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Former Employee - Human Resources in Elyria, OH
Former Employee - Human Resources in Elyria, OH

I worked at Bendix full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Excellent Leadership from the top on down!

Cons

Ongoing "Best Practices" training for current and seasoned Managers and Directors

Advice to ManagementAdvice

None at this time

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Average Employer Regionally and Nationally, but Above Average for Area

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    Current Employee - Director - Central Function in Elyria, OH
    Current Employee - Director - Central Function in Elyria, OH

    I have been working at Bendix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The office culture is generally supportive and positive, with a smaller family feel amongst most of the workers. The culture is also extremely diverse, particularly considering the geography and industry. Some areas of the business are 'world class' and staffed with the best and brightest. The products are important, interesting (for automotive/manufacturing), and life-saving.

    Cons

    As a European company first and foremost, this American division and its employees are a second class citizenry. Human Resources has unchecked power, but talent acquisition and retention seem to be a distant secondary priority. Individual performance reviews via the universally dreaded 'Staff Dialog' process are rigged such that very few employees can ever be rated better than average, with business results reporting biased to convince the work force that the company is perpetually experiencing 'hard times'. Employee surveys are biased to only solicit 'good news', with results rarely shared, and only once filtered by a Human Resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the power of and focus on cost centers and overhead functions and empower the profit centers to focus on products and customers. Solicit honest employee feedback rather than talking about 'transparency' and 'embracing the Global Employee Survey results'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    "Inline with the Market"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Elyria, OH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Elyria, OH

    I worked at Bendix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people are amazing, leading to life-long friendships within the walls of the company and beyond.

    Flexible working hours (some working 7-4, others 9-6 and in between).

    Career opportunities within are available and a driven employee can seek these out and obtain them.

    Cons

    With a perceived cap place upon the advancement of experienced engineers, too many seek managerial roles (as opposed to principal level positions above "staff engineer 3"). The result is supervisors that are lost in the realm of mentoring and leadership. The problem is only heightened when these individuals get promoted further up the managerial ladder and promote others 'in their mold' to the vacated supervisor roles. It's a systemic problem that is snow-balling down the wrong path.
    HR periodically has direct reports complete anonymous surveys to provide these roles with feedback. A director recently received a mostly-negative review across the board. The same director was also instructed to take the same survey as a self-assessment, and of course assigned himself much higher marks. He explained the data discrepancies as "statistical outliers" and dismissed the lower marks and opinions and ultimately nothing came from this. One would think that HR would process this information and assess middle and upper management through these surveys, and have consequences for across the board negative marks.

    Human Resources has a vast amount of power, not seen at other corporations. Example: When interviewing a candidate for a senior level engineering position the interview panel consisted of three Engineer IIIs, an Engineering Manager, and a Human Resources Director. All engineering parties agreed that an offer should be extended, but the buck stopped at the HR representatives desk. Why? Reason cited was the assessment of 'technical abilities'.

    Compensation is far behind the times and the market. The company touts the line that everything (benefits, compensation, etc) is harmonized and "inline with the market". In particular, compensation. Oddly enough, no one in HR had seen the 2014 SAE salary survey which shows the contrary (10-30% lower than the Midwest averages). Due to the heavily mechanical product portfolio, it seems that the idea of highly technological roles are undervalued through not being understood or appreciated. Bendix has seen a consistent revolving door of the higher technical roles (specifically HIL simulation), leaving them with incompetent resources filling these positions.
    Additionally, promotions to new positions are all too often accompanied by "lateral raises" (i.e. more responsibilities without matching compensation). It's baffling to see engineers offered engineering supervisor roles, or designers completing their engineering bachelors degrees, without a pay increase.

    All of the negatives seem to grow worse year after year, as Bendix knows that the workforce accepts the above items and remain at the company. Given the geographical location, engineering talent that wishes to vote-by-leaving must relocate to do so, which leaves many disgruntled employees that refuse to leave/move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bendix was once a fantastic place to work (repeatedly voted a member of the top 10 employers within Ohio) and there is still hope to return to that esteemed level. The ship cannot be righted with the current policies, some of the current managerial lineup, and staying the course. Change is a necessity. The competitors have realized this years ago and each day that passes is only leaving Bendix in a solidified catch-up position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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