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KARL STORZ Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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KARL STORZ President & COO Charles H. Wilhelm
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Pros
  • Great benefits, exciting, great direct management (in 16 reviews)

  • good to their employees good work life balance (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Certain employees are extremely disrespectful and are allowed to get away with their antics because no one wants to deal with them (in 7 reviews)

  • upper management should be aprochable (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Goleta, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of engineers are really dedicated,intelligent and hard working. Excellent Benefits and reasonable 401k match. Peaceful and quiet town to stay in and good overall work life balance.

    Cons

    There is a big disconnect between the management and the engineers. Every individual is treated as a resouce and can be allocated to any task no matter how bad it matches with their experience and interest. Typical Silo'd groups where once you get good at something you will be labeled with it and always get the same kind of work . Career progression and skill development have no scope. If you try to learn on your own and try to do something you are not experienced in you are immediately told that this is not part of your job duty and there is another group responsible for that.

    Advice to Management

    Karl Storz hires exceptional people and makes them do mediocre work. The mediocre managers want to control everything and want their foot soldiers to march to their orders. You shouldn't hire the best pay over 100k in salary and then treat them like a child and watch over their shoulders every minute . Let them loose, give them space to be creative, listen to them and you will get amazing new ideas. Just get out of your own way to success.
    I believe Karl Storz seriously needs to trim the number of functional managers and functional groups. Make small teams with people with cross functional skills and you will really see stuff getting done. One more thing, In your thousands of processess , reporting structures and hours and hours of status update meetings please don't forget your customer. The customer doesn't care about your meetings, your documents, your processes or your waterfall model........he/she cares about material tangible innovation. If you can't deliver that .......everything else is just a grand waste of time.


  2. "Not horrible. Not perfect."

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in El Segundo, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great CoWorkers. Lax environment. Team oriented. Charlie is a great guy.

    Cons

    Overworked. Account Coordinator's forced to wear many hats.

    Advice to Management

    Give specific duties to certain individuals instead of spreading everything to everyone.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "It's a Frat house - run or you willbe bullied"

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    Former Employee - Finance in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are ok, salary is ok but not equally paying different gender /race. Really depends who you know from management

    Cons

    This company operates as a frat house in real life. Executives consist of all white boys club who have no filter when addressing female coworkers or even lower management. There is NO career paths there unless you're the favorite child. Doesn't matter what you accomplish it matters who do you brown nose. There is a ridiculous disaraty when it comes to salaries - people doing the same job having 20-30% gap in pay. RUN! There is absolutely no moral left there. Management is operating under the rule "it's my way or the high way". There is NO teamwork - everyone works in silos and trying to backstab you.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and act like professionals! Treat people equally and fair.


  4. "Field Service Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at KARL STORZ full-time

    Pros

    Place is great to work at

    Cons

    Alot of hard work and no fun


  5. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KARL STORZ full-time

    Pros

    It's a customer focused company, and offers a great product that you can really stand behind and be proud of.

    Cons

    In the field communication can be lacking.


  6. "Production Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Goleta, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great to work with.

    Cons

    There are no cons working for KARL STORZ Imaging.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Accountant in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people below executive level.

    Cons

    Execs do not know what they are doing with such a great product. All white male and not smart.

    Advice to Management

    Turnover execs

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company has great benefits and they manufacture and develop a great product. Karl Storz develops and manufactures medical endoscopy equipment.

    Cons

    The management team was not in my opinion knowledgable about the accounting rules specific to their industry or accounting in general which made for a very unpleasant working environment. The upper management was always keen to take their allowed time off, but the lower ranks were often expected to work without interruption even through some holidays. This is unacceptable in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Take some managerial courses on how to effectively manage your staff without abusing them. Lead by example. If you are expecting your employees to go without taking their allowed vacations due to high work volumes than you should be doing the same. As well if you are expecting your employees to work 12 hour days, you should be there by their side supporting them.


  9. "Quality Control Inspector"

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    Former Employee - QC Inspector in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - QC Inspector in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Diverse workforce made it enjoyable to work there

    Cons

    Not everyone is always on the same paige

    Advice to Management

    Better Communication


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Real life Game of Thrones"

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    Former Employee - Conventions Coordinator in Charlton, MA
    Former Employee - Conventions Coordinator in Charlton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KARL STORZ (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are the best part about working here. You will also find a very diverse human culture here as well with people from several different countries working together.

    Cons

    The culture of the company is very much like high school. If you're part of the "popular clique" you have amazing opportunities to advance in your career. You are also almost immune to any wrongdoing. If you are not part of the "popular clique" you will be scapegoated at every opportunity. You will be held back from career advancement, and you will watch as those around you with less experience and more charisma rise to meet goals you once held for yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Put an immediate stop to the "Game of Thrones" culture that has developed over the years. You will attract and retain more talent by putting a stop to the deception and political inbreeding that occurs daily.


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