Bendix Reviews

Updated May 20, 2015
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  1. Overall good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bendix full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Company really cares about employees
    - Great working atmosphere
    - Lots of training/development and health improvement opportunities

    Cons

    - Building is not functional, luckily Bendix is relocating in the next 2 years
    - Company runs like a small company instead of the $1 Billion company it is; Time for change
    - Too many approvals and processes due to the above issue. All departments and people want involvement in every decision and the company is now too large to run that way

    Advice to Management

    Give employees the power to do their job. As a Buyer, I should have the authority to make buying decisions without 12 approvals.

    Let us know more about the new building and give employees a say in how the office will be set set.


  2. i liked the People that work there.Management is soso

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Bowling Green, KY
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Bowling Green, KY

    I worked at Bendix full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They have Profit Sharing.The Coworkers are friendly.

    Cons

    They screw up Paychecks and they give Bonuses to certain People and not everyone.Management have favorites.


  3. great opportunity for college students.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Elyria, OH
    Former Employee - Intern in Elyria, OH

    I worked at Bendix

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    a great way to get actual professional experience in what you are majoring in. Interns are given projects that are actual value added to the company.

    Cons

    local area is not a good area. it is a very poor area, but the company is looking into relocating their head quarters soon.

    Advice to Management

    Cleveland is a great city and moving to a better area around Cleveland will bring more opportunity to the company.


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  5. Good company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bendix

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees are friendly and are easy to work with. The projects allow for creativity and ownership/

    Cons

    Management can cause problems within the company


  6. Helpful (2)

    The majority of the people are excellent.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in Elyria, OH
    Current Employee - Engineering in Elyria, OH

    I have been working at Bendix full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Bendix offers a fairly relaxed atmosphere to work and strives for excellent health and safety numbers. It is generally a nice place to work.

    Cons

    High health insurance deductibles.
    Difficult to get promoted.
    Moving on to Bachelor Degree minimum requirement for employment.
    No end of year bonus from middle management on down.

    Advice to Management

    Regarding bonuses, treat everyone the same.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Disengaged

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer in Elyria, OH
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer in Elyria, OH

    I worked at Bendix full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good from my experience. A 40-hr week is typical with the exception of business trips, which were infrequent for my position. Most other employees are pleasant and helpful when available.

    Cons

    As a new employee right out of school, there wasn't much help in terms of getting oriented to being in a business environment. I also was expecting to do design work, but the work that I was given was to test the supplier's design with our equipment. In terms of personal growth, if I wanted to be a design engineer, I needed to change jobs to get that experience.

    Advice to Management

    Try to get to know your employees and get them paired up with projects that they find interesting. Follow-through by checking up on them.


  8. Helpful (3)

    A successful market leader, but can be a difficult place to enjoy your work and gain recognition

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Elyria, OH
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Elyria, OH

    I worked at Bendix full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A successful market leader with strong market position, strong sales channels, and good customer relationships. Much of the workforce seems to have a "We're in this together, so let's make the best of it!" attitude. Good attempts made to restore the fun and family-friendly culture that was lost over several years. Competitive and attractive pay and perks - for the west side of Cleveland.

    Cons

    The organization is structured into independent and selfish "silos" such that you'll feel like every department other than your own is "the enemy", including the parent company. Most managers spend 80%+ of their daily time in "meetings". The Finance-driven culture makes the IRS look like a bunch of carefree party animals, as every effort is made to account for any missing $5 or $10, meanwhile a $20M-60M building renovation is being discussed. Uncompetitive pay and perks for similar employers outside of the west side of Cleveland.

    Advice to Management

    Put yourself in the shoes of employees and customers. Imagine Bendix through their eyes. How much of your focus and daily time is on some internal goal that serves neither of those constituencies?


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Inline with the Market"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Elyria, OH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Elyria, OH

    I worked at Bendix full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are amazing, leading to life-long friendships within the walls of the company and beyond.

    Flexible working hours (some working 7-4, others 9-6 and in between).

    Career opportunities within are available and a driven employee can seek these out and obtain them.

