Because it's a Japanese company, the work tends to be broken down into compartments. Over time you can find yourself good at one thing, but in a market that prizes diversity, that isn't good for long-term prospects. The reward though is that the Japanese will keep you throughout your career. So, you can join the company and possibly stay there for your career...if you are in one of the divisions overseas.
In the US, the divisions are somewhat typical - it can come down to who you know and how well connected those people are.
Also, the yearly increases are small on the corporate side.
On the plus side, if you are considering sales, you can do well and be well-compensated, and if you decide to go to the corporate side you can weather most layoffs because Olympus, like many companies prizes sales experience highly, even if you aren't a top performer in the corporate environment.
Overall, Olympus is an average company to work for.
Go in with your eyes open, and insist on a growth plan in writing. Change around jobs every few years to keep yourself marketable and if you are incompetent, learn the political landscape! It could save you.
- If you are in sales or politically connected you can do well and make Olympus a long term career
- It's a diverse company so you have the opportunity to move around if you can get a good manager that will lay out a written growth plan.
- average to sub-par on compensation compared to other companies
- In the US anyway, politics can override talent
diverse, focus on sales, commitment to developing new products
politics, average compensation and small increases