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Essilor Reviews

Updated July 5, 2018
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  • "Mobility, Work-life balance as well" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Company tends to make major changes in upper management very often" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great place to grow your career and yourself."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essilor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, management helps develop your skills so that you can grow your career. There is a common goal of helping people see better which strengthens our employee relationships. It's very rewarding knowing that we make products that improves our customer's lives.

    Cons

    It's a big company that is sometimes slow and resistant to change but they are getting better. Communication between divisions could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to new ideas.


  2. "Excellent and Balanced Employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essilor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professional Team, work-life Balance,

    Cons

    Sometimes the business environment is a little too 'silo' driven. Too often I see duplication of efforts between teams.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "If Essilor Could Get Rid Of Us All They Would To Save a Buck"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Essilor full-time

    Pros

    Flexible Hours
    Great people in immediate team

    Cons

    Pay is terrible
    Bonus is terrible
    Too many unqualified people in management
    Company does not invest in employees

    Advice to Management

    Pay more - you do not invest in people. We complete at least 3 surveys a year and nothing changes. The people in management should find another line of work. This company is the worst about playing the blame game instead of addressing and fixing any issues. The work environment is so hostile that you dread going in every day.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly Good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essilor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is as much job mobility in Essilor as you want. If you have the drive to grow and make connections, you can go anywhere and do anything in this company.

    The culture in the Dallas HQ is very friendly. Everyone is kind and outgoing, the workday is usually very pleasant.

    The benefits seem to be good, 401k matching is stellar.

    Very stable company (for the most part)

    Cons

    The salary is typically below market or toward the bottom of market rates

    Some groups have a "french ceiling" where the growth is limited for American employees

    HR and Talent Development is really in your own hands. Essilor has not been so great at keeping good talent here

    Advice to Management

    Focus on keeping good talent: pay people a fair wage for the role they are playing in the organization. Pay for the certifications and education they need to be better


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Only Marketing offers growth and worse in Finance BA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Essilor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Direct team members, 6% 401k no vesting period. Flexibility depends on your manager.

    Cons

    Ugh! The accounting an finance team is the absolute worse. Diversity is one of their official values yet still there is racism. The worse kind of racism is hidden racism. They put women in cmo and cfo positions and scream diversity yet still bias to minority in lower positions. If you a a French or Caucasian dude you’ll grow if not pray to that fairy godmother because you will need a lot of it and am afraid it’s not enough. There’s no amount of hard work that’s enough, none. Pay raise is 3% if sales goals “are met”. That’s the point because sales goals are unrealistically high that no amount of achievement is enough meaning you won’t get pay raise. The job description you were given when hired will double by end of year one with recurring task that are not ad hoc.

    Bias, nepotism, racism. The only people they are good to are interns. Essilor paid so much severance pay you begin to wonder what for. If your pay check is high you better have plan B because you will have a surprise breakfast of “we decided to let you go”. No am not a grumpy employee, asking for what is fair is unrealistic at Essilor. If you work here, you know what am saying and if you are interviewing “ye will come to know “. Every week housekeeping is cleaning a cubicle of an employee that left, people leave so fast like Kroger checkout lines. They don’t care, they are always hiring. Oh and that unlimited vacation is just to look good on paper, if you want anything more than two weeks at a time you need VP approval.

    Advice to Management

    doe it matter? They don’t listen we filled enough surveys they made no difference.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Old guard company - hostile to new hires"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Essilor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Profitable company as it is pretty much a monopoly in the lens manufacturing industry. Good roles and growth in Marketing Department (only).

    Cons

    IT, Finance, Accounting and Operations teams are filled with good ol' boys at the Senior and Middle Management levels. It is hard for newcomers to grow and become a successful part of the company as the management is suspicious of anyone outside their club.

    Advice to Management

    Breakup the no-change party and bring in new people who are empowered to implement change, rather than reshuffle the same old folks.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great start"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Essilor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    the culture need to change

    Advice to Management

    The culture and values that the company stands for is not being met. This is something that definitely need to be addressed.

  8. "Inspector"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inspection in Norcross, GA
    Current Employee - Inspection in Norcross, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Essilor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work there 30 years I need help with management.

    Cons

    They treat me awful old chairs no respect. Talk behind my back , give me a job picking up tiny screws .my job is to inspector. Trying to make me quit?

    Advice to Management

    I love my job that I have been doing for years.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Don’t Bother, Unless"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmers Branch, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmers Branch, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Essilor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent salary and bonus plan.
    Benefits are on par with others in DFW.
    Good place to start, but not long term (see Cons).

    Cons

    Most in Management are more concerned about their roles due to the impending merger with Luxottica later this year.

    Often Senior Executives are inconsistent in their priorities and subsequent guidance.
    Some have gone “tribal”, and are not in sync with other areas of responsibility’s initiatives, causing a waste of time and resources. This causes confusion, uncertainty and doubt in the related Line organizations.

    HR is pushing for younger and more diverse hires and promotions, often without regard to actual talent.
    Unfortunately, most senior level promotions are based on “who you know”, rather than on what you know.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the business you’re paid to run (today) rather than where you’ll be after the merger, the employees can see your lack of focus and coordination on the ongoing enterprise.


  10. "great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essilor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    company has a lot of great opportunities

    Cons

    i can not name one

    Advice to Management

    none


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