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Walman Optical Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  1. "Receptionist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Walman Optical (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with and saving many lives

    Cons

    No room for growth opportunity


  2. "Management would replace workers with robots if they could..."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting line of work, ESOP benefits are fantastic in this day and age (if you can survive long enough to become vested in your share that is), and fair amount of autonomy in particular positions. If management cleaned up a bit, this would be a fantastic job, perhaps even for a lifetime.

    Cons

    Management tends to be...greedy, considering they're the ones who truly benefit from ESOP by keeping turnover rate just high enough by booting others out of the program before vestment, kicking the funds back to themselves in their secure position within the company. Often a negative atmosphere (people hardly ever seem happy, probably die to being treated as nothing more than robots or else face the potential consequence of being replaced by one), and just overall bad company culture (advancement opportunities are there, but work/life balance will suffer until you finally "make it" IF you ever do). Don't volunteer working an hour or more of overtime or weekends thinking you'll be pardoned on the occasional tardy (even 1-2 minutes!). They are penny pinchers to nth degree, and you better be as well going into employment at an employee owned company (not "employee operated" though of course).

    Advice to Management

    Lower management- go up to bat for your employees more vigorously. You're most likely not in a very fireable position, so stick up for those who are - regardless of how good of an employee they might be, they're viewed as more replaceable than you'll ever be. Also, don't dangle advancement opportunities in front of employees and expect them to constantly work extra hard or extra hours for long with little to no reward. Three "potential" team leads in my department all quit or stopped caring so much that they got fired before truly securing their position due to getting tired of lack of pay, authority, and respect/security that would be gained by such advancement. Either give it to them immediately, provide them a clear track to reach the goal in a way that is quantifiable, or don't offer it at all.

    Upper management- fix a sinking ship or be prepared to sink with it. Turnover rates are killing departments, causing distress to an otherwise very profitable operation. Otherwise it'll continue to be difficult to fill important positions, and profit will cease to be what it truly could be. You gotta spend money to make money, and in the end, there's more important things than just the money. You have the tremendous opportunity to give people a true sense of meaning. Don't be afraid to hire more people, and in this regard if you're going to keep bumping up the status quo while expecting spoilage and efficiency rates to remain low. Anything else just does not work in the long term.


  3. "Don't expect fair treatment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and thats about it.

    Cons

    Almost no room to grow within the company. You will be doing the same job for 10+ years with almost no opportunities given to move up into a different position even after applying for jobs you are more than qualified for.

    If one team within a division is not doing their job to meet their jobs requirements, the whole division is punished on yearly pay increases instead of only affecting the the one team to force them to step up their work habits.

    Advice to Management

    Realize some of the strengths of your employees and find ways to move them to new positions within the company so they do not feel like they will be stuck in the same position and pay for the next 20 years. Knowing their is growth within a company will drive employers to go that extra mile and not feel that the only way to move up is to look for opportunities outside of the company.

    Also, if a team is doing their job no different and putting in the same amount of work or more with out issue, do not punish them and hold back their annual raises to the bare minimum percentage because another team isn't meeting their job duties.


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  5. "Lab tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab in Missoula, MT
    Current Employee - Lab in Missoula, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Two weeks paid vacation

    Cons

    Don't pay very well

    Advice to Management

    Higher better talent


  6. "Imagewear division"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Salisbury, NH
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Salisbury, NH
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    ESOP Company
    Great Education and training
    Very good support system

    Cons

    very money conscious
    too many manager ride alongs


  7. "Lab Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It was good learning how to make sure machines are running correctly. Not much pros.

    Cons

    Usually busy. Overtime and holidays during busy season. Not much advancement opportunity.


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    "New changes in Management doesn't look so bright"

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

    I have been working at Walman Optical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great company to work for if you plan to stay after 6 year because of the ESOP

    Cons

    New management and his polices has nothing to do with work but more of punishment for his employee due to his lack of understanding of how the company was doing well before he took office. Which is kind of sad cause a lot of the employee now doesn't have a reason to care about the breakage being so high cause privileges is constant being taken away.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employee a reason to enjoy working there and they will make you proud.


  9. "I learned many different aspects of making eyeglasses"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor Was More Interested In Hiring Friends in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Supervisor Was More Interested In Hiring Friends in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits but very poor raises for my dedicated hard work

    Cons

    When I was on vacation other employers and supervisors moved my whole work area around with out asking

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "Lab tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walman Optical full-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff, easy work, good benefits

    Cons

    Dirty and noisy at times


  11. "Tail wags the dog"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walman Optical full-time

    Pros

    Good quality products and services time

    Cons

    Upper management does little to support middle management. Mid level employees are considered very replaceable.

    Advice to Management

    Impoverished support of mid level management.


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