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ZEISS Group Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated May 7, 2019

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Company needs to catch up to the time"

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ZEISS Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Sense of helping people Middle Management

    Cons

    Two decades behind in system Upper Management Takes advantage of high producing employees Limited compensation structure

    Advice to Management

    Catch up with internal systems. Move away form the albatross that is SAP, and move to a modern e-commerce platform that can actually work in today's world. United States can not be treated and manage as in Germany, customers here are different. What works in Germany does not always work in US.

    ZEISS Group2019-05-08
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ZEISS Group full-time

    Pros

    Old upper management focused on training and developing employee skills, while focusing on brand development. Great teams that help each other. Good way to get your feet wet with several different brands and industries across Medical and Aerospace.

    Cons

    After upper management changed several benefits were removed, getting a bonus often never happened, getting an ounce more out of the company required heavy disputing that often became upper management scolding you from requests. After the changes, management proceeded to lie about projected growth, and when the time finally came they laid off a large amount of people when the ‘true’ numbers were released. This... removal put employees into a non stop work environment that made working at Zeiss feel like getting out of a bottomless hole. You do not get paid for overtime, and in no way can finish all work assigned to you in a days regular hours. There is no path for upward movement, ever, you can only transition into a sales or regular management position....even then managers often do not get a pay bump when changing job title, and are expected to work much more unpaid hours.

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    Advice to Management

    Do not lie to your employees. Do not make cuts and apologize later when the unspoken cuts are discovered. Give employees enough work to share, rather than focusing on how much can we take until every employee becomes severely stressed and backlogged. Create promotions, not micro pay ‘bumps’ that often get delayed or don’t even happen. Don’t take it so personal when your company is no longer the optimal career path,... instead try and listen to constructive feedback.

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    ZEISS Group2018-08-07
  3. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ZEISS Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits, Travel, Culture, Growing, Employees

    Cons

    Very restrictive work atmosphere, questionable direction from upper management, behind the times in almost every facet, extreme restrictions in company spending, very slow to react, not proactive, controlled and heavily restricted by main headquarters in Germany.

    ZEISS Group2018-08-01
  4. Helpful (8)

    "Large company, benefits are slightly better than elsewhere. Gross mis-management!!!"

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    Software Engineer in Maple Grove, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ZEISS Group for less than a year

    Pros

    Large stable company Pay is slightly better than other companies

    Cons

    I worked at Zeiss in Minneapolis, MN for many years, and while I hated the management and my direct manager, the lack of trust for management, and ever-constant disorganization throughout the company, I did like my direct coworkers and I loved my actual job. However, persistent bullying by the management forced me to leave the company. Zeiss in Minneapolis, MN is the worst company I have every worked for, or... heard of. Zeiss in Minneapolis, MN is very political and riddled with management hubris and genuine lack of care for their employees. The overall management at Zeiss in Minneapolis, MN is very disorganized, with a genuine lack of leadership skills, especially by the upper management. Employees frequently talk of unionizing, which would be good if the upper management was entirely replaced. There is no respect for upper management, low respect for overall management, and no respect for HR. There are no true leaders in upper management at Zeiss. Zeiss in Minneapolis, MN management is stuck in the Dark Ages. There is no working from home! The company is wholly disorganized, totally mismanaged, and has fundamental problems with organization, employee-to-manager trust, and following through with customers and their orders. Major mistakes are made and while other companies would use mistakes as opportunities to learn, at Zeiss there are no lessons learned time and again. Human Resources is completely useless. While I was located as an engineer in MN I had to report to a passive-aggressive manager who showed signs of Napoleon Syndrome, and very unusual personal behaviors that many find offensive and creepy. When trying to report the unusual and unwarranted touching and hand-shaking from this individual, I was told by HR that "this is just how he is and everyone at some point complains and accepts it". Employee suggestions for improvement are ignored by management. I have personally offered suggestions to a manager who then turned around and claimed that the ideas were her brainchild. At least once a year each employee is expected to attend a 7am breakfast with the upper management so that they can waste time acting like they care about employees and their department, job, or increasing productivity, but in reality it's an opportunity for employees to lynch themself or their colleagues. Not a professional setting. No work/life balance. The management doesn't care if you have kids or a family or a life outside of work.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop mistreating employees, fire 90% of the (bloated) management, and change the culture so that employees aren't bullied by their direct manager

    ZEISS Group2018-01-15
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Loved it before I didn't"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ZEISS Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Unparalleled equipment quality; German engineering (what more can you say?); generally speaking, co-workers were committed people of tremendous integrity and intellect. Money was reasonable once you got into middle management.

    Cons

    Upper management took the focus from being out with customers to sitting at home office filling out endless CRM system requirements. Much more time spent doing "busy work" than being out with customers, prospecting, and creating value or finding opportunities to sell. Corporate culture was fun and engaging for a while, but it turned sour in just a matter of a few years. We used to refer to the president as the... "Seagull CEO" because he was loud, obnoxious, pissed everybody off whenever he came around, stole your food, and then crapped on you as he left to go do the same to someone else.

