projects.

    Cons1) Employees who are part of their General Lighting group and not their automotive group enjoy less job security and you do see people let go from time to time.
    2) Politics are not visible at first sight, but still very present. Differences between employees are usually carried out in a passive aggressive or covert aggressive manner.
    3) To advance in the Automotive Group requires putting in an enormous amount of work hours, besides of course exceptional skills.
    4) This is a big lighting company currently struggling to survive in a rapidly changing business environment. The future is difficult to predict.
    5) It happens time and again that employees leave because they cannot advance in pay rate. Some of them come back after being offered a higher salary but others are lost forever.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep better track of the market value of you employees. As they gain experience their market value goes up. If their market value goes up but you refuse to increase their pay appropriately then the easiest way to further their salary will be to apply with other companies.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEnjoyed the group I worked for. Life as a contractor there is very tenuous, unless your manager says so, contractors were forced to work 4 day weeks on a regular basis.

    ConsDiminishing market share - uncertain future in lighting industry. This lead to shotgun approach to get product out regardless of usefulness.

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    Challenging work with flexibility I need

    Corporate Function (Current Employee)
    Danvers, MA

    ProsFlexible schedules, though not all managers allow in each department
    Competitive pay and benefits
    Challenging work and ability to take on new projects

    ConsCorporate consolidation has resulted in a very flat structure with limited room for advancement
    Limited funds for training outside the corporate training programs
    Often find out about coporate news from my RSS feed rather than internal sources

    Advice to Senior ManagementNew CEO seems to be communicating more to employees, but still not sure where he stands. Needs to make an effort to get to know the people in the business, not just his direct reports.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Discouraging

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNot many good reasons to work here anymore

    ConsHave to devote your entire time to the job with no recognition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your subordinates like they matter not just like a disposable tool.

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

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    Of the higher management ,none of them seems to be having an engineering background

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Danvers, MA

    ProsI see no pros ....

    ConsInternal dirty politics that of "YES BOSS" kind .The hard working engineers are deprived of promotions ,raise in salary ,trainings etc.The R&D which should be highest paid gets nothing in return of the hardwork,rather the trouble creating managers ,having not a successful project to their credit,are paid and promoted and given the power to give promotions,they ,in turn,promote people who do errands for them ,its high time when the management opens its eyes and instead of going by the managers appraisals of the engineers ,they should invite the applications to see the contribution and the successful projects done by the engineers for higher positions.The system has been screwed up by the managers for their personal gains ,some dont let the engineers go to lighting fairs or training so as to generate points for miles and more and combine and utilize those points to get a subsidised air ticket for flying to their home towns.....lots and lots of dirty games played by bosses in US.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company needs to take the reins in its own hands if it really wants to stay competitive.The company needs the eyes and ears of its own than the borrowed ones..Very-very frustrating environs and culture.

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

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    Mixed experiences...not good for a long career ...

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
    Winchester, KY

    ProsGood people to work with. Generally warm and helpful from this site. The Union personnel are good. Work schedules are OK. Salary is OK if you can negotiate properly a good salary when you start, otherwise it takes an act of Congress to have it adjust where it belongs. The site personnel itself cares for its own staff as a family-in most cases warm and very caring like a family. I have had very good experiences interfacing with most managers, but not all in upper management.

    ConsCompany was purchased by Siemens, a German conglomerate that been over-controlling the company for their interests. They are interested in good sales & profits, but not manufacturing in the US. They are firm believers that better and cheaper products can be made in China and other locations around the World. The lighting industry is undergoing a dramatic change in technologies. It appears that Manufacturing may not be around in the next 5 years; only Sales and Marketing may survive as Internationally made products are sold in the US unless US upper management wakes up and revitalizes the factories in the US.

    Don't expect much of a career here as management tells you what you are going to do, not what you want to do - despite whatever HR mechanisms exist. Don't try to switch career paths mid career - it is almost unheard of.

    It seems like managers need to be taught how to manage people or projects. There is reactive management, not proactive - preventive management. So be prepared to "duck" when things go wrong.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain your managers on how to manage people or run managerial functions. Many don't know how to carry out plain meetings. This is a result of so many recent changes to the company. Get the Europeans to stop interfering somehow. They can set goals, but keep them at the border. Otherwise you have "too many cooks spoiling the soup!"

    Don't be afraid to get business input from your staff. There are good ideas out there, but folks are too concerned for job security over building the business, because Europe is ready to shoot people down whenever they hear something they don't like.

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

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    It really doesn't matter any more

    Service Coordinator (Former Employee)

    ProsGood pay and benefits. Satisfying work.

    ConsIncompetent management. No work/life balance. Unrealistic expectations. No training.

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

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