Bridgestone
2.9 of 5 28 reviews
www.bridgestone.co.jp Tokyo, Japan 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 8, 2014

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Bridgestone Chairman, President, and CEO Shoshi Arakawa

Shoshi Arakawa

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52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Constant state of flux

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMaking changes to their compensation package to be competitive. Invests in their employees through leadership training, tuition reimbursement, and mentor program. Products are a leader in the industry and very good quality.

    ConsWork-life balance is very out of proportion unwilling to replace people when they leave and expect work to be absorbed.

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    Don't Do It

    Sales (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company is currently purging dead wood upper management that has been earning a large amount of the profits for years.

    ConsThe restructuring that has failed in other companies is now taking place in BSRO. The money that they saving from forcing the current dead wood management into retirement they will be using to overpay new managers that have never worked in a shop or on cars thereby eliminating any rational thought of what is necessary to please a customer.

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

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    Be very careful

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt was a paying job

    ConsI was hired on a contract and the contracting company and Bridgestone were very misleading about the length of the contract. What they really wanted was a very short term person to come in and help evaluate an old system. Short term assignments cost a lot more money than long term ones. My best guess is they decided to mislead the assignment so they wouldn't have to pay the higher rate.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Just my thoughts

    DC Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of corporate partnerships with good discounts.

    ConsProfit is the # 1, but where is it not in the corporate world.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good pay and benefits but not worth it.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe pay and benefits are good. Company Owned Operations, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales division, BATO, provide commercial customers with services, products, information and programs related to tire management through a network of approximately 310 stores and 39 retread plants throughout the United States and Canada.

    ConsThe Bridgestone Group’s mission is based on the words of its founder: “Serving Society with Superior Quality.” To fulfill this mission, Bridgestone Group has used the concept of “foundation” to demonstrate the sustained commitment of employees to provide its customers with world class products and services and to serve the communities where Bridgestone does business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the worker

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

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    technicial in grand rapids mi (drictric michigan)

    Technical(Or Instaler) (Former Employee)
    East Grand Rapids, MI

    Prosi being in this company almost 8 years and love what i did they tread me rigth

    Consi gues is no complaints about this company bridgestone firestone

    Advice to Senior Managementi highly recomend bridgestone firestones products

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's Retail.

    Manager of Tire Sales (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsSomewhat decent pay due to overtime
    Performance bonuses for managers
    Many different little ways to earn spiffs, giftcards, daytrips
    Decent Benefits
    Always hiring

    ConsClosed only four days per year
    Open Saturday and Sunday
    Micromanagement from higher ups
    People hate getting their cars worked on (you're constantly dealing with people who are in really bad moods and think it is your job to rip them off)
    Bonus objectives can be overly lofty depending on the store - you can have low volume low profit stores making max bonus, while your top producing people/stores are only making base pay because they aren't beating their own record setting numbers from last year.
    Breakneck work pace
    Always hiring

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember to praise as well as criticize
    Give raises with promotions
    Restructure bonuses (sometimes the status quo is an OK thing if you're doing well - find a way to compensate the people you want to keep or they will go somewhere else)
    Sundays off - The money you would save in retention/morale would more than make of for the money lost for being closed. Some stores don't even cover their expenses on Sundays.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great work environment but slow to react as a company.

    Account Representative (Current Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    ProsBridgestone has flexibility, work environment, comradery among employees, strong branding, great resources and world class execution with certain product lines.

    ConsBridgestone is too slow to react to the ever changing market which allows the competition to gain ground and market share. Sometimes a company as big as Bridgestone loses sight of the goal being as large as they are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust the voice of your account representatives with their ears to the ground. Their experience with the market in my opinion is more valuable than any pie chart or graph.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It is just a job, they try to train from corporate, but at ground level it is nothing special.

    Sales Manager (Current Employee)
    Jacksonville, FL

    ProsGood benefits, established processes that seem to make sense.

    ConsInconsistencies in mid-management across channels.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreal your employees as well as you treat your customers, keep in mind that the employees are the interface on a daily basis. Listen and show respect.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A historic company (combined with Firestone) with a good breadth of opportunity

    Systems Architect (Current Employee)
    Akron, OH

    ProsExposure to many different technologies and areas of a business
    Good work-life balance for most positions
    Mature industry offers some stability

    ConsSome contractors in key positions
    Single points of failure exist in several areas
    Many legacy employees that should be removed

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo a better job identifying personnel who are out of their comfort zone and work level
    Promote from within more quickly
    Pay close attention to putting contractors in key roles

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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