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Olympus Australia and New Zealand Reviews

Updated 11 May 2018
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  1. "Premium products and great people to work with"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Olympus Australia and New Zealand full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Truly outstanding products that are well respected within the market.
    Great people to work with, making it a fun and enjoyable environment to come to everyday.
    Company direction is clear and regularly communicated at our monthly Town Hall updates.

    Cons

    Whilst our systems have progressed over the last year or two, we still have some inefficiencies with our infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your people, and keep up the great communication.

    Olympus Australia and New Zealand Response

    20 Dec 2017 – Olympus Communications

    Thank you for your positive comments. We’re really pleased to see this sort of feedback from a current employee.

    As you’ve pointed out, it’s a constant source of pride for our employees to... More


  2. "Good people but no opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Olympus Australia and New Zealand full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are (generally) fantastic. It's a relaxed workplace without being unprofessional. There's a lot of flexibility and the ability to work from home if you need. Purchased leave is available which is a good benefit to those needing school holidays off. The newly announced strategies to move forward have the right idea. Generally not a bad place to work, but room for a lot of improvement.

    Cons

    There is a severe lack of career development. The HR team have been telling us that formalised career paths are going to be implemented for at least the past two years, but where are they? People are constantly punished by having to pick up the slack from other underperforming staff. You provide feedback about these issues constantly and nothing is ever done - instead, you are given their tasks! There doesn't appear to be any consequences for underperformance even though they're directly impacting our ability to deliver to our customers. Huge staff turnover. There only appears to be opportunities in the sales/marketing and HR space - very few promotions in other departments. Olympus seem to prefer to hire externally rather than develop internally. Projects are rarely successful - they're always delayed, improperly executed and this causes issues later on.

    Advice to Management

    You need to develop people even during the difficult times when all you want to do is focus on fixing the problems at hand - ultimately this will increase the capability of the business and you'll be better equipped to leap forward when the problems are gone. You need to have more formalised career paths and when someone expresses their career aspirations you should be taking this seriously. You must remove the people who are bringing the company down. This could go back to being a great place to work if you realise that you have capable and willing staff who WANT to grow within the business.

    Olympus Australia and New Zealand Response

    28 May 2018 – Olympus Communications

    Thank you for leaving such comprehensive feedback. We really appreciate you taking the time to highlight our fantastic people, our everyday workplace culture and increasing levels of workplace... More

  3. "A great place to make a contribution"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Olympus Australia and New Zealand full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - The people: skilled, intelligent people work at Olympus, many of whom are extremely passionate about the company, the products and the impact Olympus products can have in people's lives, from capturing everyday moments on cameras, to saving someone's life with medical devices, to assisting with groundbreaking research with microscopes. Employees at Olympus are generally very knowledgeable in what they do. There's an immense amount of talented and experienced people. In addition, everyone I've come across is friendly, which contributes to a welcoming workplace vibe.
    - Opportunities: you might not immediately get the next step you're looking for, but there are definitely opportunities for career growth and development, particularly if you're proactive in seeking it. There are numerous success stories of people who have successfully changed roles, transferred departments/job functions or have gained a promotion. There's also opportunities to contribute to cross functional teams and projects.
    - Well recognised, strong brand in the market.
    - Good business tools: ranging from hardware and software to business applications.

    Cons

    - Speed of growth: this can be both a pro and con. Because of the quick pace of growth particularly over the last 5 years, systems and processes need more time to catch up. But this also means there are many opportunities to make improvements in different areas. Systems and process improvements are currently still a work in progress.

    Advice to Management

    Continue listening to your people, and being well-intentioned and authentic in the way you work.

    Olympus Australia and New Zealand Response

    16 Apr 2018 – Olympus Communications

    Thank you for your positive comments and level of detailed feedback. We’re really pleased to see this sort of feedback from a current employee.

