BMW Reviews

Updated July 24, 2014
Updated July 24, 2014
116 Reviews
3.9
116 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • working on premium products, great research equipment, work-life balance, friendly collegues (in 10 reviews)

  • great colleagues, great products (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Very structured and the work/life balance should be redone totally (in 4 reviews)

  • Very big company with to many processes (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    I WAS A reworker

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    Former Employee - Any  in  Spartanburg, SC
    Former Employee - Any in Spartanburg, SC

    I worked at BMW full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    the pay is very good

    Cons

    I enjoy all of the polices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    always communicate clearly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aftersales  in  Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Current Employee - Aftersales in Woodcliff Lake, NJ

    I have been working at BMW as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    lots of exposure, and lots of new things to learn. Cool cars. Its a big name so that will open some doors in the future.

    Cons

    Low pay. Hard to get in. and most of the times to move around the company or to start you need to know someone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on the benefits of the workers. They need to feel like the company actually likes them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was an exciting position

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The process of making things better.

    Cons

    Watching the robots do their job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Pretty cool intern program, depending on your department

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer Intern (Assembly)  in  Spartanburg, SC
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer Intern (Assembly) in Spartanburg, SC

    I have been working at BMW as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Real-world experience
    Great projects (in assembly at least)
    Most people are helpful
    Work around a cool product all day
    Manufacturing process is fast-paced compared to other industries like power generation

    Cons

    Typical corporate political issues
    Don't get to participate in lease program :(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the interns more competitively - I was making 2/3 what I could have made at pretty much any other company in a technical/engineering intern position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    It's been okay.

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    Current Employee - Lot Staff  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Lot Staff in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BMW

    Pros

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

    Cons

    not much room for improvement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Ad Agency Account Director for BMW Southern Region Dealer Group.

    Former Employee - Group Account Director  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Group Account Director in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Frequently have to relocate to advance

  9.  

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

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    Current Employee - Field Manager  in  Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Current Employee - Field Manager in Woodcliff Lake, NJ

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Germany 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Low Pay but Nice Co-Workers and Environment

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Woodcliff Lake, NJ

    I have been working at BMW

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low 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 ManagementAdvice

    Increase base pay to allow NJ colleagues to purchase residences as easily as Ohio colleagues.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Overall a good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodcliff Lake, NJ

    I worked at BMW

    Pros

    Smart, 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!

    Cons

    Difficult 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 ManagementAdvice

    Address 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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