Osram Sylvania Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
96 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
  • Limited opportunity for advancement (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management find it easier to cut the work force's benefits than to find savings in areas that need to be cut (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Working for osram

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    None really - Good benefits, good pay, good opportunity for advancement, good people, nice work environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Poorly ran and mismanaged

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Tech in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Field Tech in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Osram Sylvania full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I got a Free Cup when the stock spun from Siemens!

    Cons

    Poor Management all the way down, parts of the Company compete against themselves and have no problem throwing you under the bus, If you want to work in a place with a bunch of people with College degrees in Philosophy trying to manage a Technical product/Service they know nothing about this is the place for you. People were laughing in the background as the laid off 900+ on a Conference call.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize that Basket weaving Degree and get out of Lighting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Contractor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Osram Sylvania

    Pros

    Enjoyed 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.

    Cons

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

  6.  

    Challenging work with flexibility I need

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Function in Danvers, MA
    Current Employee - Corporate Function in Danvers, MA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Corporate 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 ManagementAdvice

    New 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Danvers, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Danvers, MA

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

    Pros

    I see no pros ....

    Cons

    Internal 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It really doesn't matter any more

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    Former Employee - Service Coordinator
    Former Employee - Service Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Satisfying work.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Tough to recommend

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Westfield, IN
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Westfield, IN

    I worked at Osram Sylvania full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Pay and benefits are fairly good.
    -Many opportunities to participate in highly visible projects.
    -Local team was very close knit, didn't feel like a 'big company'.
    -There are people who truly want to make things work.
    -Flexible work schedule for some (not me)
    -Recent change in leadership showed signs of a change in direction (for the better)

    Cons

    -The workforce in general seems beaten down and tired. A culture of squeezing every ounce of productivity out of one person has led to some great people becoming burnt out and helpless. People are forced into doing the job of 2 or 3, often doing tasks that are not related to their core job and tend to be dissatisfiers. Often positions have no 'back-up', so you either don't take days off, work on your vacation, or have everything break down in your absence.
    -Myopic focus on the financials has taken its toll on the employee (see above) and product. It has created a culture of hiring temporary/contract workers to avoid cost of benefits.
    -The company is steered by German Leadership which is wholly disconnected from the US operations...which leads to....
    -Multiple layers of approval are needed to do anything. This creates a slow moving, cumbersome company that cannot react to industry changes...which leads to...
    -The company just feels antiquated. From product offerings to employee resources. HR Systems are poorly implemented, purchasing processes are vague and not intuitive.
    -Changing industry to LED has left this 'manufacturing' company struggling to remain relevant. OSI is still very much a manufacturing company when it needs to be a technology company.
    -This is a big one. Company culture lacks the incentive for young workers with new ideas to join up. Millennials are few and far between. Those that have joined the company stick out like a sore thumb. There is very little training in place to help young workers develop the skills they need to become future leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good hard look at the industry and realize you have fallen behind. Learn from your competitors. Stop hiring temps for everything - you NEED employee engagement. Most of all, create a culture that fosters new ideas and attracts young talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company. Opportunities to advance. Undergoing some transition.

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    • 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

    Great team and co-workers. Good local management. Reasonable hours.

    Cons

    Limited flexibility for working from home.
    The company is undergoing a transition and can feel unsettled.
    Differing views from different regions on how company should be run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase communication. Good Job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Dysfunctional

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Osram Sylvania (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule for those who are fortunate
    Decent cafe in building
    Right off 128 north of Boston
    Decent salary and benefits considering

    Cons

    No leadership anymore, management can't seem to get it together.
    German owned company
    Way behind in technology
    Outsources in China more than they manufacture
    Quality declining

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that administrators are necessary and stop stacking the work on existing employees while you phase out positions. Enough is enough. Focus on quality and service by getting back into manufacturing HERE in the USA.

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