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Carl Zeiss Meditec Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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Pros
  • They good benefits and the salary is average and its close to home (in 9 reviews)

  • Good people, bart accessible, great products (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Managers are consumed with sucking up to upper management (in 7 reviews)

  • Company puts money into R&D not business infrastructure (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Learning to be competative again is hard work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carl Zeiss Meditec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Passionate about leading in technology and willing to back that with investment.
    Financially very stable.
    Beginning to experience first significant wins.

    Cons

    Not for those looking to take it easy or retire.
    German culture can get a bit thick.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused and don't back off ... you need to get the changes institutionalized to prevent backsliding.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Field Service Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Fairport, NY
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Fairport, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Carl Zeiss Meditec (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Love the job. Able to work out of home office. Great benefits. Company car and phone. Built up great report with my customers.

    Cons

    Central dispatch is not working for this type of work environment. Central dispatch is not a generic system which can be used across any businesd. Management needs a lot to be desired.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not a place for professional growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary appears comparatively on the high side of the curve.
    Good hearted, hard working people.

    Cons

    Benefits appear below average.
    Too many manual processes and red tape to get the work done.
    Every group, every department functions in silos.
    Lacks collaborative culture because everyone is overworked and unable to help each other.

    Advice to Management

    Be the model for change versus "Do as I say, not as I do". Cascading out changes, but not modelling them will not work.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "titanic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - FSE in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - FSE in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Carl Zeiss Meditec full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    always more 'work' to do !!!

    Cons

    Not enough people in the field

    Advice to Management

    update your resumes !!!


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Not a place for growth nor innovation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carl Zeiss Meditec full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Ross (neighboring, separate, company) cafeteria next door - most Zeiss employees, even the executives, go there rather than Zeiss' own cafeteria.

    Cons

    This is a company for followers and people who only know how to obey. It is not a place for thinkers and definitely not a good fit for anyone looking for professional or personal growth. Leaders are not leaders at all; they cannot make any decisions without HQ approval, including providing an employee email address. Every single value and "accelerator" Zeiss states is a fluke because no executive follows it. For instance, "Go Digital" = Lotus Notes and glorified Excel spreadsheets.
    You cannot depend on the information your manager provides because, ultimately, HQ makes the final call and they never have an ETA of when something will really happen. There is a good reason for the extremely high attrition rate - people value their own sanity over their salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Either stick with the Zeiss company values or close all American offices and fill them with R&D only (since Manufacturing is being sold off anyway).


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good for Techs, unfortante for management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carl Zeiss Meditec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its good if you're the type of person who wants to work hard and make money but not necessary a good living. As a field service engineer, there are lots of opportunities to make money, you just have to want to put in the time and sweat. Its also a plus if you enjoy traveling. There's opportunities to work your way up to management but be careful...See the cons

    Cons

    Even though the chance to make good money, the stress level can be through the roof. If you don't watch it your health can deteriorate and your personal/family life may also get compromise. From what I can see, management positions can also be the same. Many times you'll deal with difficult or unhappy employees. But the most stressful part will be working with your hands tied behind your back because the folks from the mother country control a lot of the company's functions. And to make it worst, you can get let go at any minute.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more techs, understand the business on a regional level, come up with creative ways to run the business while staying within certain guidelines.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "80% Politics + 20% Technical Skills"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carl Zeiss Meditec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are a skilled in office politics, this is the perfect place for you! If you don't want a career, but a place to relax, this is perfect for you. As the other reviewer put it: "If you can leave your brain at home and spend 8 hrs a day, 5 days a week here, there isn't a better place to work".

    Cons

    As a part of a 170 years old Germany company, politics is the only thing that matters. As an engineer, don't do a good job -- you won't get rewarded. If you work hard and do a really great job, you may even get punished by the management, because you make managers and their engineer darlings look bad and incompetent.

    On the other hand, there are a few incompetent software engineers, who wrote buggy code and got promoted and rewarded. Buggy code is defined as code contains FDA recall-able defects. To be honest, there are not many such defects, which were hidden anyway. But their authors are indeed management darlings.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management. But for new software hires, here are a few helpful survival hints:

    There are a small circle of software "persons", who are the real power in the software division. These 3-4 personnel are “tier 1” of the software department, even though some don’t have official management titles.

    If you would like to be "honored" into Tier 2, you have to bow to Tier 1 and give them most of the credit of your work. Otherwise, you are in Tier 3. If you are in Tier 3, you are in trouble. Tier 1 always unite to lie about your work during performance review and they view you as an enemy day to day. They also need to lie about you because they want “their people”, no matter how incompetent, to collect the performance money, year after year.

    Try not to be in Tier 3. Do. NOT. Work. Hard, Ever! Play politics hard. Make friends with Tier 1 but don’t give them any trust. Think about your exit strategy and be prepared for any other good opportunities.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "TRUST THE REVIEWS HERE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carl Zeiss Meditec full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are unemployed and need health benefits, that's all.

    Cons

    Hard work will never be rewarded. Managers are consumed with sucking up to upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Get checked for STDs


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Steady decline"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Technician in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carl Zeiss Meditec (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people and some absolutely brilliant engineers. Benefits are okay, occasional profit sharing payouts and generally flexible schedule as long as you aren't directly customer facing or work phones.

    Cons

    Excessive and generally poor micromanagement, motivation is dying in many departments due to the impending outsourcing. Most recent insurance benefit changes were pretty bad for the employees. Constant change with generally poor results. Every employee I know who has left is much happier anywhere else.

    Advice to Management

    All the smiling customer service reps in the world won't fix a broken machine. Field service is stretched too thin without nearly enough training and the outsourcing of American jobs is disappointing. You're losing experienced, competent employees at a consistent rate and it's entirely due to micromanagement and excessive cost cutting.


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Good for Brown Nosers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart and Talented People, Good Benefits, Vacation and Sick Leave. Company is stable. If you are a hard worker, do not question absurd requirements and do not have aspirations to rise in your career, this is a great place to be.

    Cons

    Management is all consumed to paint a rosy picture. Some of the inefficient managers have been pushed out but the chaos also caused many talented people to leave the company and find better jobs. Some of the old managers managed to cling to their jobs while others got weeded out. The problem is that the new mangers who have replaced the old managers are not much different either. Overall, brown nosers have done pretty well in this environment.

    Advice to Management

    It is a huge ship and it will keep sailing. Just try not to sink it. When good people leave, try to find out why they left. We still have many good people left here. Make sure that they don't leave.


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