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Updated January 19, 2018
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Pros
  • Working as a team with great people (in 4 reviews)

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

Cons
  • My expertise in my area, long hours at work, relationship building or research wasn't going to make my area better as you are set up to fail (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great place to understand the business of eyewear"

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    Former Intern - Internship in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Intern - Internship in Parsippany, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Safilo as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large company that teaches you a lot regarding the eyewear industry
    Big player in the market competing with the other big players

    Cons

    Went through a transition period during my period with the company, difficult to understand everything that was going on

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the employees are happy during the transition


  2. "marketing intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY

    Pros

    nice place and people and good food

    Cons

    low pay and no insurance

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Through the lens"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Like any company your experience will be dependant on your manager. I had a great one so I was lucky. You might not be so lucky in which case watch your back Jack. Safilo along with Luxottica are the big players in the optics field. Both have prime locations and desirable brands. I found Safilo to be a more ethical company thus I stuck with them when offered much higher salaries.

    Go into the company strong but make sure that you weight your deal on a production basis, which you will make if you work smart and foster good relationships with the people in the chain of command. I started at the company on a higher salary than the person who recommended me. The keys to success are know your product, perform with integrity and be proactive in insuring you have stock which will always be a little hit and miss in regards to arriving. In New York you won't have that problem. Everywhere else you need to hustle to make sure you don't lose market share to competitors.

    Cons

    This is a mixed ability, mixed ethics company so learn to discern good people from not so good ones and if you have to deal with the not so good ones who have mastered the art of kissing "the right bottoms" be careful. Unless you are extremely well preserved think Halle Berre, forget working for this company as they are selling youth so ageism is alive and well in this enterprise.

    Advice to Management

    Discern between good employees and brown nosers. Fix your logistics problems as this is the twenty first century. Hire some ex Amazon employees because you really lag in this area of your business. Lead with integrity so that this expectation permeates all levels of the company. Do this and you would experience growth in areas other than New York, Beverly Hills and Texas. Don't let figures that show growth fool you into complacency in regards to putting sound twenty first century management practices into effect.

    Mid level territories management need to raise their game and infuse employees with the training to feel confident and enthusiastic. Internet and social media you need to hire good people and let them do their jobs in order to increase profitability and protect the brands.


  4. "Territory manager"

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Safilo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great brands, flexible schedule, good compensation program, good family work schedule. Always something new around the corner. Great training and people you work with.

    Cons

    Loss of key management, changing the how you qualify for bonus. Limited communication up th chain of command . Top down management do not listen to the needs in the field

    Advice to Management

    Customers come first


  5. "Need to invest more in people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Safilo full-time

    Pros

    Multi-national, trying to become more modern and catch up with other companies in the industry.

    Cons

    Lots of great ideas, but executed in a confusing way sometimes. Need to value and listen to people more, offer more opportunities of internal promotion. Salary could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Consider internal moves before employing people from outside the company. Less favouritism.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Safilo is going through many changes right now - all positive. Without change one becomes stale; this is true for a company as well as an individual. I have been with several companies and never have I met more passionate and caring people. If you are new everyone wants to know who you are and welcomes you. This is thanks to all the employees that have been devoted to Safilo for so long.
    We have put into place new processes so that our employees can grow. Safilo recognizes its employees and takes the steps to develop the full potential of their employees. We have in place a performance management process that helps managers achieve the goal of getting the best from their employees.
    We have established relationships with local universities. We have a relationship with Special Olympics. We have amazing brands. We have career paths for our employees and give them the opportunity to grow. We have very generous benefits. We have an onsite cafeteria. We organize internal events, most recently Take Our Children to Work Day.

    Cons

    Some employees find the rapid change challenging. Safilo has become a company where you "wear many hats" vs. before you wore one. If you do not find an entrepreneurial environment exciting then this may not be the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    It is understandable to expect employees to react to change since the process of change involves going from the known to the unknown. Continue to have Town Hall Meetings. Continue to have breakfast meetings. Continue to support your employees and continue to encourage them to participate, in the decision making, with what works, what needs to stop, and what we need to introduce.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    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.

  8. "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Vestavia, AL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Vestavia, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Independent contractor, flexible hours, travel is a must

    Cons

    Independent contractor, no benefits, not a stable environment, no reimbursement, file your own taxes


  9. "Trade Marketing Intern"

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    Current Intern - Trade Marketing Intern in Miami, FL
    Current Intern - Trade Marketing Intern in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great environment, helpful coworkers, global company in the fashion industry with a great portfolio of brands to develop the business everywhere.

    Cons

    weak structure of the teams in some of the locations, ambitious without enough tools to be able to work and develop a great business.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the ambitious, always aim for more but you need to have the resources to be able to deliver.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good environment, but not structured practice."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suzhou, Jiangsu (China)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suzhou, Jiangsu (China)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are very friendly. It is easy to speak with other employees and feel them as friends. People care about their company.

    Cons

    The company is not structured. Too many changes, without a clear and shared target.

    Advice to Management

    Need of a long-term project.


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