Benchmark Electronics Reviews

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
48 Reviews

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  1.  

    Not family friendly

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    Current Employee - Repair/Rework Technician  in  Winona, MN
    Current Employee - Repair/Rework Technician in Winona, MN

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

    Pros

    Get experience to go somewhere else.

    Cons

    Too worried about getting product out not doing quality job. Training is not all it cracked up to be here management gives the education speech but doesn't follow through.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train people better to function in this technical environment before you through them into production. More time training in the beginning means a better educated work force not just number pushers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Don't Work Here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Angleton, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Angleton, TX

    I worked at Benchmark Electronics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    One good thing about working here is there was no customer contact and hours were a straight shift.

    Cons

    Pay was bad, they pay the men more. Most Supervisors were unprofessional. The working atmosphere was bad, no moral support. Although there were some nice people, I found most to be uptight. And for heaven's sake, don't ever take anyone's chair!! Benefits were fair as well as time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act more professional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    No room for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are wonderful, casual attire is a plus, very customer focused

    Cons

    Micromanagement from General Manager, promises of growth upon employment with no results, poor salary increases even with outstanding reviews, pay is low, morale is low, not employee friendly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start focusing on your employees and work on boosting morale, stop micromanaging and preventing middle management from doing their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    End of quarter push

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    Former Employee - Sustaining Test Engineer I  in  Winona, MN
    Former Employee - Sustaining Test Engineer I in Winona, MN

    I worked at Benchmark Electronics full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The people that were worked with.

    Cons

    Trying to squeeze the most out of quarter of the year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Multiplicity

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    Former Employee - Production  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Production in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Benchmark Electronics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good personnel to work with despite marginal systems & processes. Working level staff joined together to conduct daily business to the best of their ability.

    Cons

    Very limited resources- personnel workload described as 1,5X workload on each employee. Consistent symptoms of 2.5-3X workload. Unspoken rule to work Saturdays( even if personnel have children). Encouraged to bring children to work while personnel worked on Saturdays and Sundays. Weekends uncompensated as a rule. The work must get done regardless...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rationalize what you do well and make a profit for sustainability. Bench should be used as case study for what not to do in a business setting and survive, How is that possible? Large amounts of money can be pumped into a breakeven division for an overall net gain? Is that really happening? Accounting & Finance is real interesting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a job, worst company I've worked for

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    Current Employee - Office  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Office in Rochester, MN

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, good location, 401K plan

    Cons

    Little to no recognition. Very low or no raises even when performance reviews are very good and the company (especially the Minnesota division) is performing extremely well. Offices are extremely poor, old broken chairs, old equipment and software, ripped up carpet, loud, dirty, air handling system looks like they don't use filters, no empowerment given to lower and middle management or individual contributors. Average benefits. Starting salary o.k., but it will have to last you for years. Lost incentive after first two years to even try and overachieve. Lots of wasted skills and resources due to ineffective top down management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Basic work environment and employee expectations of working comfortably should be a top priority! It's coming down to safety and health issues. Empower your managers and individual contributors to make decisions and positive changes. Recognize and reward for extra efforts beyond your arbitrary bonus that you use in place of raises. Guess what? We noticed! And lastly, stop putting all the emphasis on metrics. It has gotten out of hand. The "numbers" have become more important than the work itself, the customers or the employees. Dept. Managers in response to the overwhelming upper level management pressure are doing everything possible sometimes beyond reason and common sense just to "make the numbers". Understandable as that is the only potential way to get a cost of living increase by way of a bonus. Plant location management must be given the authority and trusted to control manufacturing as that is their expertise. Upper level finance management in Texas need to back off and watch what empowered employees and plant management can really do if only given the opportunity and recognition when deserved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Precision Technology Division not well managed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Close to home; some great peers to work with

    Cons

    Drags feet in giving performance evaluations & merit increases are rare; only one major customer so company succeeds or fails based upon how customer does. it's a roller coaster ride; furloughs happen on a regular basis. Lots of unhappy stressed out employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't need a 4-year college degree in most positions & previous work experience should account more. Why can't you find quality people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN

    I worked at Benchmark Electronics

    Pros

    it was an ok job

    Cons

    tense environment between management and engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managers need to provide feedback more frequently

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Benchmark Electronics is a great place to visit, but I wouldn't want to work there!

