Safilo Reviews

Updated 25 September, 2014
Updated 25 September, 2014
13 Reviews
3.3
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    It is positive experience, where you can feel special condion of the fashion industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Departments in Santa Maria di Sala (Italy)
    Current Employee - Technical Departments in Santa Maria di Sala (Italy)

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

    Pros

    It is not boring. It always happen something. YOu have possibility to be inovative. Wide of possibilities.

    Cons

    Adrenalin, when you are developting new product or process. You can improve yours leadership. Working with world famues managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People that don't bring results at house have to be fired. We have to many people that are hiding and not working properly and people that are looking troubles and not solutions. We have to be concentrate on solutions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    For Sales Reps-Brands determine income

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Safilo as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very little BS. Very autonomous workplace.

    Cons

    If company drops/loses lines, your income suffers; You are in direct competition with your workmates; other companies in industry provide better compensation plans

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Italian corporate owner needs to assess what it gives the US partner--Sales managers are poorly paid and must work a territory to make any money. This means the rep in that territory loses out on the accounts the manager keeps for himself. If you are a rep with unpopular name brands, your compensation is below minimum wage after paying your own expenses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Short and not so sweet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safilo full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn the Eyewear business from A-Z and on a global scale. Good packages.

    Cons

    At that time the culture was extremely "Northern Italian" and male-dominated. Short-term focus on results due to pressure on the numbers / share price. Believe this may be changing under new CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the front line more - sometimes they may be right! Be more inclusive and promote more female executives to balance the "macho culture"

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Eyewear company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safilo (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    international company with high potential

    Cons

    a strong italian mentality is still in the company

  6.  

    Sales Rep for Safilo for 5 years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Samara, Samarskaya Oblast' (Russia)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Samara, Samarskaya Oblast' (Russia)

    I worked at Safilo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great brands, good logistics, great market opportunities

    Cons

    Not enough trade marketing support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Getting harder to make a living in this Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative

    I have been working at Safilo as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Freedom As an Independent Contractor, you have the freedom to make your own schedule. As long as you are out there working and making your numbers, they are not on your back-in my experience. It is a strong optical company with a great reputation in the industry and excellent products.

    Cons

    You are an Independent Contractor. There are absolutely no benefits. You pay your own taxes/retirement. And the big one, is the car and gas expenses. There is a lot of driving in most territories.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have always liked the management team that I have been involved with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    n stock

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stock Controller in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Stock Controller in Johannesburg (South Africa)

    I have been working at Safilo full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very good environment to work in, great people, and good working hours.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    International mentality and orientation career wise , mostly meritocratic (but still an Italian company so exceptions..)

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Padova (Italy)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Padova (Italy)

    I have been working at Safilo full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Ok benefits/ specialized in luxury segment/ international orientation and career prospects/ differentiated sales channels and segments/ overall business culture pleasant and family-like

    Cons

    Long hours/ low pay/ too many management layers/ already at middle management way too much time eaten up by endless meetings and too little contact with clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Product coordination needs to understand reality of market more (too much design-focused) and so dialogue with commercial side / sales force is necessary (seems not to exist at the moment)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Demanding

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safilo

    Pros

    Most employees on the team are very polite and respectful. International and luxury brand experience is a win. Premier eyewear company with loyal employee base.

    Cons

    Extremely demanding and disorganized company. Somewhat dated in systems, technology and flow between departments. Does not promote from within. Dead end!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be bold, share your vision and look to your employees at all levels as stakeholders. Communicate with your employees and involve them, don't just talk at them. They bring tremendous value to the table. US relationship with Italy is somewhat broken.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for beginning career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Assistant
    Current Employee - Marketing Assistant

    I have been working at Safilo

    Pros

    International company w
    Leader in its field

    Cons

    Limited career advancement can demotivate employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest on internal employees

    No opinion of CEO

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