Robert Bosch Tool Reviews

Updated June 1, 2015
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Pros
  • The company is dedicated to quality and will invest in the right resources to achieve high quality products (in 3 reviews)

  • Good work environment, very diverse (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Do not understand the market, way too much internal approval to do your job (in 2 reviews)

  • Dysfunctional Abusive Work Environment (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Hard atmosphere to work in at Broadview!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broadview, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broadview, IL

    I worked at Robert Bosch Tool

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Supervisor and location were wonderful!

    Cons

    They tore down the walls of our nice working stations and forced us to work at VERY tiny little tables! No walls at all, NO privacy, NO room at all which makes no sense as we need room for the incredible workload! Due to their being no walls you cannot focus on your work as you now hear ALL the noise from the hundred other people who are all around you with no walls. Also hard to talk on the phone to other businesses like that! They had a great working environment for years and made it into a hellish place to work!

    Advice to Management

    Go back to doing things the way it used to be and for Goodness sake give your people real professional working cubicles again instead of the preschool set up it is now that makes it VERY hard to work in. Myself and others had to leave due to that! No joke!


  2. Helpful (3)

    System support

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Prospect, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Prospect, IL

    I worked at Robert Bosch Tool full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can not think of one

    Cons

    Not sure there are any, politics so thick you can cut it with a knife. My first day I was advised not to trust my manager.
    They will tell you what you want to hear.

    Advice to Management

    You need to think beyond 1960 with the way you treat people and its still a boys club and the women are just as bad.
    If you good at politics then this is your place.


  3. Helpful (3)

    A Literal Hell - If You've Ever Wondered What An Eternity In Hell Feels Like Just Work Here

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Mount Prospect, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Mount Prospect, IL

    I worked at Robert Bosch Tool full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - A stable income
    - Established parent company
    - Company Has Strong Brand Recognition Throughout Europe

    Cons

    - Dysfunctional Abusive Work Environment
    - Nepotism Runs Wild
    - Below Market Salary
    - Poor Dishonest Management Team
    - HR/ Management Turns Blind Eye to Bullying/ Abuse/ Unethical Operations

    Advice to Management

    Take Employee Feedback To Heart


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  5. Helpful (2)

    A company which used to be good but now is not

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Robert Bosch Tool full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    They like to train people, and every year you will have two or three classes as part of your development strategy. Benefits are good, but not sure how much better than other companies.

    Cons

    Definite limited upward mobility, also they will eliminate people and departments and replace them with temporary people, all while acting concerned about it. Constant reduction in time to accomplish tasks but each time a new task is created it seems there are new procedures in place which you have to navigate through. Germany rules the roost and it's a one way street as far as help and who has priority.

    Overall, I wouldn't recommend this company to anyone, was a pretty decent company, but this was in the early stages of Bosch's takeover from Emerson Electric. Since then it has gotten worse every year. They are great at buying companies, and basically destroying them in an attempt to build the Bosch brand.

    They're big on drinking the koolaid, and the big thing now is "SQJ" which is more or less what any good parent instilled into you as a child. They will ask that people come up with ideas, but once you do, any ideas of changing the culture are dismissed. Not exactly sure why you would ask for input then dismiss it, but it happens to everyone there. Very big on procedures and conformity, if you are an original thinker, this is not the place for you, they want people who follow protocol and don't ask any questions.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great worldwide company, however the domestic division has issues...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Robert Bosch Tool full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong product, innovative at times, great quality, well known industry wide. Good coverage across distribution channels and a good warranty program compared with competition.

    Cons

    Slow to build upon their own innovation. Marketing does not really understand the sales process for all targets of distribution. Not aggressive compared to key competitors. Field sales has been stripped of it's ability to counter competitive measures. Upper management is more concerned with making their individual bonus than growing the company and it's people. Benefits have been slashed with individual costs rising out of control compared to similar companies.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. Your current culture is depressing. As the job market improves, you will see more and more of your key positions vacated. Again, wake up or at least start caring a little about your people.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Very stressful

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Production in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Robert Bosch Tool full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no pros that I can see.

    Cons

    Bad management, bad team leaders, bad hours, bad training, slow process on getting answers and getting things done. Constant changes with holidays, hours, rules, policies. Very, very stressful, no overtime if you don't have 40 hours in, no holiday pay for Sunday work or work on a holiday, manger lies very often, the temp workers run the place and are treated better than the full time employees who have 15 years plus.

    Advice to Management

    You don't care and it changes way too often to even give advice.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Be careful!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Mount Prospect, IL
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Mount Prospect, IL

    I worked at Robert Bosch Tool full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Discounts on tools
    Nice people to work with and know

    Cons

    You could be laid off at any moment. I felt the way layoffs were done were unfair. Many people worked there for 20+ years, got laid off and also didn't get the retirement benefits, since they were laid off prior to retiring. I was laid off twice, but lucky to get a position the first time. If you are prepared to be laid off at any moment, then this place is for u.

    Advice to Management

    Demonstrate social responsibility and don't gain savings by laying off people when cost savings on other items could yield much better gains. It's so easy to make people pawns, instead of tackling difficult business problems.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Running a company on the back's of temporary employees for low pay should be illegal!!

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    Former Employee - General Labor in West Memphis, AR
    Former Employee - General Labor in West Memphis, AR

    I worked at Robert Bosch Tool

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Break times, scheduling, shifts, and nice break room

    Cons

    This company is 90% temp employees. They can run their business paying low wages to these folks and not have to offer them benefits. Getting hired on permanent is based solely on how fast and hard you work. You basically have to work your butt off for low pay to get noticed. There are folks out there working a year and still a temporary. It's a shame that companies can do this. The work I was doing was hard labor. The pay made me sick.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more opportunities for permanent hire. Check your management, team leads for experience and professionalism. Appreciate the work that is being done by those in the actual warehouse, instead of just recognizing those that work behind a desk wearing comfortable shoes.


  10. Helpful (3)

    If you want a job, it's ok, if you want a career look elsewhere.

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    Former Employee - District Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - District Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Robert Bosch Tool

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good tools.
    Made some good friends among associate employees.
    Pay when the economy was good was not bad.
    Well recognized company.

    Cons

    No sense of direction in the long term business goals..
    Unbelievable back stabbing at the corproate office.
    No teamwork whatsoever.
    Most of the the rats ae jumping ship (most of tenured management has left the company in the last several months, which may be a good thing)..
    Very little support to the field from the corporate office.
    Very unethical behavior witnessed in the field and at the corporate office.
    If you are at your core a dishonest, selfish, evil person....this may be a good place for you to work.

    Advice to Management

    Institute some kind of ethical training and hire honest, ethical people. When upper and middle management behave without scruples and dishonestly it sends the wrong message to all the employees and it just multiplies. Promote teamwork.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Procedd with caution.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - District Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Robert Bosch Tool

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you like Power Tools, it's great. Benifits not bad.

    Cons

    Serious lack of communication intracompany. Good ole boy network at home office. Viscious back stabbing rampany at home office. No interest in helping further company or community, everybody out for themselves environment. Poor training.

    Advice to Management

    There are no clear goals stated for the sales force other than the standard "make the sales number". Communication and help to the sales force is non-existent. A feeling of being all alone in the field as a sales rep. Internatinally, Bosch is a good company, but is lost in the US market.



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