Olympus Americas Cuts Positions In Di...

Olympus Americas Cuts Positions In Digital Camera Division: Pos...

There are 122 comments on the The Morning Call story from Mar 2, 2009, titled Olympus Americas Cuts Positions In Digital Camera Division: Pos.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Olympus Corporation of the Americas, a camera and medical device manufacturer in Center Valley , has eliminated an undisclosed number of jobs in its digital camera division as a result of a restructuring, a ...

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nobama

United States

#1 Mar 2, 2009
wow...the mcall is so quick with the news. this happended last week. express times had this the moment it came out.

Since: Oct 08

Broadway, NJ

#2 Mar 2, 2009
This is just 1 month after the President of the company swore they wouldn't lay anyone off...
Big deal

Bethlehem, PA

#3 Mar 2, 2009
85% of the people working there, wish they were not working there. They have a reputation for treating their employees like crap. God forbid you are not from New York or Long Island, as they look at you, as if you are a hick. Their HR department sucks, and so does their management. I have associates that worked there, and are glad they don't, anymore, and I know of people that are there right now, looking to get out, and hoping they find a more employee friendly company. Me personally, I would never work there.....
stupid me

United States

#4 Mar 2, 2009
reporter soper,
please, would you elaborate on what this "material change" means. thank you.

"The company is not disclosing the number of positions it eliminated, but the reduction does not "materially change" the 835 people who were working for Olympus in Center Valley at the beginning of the year, Sullivan said."
MoreToCome

Ridgefield, NJ

#5 Mar 2, 2009
Circuit City and Ritz Camera both filed for bankruptcy, they were among Olympus' top 5 dealers. That economic situation, plus very poor management and declining market share (currently 6th in the industry) puts Olympus on the road to liquidation. OfficeMax and Staples both had Olympus cameras for $59 and $69 this weekend.

Get ready for a lot of homes for sale in the Center Valley area.

As an aside, it couldn't happen to a nicer company. The line of bruised bodies strung out from the CEO's office is a mile long. RIP.
nobama

United States

#6 Mar 2, 2009
Big deal wrote:
85% of the people working there, wish they were not working there. They have a reputation for treating their employees like crap. God forbid you are not from New York or Long Island, as they look at you, as if you are a hick. Their HR department sucks, and so does their management. I have associates that worked there, and are glad they don't, anymore, and I know of people that are there right now, looking to get out, and hoping they find a more employee friendly company. Me personally, I would never work there.....
why does HR suck? please elaborate???
Casual Observer

Allentown, PA

#7 Mar 2, 2009
nobama wrote:
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why does HR ****? please elaborate???
I'm not sure what the original poster was talking about with that comment, but I can tell you that Olympus has interviewed and hired some really lousy candidates, and then never called back some really great ones that I know personally. Perhaps you can lay the blame for that on their HR department... Or maybe not. Maybe the 'lousy' candidates had trumped up their resumes. Surveys show that almost a third of all job seekers lie or exaggerate their accomplishments on their resumes. Probably another third actually believe their inflated resumes are truth. So that leaves only 1 out of 3 resumes being honest. And guess who I think the good candidates are--the honest, hard workers.
Big deal

Bethlehem, PA

#8 Mar 2, 2009
nobama wrote:
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why does HR ****? please elaborate???
Let's just say that a great majority of the employees that work in that department, are not very nice. High percentage of them, are in love with themselves. The clock is ticking, this place will close, and they will be humbled. Management treats employees like crap, and the HR department takes their cue from management. I know one person who worked there, a very talented person, and they abused her so much, she quit, and she was making big money, and well respected in her field. They were never nice to me, either, and I know more than a few others, who either worked there, or are working there now, that are not happy the way they are treated. Ask around, you will see no one in their right minds, wants to work for those stuck up NY creeps.
joe poli

AOL

#9 Mar 2, 2009
Big deal said: "85% of the people working there, wish they were not working there. They have a reputation for treating their employees like crap. God forbid you are not from New York or Long Island, as they look at you, as if you are a hick. Their HR department sucks, and so does their management. I have associates that worked there, and are glad they don't, anymore, and I know of people that are there right now, looking to get out, and hoping they find a more employee friendly company. Me personally, I would never work there."

You locals should understand that employers expect you to work a little later once in a while. You locals come in right before start time and run out of the office immediately at quitting time. These are corporate level jobs that require dedication to the job. It has nothing to do with New Yorkers; they know how to get ahead. It has to do with the locals who are slower than molassess in January.

I have never seen a supermarket checkout that is slower that here in the Valley. The same is true at most businesses; you locals are slow workers.
Big deal

Bethlehem, PA

#10 Mar 2, 2009
Casual Observer wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm not sure what the original poster was talking about with that comment, but I can tell you that Olympus has interviewed and hired some really lousy candidates, and then never called back some really great ones that I know personally. Perhaps you can lay the blame for that on their HR department... Or maybe not. Maybe the 'lousy' candidates had trumped up their resumes. Surveys show that almost a third of all job seekers lie or exaggerate their accomplishments on their resumes. Probably another third actually believe their inflated resumes are truth. So that leaves only 1 out of 3 resumes being honest. And guess who I think the good candidates are--the honest, hard workers.
It is not the candidates, it is the company management and staff. I understand what you are saying here, but the problem is in the "culture" of the company. I have worked for Fortune 500 firms in addition to the Federal Government, and believe me, from the feedback I have gotten, from respected colleagues who either have worked there, or are working there now, I would never work for Olympus.
So Glad Im Out

Hazleton, PA

#11 Mar 2, 2009
In response to the comment from Big Deal. You are absolutely correct. Trust me I've been there.
Big deal

