Osram Sylvania Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
96 Reviews
2.7
96 Reviews
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Osram Sylvania President, CEO, and Director Rick Leaman
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47 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

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


Cons
  • Limited opportunity for advancement (in 5 reviews)

  • The hard working engineers are deprived of promotions ,raise in salary ,trainings etc (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dismal outlook for continued US manufacturing.

    • Comp & Benefits
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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.  

    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
  3.  

    Good colaboration

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stuck in the 1970's

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    • 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
  7.  

    A company on the decline

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    • 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Mechanical Engineer

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    • 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
  9.  

    Good company facing a difficult future.

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

    I worked at Osram Sylvania as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Management was flexible about time. My work was interesting and engaging and I had a great boss.

    Cons

    Some of the engineers I worked with were not good at managing time. Often, we were given product to test without sufficient time to complete all tests required. Fierce competition from Osram's competitors meant that money for necessary equipment was tight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees as assets, not simply cost of labor. praise for a job well done was skimpy from everyone other than my boss.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    design engineer

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

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

    Pros

    i like the flex time because i have the oportunity to work from home

    Cons

    oportunities, they give the oportunities to the people that has more year in the company but not based on their performance,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Innovation at its best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Herp Derp in Danvers, MA
    Current Employee - IT Herp Derp in Danvers, MA

    I have been working at Osram Sylvania full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - This company is leading the way with new products and technology
    - The culture is upbeat and positive
    - Fantastic HQ - a model of productivity
    - IT Department is ahead of the curve in delivering services
    - Great location on the North Shore
    - OSRAM as a parent company has been great for Sylvania

    Cons

    - Not enough jobs to hire everyone that wants to work at this great place
    - Having to leave at night
    - No longer a part of that great organization Siemens

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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