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."