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Updated Jun 30, 2014

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2.7 12 reviews

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great Company. Great products. Great culture.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Auburn Hills, MI

    ProsBrose treats their people extremely well. They hold multiple employee events each year. Benefits are excellent. Pay is OK.

    ConsPolitics and german oversight can slow progress. Although, they always try to do the right thing...in time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive clear direction to new employees. The learning curve is very steep and long and more direction and communication would be helpful to a new employee.
    Instead of being so concerned with what others think, make your own opinion.

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

     

    Well established company world wide, but lacks the organization to be great here in the south.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people are nice? It is a business though, and nice only gets you so far.

    ConsPoor organization due to expansion in the past few years; not as focused on hiring quality employees as they should.

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    Industrial Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsThe team and the boss is supportive and understanding.

    ConsLong hours, work-life balance can be managed better

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

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    Outward appearance and show style seem more important than functionally getting core work done.

    Several (Former Employee) Auburn Hills, MI

    ProsFlexible core hours allowed you to make up time for personal family appointments. Employee benefits and employee discounts to local merchants were good. Possibility for a family like atmosphere if you could be accepted into the isolated pockets

    ConsOpportunities for advancement were present. However, the training and mentorship was not or very difficult to get. Similar to the rest of the world, you have to know someone to advance. Several areas were so lean that few were able to assist with issues, unless it directly affected them. "Learning to Swim by being thrown into the water" happened often.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOnce in the company, professional development / mentorship is weak. If people are working at 110% of capacity, how can they assist a colleague?

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Auburn Hills, MI

    ProsBenefits and Experience Building are pros. I was employed about 6 years at Brose North America. I was given opportunity for growth, however as I quickly learned it was the "who" you knew that got you through.

    ConsUnless you sucked up to a Program Manager or upper Management, security could not be guaranteed. It could quickly become a blame game, and you could find yourself a target. They claim flex time but it was frowned upon. Long hours were expected. At times felt like high school- in the in crowd, and the rest.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes and take a good look around. Work on team building. Get rid of the dead weight, and appreciate the good people you have. You are missing out on great potential.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Long hours

    Director (Current Employee) Auburn Hills, MI

    ProsGlobal company with a lot of opportunities for international assignments

    ConsPoor work life/balance. Expect long hours on a regular basis.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to the hours and work load of the working level staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too many proceeures and Americans do not have any chance in getting key promotions

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery good benefits and products

    ConsYou are overloaded and expected to work 70 + hours a week

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop throwing your team under the bus to satisify the Germans

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great products but some poor management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPay is competitive, benefits are good, company has a good reputation in the Automotive Industry

    ConsSeemed like extremely rule oriented German managers. Not creative. Very afraid to make a mistake and cannot make a quick decision. They have to double check every decision. Work environment is horrible with "open floor" concept. That means no cubes, no offices, no conference rooms even---and alot of noise. very hard to concentrate. Everyone gets a little table to sit at (about 4 ft x 3 ft and a two drawer file to the side. That is it. It allows them to pack people in like sardines. This is supposed to reflect one of their "transparency" goals. But it is truly just one example of where the Germans make a decision and keep pushing it forward even if the decision stinks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake just one day--just one-- and try to complete a really critical assignment that requires concentration in your "open office" it is next to impossible. Then try to imagine working like that everyday. This type of office environment adds to daily stress and may be a reason why many people leave the Auburn Hills office or don't accept a job offer after an on site interview. This is not an atmosphere that works for American Engineers and you are missing out on some very talented people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Family owned company

    Director (Current Employee) Auburn Hills, MI

    ProsBrose is a family owned company, with the German owner having a major influence on company decisions.

    ConsCapacities are thin. Top Management expect sstaff work long hours to make up for being understaffed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease headcount to help promote better work/life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I would talk someone OUT of taking a job at Brose North America.

    Non-German Employee (Former Employee) Auburn Hills, MI

    ProsVery high end coffee machines and coffee at no cost to the employee. Above average benefits package.

    ConsSenior management encourages and nurtures a class warfare system. As an employee, you are told of your place in the line of decision making. This is a German behavior and does not translate well here in the U.S. There is no room for suggestion towards improvement, and are ignored, unless they benefit senior management. Zero team work atmosphere encouraged. If you are lucky enough to have a German manager, you are swayed to promote other team mates short comings. The American managers do try to change the culture, however, as they are promoted to senior management, the metamorphosis happens (6 weeks in Germany) and all prior ideals are lost. It is difficult to feel satisfied with your job when you measure your performance by surviving regular character assassinations by other "swayed" employees. Brose advertises their "awarding winning" flex-time policy, yet if you leave before 5:00 pm (regardless of start time), you are questioned and warned. The flex time is for managers on Golf night. No amount of salary can make Brose employment satisfying on a personal or professional basis. WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING TO MAKE A CHANGE OR ARE UNEMPLOYED, DO NOT HURT YOURSELF BY ACCEPTING A POSITION WITH THIS COMPANY, THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES HIRING THAT TREAT THEIR EMPLOYEES FAIRLY.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at yourself and put yourself in an employee’s position, and ask yourself if you would work in this environment? Remove yourself from your current position of 20% yearly bonus, car allowance, manager parking spot. People are leaving because of the hostile, un-motivating work environment, not for more money.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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