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Philips Lighting Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
125 Reviews
3.0
125 Reviews
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Philips Lighting CEO Frans van Houten
Frans van Houten
42 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • work/life balance is great (if you know how to play the of office politics) (in 10 reviews)

  • Good working environment, open corporate culture (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is terrible (if you're the hard working type) (in 4 reviews)

  • Almost no onsite or global exposure; being a subsidiary of parent company - too much dependency on Holland counterpart (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great people and challenging environment for those that want it to be. Comfortable and cozy.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Design Engineer

    I have been working at Philips Lighting full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Managers are very flexible and respect personal time.
    Philips healthcare and other benefits.
    Many learning opportunities provided, PM, GB, BB.
    Good amount of vacation time.
    Fairly nice facility.
    Colleagues are nice, caring, and friendly people.
    Family like environment.
    Large cubicles with lots of space.

    Cons

    Compensation has to be negotiated or you will not be satisfied.
    Career opportunities only recently have expanded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the career opportunities available. Movement and the chance to diversify is appreciated and helps employees from feeling stale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Innovative company, fun work but slowing down due to size

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Philips Lighting full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good, work-life balance isn't overly demanding of the employees, and there are plenty of new projects to get involved with

    Cons

    Marketing is increasingly shy of new products--if it doesn't already exist, better not risk it unless someone else is threatening to release something similar as well. Tough to be king of the business when you're not first to release the "next big thing"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate your marketing people, they're using to a game of matching the competition and/or playing catch-up. They need to be enthusiastic about innovative new technologies and take the (small) risks necessary to bring something new to the market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tedious work, management lacks knowledge of products sold, below-average work culture.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service  in  Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at Philips Lighting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's a job.
    The building is covered in metal grating so we're protected from bird attacks.

    Cons

    Minimal respect for employees by all levels of management.
    No raises or bonuses.
    Forty year old systems run us into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Strong company, innovative products

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Philips Lighting full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great team environment. Solid leadership. Since Philips purchased the Genlyte Group, there has been many changes to the upper management and additional resources made available.

    Cons

    Some of the changes are disruptive. Philips (Netherlands) is still trying to understand our structures, markets, and customers. Normal teething pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement changes a bit slower so they are completely absorbed and implemented.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Sales Operations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Analyst
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Analyst

    I have been working at Philips Lighting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment, flexible hours, great internal network. All employees are treated with respect and have easy access to upper management. Fair compensation and generous time off.

    Cons

    The organization is very flat, very little room for advancement. They're currently in a transitional period and some teams lack structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be a rewards system in place and promotion opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Highly disorganized and disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Marcos, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Marcos, TX

    I have been working at Philips Lighting full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Close to Austin
    Most people are helpful and nice, especially people on the manufacturing floor and warehouse. Philips has good benefits. Recently new talent has been hired which is a plus.

    Cons

    Highly disorganized facility with lack of standardized processes. Claims to practice Lean Manufacturing but obviously does not. Will use buzzwords but nothing more.

    Immature managers who cannot get along and lack any ability to make a decision good for the business, but only for personal gain or self satisfaction.

    There's very little employee engagement and comradery between groups. Having highly engaged employees is important for any company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your experts when they are highlighting opportunities for improvement. Do not look away and say nothing is wrong when the data shows otherwise. Do not look for answers you want to hear. Hear the truth and make a clear plan for improvement.

    Make a decision and stick with it to see the results. Better leverage your greatest assets- Assembly, warehouse and fab/paint teams. They have a depth of knowledge to tap into when trying to finding solutions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    So incredibly messed up.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior District Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Senior District Sales Representative

    I have been working at Philips Lighting full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent compensation, lots of freedom, good product.

    Cons

    Sales rarely gets sales numbers and when we do they are generally wrong. Never can track where you are at as far as making your number. Never get a reconciliation of how bonuses are calculated. Current management structure is only concerned with the bottom,line and have had a string of workforce reductions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication, accurate sales numbers in a timely manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Centralized Philips buys de-centralized Genlyte

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - General Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Philips Lighting full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Strong technology should give Philips a competitive leg up, good benefits.

    Cons

    Confused 2008 integration of Genlyte acquisition cost significant momentum in North America market and tens of millions of dollars. Centralized structure is slow to react and highly political. Cross divisional cooperation is lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to foster entrepreneurial culture and encourage managers to take ownership and manage or stronger North America lighting companies, like Acuity, will continue to take market share.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Clueless

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee - Long Term  in  San Marcos, TX
    Former Employee - Employee - Long Term in San Marcos, TX

    I worked at Philips Lighting full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Big Company Benefits
    Newer building
    Great Location Next to the outlet mall

    Cons

    San Marcos , TX best management left and who remain don't know how to change.
    Poorly treat employees
    Lean Manufacturing is not practiced only shown in power point to corporate visitors.
    Poor utilization of talent
    Constant conflict within teams
    Musical chair going on in management - constant restructuring
    Poor service to customers
    environment of fear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look yourself in the mirror
    Try to talk to people who know whats going on not local management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Chaos, dysfunction and poor leadership!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales in Somerset, NJ

    I have been working at Philips Lighting full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Health benefits are still good.

    Cons

    Most are underpaid as compared to our competition. Philips is now using changes in the retirement plan to legally remove older employees. Morale is at an all-time low due to the actions of executive management team. There is virtually no appreciation or value placed on rank and file employees, it's a waste of time to try and be innovative or creative. Current strategy of "customer focus" is anything but and an open joke amongst employees. There is virtually no way to advance within the company unless you are one of the chosen few, usually ass-kissing suck ups to management. Production and achievement is most often rewarded with more work being required of you. Management has very little respect for work-life balance, some of the mid-level manager get it but upper management could care less about employee well being. Honestly, I could go on and on - this is not a place I would recommend working unless you have no other viable options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management would never take any advice from a rank and file employee on how to improve the company. They have all of the answers, they are smarter than everyone else and you should do as your told or risk losing your job. Upper management periodically conducts employee satisfaction surveys and the category of "would you recommend Philips as a place to work to a friend or relative" is always the lowest rated category. Nothing has been done to improve that rating and it's been several years now of extremely low ratings. Obviously, not a priority for upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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