Philips Oral

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Philips Oral Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
20 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great products, demanding, but fun, environment.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Project Leader  in  Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Quality Project Leader in Bothell, WA

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn about the development of Medical Devices in a fast growing company [Philips Oral Healthcare], that is both separate from as well as part of, a much larger company [Philips Electronics] in compliance with Quality System Regulations. Pockets of truly inspired and very intelligent people can be found in most of the departments and functions that make up the company.

    Cons

    Being part of a larger company sometimes results in Philips Corporate forcing processes that do not add value and ways of working that dilute rather than increase focus and efficiency. A significant portion of the employees has become expected to put in long hours, in some cases resulting in unsatisfactory work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to work-life balance of employees; continuing on the current path will not be sustainable in the long run for some of the most valuable employees. Make more courageous decisions with respect to the development roadmap; kill projects that are hogging resources yet adding little to top line / bottom line when reviewed at a realistic business case.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Philips Oral Health

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Snoqualmie, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Snoqualmie, WA

    Pros

    Philips is a worldwide company, run pretty well in many places but not all.

    Cons

    Each small division has some good management and some not so good. There can be a culture clash when philips tries to manage one countries workers in the style of another country's management. This happened at Oral Health.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage with local management styles.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Glad they got rid of the category leader

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    Current Employee - Controller  in  Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Controller in Bothell, WA

    Pros

    Good pay and travel opportunities

    Cons

    Expect reorganization so every 6 months or so

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on human capital and work life balance. And quit trying to compete in the low end segment. Do you see Audi selling $10k cars? No, because if they did it would destroy the brand. Nuf said.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    One of the worst experience

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Bothell, WA

    Pros

    Great brand and used to have good products.

    Cons

    Category leader is the worst leader I have come across. Only Dutch, Europeans are promoted. No concern for employees. No HR. All the good people have left

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Elf and bring in Jolly. Treat employees better. Eliminate the divisiveness caused by the leadership. Bring back the employee feedback. Senior leader tells his direct reports how to rate him.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sonicare brand is being destroyed

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    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager  in  Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Bothell, WA

    Pros

    Large parent company. Number one brand

    Cons

    European centric. Treat employees poorly. Lots of discrimination on every level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Control category leader and his behavior

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Only if you want to punish yourself

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer  in  Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Bothell, WA

    Pros

    Decent wages and benefits. Used to have a great R&D but it al all going to Amsterdam

    Cons

    Incorrgible behavior at leadership level is tolerated. Employees treated poorly. Since emplyees have compalined, management has stopped getting evaluations. No HR to speak of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If approach is not changed and better leadership is provided this is going to sink soon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Sonicare products, too much Dutch management from "The Mothership" in Amsterdam

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Snoqualmie, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Snoqualmie, WA

    Pros

    Great product, customers love it, does a great job cleaning teeth. Philips is a global company with many resources to draw on and has high ethical standards and really believes in sustainability and stewardship of the earth. Very good benefits including high match 401K with high salary deferral limits, excellent tuition reimbursement ($10K a year when I was there).

    Cons

    Unless you are tapped to be in the elite "Hi Potential" talent pool, moving up is very hard. This "Hi-Pot" group is limited to those employees only 40 and under (seems like age discrimination to me). They get special coaching, mentoring and training.

    Global Philips politics is rough at the higher levels of management. Fundamentally many believe that Philips has too many senior Dutch people in management in Amsterdam with not enough to do other than come up with management improvement initiatives that put a real drag on managers around the world and do little to nothing to help getting work done.

    The local marketing group was in constant chaos and turmoil during my time. It is a very dysfunctional group and management does not seem interested in fixing it. Many excellent people left frustrated with the management, hiring and promotion of incompetent people and lack of strategic vision.

    "If you're not Dutch, you're not much" is more than a saying, it's reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thin out the top management ranks in Amsterdam, make the management team more diverse (too many old, white Dutch males) and let the various divisions breath a little and adapt and change to meet their market needs rather than drive them from a common management credo that is "one size fits" all from Amsterdam. Also, local management is not doing enough to make sure the upstream product pipeline is filled with new, innovative products to replace the cash cows now on the market. Could result in a big revenue dip in coming years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Strong brand, strong products, still realizing its potential...

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Snoqualmie, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Snoqualmie, WA

    Pros

    Great place to learn about long-term product development. They treat people with respect and genuinely try to do the right things. While there has been some turnover in mid-to-upper management, the company does listen to employee concerns. As in any big company, sometimes it doesn't move fast enough, BUT they are aware of this.

    Cons

    Philips is a large Dutch multi-national and is often a bit bureacratic and encumbered by too many processes. Some of their new product development manuals can be two inches thick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more with your teams so that they can get behind the vision and harness their energy behind the direction you want to take the company.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I don't think the location is stable, enter at your own risk!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Snoqualmie, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Snoqualmie, WA

    Pros

    Tuition reimbursement if this is something you are looking for, location if you live in Snoqualmie Valley, the products are incredible and something you can definitely stand behind.

    Cons

    The building is over 1/2 empty and I am sure they will be moving/relocating to Bothell, Auburn, Stamford, CT within a couple years at most. There is not a lot of energy in the building and a sense that the end is near. I don't think the pay is equivalent to similar positions in other companies. Philips loves people who are mobile, so be willing to move if you want to move up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fill the empty space with other Philips CL businesses instead of relocating

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't do it.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Snoqualmie, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Snoqualmie, WA

    Pros

    Excellent product with large fan base. Skilled engineering organization. New technology roadmap looks solid.

    Cons

    Marketing department is in disarray with poor leadership and ridiculously high turnover. Product marketing jobs at this location are operations oriented (read - engineering change orders and packaging revisions); all business, revenue planning, channel and customer activity is handled at the local country level. Distance from corporate HQ limits interaction with peers, and all international travel is in coach (long and awful flights to NL). If you're not a Dutch man under the age of 35, your opportunities for advancement in Philips global is very limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring experience brand managers and marketing managers for your marketing department; what you need is recent college graduates in communications and engineering for the work that you do at this location.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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