BorgWarner Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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James R. Verrier
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Pros
  • Full time employees seemed to have a good work life balance and could easily manage responsibilities in a timely manner (in 4 reviews)

  • Opportunity for advancement, Promotes from within, Good benefits, Fair policies (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance was not the best a large amount of time (in 4 reviews)

  • automotive industry is one of the first sectors to layoff in an economic downturn (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Cultural difference between countries too severe

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Tokyo (Japan)

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

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

    Pros

    One good aspect of working in Japan was an opportunity to collaborate with the overseas plant to propose and develop a product that fits into customer needs.

    Cons

    - Manager has no intent in functioning as a team.
    - Manager has no interest in his team members so they are left to dry
    - Manager not explaining to the members the purpose of his decisions
    - Manager clearly stating to member that he cannot trust the work output
    - No pure means of engineering. Primary job is translating documents and messages.

    Advice to Management

    - Do not mention to your members that it was the member's decision when sending them on a overseas business trip. They all had their reasons to go on a business trip based on the customer visit schedule.
    - Do hold a weekly update meeting so that you can get a clear idea of what each members are doing.
    - Do not mention to members about how his / her work output is insecure.
    - Do explain before you decide something. A decision without purpose explanation puts members in the desert to rot.
    - Do please forget about your typical Japanese mental theory, such as come in at 8:30 every day, Don't smoke, drink according to customers & executives (if they order beer first, then one must follow that and drink beer).

  2. Was a great company. New management is making poor business decisions based on egos.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carolinas (Cuba)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carolinas (Cuba)

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

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

    Pros

    Good products and strong customer base

    Cons

    Management wants to grow business at all cost. Focus on profitable growth is gone.
    New CEO is very insecure and has surrounded himself with yes men.
    Company culture doesn't not support woman in leadership rolls.
    A large part of HR is based on "Old Southern Baptist" belief. Special treatment is given to employees that belong to the same church and share the same beliefs in some business units.

    Advice to Management

    Why change a company that has been working so well for the past 10 year. It is amazing how fast a bad CEO can bring down a strong company.

  3. IT Support

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BorgWarner full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Big company that uses technology

    Cons

    Management in IT doesn't know how to run a company this size like a big boy company. Still trying to operate like ma and pa kettle. Way to political, people hat don't have the know how have the power. Stay away from this place. They talk like they care about their production people but behind closed doors they are an expendable resource. They look at IT as a black hole and don't give the money needed, under funded and staffed.

    Advice to Management

    clean house and get some leaders from companies that have good IT models

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  5. Manufacturing Plant with Engineering

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Arden, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Arden, NC

    I worked at BorgWarner

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

    Pros

    - If you're an engineer and want to work in Asheville, this is one of 2 choices
    - Perfect if you're a Manufacturing Engineer and want to work in a nice plant

    Cons

    - Engineering is nearly an afterthought. The group as a whole commands no respect at the site.
    - Top heavy organization with far too many managers and directors with no one working for them
    - Arden isn't Asheville

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.

  6. Not Bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BorgWarner

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay but no loyalty.

    Cons

    You work for Ad Mins and they get snippy and catty a lot.....

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and value integrity and loyalty not just who's popular.

  7. Very few resources

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    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Dixon, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Dixon, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Rural location - if one likes such area

    Cons

    Poor work life balance; rural location - far from civilization

    Advice to Management

    Take care of people along with profit

  8. Great Benefits - Mediocore at best

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits - second to none (medical/dental/vision/disability etc)

    Cons

    heavy work loads, long hours, do more with less and less and less, no clear guidance if you are not in the same physical location as the direct supervisor; was let go due to elimination of position and screwed royally after nearly two decades of loyal service, out of most of a severance!

    Advice to Management

    value your employees for what they are - promote from within

  9. Its' all about the bottom line, not the people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BorgWarner full-time

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

    Pros

    The pay is good
    Smart, innovative people
    leading technology in the auto industry

    Cons

    upper management disconnected from subordinates, don't really know what is going on in the company. Also, many employees globally do not feel like BW cares about them as a person, which I find to be very true.

    Advice to Management

    Employees and even people outside the company (BW customers) feel that the number one priority is to make sure you hit your numbers, so the CEO can get his bonus before he retires. If numbers are short, they will just lay people off, which is why they call the CEO "the axe".

  10. I have not had a lunch break in two years.

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    Former Employee - Quality in Seneca, SC
    Former Employee - Quality in Seneca, SC

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

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

    Pros

    The Seneca plant has comparable pay for the area and adequate overall benefits. The location has a good local reputation and can be a good neighbor to the community.

    Cons

    The current condition of the Seneca location is at best sad. The site is simply lacking. Seneca is lacking enough parking spaces, enough bathrooms, enough break areas and so on. The crowded and cluttered nature of the shop floor is down right dangerous. The passive nature of the leadership is disconcerting. The condition and age of much of the manufacturing equipment and instruments is shameful.

    Advice to Management

    Please save this once proud part of the local community.

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    Total lack of synergy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Like most places - there are some very good and hard working people at BorgWarner. Products are good - on par with the competition but becoming a commodity where everything will be price driven.

    Cons

    Management is without vision. The only thing they can say is "lower cost." The individual plants are in competition with each other and do not share ideas or opportunity. Tim Manganello actually sent out a newsletter and said "we are successful because we have a great culture. I don't know what that culture is but let's keep it up." Clueless - seriously clueless. Cronyism is as prevalent as it is in Washington.

    Advice to Management

    Get a vision and manage to the vision. Stop making promotion decisions based on Cronyism.

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