Brose North America

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Brose North America Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very professional workplace environment and overall good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern  in  Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Auburn Hills, MI

    I have been working at Brose North America as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Brose has some very intelligent, hardworking employees. The office space is very professional and they are very strict about cleanliness. They generally have good pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    It really depends on where you work like any company. Some teams are more professional than others, and some just have more work to do. So if you get on a team that is slow you might find that there is nothing to do, or much room for advancement.
    Some employees have to work long hours and travel lots considering it is a global company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brose North America

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  3.  

    Great Company. Great products. Great culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI

    I worked at Brose North America full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Industrial Engineer

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    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer

    I have been working at Brose North America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The team and the boss is supportive and understanding.

    Cons

    Long hours, work-life balance can be managed better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Several  in  Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Several in Auburn Hills, MI

    I worked at Brose North America full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible 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

    Cons

    Opportunities 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Several

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI

    I worked at Brose North America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits 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.

    Cons

    Unless 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 ManagementAdvice

    Open 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Long hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Director in Auburn Hills, MI

    I have been working at Brose North America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Global company with a lot of opportunities for international assignments

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the hours and work load of the working level staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brose North America full-time

    Pros

    Very good benefits and products

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop throwing your team under the bus to satisify the Germans

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great products but some poor management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brose North America full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Seemed 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Family owned company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Director in Auburn Hills, MI

    I have been working at Brose North America full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase headcount to help promote better work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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