Robert Bosch Tool
2.7 of 5 53 reviews
www.boschtools.com Mount Prospect, IL 5000+ Employees

Robert Bosch Tool Reviews

Updated May 2, 2014
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2.7 53 reviews

                             

43% Approve of the CEO

Robert Bosch Tool President & CEO Terry Horan

Terry Horan

(21 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Indecisive of what direction Company wants to grow.

    Engineering (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsWork-life balance is good. Family is important.
    Emphasis on developing new ideas. State of the art equipment; CAD, Software, electronic equipment. Modern building.

    ConsA center more for developing future careers than Power Tools.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPart of developing a strong brand in the US is you need to develop a strong work identity in the US.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Slow and steady

    Product Manager (Current Employee)
    Mount Prospect, IL

    ProsGood products. Great people. Opportunities to work and travel in many other countries. Working hours are reasonable. Benefits are not too bad.

    ConsEnormous Bureaucracy, yielding an organization that can never be described as agile. Company prides itself on innovation and social responsibility, yet neither is evident. Culture is such that process is more important that the bottom line. If you are not German, you will eventually be made to feel like a second class employee. Company prides itself on diversity, yet staffs most executives in all global offices with German nationals, making it very difficult to reach that level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPractice what you preach.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best years of my life.

    District Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsFantastic Field Sales personnel. High quality products. Sometimes very innovative products.

    ConsToo top heavy with way too much invested in Headquarters personnel. No money to Market the product in a very competitive landscape. Many times last to market. New items have to be paid for (money calculated in the cost) to refund Germany for R&D. Many times competition allowed to use proprietary innovative product before North America could sell.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower Field Sales to drive growth with LPF.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    not a bad place

    Project Engineer (Current Employee)
    Mount Prospect, IL

    Proswork/life balance, interesting products to work on

    Consafter a while it is the same old thing over and over. company is losing a lot of money, it is not clear how long will be in power toll business. Very bad upper management – all Germans

    Advice to Senior Managementlet local people run the local business. the Gernam ways are not applicable for the US

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

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    Good place to start a career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStrong processes and a great place to start a career. You'll get a lot of experience quickly since the staff is lean. Great place to get a taste of life within a large matrix style multi-national company.

    ConsEvery task seems to have a designated process, which makes the process very sloooooow. German controlled company. The region cannot operate independently. Need approval from Germany to wash your hands... A lot of "A" talent walks out the door to greener pastures...

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

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    Great place to gather experience before you move on to a real career position

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Mount Prospect, IL

    ProsBosch power tools is a great place to get experience in working for a large multi national company.

    I had many opportunities to work with employees in other parts of the world

    ConsNot a division that thinks strategically and decisions can often feel disappointing to the "worker bee".

    There are not enough opportunities for career growth and salaries are below the levels of other companies in the area.

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    Fair, but not the best place I've ever worked

    Brand Manager (Current Employee)
    Mount Prospect, IL

    ProsGood Processes, people are nice

    ConsDo not understand the market, way too much internal approval to do your job

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to focus on users, not internal

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    Big Ships Turn Slowly Even in Heavy and Dangerous Seas

    District Manager (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsExcellent Worldwide Reputation
    Dedication to Quality Engineering
    Fun People......most important
     and Positive Work Environment (mostly)

    ConsLots of paperwork justifying your existence in industrial channel
    Old guard managed by fear ( they were cleaned out by 2010)
    OK pay draws ok help......many of best and brightest have bolted
    Slow to market....losing market share and relying too heavily on old standbys

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep open communication to field personel and keep regionals training and working with field sales reps. Refocus with understanding that Bosch cannot operate in USA like Germany.

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    Zero promotion opportunities.

    Logistics Associate (Current Employee)
    Mount Prospect, IL

    ProsGood benefits and some very bright and intelligent personnel.

    ConsTerrible internal communications, either the communique is too late or not enough information is provided to accomplish the objective within the time constraints required.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to push communications in a timely and efficient manner.

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    Opportunities await those with the passion to chase them

    Logistics Management (Current Employee)
    Mount Prospect, IL

    ProsReason 1: This company is a subsidiary of the Bosch Group, a global corporation that is diverdified in many industries - automotive, power tools, gardening tools, home appliances, solar energy, and security to mention the most prominent.
    Reason 2: Over 80 locations in the USA alone and and established in 49 other countries throughout the world.
    Reason 3: A stable company that has demonstrated that is has the flexibility to flow and to lead with constantly changing economic conditions.

    ConsLimited promotion opportunities within certain career paths; job titles do not necessarily jibe with duty and responsibilities; internal communications is biggest challenge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRotate interested personnel through the different countries and company locations (short 1-3 month rotations) so that they can gain more experience to share among peers at their permanent location.

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