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Essilor Reviews

Updated February 2, 2019
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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

    "Numerous Opportunities for growth"

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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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic atmosphere
    Good work life balance
    Strong core team with great personalities
    Several opportunities for advancement
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Constantly changing environment presents difficulties prioritizing tasks


  2. "My first 90 days"

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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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essilor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive, collaborative, purpose-driven culture. People are very friendly and see the value in building strong relationships. Lots of opportunity to make a difference!

    Cons

    Complexity in the business makes things difficult at times. Streamlining needed. Good news is the culture is open to new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Some things need to be centralized to improve efficiency. Doesn’t mean we will lose our entrepreneurial spirit. We can find the right balance.

  3. "Ok to work for them."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits, including vacation were good. 401k was better than most.

    Cons

    Pay & the way employees get treated. Not the best.

    Advice to Management

    To treat employees as more than just a number.


  4. "Optical Lab Tech II"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Optical Lab Technician II in Bismarck, ND
    Current Employee - Optical Lab Technician II in Bismarck, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essilor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    *Plenty of room for growth
    *Locations all over the world
    *Works with my drilling schedule for the National Guard
    *Having holidays off and being paid for them
    *Vacation and PTO time are alright

    Cons

    *Needs to work better towards hearing from their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Business is like a Tripod. You have to have three things to run a successful company. Those items are product or service rendered, employees and satisfied customers. Without either one you will not have a successful company in which the other ends of the tripod will collapse.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Salary
    Medical, Dental, Vision
    retirement plan
    Stock Ownership

    Vision Foundation

    Cons

    Non US Company
    Preferential to French Management


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Old Guard and Sloppy Management"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is good in the senior levels

    Cons

    At the Executive level, Old Guard stands guard to protect old systems and broken processes. Very few new ideas are implemented despite constant chatter.

    Nasty politics mean new people are only tolerated if they don't rock the boat. Leadership pays lip service to change management yet retain the very people in the same roles for over 10 years, except in Sales & Marketing!

    Advice to Management

    You are making enough money to risk changing the old guard in key positions - so that you can actually make the changes you talk about and allow professional growth for qualified employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "It was good learning experience but not great role to grow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Operations in Farmers Branch, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Operations in Farmers Branch, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Essilor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good and flexible Managers
    Great place to learn
    Awesome place to start your career

    Cons

    Poor pay / hike
    Poor bonuses
    Slow paced and Not technology driven
    Old school
    Not much scope for growth if you are mid level or experienced.
    Lot of cases, you have less competent employees who keep switching from one department to another. These fail to prove their caliber in the new role and then end up switching within role just to survive. Needless to say it is not because they are talented it is just because they cannot find any other job.

    Advice to Management

    Please do check online portals to see how other companies pay their employees. Thank you and other buttery compliments alone does not help to retain talented employees. You need to pay your employees well to be able to retain quality talent.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Marketing Department Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Marketing Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Marketing Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Essilor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Really smart people in the marketing department
    - Some managers/directors are wonderful people to work with
    - Very international and diverse group of people
    - Cutting edge, innovative products that are the leaders in the ophthalmic lens industry
    - Rotational program within marketing department affords young marketing managers to get a good variety of experiences

    Cons

    - Management is aloof
    - Department culture is very cynical
    - Toxic personalities/management styles are tolerated and often promoted
    - Training and coaching is minimal
    - Leaders take a "sink or swim" approach to managing their employees
    - VERY meeting heavy organization
    - There are often too many cooks in the kitchen on projects
    - Ambiguity abounds
    - Inflexible work hours

    Advice to Management

    Keep recruiting really smart people. You do that really well. However, you need to root out the toxic personalities from top to bottom. Competency should not excuse poor people skills. You will continue to lose good people because you continue to tolerate and promote managers who are aloof jerks.


  9. "Senior credit and collections admin"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Credit and Collections in Farmers Branch, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Credit and Collections in Farmers Branch, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essilor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You are not micro managed

    Cons

    I do not have any cons


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Dont care for employees"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Groveport, OH
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Groveport, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Essilor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good co workers
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Understaffed
    Not enough trainers
    Last minute mandatory overtime
    Contant 10 hour days 5 days a week, every other saturday
    Constantly have to keep track of your surroundings or you'll be trampled by other peoples' carts

    Advice to Management

    Where to begin?
    Get more trainers, make sure they're all on the same page

    3rd shift trainers were amazing, they constantly had to fix issues from 1st and 2nd shift

    Have patience with employees getting their numbers up
    When you're bringing in 10+ workers a day its hard to learn when no ones there to help you and you're stuck helping the recruits and ruining your numbers

     RESPECT your workers, you need us more than we need you. The pay is not that great compared to how hard you want us to work, our job is never secure, one bad week and we are gone.
    Employment only cares about temporary workers. If your numbers aren't where they want them in the first 4 weeks you're fired.