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Updated May 25, 2017
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  • Work life balance and senior management (in 73 reviews)

  • Slow decision making on the exec level (in 66 reviews)

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  1. "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Sales in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Solid Company
    Upward mobility
    Excellent health benefits

    Cons

    Outsource many services ex Marketing, trade shows etc.

    Philips Response

    May 11, 2017 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to share a couple of thoughts on your experience. We appreciate it!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, a good place to work. Changes in the last year made the enviornment less favorable."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Framingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits, health, dental, vision and 401k are very good. Co-workers are like family, a positive group.

    Cons

    Upper management is disconnected from the day to day challenges and affects of the changes they have made. Communication between departments is poor. Future direction is not clearly defined or communicated which causes anxiety and dissatisfaction with the job.

    Advice to Management

    Please communicate with the employees.

    Philips Response

    Apr 20, 2017 – Talent Brand Manager

    It’s good to hear that you’ve felt great about us for a lot of years, however it’s pity that certain recent changes made you change your opinion regarding that, which ultimately put an end to your ... More


  3. "Philips"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Murrysville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Murrysville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits - Good Pay Rate - Centrally Located for the area

    Cons

    Terrible training - Inside career advancement (they would rather hire outside)

    Advice to Management

    Rules are meant to be broken when the situations vary...

    Philips Response

    Apr 20, 2017 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thanks for sharing your views in regards to your position at our company. We agree that training is essential, we hope to provide really good opportunities for that with our Philips University ... More


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Employment here is like taking Addictive Laxitives !"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Andover, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good work environment, good compensation .... this is what keeps you here

    Cons

    no urgency to product development, an unhealthy amount of attention to processes as opposed to actual products being developed, top heavy, changing directions is like steering the Titanic, too few actual "doers" ... way too many "planners"

    More projects are started and cancelled than actually are seen to completion. Frustrating.

    The challenge is not in innovation or development, the challenge is in actually getting something concrete done as you wade through the corporate process "swamp"

    A great place to work if you want to coast in your career, or if you are already "checked out".

    Not so great a place to work if you looking for creative challenges or career fulfillment.

    Advice to Management

    Look up from the spreadsheets, and spend some time in the lab or on the manufacturing floor

    Philips Response

    Apr 27, 2017 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thanks for the feedback; it’s always good to hear from long-time employees about their experience, and your frustration is clear. As you’ll be aware we’re in the midst of a multi-year global ... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good opportunities, struggled with corporate environment"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Marcos, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Marcos, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including some maternity leave
    Lots of room for movement and growth
    Being a successful, global corporation meant covering things like classes, travel, tuition, etc.
    There were some really great people to work with and for

    Cons

    Easy to get bogged down with complicated processes and procedures
    Could be hard to feel like you make significant contributions
    As with any massive company, you can run into bad managers and frustrating mandates

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to remember employee recognition and morale at the US lighting locations. Easy for that group to feel overlooked from a corporate level

    Philips Response

    Apr 20, 2017 – Talent Brand Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to go over some points that you've gathered during the impressive duration that you’ve been with us. We could only imagine that you’ve seen a lot of change over the years ... More


  7. "Assembler"

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    Current Employee - Assembler in Littlestown, PA
    Current Employee - Assembler in Littlestown, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    We have a great bunch of employers there who take great pride in their work including myself. We are able to meet deadlines imposed by the company.

    Cons

    We have been going through a slow period this year so far and outlook seems dim as far as production quotas .

    Advice to Management

    We need to get more work to improve employee morale and to keep the business afloat. We have a lot of shortages and misplaced parts that slow production and need some new direction in those areas.

    Philips Response

    Apr 13, 2017 – Talent Brand Manager

    Hi there, thanks for sharing your experience with us and having great colleagues around you that take pride in their work is a very important element in everyone's job and it great to hear you found ... More


  8. "Working at Philips"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with very smart people

    Cons

    A lot of focus on non value added processes

    Advice to Management

    Try working to improve processes

    Philips Response

    Apr 13, 2017 – Talent Brand Manager

    Hi there, thank you for sharing your thoughts and your feedback!


  9. Helpful (5)

    "look around before you join here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Andover, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work - life balance, bright colleagues, strong R&D, comparatively friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    lots of road blocks to growth, growth not based on caliber of work but on networking and politicking, top heavy organization, too much focus on process rather than allowing scientists and engineers to be creative, too many reorganizations.

    Philips Response

    Mar 30, 2017 – Talent Brand Manager

    Hello, thanks for taking the time to write a review about your experience at Philips. Having great colleagues to work with in a strong R&D environment sounds like very positive aspects to your work ... More


  10. "They hire tons of temps so they don't have to provide health insurance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Cleveland, OH
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Philips as a contractor

    Pros

    Work on leading edge health care equipment

    Cons

    Management is very impersonal and they burn cash on everything but the people.

    Advice to Management

    Like they'd listen


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Formal, academic, corporate, international, broad and multi-faceted, very demanding"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Diverse fields of science and technologies being applied for broad range of experience, highly acedemic

    Cons

    Very corporate with politics and red tape, managers valued over engineers, degree valued over experience, demanding schedules

    Philips Response

    Apr 6, 2017 – Talent Brand Manager

    Hi there, it's great to hear that you enjoy working with new science and technology. Thanks for providing your feedback and your work as a senior software engineer is much appreciated!


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