    We’re extremely proud of our talented workforce and... More


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Could have been so much better"

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

    I worked at Olympus Australia and New Zealand full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Reputable brand in medical industry, high quality products, modern offices in Australia, friendly staff, free onsite parking, end of year celebrations for staff

    Cons

    Senior management appear to lack credibility and don’t come across as a cohesive and united group, secrecy and withholding of knowledge is rife around the office, there is a rigid hierarchy that all staff must conform to, long working hours

    Advice to Management

    Don’t be afraid to make decisions and be bold, trust your people to make the right decisions

    Olympus Australia and New Zealand Response

    16 Apr 2018 – Olympus Communications

    Thank you for your review and we’re sorry your experience wasn’t a good one. It's great to hear that you saw our products, facilities, staff and staff benefits as positives; these are all areas of... More


  5. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Olympus Australia and New Zealand full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Caring, Warm and friendly teams/managers
    Olympus is focused on improvement and genuinely making a difference
    Great flexibility, and opportunities to develop your career
    Life changing products, that make you feel that you are contributing to wider community!

    Cons

    Systems and processes need to be improved, over the past 4 years there has been so much growth that some of the systems are lacking, however I know that this is on the agenda to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. We have a warm and friendly culture and happy people!

    Olympus Australia and New Zealand Response

    20 Dec 2017 – Olympus Communications

    Thank you for your positive comments. We’re really pleased to see this sort of feedback from a current employee.

    As you’ve pointed out, it’s a constant source of pride for our employees to... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great People, Product and Leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Olympus Australia and New Zealand full-time

    Pros

    Strong Managers who are people oriented
    Terrific life/industry changing product
    No cowboys/girls in the office great culture/people
    Strong performance
    Increasingly flexible work arrangements
    Heart in the right place

    Cons

    Slowly coming out of the stone age with various systems and processes
    Various inefficiencies

    Olympus Australia and New Zealand Response

    13 Sep 2017 – Olympus Communications

    Thank you for your positive comments. We’re really pleased to see this sort of feedback from a current employee.

    As you’ve pointed out, it’s a constant source of pride for our employees to... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sales and Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Olympus Australia and New Zealand full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great customers and product, flexible work

    Cons

    No value or respect for employees, managers are very inexperienced and don't treat staff equally, opportunity is available only to a select few, its a "dog eat dog" environment

    Advice to Management

    Let's not give credit where credit is not due!
    Don't turn your staff against each other...

    Olympus Australia and New Zealand Response

    17 Oct 2017 – Olympus Communications

    Thank you for your review. It's great to hear that you saw our customers, products and flexible work arrangements as positives; these are all areas of the Olympus experience we feel make working... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sales rep"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Olympus Australia and New Zealand full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, Great people. Great products. Good market share in some segments.

    Cons

    Lack of communication relative to senior leadership initiative. Direction from head quarters ( Japan) affects performance and local market requirements.

    Olympus Australia and New Zealand Response

    13 Sep 2017 – Olympus Communications

    Thank you for taking the time to post a review and we’re thankful for your positive feedback. Regarding workplace flexibility, this is an area which we’re continually looking to evolve through new... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Proud to be a part of such a great company!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Olympus Australia and New Zealand full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Caring, people focussed managers
    Going places , you can genuinely make a difference
    Great flexibility, significant opportunities to advance and develop your career
    Best in class, life changing products

    Cons

    Can't think of anything significant. Can be a bit slow to make decisions. Would be great if we could transfer to other Olympus sites

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing what you are doing. The company strategy is motivating and on point

    Olympus Australia and New Zealand Response

    15 May 2017 – Olympus Communications

    Thank you for leaving such positive feedback and, given you’ve spent more than three years with the organisation, we’re really encouraged by your response.

    As you’ve pointed out, it’s a constant... More


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Eradicate decision makers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Olympus Australia and New Zealand full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Products and service offered to customers

    Cons

    Constant changes to structure and process's
    MD is not decisive and keeps changing perspective.
    His inner circle don't stand up to him.

    Advice to Management

    Be stronger

    Olympus Australia and New Zealand Response

    2 Apr 2017 – Olympus Communications

    We're really sorry your experience at Olympus was a negative one. We acknowledge that our significant growth has meant we've undergone both large and rapid changes in organisational structure and... More


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