Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America

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13 people found this helpful  

Working here is like a bad dream

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America

Pros

* Coworkers like to play ping pong and foosball with you and take you out to lunch
* Offices are clean and well-kept
* Free food and snacks, vending machines offer goods at discount prices, working dinner is paid for
* Sounds good to others to say that you're working for this well-known brand name, and it looks good on your resume.
* Peers actually are friendly and helpful, and if you're stuck, they're willing to help (can't say the same about the boss, however)

Cons

I second everything that the reviewer on Feb 7, 2013 said:

* Workload objectives and deadlines are unrealistic
 - assignments require more work and time to complete than the time given
 - overtime is necessary but not "officially" allowed and therefore not paid for
 - you are blamed for not meeting deadlines despite unrealistic schedules
* Manager makes you feel like your skills are not good enough as a way to bully you into working unpaid overtime
* You are thrown into the action with little documentation, training, or guidance on how to use their proprietary technology and materials, and are expected to pick it up and use it in days, if not hours.
* Manager "motivates" by bullying you - belittling your educational background, trivializing the amount of work involved without having looked into it himself, and threatening you. Yet is totally oblivious to the obstacles you encounter that hinder your progress and does nothing to help. In fact, he seems to discourage questions. Manager does not appreciate anything you do right and instead looks for faults in your work and scolds you.
* Expectations are not clearly stated, and the only way you find out about something you were supposed to do or should not have done is after the manager is mad at you.
* Decisions are made behind your back, and supervision will sugarcoat and lie to cover up the real situation, or what they really think about you. The words from management don't match their actions. People also tend to speak badly about and ridicule former employees.
* No real discussions of employee progress with management; only criticism, personal attacks, and blame behind closed doors.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Just as the 2/7/13 reviewer said, make sure that those you hire to be managers are well-trained in the best practices for managing teams and don't have personal agendas for self-promotion. Just because someone worked for a few years on these projects doesn't automatically entitle that person to be a manager. A manager is supposed to motivate people, inspire teamwork, encourage and guide people onto the right path, address obstacles, and stay out of their subordinates' way so they can accomplish their tasks. It seems like the real challenge was in dealing with a disrespectful boss rather than completing the work itself.

The focus should be on getting the work done, not in setting people up for failure. Take a good long look at your managers. See which ones can work well with their teams to ensure the success of their employees and the project itself. And beware of the ones who cannot work well with their teams and seem to rapidly and repeatedly burn through the subordinates they hire. Look at the other review that describes this place as a "brutal hire and fire environment". Please don't let this continue.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced environment with a variety of project

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Brand with great reputation and great range of products.

    Cons

    Can't really think of any other than the company size in the US still being rather small. But it keeps on growing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start out, but not a lot of technical knowledge to gain.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America

    Pros

    New, Modern facility and good people to work with.

    Cons

    Lot of mundane work with no room for growth. There is little opportunity to gain a full time position when the internship is finished.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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