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Safilo Reviews

Updated June 24, 2017
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Luisa Delgado
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Pros
  • Company has great reputation in the industry, but could definitely use a little modernization (in 4 reviews)

  • Absolutely no pros I can think of (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The new CEO and top management talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk (in 4 reviews)

  • No cons it a great company I enjoy working for this company (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Decent but not great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Constant, fast-paced work. Employer has trust in employees to make their own decisions. Business casual dress code and flexible hours for specific departments.

    Cons

    Benefit packages has been getting worse year by year. Employer is focused on lean management which is saving costs, but at the expense of losing valuable, long term employees.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees; treat them with respect which will encourage their contribution. There is too much complacency in the workplace, most workers just do the bare minimum to accomplish their tasks.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Manager / Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good products and people

    Cons

    Very disorganize company. It is a club of friends of the new CEO . The management team of NA, Latin America, Europe, and Asia do not have any idea how to run a eyewear business

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not Recommended"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. That's the only good thing I could think of.

    Cons

    Very Old fashioned and micro managing company which doesn't believe in promoting its talent

    Advice to Management

    Needs to have a modern outlook to grow


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health Benefits, increase set for 2017, copay and premium double in cost. Reducing life insurance for everyone except senior mgmt.

    Cons

    Corporate restructuring 20/20 transformation in progress since 2014. Senior executives CFO, COO, resigned and joined competition. Other long tome employees leaving to do same. Performance appraisal raises set up to give bonus and raises to top 10% of employees. No incentives for 80% loyal hard working staff. Morale low, demotivating.

    Advice to Management

    Talk less, listen more, less meetings and follow your own PVPC culture. It starts at the top, set the example because action speaks volumes. It's not always METRICS & KPI'S, the people are your most valued assets, treat them as such. Lead by example, i.e. Eyewear company should provide one free frame per year from core collection as a benefit.


  5. Helpful (17)

    "Senior Member Of Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    From my perspective, there are none. I was an employee for over 15 years and after the new CEO took office, I watched a company that I and my fellow employees loved working for, who was highly respected in the industry, had employees with experience and dedication, deteriorate into this sad image of what it once was. So many senior members of the staff left the company going to competitors and other opportunities, not because they wanted to, but because they were literally forced out by a CEO who wanted to run the company they way she saw fit, not in a way that made any business sense or brought value to the organization.

    Cons

    For anyone thinking about joining Safilo, I would look into the following and ensure you get answers to the following:
    1. Ask why all previous members of senior management have left, and do not accept an answer like "they couldn't accept change"
    2. Ask to see the details of the employee survey specifically the us results. HR will try to hide these
    3. Ask why employees have commented on this site that HR writes their own positive comments. (Damage Control)
    4. Talk to some existing employees outside of HR and get their opinion
    5. Find out the number of employees that have left in the last 24 months. Ask what the headcount was in 2013 vs today in the Parsippany location
    6. Ask why all initiatives by the CEO have done nothing to increase profitability
    7. Ask how many top licenses the company has lost
    8. Ask how many key positions today are filled by US employees vs employees from Italy.
    9. Ask why employees coming from Italy receive perks such as travel expenses for them and their families, a car, a generous living allowance, a residence, and salaries much higher than US employees. Don't let HR state this is untrue. It can be verified if you know where to look. This company is NOT about diversity and inclusion. It's about being Italian and being excluded!
    10. Ask why employees reviews are changed to follow a bell curve. Ask what raises average and what percentage of employees receive raises. Get specific goals and objectives in writing. Don't get fooled. Give details
    11. Ask why employees cannot get the frame of their choice, and are stuck just choosing "house brands"
    12. Ask why the organizations priorities constantly change
    13. Ask about development training for employees. Outside seminars, etc.
    14. Find out about career progression if any. They will tell you about opportunities but the only way you will get them is if there is a) no one from Italy to fill it, b) you have a low salary, or c) you are handed it in addition to your current responsibilities, oh and without extra pay!
    15. Ask why the stock price has decreased over the CEOs tenure.

    Overall my advice is to do your due diligence and not get fooled by the incompetent HR group. If you want to be successful, have management that is interested in your development and progression, and of course make a higher salary year after year based upon a fair evaluation of your performance and contributions, go elsewhere. Join Safilo and you will either be somewhere, or you will be one of those employees that just stays and exists year after year with zero satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Management has seen these reviews both here on Glassdoor and through their so called employee engagement survey. Problem is that they just do not care what anyone has to say. Nothing will change to benefit the employees who make this company go. Do yourself a favor and research and ask the right questions, talk to someone in the company or who has left. Don't get fooled.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Good health, dental, and vision as well as paid time off.

    Cons

    There is no growth opportunity with this company. The Senior Management team is toxic, belittles the staff, and is only interested in doing things the way they have always been done.

    Advice to Management

    Release the tight reins and give your staff the chance to show you what a cohesive team can accomplish.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Sales Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great lines great reputation old company lots of respect

    Cons

    Management changes all out of Italy

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. Helpful (15)

    "sad what has happened to this company -"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Safilo (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    absolutely no reason for an American to work for this company.

    Cons

    Key people have been leaving over the past 2 years. Most recently : Sales, Product, Marketing. Very few of the original quality Management is left and most of them want to leave as well. They are replaced by Italian nationals who don't have basic communication skills and can't make their own decisions because they are "owned" by Luisa Delgado. They receive perks of car, housing and more while the Americans receive none of these perks. The HR department, once a true partner to the employees and management is now led and staffed by incompetent unprofessional people who are writing fake positive reviews to counterbalance the truthful reviews. The company is closing down departments resulting in many long term people losing their jobs and they are receiving next to nothing in severance pay while the Italians enjoy many perks. Just not fair.

    Advice to Management

    it's too late to do anything. It's just a matter of time before this company falls apart. Just don't join them if you want a professional career where you are able to make decisions and are interested in a positive culture with like minded people


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working as a team with great people. Seeing employees’ personal development and progress along with some getting promotions as a result of their efforts.

    Cons

    Going through changes as an organization can be challenging. For the most part I see this as being a good thing and exciting but not everyone feels this way. If you like things to stay as they were and don't value innovation and new then this is not this place for you. But if you are challenged by new, want to be a part of changing what's outdated and old then this is the place for you. This con is a matter of individual perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving processes to build a stronger company. Share all the why's to help those who struggle more with change. No such thing as too much information.


  10. Helpful (19)

    "The May 21, 2016 review was the most honest review of the company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nothing anymore. Back in day there were many though.

    Cons

    Ceo Luisa...and all her Italian cronies taking over the building..pushing people out and creating a scary and unstable work environment for everyone there. Do not believe anything nice that the H.R. dept posted themselves after May 21, 2016. They were just trying to do some damage control online obviously.

    Advice to Management

    Start appreciating the people who know what they are doing and have worked here for years. This company was great at one time. Not anymore though.


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