Phonak Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Great company, room for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Warrenville, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing in Warrenville, IL

    I worked at Phonak full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Team collaboration, everyone wants success and all are treated with respect. Small enough corporation but large enough to make a difference

    Cons

    Still small enough where there is gossip and many know your personal business.

  2. Micro-managed

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    Former Employee - Production Associate in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Aurora, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers.
    The work there is for a great cause
    decent benefits

    Cons

    micro-managed
    Favoritism
    production gets very unappreciated, even though without them, there would be no company.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that the people who work endless hours to create your devices matter to. A little more compensation would be nice. not free pizza every once a month :|

  3. Innovative company passionate about helping the hearing impaired.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - G & A in Warrenville, IL
    Former Employee - G & A in Warrenville, IL

    I worked at Phonak full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Parent company investing in technology to improve inefficiencies within. Friendly employees.

    Cons

    Few advancement opportunities. Little investment in G&A and workload is overwhelming. A lot of good under appreciated people are leaving for better opportunities. Indecisive management.

    Advice to Management

    Be more decisive and figure out a way to retain good, hardworking employees.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Run... As fast and as far as you can.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative II in Warrenville, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative II in Warrenville, IL

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are decent and the hours are ok.

    Cons

    Absolutely no accountability at all. Minimal leadership support. Training is seriously lacking. If you don't mind being overworked and under paid and under appreciated then sure, this may be the job for you. It seems that Phonak is too concerned with filling positions quickly that they are hiring employees with no work ethic. There is almost no team work and no sense of responsibility from the vast majority of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be more concerned about your employees that work hard and are present every day than the point system for calling off. If Phonak continues on this path the turnover is only going to continue to increase. Work on communication as well as presence. Show more support to your employees. It is almost impossible to find a manager when one is needed.

  6. Innovative company; Management needs a lot of help and work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Agent in Warrenville, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Service Agent in Warrenville, IL

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Helping the hearing impaired, working for an innovative company on the forefront of technological advances.

    Cons

    A lot of red tape by management, slow and unresponsive HR, extreme favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiding in meetings all day and help the customers! Phonak was a great place to work, and then everything went bad quickly.

  7. Helpful (3)

    The Company is going down hill Fast. Keep Looking

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Aurora, IL

    I worked at Phonak full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    It's a job and that's a stretch. You may find that you work with some good coworkers below the management level.

    Cons

    Do yourself a favor and keep your self-respect and look elsewhere. Treated like a number and there is a constant push to make MORE. Workloads and management expectations always increase over time. You have to be a robot to succeed there. Told frequently that "you are replaceable" told where the door is. Great/outstanding hard working people have left the company and the talent loss shows, moral is very low. Absolutely zero employee loyalty, you can be fired for any or no reason no matter how long you've been there. One person was fired for not working OT on a Saturday and one person was fired for being sick and in the hospital. Several mangers have no experience in the field they are in and cannot lead people. After the move in December 2013 to the new location it is now the “WORST COMPANY TO WORK FOR” No opportunities to move up. The company is run like a high school full of drama and a complete lack of professionalism from the management team. Managers should actually show some respect to their employees and learn to run a business professionally. Company lacks leaders that are qualified for their positions,

    Advice to Management

    The production workers need to become UNIONIZED. For better employee retention, treat your employees with respect rather than second class citizens. Upper management; please quit screwing people over for your own advancement, (what comes around goes around) Ineffective upper manager and HR staff are kept around far too long.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Sales Position Review

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Top of industry products and innovation. Excellent customer service. Senior management gives sales team the opportunity to think outside the box for solutions. The current culture of the company is making a drastic change for the better. If it continues on this path I only see good things to come. Total income is fantastic when you are at or above goal.

    Cons

    Most (if not all) of the regional sales management team lack initiative and emotional/creative intelligence. Compensation plan and territories change yearly. They have a tendency to promote from outside the company rather than within and unfortunately I have not seen any changes to that motto in the recent years. Salaries are low. Travel and Expense budget is pathetic.

    Advice to Management

    Training for the immediate management team. Also there may need to be some changes. I strongly feel that some of the managers are in the best position for their skill set.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Stay away from the VA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Phonak full-time

    Pros

    The regular employes are great, All driven like cattle,Great lunch room, and end of shift is price less when leaving.

    Cons

    The department is in shambles. Manager will throw you under the bus in a heartbeat, will not take responsibilty for own actions, as it doesnt have a clue whats going on. Way too much favoritism.

  10. I believe it would be good experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mailroom/Labeling in Warrenville, IL
    Current Employee - Mailroom/Labeling in Warrenville, IL

    I have been working at Phonak part-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Help with other employees. We need to have positive attitude, good behavior

    Cons

    The downside would be mismanagement

    Advice to Management

    The process on job applications should be moving faster. Not long time like weeks.

  11. Forward thinking company with an enjoyable work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrenville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrenville, IL

    I have been working at Phonak part-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    My experience at Phonak has been extremely satisfying. The managers are caring, attentive, and respectful. The facility is beautiful and open-concept, eliminating a barrier between departments. Everyone is very friendly. Upper management places a huge amount of importance on employee recognition, and it shows. Phonak is forward thinking in its values and culture and is growing rapidly, and the qualiy of the product and the attitude of the employees allow it to do so.

    Cons

    Because Phonak is in the process of opening their Aurora office, chaos is sure to arise. That being said, all affected employees and managers are handling it quite well.

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