Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America

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Helpful (28)

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

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

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.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  2. Helpful (31)

    Don't stay too long

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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