Bridgestone Americas

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Bridgestone Americas Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
69 Reviews
2.5
69 Reviews
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Bridgestone Americas President and CEO Gary A. Garfield
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46 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunities for advancement are abundant and management treats employees well at the corporate level (in 3 reviews)

  • People you work with as peers and good people are in the business (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours usually 10 to 12 per day 6 days a week (in 4 reviews)

  • Their upper management is mostly lawyers, so that leads to sometimes painful focus on things like terms and conditions of getting things done (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Bridgestone Americas

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Room for advancement if you so choose.

    Cons

    The only thing that keeps me from giving the company a 5 star review is the work life balance. Hard to work some where 60-70 hours and have any kind of life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Like tires, there is more to the organization than people realize

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Manager in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Bridgestone Americas full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1 - Company leaders genuinely trying to make positive changes for future growth
    2 - Very collaborative environment
    3 - Renewed focus on the BOSS and sustainability

    Cons

    1 - Too much unorganized change occurring throughout the company at one time. Apparently we want to fix every problem now which is unrealistic.
    2 - Too internally focused in some areas still. Sorry manufacturing but you need to think like a business owner rather than only about one part of the entire business model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1 - broaden who you tap for promotions, opportunities, projects and the like. There is a lot of talent in the organization is that being overlooked for opportunities to impact the business.
    2-Narrow down the number of projects going on across the company. Can we really do everything at the time with the same resources being called to help

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    There's good and there's bad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Bridgestone Americas full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall good company with decent benefits and excellent "profit" based bonus program. Top management is first rate and seem to have both vision and ability to make that vision reality.

    Cons

    Mid management...CSO, CIO, CFO level...seem to depend more on external consultants and with frequent revolving door, the "vision" changes every 3 or 4 years. IT organization seems to have a hard time realizing it's own potential and communications, despite efforts to improve and be more transparent, seems to be worse now than ever. Recent re-org efforts seemed to turn into a house clearing despite communication to the contrary so the credibility of current management is not very high. Efforts to attain a "Premiere Place to Work" designation seem to have become a platform to drive management objectives and vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrity at the top is a great thing, but if the overall methodology of implementing change creates an atmosphere of distrust and reflects a dependency on outside resources to provide basic managerial guidance, then that management is both ineffective and paralyzing. However, change has been all too frequent. It's time to hold fast to a direction and fulfill a vision that everyone can believe in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Front Counter Sales Person/Assistant Manager/General Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bridgestone Americas full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation Ability, Customers, Fast Track to Management.

    Cons

    Work Life Balance - Long Hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company and Opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Bridgestone Americas as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Was given the opportunity to meet Senior Leadership and learn about the company. Overall, the experience allowed for a great deal of interaction with different levels of leadership.

    Cons

    There were limited opportunities to make a real impact for the company. Much of the program is related to understanding how the store works and being a sales associate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would have been a more interesting experience if interns were given more challenges relating marketing, accounting, finance. I felt like at times the interns were essentially just seasonal sales associates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Sumer intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Bridgestone Americas as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very interactive. Everyone wanted you to succeed.

    Cons

    Male dominated industry and difficult to grasp at first but everyone was very welcoming and nice about education me on the concepts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    In a huge down swing, but in 6-12 months has potential to be great again.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Individual Contributor in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - IT Individual Contributor in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Bridgestone Americas full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company benefits are decent. Pay is on par, Large percentage of people there are quality people and do good work.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is very reactionary rather than strategic. Top 2 IT leaders are very weak in leadership, IT experience and qualifications. C suite touts principle and vision, but acts very differently. Business leaders do not prepare well for external impacts. Unethical actions by senior leaders is allowed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT leadership change desperately needed. Take a close look at the Hay and PPTW results and act on them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Bridgestone is an awesome place to work with great people and great benefits!

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

    I have been working at Bridgestone Americas full-time

    Pros

    Numerous advancement opportunity and great leadership.

    Cons

    Long hour, but you have to expect that with being open 7 days a week.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent job that pays the bills.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tire Inspector in Wilson, NC
    Current Employee - Tire Inspector in Wilson, NC

    I have been working at Bridgestone Americas full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime for the people that wants it. Easy to move up on the floor.

    Cons

    No outside life unless you have a staff position which usually is very difficult to get because most are based on seniority and or experience. Degrees are favored but not necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management need to make more programs/options for people trying to work their way up from the bottom. It is impossible to get experience when people that has been there for years show favoritism to more experienced employees. Also with the swing shift work schedule there is no option to get any management experience outside of Bridgestone. This problem makes Bridgestone an unfavorable long term option among jobs for younger people looking to pursue a career in management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Have a 4th grade education? Maybe you can run the IT department!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Bridgestone Americas full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not a bad place to work if you are an uneducated hillbilly. If your only other previous adult work experience is working at a fast food restaurant you have a very good chance of moving to Nashville and running the IT department.

    Cons

    The entire organization is run by uneducated hillbillies who lack both a fundamental understanding of how to lead a team as well as what their team is supposed to be doing in the first place. It seems like the dumber you are the more arrogant you act. I'm not sure if it's to compensate for the lack of intelligence or to compensate for another certain shortcoming. In either case, this has been the most absurd place I have ever worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go home. You're drunk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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