Ottobock

From Everything.Sucks

Ottobock is a German prosthetics company situated in Duderstadt with 49 local stations all around the world. It has been responsible for several innovations in prosthetics, including the C-Leg, a computerized knee joint that adaptively varies its passive resistance to suit the patient's different walking gaits, and the Michelangelo Hand, a fully articulated robotic hand prosthesis. In 2017, the company bought Bebionic, the high technology robotic hand, from the Steeper, US company that developed prosthesis, and has become the most high-tech company in upper extremities. Ottobock has been a partner to the Paralympic Games since 1988, and an international worldwide partner to the International Paralympic Committee since 2005. In 2016, the partnership was extended until the end of 2020.

An unhappy employee shared this in a forum., "The true colors of this company surfaced during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The overpaid elites worked safe and sound from home while they made the underpaid workers come in everyday in close quarters putting everyone at risk. This is not an "essential" company. Everything made here is a first world luxury item. While the employees kept the company afloat without any paid leave or bonuses for working regardless of the risks, they slap everyone in the face with a 0%-2% raise which essentially is $0 amid the rising costs of living and rising health insurance not to mention everyone is already suffering financially from the broken economy from COVID-19. This garbage raise was after a successful 2019 year hitting milestones and achieving goals which management told everyone they could not have achieved without us. Management puts so much effort into disengaging from their employees. Career advancement, earnings potential, individual skills assessment and progression within the company is a hush hush topic and discouraged. Management doesn't care who you are or where you came from they just want a biological body to get the job done and accept substandard pay and benefits that are too expensive to use. After the 5.7 magnitude earthquake they had everyone back to work the next day in a flooded water damaged building now full of new cracks, shifted support columns and debris everywhere completely disregarding everyone's safety. Common talk among employees in all departments is disapproval of management, anger about pay and benefits, and sharing info on better companies to work for. Individual contributions, extra effort, extra hours, schooling accomplishments and good attitude go intentionally ignored and unnoticed by management. Ottobock operates on an intentional high turnover rate and the overall principle practiced by management to their employees is not what they can do to be the best company to work for but rather what can Ottobock get away with cutting away at the employees a little bit here a little bit there slowly making it a horrible place to work. Management does not care to help you succeed. The positive reviews left for this company likely came from management and are fake reviews. Best Investment I ever made was quitting this company. It would have been an even better investment to have never started in the first place."

