Safilo is well respected in the eyewear industry, having a proven record of manufacturing and distributing high-quality ophthalmic frames and sunwear. The brands in their portfolio are highly recognized, albeit with more emphasis on North American and proprietary collections. The North American sales and distribution operation will soon have executive representation on equal footing with European divisions.
2016 is a year of transition for the company with the loss of Gucci, a flagship brand. The executive team in Italy is addressing improvements in manufacturing and distribution while restructuring the management and operations teams in the U.S. The result of all this change is disorder, uncertainty about the brand portfolio, poor delivery of product (backorders and mistakes in orders) and the loss of experienced people who have significantly contributed to the Safilo brand.
Advice to Management
1.Expand WORLD recognized brand portfolio. 2.Stabilize management team and expand Sales Director team. 3.Understand the needs of the sales team and respond strategically to market challenges. 4. Improve communication with North American organization about the Safilo strategies. 5. Develop plans to meet corporate goals by involving U.S. sales and operations teams. Get buy-in to achieve results from your people.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Safilo (Parsippany, NJ).
approached by recruiter about position, who only had a 3 bullet point (vague) description of the role. HR never sent a formal (written) description, in spite of multiple requests.
The interview was with several people, 1 of which will be your direct manager, others you may hardly ever speak to after hired. Everyone with enough interview experience will notice the place's dysfunction just by speaking the with HR team.
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