Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America

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Do not waste your time!!!

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redford, MI
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redford, MI

I worked at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Benefits are good (401k matching, annual bonus, cheap leases -just because MB wants a larger presence in the US vehicle market-, health insurance). Salaries are case-by-case and not consistent.
And that's it!

Cons

You will be treated as a 3rd class citizen if you are not German! Toxic working environment with clear discriminatory practices: HR does not do anything against them (actually they promote them).
Archaic organizational model (multiple layers of bureaucracy, decisions at all levels are made in Germany -> no employee empowerment, no creativity needed, no training -unbelievable for a R&D entity!.) Organization values reminds me of the 1940s Germany. You just need to do your job as you are told to; your boss knows better, if you want to do things differently you will be disciplined. This location is a safe harbor for incompetent German "managers" that cannot compete at the company headquarters. Local employees have very limited advancement opportunities as a consequence.
Company communication is non-existing: secretive deals and backstabbing is common even among managers. Close door policy is the rule.
Poor management with focus on savings (outdated offices, unusable phone system, just recently the organization upgraded its software from 2003 MS office to 2010 MS office and from Lotus notes to a limited version of Outlook; company end-of-the year event was a Student Chorus performance and a meal + White Elephant gift exchange!) No focus on looking for new business / new projects.
Performance reviews are a really bad joke: department employees are placed on a normal distribution curve and only the top 10% (mostly Germans) are eligible for promotion / salary increases and even tuition assistance. Results: low morale, no salary increases for 90% of the department population, no team building / feeling.
Another bad joke is the employee transfer program to other department or Daimler division: you will not be allowed to move anywhere else (even if you another position better suits you and the company!). Job postings/promotion are mostly pre-assigned to German expats. Almost none chances to transfer to Germany on assignment (due to budgetary constraints, however there are multiple opportunities for German nationals to go abroad). When external consultants are needed, they are also Germans!
In summary: too much hassle for a brand that lives from past glories (check current quality reports on MB vehicles).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If your goals are to finance your operation in the Redford with US taxpayers monies/ State of Michigan grants for developing German workforce (for every US intern there are 10 German interns and regular German engineers become "managers' when they transfer to the US)
you are doing a really good job!
Fortunately the 10 Million State of Michigan grant will expire in 4 years. I am sure you will not leave any good memories with the local work force when you leave in 2017!

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 22 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 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 (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
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