Reviews

Former Employee - Worker says "The true colors of this company surfaced during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The overpaid elites worked safe and sound from home while they made the underpaid workers come in everyday in close quarters putting everyone at risk. This is not an "essential" company. Everything made here is a first world luxury item. While the employees kept the company afloat without any paid leave or bonuses for working regardless of the risks, they slap everyone in the face with a 0%-2% raise which essentially is $0 amid the rising costs of living and rising health insurance not to mention everyone is already suffering financially from the broken economy from COVID-19. This garbage raise was after a successful 2019 year hitting milestones and achieving goals which management told everyone they could not have achieved without us. Management puts so much effort into disengaging from their employees. Career advancement, earnings potential, individual skills assessment and progression within the company is a hush hush topic and discouraged. Management doesn't care who you are or where you came from they just want a biological body to get the job done and accept substandard pay and benefits that are too expensive to use. After the 5.7 magnitude earthquake they had everyone back to work the next day in a flooded water damaged building now full of new cracks, shifted support columns and debris everywhere completely disregarding everyone's safety. Common talk among employees in all departments is disapproval of management, anger about pay and benefits, and sharing info on better companies to work for. Individual contributions, extra effort, extra hours, schooling accomplishments and good attitude go intentionally ignored and unnoticed by management. Ottobock operates on an intentional high turnover rate and the overall principle practiced by management to their employees is not what they can do to be the best company to work for but rather what can Ottobock get away with cutting away at the employees a little bit here a little bit there slowly making it a horrible place to work. Management does not care to help you succeed. The positive reviews left for this company likely came from management and are fake reviews. Best Investment I ever made was quitting this company. It would have been an even better investment to have never started in the first place."
Former Employee - Sales says "CEO is a mess, Brad is a teacher for crying out loud. Poorly run company and a very insulated culture that completely stifles innovation."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says "The management was verbally abusive (I got called various foul names on various occasions), HR did nothing to support the employee because they were to busy being friends with management. Absolute crap pay for the amount of work I was asked to do. If you're willing to kiss up you might make lead but your work ethic and experience have absolutely nothing to do with promotion or pay. I was hired for one position but was moved to completely unrelated departments (without discussing it with me) 3 times."
says "Terrible management revolving door of employees constantly misleading you"
Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist says "Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are sorry that your experience with Ottobock did not meet your expectations. We strive to provide a work environment that is productive, collaborative, and fulfilling and we appreciate your comments as they help us in our efforts to continuously improve."
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says "Upper management does not care about the employees. It's all about the bottom line no matter who it hurts in the process."
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says "The management staff does not listen to their employees, they do not train their staff well and only focus on the negative aspects of their teams. Everyone I have talked to is underpaid and underappreciated. There is no room for advancement in this company. All of us that do not have a manager or director title have to fight for a raise. IF we get a raise it is so low it is not even worth the paperwork to process it. YET over and over we get emails on new manager positions, or this manager just got Senior manager title, there are even managers that do not even manage a staff but yet they get manager title! My current job title is tens of thousands below the national average. Everyone in upper management gets to travel but if we ever get to travel everything on our receipts are scrutinized. Back in the other office I used to work at the supply cabinet that held the pens was locked and we had to explain to the lead why we needed a pen. And sometimes she wouldn't even give us the pen! I used to just bring my own pens in after awhile and keep them with me to avoid dealing with her. And the main office used to be in MN but the owner decided to uproot the headquarters and head to Texas. Whether it was for tax reasons or to kiss the largest customer's butt, I am not 100% but they lost so many experienced and good employees with this move including losing some customers. And year after year we are told sales are down. We claim to sell quality products but almost every new product that is released has an issue or failure to it. Quality for life, give me a break! There was one product that the office in Vienna, Austria told the U.S. staff to not release yet, they want to do more testing. But the unprofessional management team decided to release product and of course tons came back not working and customers/patients were upset."
Former Employee - Analyst says "- Company tries to be modern & cutting edge, but is no where near caliber of the other technology oriented firms in Austin. Systems and processes are very outdated (many of which are from the time when the company was HQed in Minnesota) - Company wants you to feel like it's a "family," but there is a very top-heavy hierarchical structure. If you're not a director or above, you'll be left out on a lot of perks and information. - Absolutely no support for new hires. I was thrown on the job without a proper transition of roles & responsibilities. Not a place where you can ask questions, get feedback on your work, and management will help your grow.. either you perform what they need done without any mistakes or be axed. - If you disagree or have a different personality than your manager, you're in line to get written up for minor things and will eventually get terminated. HR only supports the managers & doesn't care to take action to resolve issues early on. Managers will be quick to sent out e-mails about all the negatives, but fail to recognize any of the positives you have brought to the role (small or large). - If you're going to try to compete in the Austin market, how are you not offering better pay, benefits, and simple options to be more efficient - such as the ability to "work from home." What a joke. - Kitchen is tiny, refrigerators are always crammed full (often hard to find space for your lunch), and the two-three bins of snacks are always the small old stuff that the company buys in bulk."
Current Employee - Service Center Administrator says "No benefits, No PTO get in trouble if you call in. Expect you to know what to do without adequate training"
Former Employee - Technical says "It's difficult to comprehend why Otto Bock would leave Minnesota and so many experienced employees behind after 55 years. Hundreds of lives effected for a few hundred thousand dollars in tax breaks? I think this says a lot about Ottobock... every employee and every customer is disposable."

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