BMW
3.7 of 5 103 reviews
www.bmwgroup.com Munich, Germany 5000+ Employees

BMW Reviews

Updated Apr 9, 2014
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3.7 103 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

BMW Chairman Management Board Norbert Reithofer

Norbert Reithofer

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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It's been okay.

Lot Staff (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at BMW part-time for more than a year

ProsI would start by saying I never intended on moving up at BMW, I started their while at school as lot attendant at a dealership just to make some money. They have been very flexible and for the most part, people respect the hard work I've done. They have offered to move me up before to a better position, but as it is not where I want to be, I haven't taken up those offers.

ConsA little too much drama between gossiping employees and a couple of managerial changes later, I am lucky to be here still I guess.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at BMW

ProsThe people are great to work with
Lots of Diversity
You can learn a Ton about the products
substantial pay

Consnot much room for improvement

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Group Account DIrector (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at BMW full-time for more than 8 years

ProsSmart, nimble company always innovating for market leadership
Strong leadership across the board
Free cars to drive!

ConsFrequently have to relocate to advance

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Acceptable employer, but get tighter w/ compensation and benefits.

Field Manager (Current Employee)
Woodcliff Lake, NJ

I have been working at BMW full-time for more than 10 years

ProsCar benefit and decent bonus. Still some decent upper management personnel (although in the minority).

ConsGermany taking more and more control and squeezing for more profit. Advancement opportunities also becoming harder to come by. Continually ask employees to produce more and more while reducing the resources (headcount and budget) to support growth.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't hire your friends or family. If you ask for honest opinions, don't penalize those who give it to you.
Remember your employees are people....not assets.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Low Pay but Nice Co-Workers and Environment

Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
Woodcliff Lake, NJ

I have been working at BMW

ProsWork Life balance, International colleagues, Fun product, reasonable Employee Car Lease program (includes Insurance coverage)

ConsLow pay for branches outside Hilliard, Ohio headquarters. Geo pay is given to employees, but not enough to compensate for standard of living in Metro NY area. Opportunities for upward mobility mostly available in Ohio location - so relocation is a must.

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease base pay to allow NJ colleagues to purchase residences as easily as Ohio colleagues.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Overall a good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Woodcliff Lake, NJ

I worked at BMW

ProsSmart, dedicated, passionate, nice and fun employees. Work is interesting and challenging. Nice facilities, location and offices. Beautiful campus. BMW products are outstanding! Great perks including a company car and option to lease an additional BMW!

ConsDifficult to maintain a good work-life balance with family and personal interests. Workload is often excessive, all consuming. Most "emergencies" are a result of poor senior management. For most employees office cubes are small and offer little privacy to get work done efficiently.

Advice to Senior ManagementAddress the workload crisis. The company was already very lean before US headcount was reduced so the existing employees were required to take up the "slack." But there was little slack. To most employees, senior management seems unconcerned. The situation is beginning to take its toll on a deteriorating relationship with dealers and potentially will adversely impact the brand.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Associate International Advertising Manager (Current Employee)
Munich (Germany)

I have been working at BMW full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat colleagues, great products, great work life balance perfect mix. In total the company delivers a good health care combined with good opportunities to develop all different skills.

ConsDownsizing and new contracts have been reducing all the little extras. The company brings big innovations into their cars but doesnt translate this into their processes.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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good company with sustainable/healthy thinkings, activities.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at BMW full-time for more than 5 years

Prosbalance of work/life, good company value, friendly office culture

Consdifficulties in career opportunities. decision making too much dependent to management.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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working on world class products

Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee)
Munich (Germany)

I worked at BMW full-time for less than a year

Prosworking on premium products, great research equipment, work-life balance, friendly collegues

Consenvironmemt could be more innovation friendly, strong hierarchies throughout the company, sometimes slow decision making

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Grate place to work but slow

Market Analyst (Former Employee)
Munich (Germany)

I worked at BMW as a contractor for more than a year

Prosincredible technology, mentality and approach of the company and its employees that makes of the time spent in this company a very enjoiable time

Consvery slow moving, if you want to make career from within it will take ages and it will also be very difficult to learn a lot because of the very structured and not very flexible approach that make of this company such a great success but at the same time a painfully slow to act company.

and if you don't come from Munich be prepared because you need a stellar CV to get in, while local person are hired very easily (entry level positions)

Advice to Senior Managementbe more flexible and don't miss out on the great people that apply to your company only because they are not local (at least this feedback is valid for the entry level)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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