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Updated 18 February 2018
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance for non-technician roles (in 3 reviews)

  • flexible working hours, relatively good benefits (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-Life Balance nicht immer m (in 5 reviews)

  • Under-managers were tasked to do the dirty work while senior management remained aloof and distant (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "So, so........"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Olympus full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    + great colleagues from different countries in Europe
    + super atmosphere in the DACH-team
    + quite good food in the own canteen
    + a lot of time for the customers, no need to hurry
    + possibility to borrow good photo equipment over the weekend
    + good chairs
    + rich company celebrations

    Cons

    + not too good and not too much benefits
    + quite low salary
    + strict hierarchy, with bad communication towards the employees
    + no refreshment automates, too short opening hours for the canteen - and no refreshment possibilities next door
    + location: too far from the city centre, no refreshment possibilities next door


  2. "Rotten appl"

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    Current Employee - Senior Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Territory Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Private healthcare benefits, shiny head office with lots of amenities

    Cons

    Terrible management structure, weak leadership, small company mentality, average pay, slow to change, lots of silos, hugely focused on negativity.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to change for the company to evolve in line with competitors, greater focus of appreciating talent and achievements


  3. "Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southend-on-Sea, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southend-on-Sea, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture is improving all the time.
    Great Benefits including Healthcare, staff discounts and pension.
    Flexible Working Hours
    Competitive Salary
    Friendly Team

    Cons

    Opportunities for progression is very limited. However, you will have more responsibility than an equivalent position in a different company. This is because the teams are relatively small.


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  5. "Good place to learn"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, great HR policies,

    Cons

    Cons exist like every other company. Nothing special here


  6. "Marketing"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Medical Dental, Vision and Life Insurance

    Cons

    Management, Lack of vision, lack of leadership

    Advice to Management

    Olympus ran Everest, Gyrus, ACMI into the toilet.


  7. "Beware of working in the Singapore medical systems division"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Olympus full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get an MNC name on your resume. Some colleagues (they are RARE) are genuinely nice. This company has good products on the market and they continue to produce good technology.

    Cons

    Toxic company culture: Most people who want to get ahead will not think twice of stepping on others, spreading rumours that may or may not be true about you. Hardworking and honest employees are most at risk. These people will be your friend only to backstab you to snatch credit for your work. Make sure you document everything you do to protect yourself. Being neutral and professional is not enough in this environment.

    Colleagues may seem nice but BEWARE. Behind that smile lies an evil shark waiting to snare its next prey. If you are not a part of the inner circle, you can forget about getting good work done, let alone a promotion. Oh wait.. have I mentioned backstabbing co workers already?

    Pay and benefit is not that great: Terrible transport allowance. Most sales reps do not drive here as it does not make financial sense to do so. Company is stingy with benefits. You only start with 11 days of leave.

    Poor organisation: There are officially protocols but managers (and sometimes their inner circle) dictate how things are done. Only people in the inner circle gets any news first, to the disadvantage of everybody else.

    Limited upward mobility: Typical hierarchical Japanese structure. You are better off moving to another company instead of a lateral move within.

    Advice to Management

    You will probably not be able to get rid of the sharks, but you can do more to stamp out these toxic culture of backstabbing.


  8. "Slow to change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    some opportunities for progression, if you are in the correct sector

    Cons

    slow to adapt to changing business needs


  9. "Intern at Olympus"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Executive
    Former Employee - Marketing Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Olympus full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Posted to the sales and marketing team. Professional team of colleagues. Positive environment to work in

    Cons

    a little rigid on the timing for lunch due to its japanese culture.

    Advice to Management

    get reviews from your employees to improve the work place


  10. "A few years at Olympus America Inc Service Center"

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

    I worked at Olympus full-time

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues
    Good work-life balance for non-technician roles
    Standard benefit package

    Cons

    Poor pay
    No room for growth
    Senior management is aloof and doesn't thank junior staff who perform the work
    No consistency in direction (constant internal reorganizations and team reshuffling)
    Rigidity to process changes (insistence on doing things the same way even when it's inefficient)

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people with respect
    Be honest and open
    Transparency matters


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    "Olympus"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Some of the big company benifits ,Child care, pension, restaurant etc are very good

    Cons

    Do not always follow through with their promises of progression not very supportive of individuals, management is too eager to blame others


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