Benchmark Electronics
2.6 of 5 41 reviews
www.bench.com Angleton, TX 5000+ Employees

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Updated Mar 4, 2014

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Benchmark Electronics President & CEO Gayla J. Delly

Gayla J. Delly

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25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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No room for growth

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Nashua, NH

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

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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End of quarter push

Sustaining Test Engineer I (Former Employee)
Winona, MN

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

ProsThe people that were worked with.

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

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

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Multiplicity

Production (Former Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

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

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

ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementRationalize 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.

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

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

Office (Current Employee)
Rochester, MN

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

ProsFriendly coworkers, good location, 401K plan

ConsLittle 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 Senior ManagementBasic 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.

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

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Precision Technology Division not well managed

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsClose to home; some great peers to work with

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

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

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ok

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Rochester, MN

I worked at Benchmark Electronics

Prosit was an ok job

Constense environment between management and engineers

Advice to Senior Managementmanagers need to provide feedback more frequently

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Assembler I (Former Employee)
Huntsville, AL

I worked at Benchmark Electronics

ProsLaid 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.

ConsLow 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 Senior ManagementCut 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!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great For Investors, Not So For Insiders

Cost Accountant (Former Employee)
Angleton, TX

I worked at Benchmark Electronics

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

ConsTurnover 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 Senior ManagementTake 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good learning opportunity, bad attitude towards workers

Electronics Technician (Current Employee)
Codlea (Romania)

I have been working at Benchmark Electronics full-time for more than a year

ProsHigh-Tech industry, modern equipment, clean workplace, interesting field of work.

ConsNo bonuses for performance, lacks communication between employees and management, coworkers are mostly under-qualified and underplayed and a general habit of throwing the blame arond.

Advice to Senior ManagementIntroduce monthly performance bonuses on a per person basis, bring in outside trainers and/or programs for training even operators and technicians, review planing procedures and managerial overhead. Hold on to senior engineers !

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very poor satisfaction frfom all points of view

Process Engineer (Current Employee)
Ghimbav (Romania)

I have been working at Benchmark Electronics full-time for less than a year

ProsIt's good only for somebody with no experience to gain some and it's ok that you are involved in projects for one of the best names in electronic products

ConsBad organisation of the company, very poor in trainings for the people no mather in which departament they are working, evaluations are made very subjectiv

Advice to Senior ManagementReview the people which are running the operations and engineering department, and also a part of the PM's and warehouse

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

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