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Essilor Reviews

Updated September 29, 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

    "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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    • 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. "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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing Department Review"

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    • 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.


  5. "Senior credit and collections admin"

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    • 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Lab Tech lll"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They hire anyone experinced or not

    Cons

    You're expendable easy come easy go no loyalty

    Advice to Management

    Actually take a management class. Stop promoting people who dont know how to lead or be a supervisor. Be strick across the board or not at all. Favoritism is not a management tool .

  8. Helpful (8)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "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


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Old guard company - hostile to new hires"

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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
    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.


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