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Updated May 25, 2014

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2.6 46 reviews

36% Approve of the CEO

Benchmark Electronics President & CEO Gayla J. Delly

Gayla J. Delly

(22 ratings)

27% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Butt kissers and Asian that's all they will hired in Huntsville Alabama.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPoor Quality, workmanship, likes to party. If you don't buy management gifts or bed hopp yoy nobody. I would not work for this company.

    ConsNew management that knows what their doing.

    Advice to Senior Managementneed a hole new crew in management and supervisors get rid of the old and bring in the new

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a good company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Angleton, TX

    ProsI met some of the nicest people I know here. Since the work environment is unhealthy the employees rely on one another heavily for support and encouragement since it will not come from management.

    ConsNo training or other development opportunites, micro-management is the norm and no direction from the leadership team. Management does not know how to manage by performance objectives or set attainable goals so they manage by the number of hours they see you at work. It is not necessary to add value or actually do work, just be present all day, every day. Employee morale is very low.

    Advice to Senior ManagementObtain executive coaching/training/professional development for the entire senior leadership team and set expectations for improved leadership skills. Measure actual improvements to leadership skill sets and demote or terminate those leaders who cannot or will not change.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Get your experience, then quit and stay far far away from this place.

    Production Planner/Scheduler (Former Employee) Angleton, TX

    ProsGreat opportunity to gain some solid supply chain knowledge and experience in a manufacturing company especially if you are a recent college graduate. They will pay for your APICS training but not the test, which is still a plus nonetheless. Sick days are unlimited so use them for all your job interviews in the future. Turnover rate is very high, so there are ample opportunities for promotion. Your 401k package will be vested after one year of employment and benefits aren't too horrible.

    ConsDuring my interview with this company, my manager at the time stressed to me that there will be lots of training and support from the production control team. In fact, she explicitly told me that my knowledge of planning and the products I plan will be extensively tested before I begin any scheduling/planning related work. Since I was hired, I barely see her or anyone in my department lend me any support nor training, yet they were quick to reprimand me when I made mistakes. There was no knowledge test at all since I came on board and I felt like she lied to me just to sell me this position. My knowledge of products and planning came mostly from the engineering department that knew far more than anyone in the production control department. After awhile, I lost all respect for my manager and my negativity and resentment showed... the ones with a college education in that department eventually all left for greater opportunities/better job environments and the turnover rate was by far the highest in that department. She gave me possibly the worst review ever in the history of all Benchmark but nothing on that review was weighed objectively. It was subjective and feelings-based and I laughed out loud as it was read. I had no control over some of the criteria which I was evaluated on either but my/anyone's concerns were never taken seriously by her, and I think this is one of the reasons why all of us in that department stopped caring. I know I put in extra hours to learn on my own and spent extra time to compile the many spreadsheets and none of that was reflected on my performance review. Enough of my rants... in the end money talks and Benchmark does not pay competitively for any position - you feel like you are given peanuts for the amount of time and effort you put in and that should be all the reason to leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not lie to your team, be supportive, do train your employees properly, recognize hard work, try to be more knowledgable with the products that you manage, interact with your employees and listen to them because they do have some good ideas. Also, do not delegate all your daily work to everyone and disappear for a day. Set a good example to your enployees - if you don't want someone taking an hour and 15 minute lunch, maybe you should set the tone and not do so youself. Last but not least, pay competitively to retain your talent!

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Penney rich and pound foolish

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey pay their vendors in a timely manner.

    ConsSenior leadership over thinks every decision. Very painful to conduct business at this company. Too tight with the financing. Travel requests are not approved until a day or two before the flight departs. Commissions are unduly withheld. Employee turnover is high. No long term business strategy. Poor employee morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLoosen up and treat the employees with respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Constant stress over problems that could be easily solved

    Inventory Specialist (Former Employee) Huntsville, AL

    ProsEvery good aspect of the job was removed, one by one. Benefits were scaled back over and over. Pay was cut.

    ConsExperienced employees were targeted for lay-offs first, while little attention was payed to performance.
    Inter-department communication was very poor. Honest assertions of needs were interpreted as being confrontational, and were dismissed.
    Management seemed unwilling to find permanent solutions to reoccurring problems.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit playing the blame game.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The good, the bad, and the Benchmark

    Test Engineer IV (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsBenchmark is a company where one can work independently with little supervision. There are some very nice skill based opportunities concerning new technologies and disciplines.

    ConsThe problems with Benchmark have to do with long-term relationships with both employees and customers. Senior management does not do enough to foster relationships by providing incentives or praise for their employees. Most praise is at best shallow and only given sometimes after a customer has already provided it to the employee. The management focuses on short-term profitability without regard for future growth opportunities, which usually results in lost customer and employee satisfaction. Investment into new opportunities is also low and most opportunities are gained with maximum effort by a few employees whom afterwards are not rewarded for their efforts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe biggest piece of advice to Benchmark is to allow leadership to be produced from the top job performers within the company. Many times the company is rewarding a manager who has no knowledge of any of the actual work needed to perform a task, complete a project, or solve a complex problem. Many times the manager is simply a task completion auditor and meeting coordinator and arbitrarily will try to reduce the completion time while increasing the meeting frequency.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A lot of Brains... Shoved up their ***es..

    Debug / Maintenance Technician (Former Employee) Huntsville, AL

    ProsThey build massive servers for Sun & Dell, so it was a great technical experience, board level. Also, a lot of base level UNIX.

    ConsHorrible hours (12 hr Shifts, 6-6), no loyalty to hard workers. A lot of "temp"-turnaround. Feigning management. I was hired as a "^ Month" Temp... worked there for 1 YR 1/2... still no offer of a position... healthcare... salary, etc. These folks were going through 20-30 new people a week at that plant... and I worked there for OVER a year with no "Thanks" or X-Mas bonus, Vacation Time.. etc... When sales we're going down, they fired me as the LAST remaining temp... but it was still shitty.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn something about technology... not just manufacturing. Allow a little "outside the box" thinking once in a while, and things just MIGHT run a little smoother. Learn phrases: Employee relations, Human Resources, Constitution... et.al.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Underpaid engineer, never get appreciated.

    Engineer (Former Employee) Ayer Itam (Malaysia)

    ProsNone. I did not find any pro in this company.

    ConsLow salary, no phone allowance (but expect you to make call from home to settle issue), employee's hard work never get appreciated, multi tasking/

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should consider to review employee's C&B package. For sustaining, they should go out and find more business opportunities for the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor Pathway for career progression, No Annual Bonus at all.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Direct Superior and opportunity for learning is great and endless. Poor to pathetic health benefits.

    ConsEfforts will never be appreciated, No bonus in sight annually. Compared to other industries.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTheir hands are tied.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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