Philips Lighting Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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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 (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  2. Bad culture, low level of integrity, unhealthy working environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Philips Lighting full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A very challenging business in all the functions - Sales, Manufacturing, R&D, etc. Employees can learn a lot in such a challenging and complex business.

    Cons

    Very bad culture. Extremely political environment. Employees are not evaluated based on performance, but based on whether he/she is a buddy of a VP, etc. Senior management plays ugly games. Bullying at work is very common. Compete in a very tough business with intense price pressure, so this company does not have good long future. Already dumped by Philips (its parent company), and sooner or later will be beaten up by Cree and its Asian competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Be ethical, and treats your employees fairly. A company with bad culture and low integrity will not thrive for long.

  3. Helpful (2)

    PLL in 2011

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, and stable company. Growth business; possibilities of transitioning to healthier companies, easy commuting distance, interesting technologies. Company with a long history, and roots extending back to HP.

    Cons

    Serious heritage of political issues. People in company were highly political, especially at senior levels, where VP's targeted one another and attempted to embarrass each other. Trickle down effects meant that it affected the lower level employees, where coworkers would intentionally attempt to hamper the progress of one another for personal gain. Sadly, some of the worst offenders are still there.

    Advice to Management

    Leave and get therapy. You are putting your careers ahead of treating people well. Shame on you.

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  5. Environment is creative and relaxing but the culture has some issues

    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Creative feel, game tables, fruit, snacks, and soda. production based results. lots of diversity. Company events that support team work. Lots of Charity opportunities as well. Your own cubical/desk to work with. Some opportunity to work from home as well.

    Cons

    Because it is an international company, they hire foreign workers and promote them to management levels, even if they have no real people skills. This can result in a work-place bully hiding in the management ranks. I know myself have come across a very unprofessional one. They also hire many temps so you never know who you'll be working with.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more employees, less contractors. Give your management training on how to treat people. I am all for diversity but honestly, the management team should be Americans familiar with employment laws and how to treat people. The company itself is relaxed and creative to promote results but, there are certain departments that have a culture of bullying and isolation perpetuated by management, negating that relaxed feel and making it very stressful.

  6. Innovative company, fun work but slowing down due to size

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

    I worked at Philips Lighting full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  8. Strong company, innovative products

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    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. Helpful (2)

    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 (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. 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 (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    There should be a rewards system in place and promotion opportunities

  11. ok place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CQQQ in Littlestown, PA
    Former Employee - CQQQ in Littlestown, PA

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    coworkers were very good and kind

    Cons

    not much opportunity to grow

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