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Don't stay too long

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time

Pros

Great brand, great car programs (esp manager+), some of the projects are really interesting. Could be a great place to work with better management. Can be decent if you are on the right team or stay for a short stint.

Cons

White, male, german, engineers are highly favored in this company. The smartest, most useful person I remember there was inexplicably in an exec asst role for the longest time despite having a finance background. A couple of people higher up on the food chain were let go under rumors of dirty dealings a few years ago.

Too many people retired on the job, even in the relatively small Palo Alto office. This is a huge problem in Germany, I don't know if some of these managers think it's ok to import this awful habit to the US. Junior employees and contractors do most of the work on many teams.

Management is disorganized and secretive, all decisions are made in Germany. A chosen few rise in the hierarchy while the majority stagnate. Too much redundancy (other offices working on similar projects which is disheartening).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Clean house. Get rid of the lazy employees, give the smart and hardworking ones more responsibility and opportunity.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America

  1. 73 people found this helpful  

    Not a place for a long term stint

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good location
    Interesting projects
    Exposure to automotive technology
    Flexible working hours
    Sponsor visas

    Is a decent option if you want a stepping stone into Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Growth and advancement biased towards Germans
    Most people around you speak in German
    Poor morale
    Inflexible management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open. Thats all it takes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 73 people found this helpful  

    I like the expected 12 hour days, covering meetings in different time zones. Everything is in a crisis mode, no teamwork

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Redford, MI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Redford, MI

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume or during conversations about what you do or where you work. Other than that its surprising they have any long term sucesses. Independent teams do not work with each other, constant infighting supported by senior management.

    Cons

    Time off looked down upon. No teamwork. Poor or non existant teambuilding (besides the world cup every 4 years) Sr, Management acts like 9yr olds who want something in a store...
    If you are married, with kids, or other outside commitments/interests look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The few good ones should make the others accountable. They are to blame, not the team. (that gos all the way to the top.) Most of you are out of touch..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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