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Safilo Reviews

Updated August 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Working as a team with great people (in 4 reviews)

  • Company has great reputation in the industry, but could definitely use a little modernization (in 4 reviews)

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

  • Absolute Chaos when it comes to Employee policies, no-one has any clue (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Outside sales rep 1098"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    1099, work for yourself, unlimited income, great product

    Cons

    Huge Backorder problems, 1099, no benefits, no expenses paid


  2. "Good brands to have on CV"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great to have such prestigious brands Safilo is associated with

    Cons

    Unpaid internship. Given the size of the company, internships should be paid.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Decent but not great"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Challenges"

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    Current Employee - Key Account Manager
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Safilo (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working in the Eyewear industry is exciting if you are in a senior Sales role. The retailers are becoming more agile like the FMCG industry. Margins are great throughout the value chain.

    Cons

    Working with licenses is difficult from a long term strategic perspective. Building one brand to loose it the next. Safilo is going through major changes implementing SAP. Safilo also lost the biggest license brand Gucci in 2017.

    Advice to Management

    Start investing in Proprietary brands Polaroid and Carrera through marketing to increase sales and balance the mix in the portfolio. A huge investment will be needed to establish the brands as iconic.


  5. "Going through changes"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Safilo as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company has great producs, there are flexible work hours, you schedule own appointments. Potential to make 100K+s because 100% commission.

    Cons

    Extensive backorders which means unavailable product.
    Only get paid when orders ship
    Certain brands are limited distribution so not available to all doors

    Advice to Management

    Respect your sales force. Reps are the reason for income and they are treated like step kids. There is no help from management. The accounts should be the focus of the team and they are not.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Safilo from leader to group member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Safilo (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    MNC with strong potefolio of brands. Growing designer department which with license department helped to give each brand a unique DNA.

    Cons

    Salary increased were from time to time kept at a minimal level, which did not favor the best employees. This pushed some key employees in the arms of competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Re-think your approach to staff. You are losing important staff to competitors. You lost Gucci, but if you keep loosing valuable staff and management experience then the future will not look brighter.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Sales Representative"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Safilo is well respected in the eyewear industry, having a proven record of manufacturing and distributing high-quality ophthalmic frames and sunwear. The brands in their portfolio are highly recognized, albeit with more emphasis on North American and proprietary collections. The North American sales and distribution operation will soon have executive representation on equal footing with European divisions.

    Cons

    2016 is a year of transition for the company with the loss of Gucci, a flagship brand. The executive team in Italy is addressing improvements in manufacturing and distribution while restructuring the management and operations teams in the U.S. The result of all this change is disorder, uncertainty about the brand portfolio, poor delivery of product (backorders and mistakes in orders) and the loss of experienced people who have significantly contributed to the Safilo brand.

    Advice to Management

    1.Expand WORLD recognized brand portfolio. 2.Stabilize management team and expand Sales Director team. 3.Understand the needs of the sales team and respond strategically to market challenges. 4. Improve communication with North American organization about the Safilo strategies. 5. Develop plans to meet corporate goals by involving U.S. sales and operations teams. Get buy-in to achieve results from your people.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Visual Merchandiser"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Good pay
    - Free sunglasses

    Cons

    -No raise
    -No real training
    -Too much car travel with no compensation for miles or gas

    Advice to Management

    Fly contract employees to closest HQ for a basic training.


  9. "Sales Representative"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Safilo as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Independent, Great If you are driven to succeed

    Cons

    Expenses can really drain your bottom line if you are not shipping a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Have a better training program.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Could use some improvement..."

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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

    Pros

    Company has great reputation in the industry, but could definitely use a little modernization.

    Cons

    Extremely insufficient training. Absolutely no sign of career development. Many employees have made a longterm career with this company, but no one seems to progress within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Check out the competition within the industry. Develop a career planning program making sure that managers know how to help their employees reach goals and succeed within the company.


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