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    Former Employee - Assembler I  in  Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Assembler I in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at Benchmark Electronics

    Pros

    Laid back work atmosphere most times. Quiet place to work. If you want a simple job where money, promotions etc. does not matter then it is great! They will hire just about anybody. If you are unemployed and you just have to have a job then they will give you one. I mean I like Benchmark and the people. I just would not want to work there for a long time. Great job for high scholl or college kids.

    Cons

    Low pay. Little to no raises. No bonuses. Little help from upper management for promotions or help with problems on the line. Virtually impossible the get a promotion. Employee morale is low. Managers do not communicate well. They expect you do live at the plant. The plant never closes even in the worst of natural disasters, except some Holidays, and they still expect you to come to work! Not coming in could also count negatively against you and may be grounds for getting laid-off. Taking time off period could be an issue and grounds to be the first one laid-off. Expect not to get paid, but they will expect you to work 3 or more jobs simultaneously and like it without complaint. Expect to work weekends, expect not to get able notice of overtime, cannot plan ahead cause they expect you to come to work, if you do not it will count against you. Again, that also may be grounds to get laid off. Terriblely high employee turnover rate. If you have read my previous comments you see why.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut your salaries and give more salaries to the people. Hire more high quality people from within the plant that actually know how to do the job. Actually post all of the jobs that are available not just the ones you want to post. Listen to the plant workers more. I have seen plant employees that know more about the product that upper management and engineers because employees not only build every component and test them, but they are cross-trained on almost the whole entire process. Most employees know how to do multiple jobs on multiple lines. They ought to be promoted at some point. Assembler I employees should not be Assembler I employees for 5 years and only get a 30 cent raise in 5 years. When exceptional employees put their hard earned time in they deserve to be rewarded.

    The best employees are quitting and getting jobs where they are rewarded for their hard work with more than just a pat on the back. Benchmark could be a billion dollar company if it would give people what they deserve. There a few people in upper management that know what they are doing and most of the engineers you never see. No one is really familiar with the product except for the technicians and assemblers, but that does not help Benchmark any because they won't promote any of them. If Benchmark is going to succeed they have to have better business practices. I have seen Product Engineers and the like come to my plant telling me all the wrong stuff all the time and them get mad when I do not agree with them.

    Toyota is successful (despite declining car sales due to the current economic status of the U.S.) because they hire the best, they expect their employees to work hard, they promote their employees and their business model is exceptional. I thought that Benchmark would be a place to move up, but it is not. They just want you to stay where you are so they do not have to pay you any more money. I know a lot of people who chose to be unemployed rather than put up with Benchmark any longer.

    I am not exaggerating. I did not leave Benchmark on a bad note. This is coming from one of the most dedicated, well liked employees Benchmark had. In closing my advice to Benchmark is " be loyal to your employees and they will be loyal to you. If you treat them like just another number, all your great employees will leave and all you will be left with is numbers, poor quality, incompetent people, huge overhead, scrap that is too high and terrible inventory turnover." Want to change? Build people and those people will build your company, tear them down and they'll do the same!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great For Investors, Not So For Insiders

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    Former Employee - Cost Accountant  in  Angleton, TX
    Former Employee - Cost Accountant in Angleton, TX

    I worked at Benchmark Electronics

    Pros

    Stable company where a person can gain entry level experience before moving on.

    Cons

    Turnover is very high and the hours are long. The culture does not encourage or reward independent initiative or thinking. For anyone with a reasonable amount of ambition, there is very limited opportunity within the company itself. The majority of people who advance from the ground floor up seem do so on the basis of longevity rather than professional or personal merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to get to know the employees who are managing the day to day tasks of the business and make sure those employees are being given opportunities to capitalize on their strengths. Let your employees know their contributions are are valued and appreciated, and be willing to invest in their well-being.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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