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Essilor Reviews

Updated April 10, 2018
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Pros
  • Pretty good with work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Good Benefits and Pay and postive social impact (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Mobility, Work-life balance as well (in 14 reviews)

  • Company tends to make major changes in upper management very often (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great place to grow your career and yourself."

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    • 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
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    • 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. "Great start"

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    • 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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Insecure Dinosaurs"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Essilor full-time

    Pros

    Stability and friendly atmosphere used to be the main Pro. However, with the big shakeups of late and the upcoming merger, job insecurities and sabotaging promising new hires appear to be the order of the day!

    Cons

    Old inefficient systems defended fiercely by people who have been in the absolutely same leadership roles for over 15 years, across most teams, with Marketing & Sales being the only positive exceptions with good potential for new comers.

    The dinosaurs in key positions circle the wagons to deflect any true change, irrespective of C-suite guidance. It is a multi-billion dollar company that is run like a neighborhood store - good place for people who punch in and out with no expectations for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Launching big projects is easy! It is impossible to really change the culture when many of your managers are techno-phobic and constantly use the complex messy process (that they created 20 years ago) as an excuse to slow-walk any new systems.

    Sadly, this is not going to change anytime soon as your middle management is ensuring you keep them around, by staffing their teams with yes-men who are not qualified to replace them, ever!


  5. Helpful (7)

    "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.


  6. "great company"

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    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


  7. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Facilities Maintenance Manager in Ponce, PR
    Former Employee - Facilities Maintenance Manager in Ponce, PR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Essilor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company to work.
    Balance between work and life.
    Good benefits and compensation

    Cons

    Finally closed operations in PR

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not worth your time"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    salary and benefits are comparable to the market

    Cons

    no job growth opportunities. lack of leadership. layoffs continue


  9. Helpful (27)

    "Layoffs today"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Dallas, TX
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company. Stock does really well. Love the people. Paid well.

    Cons

    Essilor of America is doing a large layoff this morning of only American employees. No French expats were terminated because Essilor is French owned. Most all of the layoffs are long term, upper level and older aged employees.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Blatant discrimination"

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

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

    Pros

    Being Indian or Brazilian will guarantee you a job in Pricing or Sales Operations.

    Cons

    Managers replace long term employees with their close friends from their same countries. This is what Essilor calls "diversity". Business acumen means nothing, race is everything.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the skills and knowledge of employees if you want to be successful. End the buddy system of hiring and allowing HR to be part of the conspiracy. Follow the law.


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