Bethlehem, PA

#12 Mar 2, 2009
MoreToCome wrote:
Circuit City and Ritz Camera both filed for bankruptcy, they were among Olympus' top 5 dealers. That economic situation, plus very poor management and declining market share (currently 6th in the industry) puts Olympus on the road to liquidation. OfficeMax and Staples both had Olympus cameras for $59 and $69 this weekend.
Get ready for a lot of homes for sale in the Center Valley area.
As an aside, it couldn't happen to a nicer company. The line of bruised bodies strung out from the CEO's office is a mile long. RIP.
You are right on the money, and the key words here are "very poor management". Also, your assertion that "it could not happen to a nicer company", is 1,000% correct. They are a bunch of wiseguys, snobs, and morons. Good riddance.
Zot

Lansdale, PA

#13 Mar 2, 2009
I think I can answer "Why Olympus Sucks" from the person above. Here's my reason, anyway. Interviewed for a positions - face to face, taking time off from my current job, as I still do have one even in this bad economy. Afterwards, HR didn't call or e-mail me to tell me I didn't get the position. After a 4-hour interview, all I got was a 'No longer considered' on my Olympus personal page. I will never apply to another position at Olympus or urge any one else I know to either. In my opinion, and not just because of this instance, Olympus is a huge disappointment to the Lehigh Valley.
Big deal

Bethlehem, PA

#14 Mar 2, 2009
joe poli wrote:
Big deal said: "85% of the people working there, wish they were not working there. They have a reputation for treating their employees like crap. God forbid you are not from New York or Long Island, as they look at you, as if you are a hick. Their HR department sucks, and so does their management. I have associates that worked there, and are glad they don't, anymore, and I know of people that are there right now, looking to get out, and hoping they find a more employee friendly company. Me personally, I would never work there."
You locals should understand that employers expect you to work a little later once in a while. You locals come in right before start time and run out of the office immediately at quitting time. These are corporate level jobs that require dedication to the job. It has nothing to do with New Yorkers; they know how to get ahead. It has to do with the locals who are slower than molassess in January.
I have never seen a supermarket checkout that is slower that here in the Valley. The same is true at most businesses; you locals are slow workers.
Excuse me Mr. New Yorker, but I have worked in NYC, DC, Greenwich, CT, major cities all across this country, and you won't be teaching me about dedication to the job or how to get ahead. I can run circles around you, you moron.
nobama

United States

#15 Mar 2, 2009
Big deal wrote:
<quoted text>Let's just say that a great majority of the employees that work in that department, are not very nice. High percentage of them, are in love with themselves. The clock is ticking, this place will close, and they will be humbled. Management treats employees like crap, and the HR department takes their cue from management. I know one person who worked there, a very talented person, and they abused her so much, she quit, and she was making big money, and well respected in her field. They were never nice to me, either, and I know more than a few others, who either worked there, or are working there now, that are not happy the way they are treated. Ask around, you will see no one in their right minds, wants to work for those stuck up NY creeps.
can you be more specific however why it suckks. So far I just hear general statments. If I take a position there I want to know why I shouldn't. so far I hear that they expect you to work for a corp company that pays good.
CARSASM

Marcus Hook, PA

#16 Mar 2, 2009
Most Fortune 500 firms and the Fed Gov't are bloated orgs with too much driftwood hanging around. The fact that you cite them as positive examples makes me think I should apply at Olympus.
Big deal wrote:
<quoted text>It is not the candidates, it is the company management and staff. I understand what you are saying here, but the problem is in the "culture" of the company. I have worked for Fortune 500 firms in addition to the Federal Government, and believe me, from the feedback I have gotten, from respected colleagues who either have worked there, or are working there now, I would never work for Olympus.
medusa

Allentown, PA

#17 Mar 2, 2009
boy after reading these posts am I glad I didn't jump on the Olympus bandwagon when they first came to the LV...everyone acted like they were all that and a bag of microchips
PATRON

United States

#18 Mar 2, 2009
why is everyone always judging people by where they "used" to live ie NY or by their last names? I happen to work with a woman from long island who's husband works very high up in the ranks of olympus and I find them to be 2 of the nicest people I have ever met. then there are some people who have lived in this valley all their lives and are the biggest a holes I have ever met. it's nice to see so many perfect people on this forum who feel they have the right to be judge, jury and executioner of everyone.
nobama

United States

#19 Mar 2, 2009
joe poli wrote:
Big deal said: "85% of the people working there, wish they were not working there. They have a reputation for treating their employees like crap. God forbid you are not from New York or Long Island, as they look at you, as if you are a hick. Their HR department sucks, and so does their management. I have associates that worked there, and are glad they don't, anymore, and I know of people that are there right now, looking to get out, and hoping they find a more employee friendly company. Me personally, I would never work there."
You locals should understand that employers expect you to work a little later once in a while. You locals come in right before start time and run out of the office immediately at quitting time. These are corporate level jobs that require dedication to the job. It has nothing to do with New Yorkers; they know how to get ahead. It has to do with the locals who are slower than molassess in January.
I have never seen a supermarket checkout that is slower that here in the Valley. The same is true at most businesses; you locals are slow workers.
So we value life/work balance and care for our kids and want to be part of our kids lives...that's a bad thing? Yes, we like to stop and smell the roses and enjoy our beautiful state...that's a bad thing? If so, I feel sorry for you. I wonder what the stroke/heart attack % is in NY/NJ.
Neecie

Allentown, PA

#20 Mar 2, 2009
I have some colleagues who know people who work there (spouces, family members, friends, etc...) I have never heard anything good about this company. They had a position posted I was interested in applying for and was told, don't bother, it's a horrible place to work. What matters is who you go to MELT with...and leave with, not your work. I don't play that game, never had to and I'm not going to start. I go to work, not to make friends, lovers or drama.

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