Philips Oral

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Philips Oral Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated Jul 7, 2014

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    Great products, demanding, but fun, environment.

    Quality Project Leader (Current Employee) Bothell, WA

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsBeing 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 Senior ManagementPay 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Project Manager (Former Employee) Snoqualmie, WA

    ProsWork setting was nice. Enjoyed people.

    ConsManagement was transplanted from Germany and was a cultural mismatch with the US.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate culture within Philips was good, but pockets of bad managers sour the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Glad they got rid of the category leader

    Controller (Current Employee) Bothell, WA

    ProsGood pay and travel opportunities

    ConsExpect reorganization so every 6 months or so

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One of the worst experience

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee) Bothell, WA

    ProsGreat brand and used to have good products.

    ConsCategory 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sonicare brand is being destroyed

    Associate Marketing Manager (Current Employee) Bothell, WA

    ProsLarge parent company. Number one brand

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementControl category leader and his behavior

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Only if you want to punish yourself

    Product Engineer (Current Employee) Bothell, WA

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

    ConsIncorrgible 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 Senior ManagementIf approach is not changed and better leadership is provided this is going to sink soon

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Snoqualmie, WA

    ProsGreat 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).

    ConsUnless 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 Senior ManagementThin 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee) Snoqualmie, WA

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsPhilips 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 Senior ManagementShare 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.

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Snoqualmie, WA

    ProsTuition 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementFill the empty space with other Philips CL businesses instead of relocating

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't do it.

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Snoqualmie, WA

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

    ConsMarketing 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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