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Osram Sylvania Overview

Headquarters Wilmington, MA
Size 5001 to 10000 Employees
Founded 1901
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
With a global workforce of around 34,000 employees we develop efficient lighting solutions. Lighting solutions that fire the enthusiasm of people worldwide. OSRAM SYLVANIA, a subsidiary of OSRAM, is leader in lighting solutions that feature innovative design and energy saving ... More

Osram Sylvania – Why Work For Us?


OSRAM SYLVANIA is part of OSRAM Americas, a group of OSRAM companies located in North and South America. As a leader in lighting solutions and services, specializing in innovative design and energy saving technology, the company sells products for homes, businesses and vehicles under the brand names OSRAM, Traxon, ENCELIUM and SYLVANIA. The company's portfolio covers the entire value chain of components, ranging from lamps, control units and optical semiconductors such as light-emitting diodes (LED) to luminaires, light management systems and lighting solutions. The OSRAM SYLVANIA and OSRAM Americas regional headquarters is located in Danvers, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.osram-americas.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.



Prospects at OSRAM SYLVANIA are as multifaceted as the industry. The dynamics of this market provide a great deal of freedom. For people who identify opportunities, leverage potential and want to move forward together as a team. Those who enjoy getting personally involved and take pleasure in contributing their own ideas are just the right candidates for us. We offer a huge variety of opportunities in an international environment. Join us and make the most of them!


Driving profitable growth.

OSRAM SYLVANIA continues to affirm its position as a global lighting leader, introducing innovative products that deliver energy savings, reduce impact on the environment and provide operational cost savings to end users. Innovation drives our growth and helps us maintain a strong patent portfolio of cutting edge lighting solutions. Consistently over 40 percent of our worldwide sales result from products that are less than 5 years old. Our global R&D team is supported by a corporate investment equal to 5.5 percent of sales, half of which is applied to Solid State Lighting research helping secure our position as an LED technology leader.

Automotive Lighting

With headquarters in Hillsboro, NH, the combined OSRAM SYLVANIA and OSRAM AG Global Automotive Lighting business is the world's largest manufacturer of automotive light sources. Automotive Lighting designs, develops, manufactures and markets state-of-the-art automotive light sources, including auxiliary, advanced halogen, LED and high-intensity discharge for interior, exterior and forward applications. Over 400 lamp types are produced for cars, trucks, and electronics in facilities throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Valeo Sylvania, a 50-50 joint venture with Valeo, manufactures and markets automotive assemblies. The company is based in Seymour, IN

General Lighting

Based in Danvers, MA, the General Lighting unit manufactures incandescent, fluorescent and high-intensity discharge lamps at seven plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico. It provides general and specialty sales, marketing and distribution services throughout the U.S. to industrial, commercial and retail customers and to original equipment and other lamp manufacturers. This business unit also has a centralized customer support organization located in Westfield, IN

The General Lighting business unit has five sales channels. The Industrial Commercial group markets a wide variety of SYLVANIA lamps and ballasts, which are sold to industrial and commercial customers through a nationwide network of independent electrical distributors. Consumer Products sells SYLVANIA household lamps through retail stores to residential customers. The Special Markets channel is responsible for specialty manufacturers and distributors, other manufacturers, and export while the OEM, or original equipment manufacturer, channel sells lamps and ballasts to fixture manufacturers.

The fifth sales channel, SYLVANIA LIGHTING SERVICES CORP., provides preventative maintenance and energy management programs for indoor and outdoor systems in stores, office buildings, warehouses, factories and other locations.

The mySYLVANIA.com Extranet offers a personalized online workplace and community for over 10,000 customers, business partners, contractors, and specifiers in the United States. mySYLVANIA.com provides registered users access to information on business , automotive , electronic control systems, and photo-optic products and services.

Electronic Control Systems

The Electronic Control Systems (ECS) business unit develops, manufactures and markets ballast products for general , automotive, specialty and LED applications. Unparalleled resources in lamp and ballast technology, and a worldwide network of engineering and manufacturing centers, make OSRAM SYLVANIA a leading industry innovator. ECS combines lamp and ballast know-how to achieve new levels.

Display / Optic Lighting
Over 500 different Display/Optic halogen and discharge lamps are produced in the United States, Mexico, Germany and Japan. The NAFTA Region headquarters of the OSRAM GmbH Display/Optic division is located in Danvers, MA. Under the OSRAM brand name, the division produces innovative products to fulfill the needs of very diverse markets including entertainment, cinema film projection, information display, medical / scientific, semiconductor fabrication and airfield/aircraft.


The Canadian division of OSRAM SYLVANIA is based in Mississauga, ON. This organization provides general and specialty sales, marketing and distribution throughout Canada to industrial, commercial, retail, automotive, photo-optic and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). SYLVANIA LIGHTING SERVICES is a division of OSRAM SYLVANIA, which provides comprehensive energy management and maintenance services across Canada.


Energy and Lighting

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), buildings account for about 41% of the primary energy use in the U.S.  – accounting for more 44% more energy use than the industrial sector and 36% more energy use than the transportations sector1 – and a corresponding percentage of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions.

Energy use in the commercial sector coincides with peak electrical demand and contributes to a building’s internal heat generation, increasing air-conditioning load.  Corporate owners see the business advantages of investing in green buildings and energy efficiency in their existing building portfolios.  Energy efficiency is only one component of a green building, but it is a driving force to help companies and the country achieve their goals. 

The way energy is used in a commercial building influences the development of energy efficiency strategies.  The most important energy end-use across the stock of commercial buildings is lighting.  Lighting accounts for over 26% of the electrical energy use in existing commercial buildings and 14% in existing residential buildings.1 

NEMA, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, the largest trade association representing the industry, estimates that manufacturers use of rare earth phosphors instead of halo phosphates, the development of smaller fluorescent lamp diameters (T8 and T5) together with the shift from magnetic to high efficiency, electronic ballasts have lead to a 40-50% improvement is systems efficiency.  This efficiency improvement results in reduced emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants including mercury.  The introduction of pulse start technology and ceramic arc tubes has significantly increased the efficiency of metal halide systems.  High efficiency halogen, compact fluorescent and LED sources along with energy saving lighting control systems round out the solution options available to increase the efficiency and reduce the operating costs of both interior and exterior lighting for all types of commercial buildings.

For our customers, installing energy efficient lighting is one of the most effective, sustainable design strategies available today.  Reduced energy usage means reduced utility emissions, which means less air pollution and related human health effects.  It also means reduced operating costs which helps improve the bottom line in today’s competitive market place.   


  1. http://buildingsdatabook.eren.doe.gov/ChapterIntro1.aspx

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    Osram Sylvania is a decent company. It has recently spun off Siemens and is the only stand-alone lighting company in the industry. Great products to stand behind and an excellent group of people to work with.


    It is a large company - headquartered in Munich, Germany. It often takes a while for decisions to be made and then implemented. This is just the nature of a large international business.

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    Management is doing the best it can under the circumstances. Lighting is a competitive market.

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    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Osram Sylvania (Danvers, MA).


    The whole process took about 3 weeks. I applied through LinkedIn and got an email from the recruiter the next day. I had a phone interview later that week and an in person after that. They offered me the position 2 days later.

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