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Lutron Reviews

Updated June 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Exceptional place to start a career - large incoming class of college graduates helps to create a community from day one (in 11 reviews)

  • Good opportunity to start a career (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Several arrogant individuals in upper management (in 13 reviews)

  • Sometime work life balance becomes not so balanced (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Lutron"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coopersburg, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coopersburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company that makes quality products, takes pride in employees and local community. Has good pay, benefits and 401k

    Cons

    Not as progressive as other tech companies, has a bit of an outdated culture, could be more flexible with vacation time.

    Advice to Management

    Better work life balance, it can be a great job but there are others out there. Culture needs to be re examined to keep younger people longer.


  2. "Hands on work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design and Development Leader in Coopersburg, PA
    Current Employee - Design and Development Leader in Coopersburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Hands on work, easy to try different roles, friendly folks

    Cons

    Old fashioned thinking, company still works like hardware when they do a lots of software

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Desiner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Coopersburg, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Coopersburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None, Do not work there would be my advice

    Cons

    Not a vey good place to work

    Advice to Management

    Change Managemenr


  4. "Excellent work that is suitable for a new engineer. Lutron expects excellence but gives you a chance to learn and grow."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design and Development Engineer in Coopersburg, PA
    Current Employee - Design and Development Engineer in Coopersburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Many opportunities! Great for getting experience.

    Cons

    Hectic schedules and timelines for many projects.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Madness , sheer and utter madness"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Coopersburg, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Coopersburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Lutron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great products, Generally great people to work with, and you will learn and grow in your function and also how to operate in a unique political cult-ure

    Cons

    Senior Management are stuck in the 1960's and were past their best 20 years ago. Chaos is encouraged along with infighting (the owners belief being this helps invention). Then there is the "penalty box" fall out of grace and that's where you go. (Legend has it the Quality director was sent to the owners pear farm for a while.) Do not trust your manager for a minute, not because he/she is deceitful, rather they are living in fear of the penalty box.

    The culture I'm sure was great when the company was small, but now its the Cult of Joel. This works up to a point but the business needs to evolve as ultimately its the owner who is killing his life's work

    The really sad thing is it could be a great place, it succeeds despite itself. The level of engineering skills, invention etc. is fantastic, just not managed or deployed in any productive way. Hence the high turnover of staff

    Advice to Management

    This is the 21st century - Deal with it.!!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to start"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design & Development Engineer in Coopersburg, PA
    Current Employee - Design & Development Engineer in Coopersburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lot of responsibility is given to new hires
    - Opportunities to interact with multiple wings of the business
    - Good product development experience
    - Can move to any part of the company if you are motivated

    Cons

    - Slow paced, not energetic
    - Recognition of employees often late

    Advice to Management

    - Recognize employees before they decide to leave
    - Build more energy as part of the culture


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Was once a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The quality of the engineering team is second to none. Great people, great talent. If you join straight out of school, you will love the place initially and wonder why I only gave it two stars. Continue to the "Cons"....

    Cons

    The politics in middle and top management are awful. The leadership is well past their prime (passed it 30 years ago) and make the most ridiculous demands of the people around them. They attempt to obey the often impossible and incomprehensible requests, because to do otherwise is suicide. However, they take turns ratting each other out as they all try to stay in good grace. The leadership is sometimes disrespectful to women and minorities, although I don't think it is intentional (just stuck in the era before computers). HR has been described as "pure evil" by many, and I can't say that I'm impressed with their ethics.

    Bonuses have basically gone away since the last stock market crash (over 6 years ago now), even though the company has reasonable profits and a strong balance sheet. Don't make the mistake of joining "for a few years" and leaving afterwards - the non-compete will keep you from working anywhere else in the industry. And if you don't believe me, PAY a lawyer who knows contracts to review it in depth (and in the context of PA law) - don't use your cousin who is reading it over a beer during a football game.

    Advice to Management

    Sadly, there isn't an obvious solution. You guys have devolved to a level of back-stabbing that can't be fixed. I guess we all wait for the day that no one speaks of and see what happens then.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Feels like a depressing cult"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Coopersburg, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Coopersburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good starting salary
    -Decent benefits
    -Most people are nice
    -Training is good
    -Products are at the top of their industry.

    Cons

    -Raises are ridiculous.
    -The longer you work at Lutron, the longer you are expected to work each day. There is no flexibility in the work hours so employees are required to be in at 8:00 AM and frequently forced to stay until 8:00 PM.. This is not a spoken of issue but not doing so will lead to you finding yourself behind on nearly everything. In other words, There is no work from home option even for embedded programmers the longer you work at Lutron, the less you get in return for your hard work.
    -At any given moment, engineers will stop everything for a speech from the 80+ year old owner to talk about profits. He's treated as if he's the high priest in our cult moreso than the owner and founder of the company.
    -Dress code is rather strict.
    -Everything is beige or grey. Literally everything is beige or grey. It's depressing.
    -Pretty much everyone there for over a year mentions that they're looking to leave the company. This seems to reflect on middle management who seem to be just as discontent.
    -Upper management is old and refuses to modernize the company.
    -The location is in the middle of nowhere.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the 21st century.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great company for professional growth and challenges"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coopersburg, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coopersburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As many people have already commented, the people are the best thing about Lutron. I have never worked anywhere (nor do I believe I will ever work anywhere in the future) with as many smart, intelligent, and generally caring people who want to do good for the customer and the company.

    Cons

    Lutron prides itself on its ability to innovate and as such keeps the organization in a state of chaos. However, it is not an organized chaos and often it feels that it is just the result of trying to react to the ever changing desires of the owner. As a result, there is much inefficiency and anyone who is more of a process oriented person will find themselves struggling when trying to create more order to fix the problems.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve on more forward thinking long term planning that translates better on down the rest of the company trying to execute the vision. Allow and push for more flexibility for more decision making at lower levels of management to avoid indecision.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "A somewhat misled tech career incubator that often burns out their amazing talent too quickly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design & Development Engineer in Coopersburg, PA
    Former Employee - Design & Development Engineer in Coopersburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Surprisingly impressive technology and innovations in what many would see as a dull industry
    - Incredibly talented coworkers, great culture
    - High quality products that engineers are proud of making
    - Amazing place to start a career - as much personal responsibility as you can stomach and tons of learning opportunities
    - Fast paced and exciting, if that's your thing
    - Salary is okay. Benefits are okay.

    Cons

    - Often not willing to pay for the resources necessary to get things done
    - Long hours, short notice, little to no appreciation of personal life (especially if you don't have a family yet). The young guys get stepped on.
    - Emphasis on quality trumps all other (often more logical) decisions. This could be seen as good and bad.
    - Management rarely willing to hear out good ideas coming from the bottom, even with fully working hardware.
    - Highly respected but obsolete senior design engineers are often off in the weeds making impractical hardware that junior engineers are routinely tasked with cleaning up later. Guess who gets the glory when it works? Guess who doesn't get a shot at the initial design work?

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your engineers and give them a shot.
    Learn to be more agile in product development.
    Respect the work/life balance of your overworked engineering staff or they will leave you.


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