A look at medical and imaging technology company Olympus (plus advice for getting hired)

Olympus is committed to making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling through its optical and digital solutions in medical technologies, life sciences, industrial solutions, cameras, and audio products.

Find out more about Olympus, the international company working to make the world a more digitally advanced place, including advice for getting hired by CEO Nacho Abia.

Olympus rundown

Size: Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA)—a wholly-owned subsidiary of Olympus Corporation—is headquartered in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA, and employs more than 5,500 employees throughout approximately 20 locations in North and South America.

Industry: Medical device and media equipment

Locations: Olympus Corporation is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with more than 35,000 employees worldwide in nearly 40 countries.

Founded: 1968

CEO: Nacho Abia

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CEO Nacho Abia; Photo courtesy Olympus

How much do Olympus employees make?

The average salary for an Olympus employee is $143,794 per year. Ladders estimates are based on our calculations.

Olympus Jobs

Olympus is currently looking for a Global Business & Market Development Manager for Urology and a Global Product Market Director in Southborough, Massachusetts.

The headquarters in Center Valley, Pennsylvania is looking for an Executive Marketing Director and a Sales Analytics and Reporting Manager to join the team. View Ladders’ Olympus Jobs page for a full list of open roles and information on how to apply.

Interview advice from CEO Nacho Abia

“We hope that we can find people who embody our full range of Core Values,” Abia said. “More specifically, Integrity and Empathy are probably the most important during the hiring process – these are the kind of values you can often feel when you are meeting a person and learning about their outlook on life. If they have Integrity and Empathy, then you can feel where they are coming from – you know when a person is the real deal.”

Interview advice from Olympus hiring managers

Hiring managers realize that different jobs require different skill sets and personality types, but they tend to look for people who embody the company’s full range of core values.

Olympus core values:

  • Unity
  • Empathy
  • Agility
  • Long-Term View
  • Integrity

No matter what the job, Olympus likes people who can hit the ground running, take initiative, and be willing to learn. Like most companies, Olympus has developed particular processes and procedures, but there is nevertheless the expectation that employees are always looking for ways to make improvements. The company values employees that take ownership over their job. If you think there’s a better way or more effective way to do it, there is an expectation at Olympus that you should speak up.

The company is always aiming to make the company a place where employees want to build a career. For example, the company knows that Gen Z is purpose-driven in their job search.

In addition to the knowledge that they can be working on products that make people’s lives happier, healthier and more fulfilling, the company has a commitment to making our workspace inspiring so employees can do their best work. Olympus invests in a work environment and programs with a focus on wellness, including fitness centers and walking trails, where available, group and private work areas, technical support hubs and programs such as the Be Well program to provide peer-to-peer inspiration, like walking challenges, and flexible work schedules.

Olympus is also committed to building an inclusive workplace, a commitment that has gotten stronger over the last few years with the growth of the Colleague Affinity Networks (CANs) and an increase in the Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Abia is a signatory to the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion.

Additionally, the company’s commitment to give back to communities is demonstrated through its workday volunteering programs with groups like Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross and local food banks.

Employee benefits

  • Health, dental, life, vision, and disability insurance
  • Flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Health savings account (FSA)
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Accidental death & dismemberment insurance
  • 401K plan
  • Performance bonus
  • Charitable gift matching
  • Maternity & paternity leave
  • Military leave
  • Family medical leave
  • Unpaid extended leave
  • Vacation & paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Sick days
  • Bereavement leave

Employee perks

  • Employee discount
  • Employee assistance program
  • Mobile phone discount
  • Company social events
  • Legal assistance
  • Diversity program
  • Professional development
  • Tuition assistance

Employee reviews 2020

Reviews on Glassdoor range from two-star reviews titled “do your due diligence – don’t fall for the smoke and mirrors” to five-star reviews titled “the best place I’ve ever worked! Best job I’ve ever had!”

“I’ve worked at Olympus for almost three years now…work is challenging, interesting and fulfilling,” one reviewer wrote. “Management is fantastic here. They really allow for work and family balance.”

Funding rounds

The company has raised a total of $600 million in a Post-IPO Equity round raised on May 31, 2018.

They’ve acquired four organizations, with the most recent being Image Stream Medical on April 27, 2017.