    Cons

    With a perceived cap place upon the advancement of experienced engineers, too many seek managerial roles (as opposed to principal level positions above "staff engineer 3"). The result is supervisors that are lost in the realm of mentoring and leadership. The problem is only heightened when these individuals get promoted further up the managerial ladder and promote others 'in their mold' to the vacated supervisor roles. It's a systemic problem that is snow-balling down the wrong path.
    HR periodically has direct reports complete anonymous surveys to provide these roles with feedback. A director recently received a mostly-negative review across the board. The same director was also instructed to take the same survey as a self-assessment, and of course assigned himself much higher marks. He explained the data discrepancies as "statistical outliers" and dismissed the lower marks and opinions and ultimately nothing came from this. One would think that HR would process this information and assess middle and upper management through these surveys, and have consequences for across the board negative marks.

    Human Resources has a vast amount of power, not seen at other corporations. Example: When interviewing a candidate for a senior level engineering position the interview panel consisted of three Engineer IIIs, an Engineering Manager, and a Human Resources Director. All engineering parties agreed that an offer should be extended, but the buck stopped at the HR representatives desk. Why? Reason cited was the assessment of 'technical abilities'.

    Compensation is far behind the times and the market. The company touts the line that everything (benefits, compensation, etc) is harmonized and "inline with the market". In particular, compensation. Oddly enough, no one in HR had seen the 2014 SAE salary survey which shows the contrary (10-30% lower than the Midwest averages). Due to the heavily mechanical product portfolio, it seems that the idea of highly technological roles are undervalued through not being understood or appreciated. Bendix has seen a consistent revolving door of the higher technical roles (specifically HIL simulation), leaving them with incompetent resources filling these positions.
    Additionally, promotions to new positions are all too often accompanied by "lateral raises" (i.e. more responsibilities without matching compensation). It's baffling to see engineers offered engineering supervisor roles, or designers completing their engineering bachelors degrees, without a pay increase.

    All of the negatives seem to grow worse year after year, as Bendix knows that the workforce accepts the above items and remain at the company. Given the geographical location, engineering talent that wishes to vote-by-leaving must relocate to do so, which leaves many disgruntled employees that refuse to leave/move.

    Advice to Management

    Bendix was once a fantastic place to work (repeatedly voted a member of the top 10 employers within Ohio) and there is still hope to return to that esteemed level. The ship cannot be righted with the current policies, some of the current managerial lineup, and staying the course. Change is a necessity. The competitors have realized this years ago and each day that passes is only leaving Bendix in a solidified catch-up position.


  10. Helpful (2)

    3 years full time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elyria, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elyria, OH

    I have been working at Bendix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the people are friendly, you get a broad exposure to the business and get to work on complicated projects. you're able to get good experience while working there - but you'll probably have to go somewhere else to really capitalize on the experience you gained (see cons)

    Cons

    they have no problem introducing you to new responsibilities and giving you exposure to other parts of the business - but this does not get reflected in your job title, responsibilities, or pay check.

    Advice to Management

    they are generally connected to the employees - but less so to the customer. they should be more concerned with process control and ensuring that they use quality information to drive business decisions.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Management getting worse by the week

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Supervisor in Elyria, OH
    Current Employee - Engineering Supervisor in Elyria, OH

    I have been working at Bendix full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people! That's what keeps me here. Plenty of challenges.

    Cons

    Senior Management style (mainly COO) is not preferred by many employees. Most decisions are made by the BLC (Bendix leadership committee - includes CEO and COO and others). Strategy and tactical decisions are taken out of the hands of the middle management and employees who know the details the most. It results in a very political environment and micro management. The company is ran by a CEO with a finance background. In general the CEO is pretty good. But the company is extremely focused on its $$ rather than focusing on product quality and customer service which would naturally result in great financial performance.

    Advice to Management

    The management style of the COO is horrible. He dictates unrealistic expectations and beats down (figuratively) employees when the goals are not being met. This has driven off multiple tenured, high performing managers and employees. For example, instead of letting the advanced manufacturing team design an assembly line to meet a set of performance goals, he dictates the size, shape, cost, and supplier for the line without any knowledge of the product or assembly process. And then expects it to be completed much faster than reasonable.



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