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Safilo Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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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 (4)

    "Manager / Management"

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    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.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Manager"

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    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.


  3. Helpful (13)

    "High Expectations with Little Reward"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people in Safilo US HQ are very nice and hard working (for the most part). Safilo is highly regarded within the industry in the US.

    Cons

    People are not a priority and the US team is not respected by the Global HQ in Italy, despite the fact the results have been good. There is no training or guidance, so it's a bit of a sink or swim environment. People are leaving frequently, and not being replaced due to a hiring freeze, creating more work for those remaining. Overall, not a good place for a stable career.

    Advice to Management

    Have some regard for people (not just the senior leaders), as you can't run the business without them. Get to know the US team to realize their potential, instead of just transplanting people from Italy to fill roles. Recognize that because something works in Italy, it doesn't mean it works in the US. Instead of investing in big jobs at the top, replace some of the jobs that manage the business on a day-to-day basis, as some of the teams are skeletal.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "If you are a BULLY - work for SAFILO"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Assistant in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are good, vision, dental, health, 401k and more. Mostly nice people, but all it takes is one BAD APPLE.

    Cons

    Horrible place to work. No support from upper management, HR department is a joke. Marketing department a complete mess. Employees being laid-off and let go all over the place. Company going through major change. They keep hiring upper management, need actual workers. If you are a BULLY you will go far here. Upper management will LOVE you!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the REAL workers in the company. The ones you are protecting can talk the talk, but DO NOT walk the walk.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Unsure of future"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great to work with. Great medical insurance. Along with dental and vision. 401k .. Company matches if you put in 6%

    Cons

    Gross cafeteria food. Pay is not competitive at all. Company has gone down hill since I started. Seems like the company cares less and less about employees year after year. Certain departments don't communicate with others like they should. No growth within the company.

    Advice to Management

    We appreciate the meetings about how well the company is doing. But hearing that last year the company made over a billion dollars, but are clear that there will not be a raise or yearly bonus any longer, it's a bit disheartening.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "High School Games"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ

    Pros

    Benefits, Reasonable Hours, Good Reputation

    Cons

    Poor Communication, Favortism, Low Pay, Unprofessional HR

    Advice to Management

    Make all departments adhere to the same rules.


  8. Helpful (10)

    "Disrespectful top management, lack of trust and disorganization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Safilo (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Very fast paced and challenging, you never get bored
    - Great learning experience, you are faced with new situations and tasks on a regular basis
    - Good career opportunities
    - Some really great people work there, both on a professional and personal level
    - Beautiful products and brands
    - Plans to upgrade design, manufacturing and supply chain are great - hopefully they will be implemented

    Cons

    - The new CEO and top management talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk. I was in a position to see what the very top management was doing in terms of people management and I can say they had no respect for anyone, even very senior people who had worked for the company for 20+ years. The talk about making Saflo a great place to work just that, talk.
    - Huge TRUST issue within the company
    - Disorganization is the n.1 reason why people can't get their job done
    - HQ are blind when it comes to understanding cultural and market differences across the world and they do not listen to local markets
    - IT systems are outdated (though SAP is being implemented)
    - Many great professionals leave their roles there because it's such a struggle to get anything done. You feel like you have to constantly fight within the company to get the job done.
    - Directions from HQ are often incomplete, contradictory and sometimes straight-out counterproductive
    - Product supply is a huge problem for small markets
    - Poor work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Genuinely turn attention to the employees and respect their hard work.
    Show that you TRUST your employees and listen to what they have to say - they are on the field and can provide precious knowledge to help the company overall.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Safilo full-time

    Pros

    Good employee benefits and perks.

    Cons

    Terrible pay, no room to advance.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Company changed."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to have an appreciation of their staff but over the last few years has changed. Too short period of time to make enormous changes.

    Cons

    Management has changed and has now made it a very uncomfortable environment. Salary and bonus based on very rigid evaluation system.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "The Company is in turmoil"

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    Former Employee - Area Sales Executive in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Area Sales Executive in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Safilo (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good monetary benefit with a lot of promising and delighted working environment.

    Cons

    Lot Of travel, The organisation has changed its management and that is the reason why they are in to a change of functional area too. they want a complete operational change in their new business structure.

    Advice to Management

    Please behave properly to your existing employee, they have made you people up to this.


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