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    Advice to Management

    Remove obstacles to selling, make less busy work for your sales force engine, and watch the results come in.

    ZEISS Group2017-11-14
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thornwood, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ZEISS Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Saying you work for one of the most prestigious manufactures of optics in the world. Exciting technology. Field personal that to this day still keep in touch with.

    Cons

    The place is nothing more than a sinking ship. First sign for me was when the cafeteria was removed to save on cost. Second for me was when coffee was removed from the cafeteria and you were expected to provide your own. You know the place is taking on water when a free cup of coffee for your employees can sink you. There are employees based around the US that are required to fly back to hq once a month and stay in... a hotel all so they can work from a desk. Why??? Can that and spring for coffee. One is expected to learn all facets of your job with zero room for error on bare minimum training. I always laughed when the yearly "pulse check" enployee email was sent out asking everyone to basically lie saying how great it is to work there. Not a single member of upper management is to be trusted. They've all been there forever and are fixtures. How this is possible when now 1/4 of the building is unoccupied and is proving extremely difficult to rent out is beyond me. In short products are fantastic, culture and management is grotesquely deficiant.

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    Advice to Management

    You're the problem.

    ZEISS Group2017-06-27
  7. Helpful (6)

    "You don't want to work there....believe me"

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    Former Employee - Office in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ZEISS Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The office is structurally nice.

    Cons

    The people who actually do work - get over loaded with work beyond capacity of what a hardworking person can accomplish in their 8 hour day. Then others in the departments - either sit on social media, paying their bills, buying pet supplies, etc - and texting with their other hand - all day - then the ones who are never at their desk - maybe if they were given a large work load like some get -maybe they would be... doing A job.... there is a very large communication gap between managers and the workers. Many upper management - would not lower themselves to speak to you - with you standing right next to them. Very disturbing how they can actually act like that. I would never recommend working at such a place - RUN - believe me - it is NOT worth wasting your time. Get a real job - where you are appreciated for your hard work and effort and you can reap the benefits of getting a decent salary that you can afford to live on - very low salaries for most employees at Zeiss.

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    Advice to Management

    People have complained for YEARS - nothing changed - most employees have come and gone - due to how management treats the employees.

    ZEISS Group2017-06-12
  8. Helpful (22)

    "Too much management, minimal leadership, look elsewhere!"

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

    I worked at ZEISS Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay is good and so are benefits. Company will provide job training. Everyone in the company knows the good the bad and the ugly about management.

    Cons

    NO WORK LIFE BALANCE. This company is filled with managers who serve no actual purpose other than to collect a paycheck and treat employees like ants that they watch and burn with magnifying glasses. Management = HUBRIS From the middle managers there is no true care or concern for the customers or improving the company. From the upper management there is just a lot of arrogance, and finger pointing. Imagine... a company filled with intelligence in control, truly exquisite leadership qualities in managers, wonderful communication throughout and from their head quarters, and then think that will never be the description of this chaotic and disorganized place. Overall a lot of bad employee morale, backstabbing, deceit, and no true care about customers from 90% of the management. As long as there is someone below them to keep blaming upper management will continue to be selfish with their motives. This is a German company and there is bad communication from Germany. Upper management is really clueless about how to treat employees on a personal level. Most managers seem to hate their jobs and it shows. If the management wanted to fix problems then they'd send out anonymous surveys but instead send out BS surveys with options that are not accurate. Majority of managers have no leadership potential. General consensus that majority of managers are not needed. Typical management positions here are not traditional roles or duties. Not a healthy environment especially if you're looking for a career at a company. Let's be honest there are many other places to work and have an enjoyable time with people that care for their customers and feel that they are doing something good for the world and their fellow man. THIS IS NOT THAT PLACE! I can only think of a few useful and genuine managers who know their role in the company and actually know how to serve the customer.

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    Advice to Management

    Fire 90% of the management, starting from the top down, read comments on Glassdoor and try to improve morale. There is so much bickering about mistakes but no true vision about resolving problems. All VP's here are worthless along with the president. Customers know how employees are treated here and when they decide to stop investing and pull out in this company it'll be too late to start listening. So much politics... just by management and so few leaders. The only upper management person who seems to know how to do his job and shows interest and concern is the finance VP.

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    ZEISS Group2016-03-08
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Do no work here!"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Troy, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ZEISS Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great products, and great co workers. That is about it.

    Cons

    Poor management, benefits expensive, no training or recognition. Upper management are horrible people. Only point out mistakes and not the good. No room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone and hire people who actually know how to run a company.

    ZEISS Group2015-06-20
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Extremely weak leadership that doesn't value their people at all"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ZEISS Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great brand and products; long time history in precision optics and technology; some hard working co-workers

    Cons

    Leadership is non-existing; upper management doesn't know how to run a company which has resulted in loss in revenue 8+% over the last few years. There's no employee recognition; people are taken for granted and not always treated well. Senior management represents old-school thinking in an ever-changing market and can't keep up.

    Advice to Management

    Change big time!!!

    ZEISS Group2015-06-12
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