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Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
29 Reviews

3.7
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Mercedes-Benz U.S. International President and CEO Markus Schaefer
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Most Excellent Workplace!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Support  in  Tuscaloosa, AL
    Current Employee - Administrative Support in Tuscaloosa, AL

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay is very good for the cost of living in Alabama, even compared to other OEM's nationwide. Benefits are great, 401k, 'Perfect Attendance' monthly bonus, Christmas bonus, medical clinic onsite with no co-pay and non-narcotic medicines on hand staffed with a doctor, nurse practitioner, and a nurse. There is also an onsite daycare and athletic facility as well, but there is a monthly cost to use it. There is a lease program that is cheap, but you have to supply your own tag and insurance- still an awesome deal! Discounts on new cars, if one wishes. The company has an open-door policy and management (including the dept VP and company CEO) sits with people once a month in 'Roundtables' to bring to the table any comments, concerns, or questions from the group in an open, honest forum. A week off (paid) during Christmas shutdown and a week off (1 day paid, 4 vacation) during the summer as well. Opportunity to work worldwide in other Daimer facilities as an expat, training, or business travel- depending on job capacity and needs. High performance is given, and also expected. Nobody works in a silo, so be prepared to step outside of your given role to meet a goal. High energy, not perfect but continually improving. 10.5 years and still happy! Experience is in Production as a line worker, Quality Control, and Admin Support.

    Cons

    Change- everything changes. In the name of continuous improvement and efforts to grow, this is not a con. But prepare to be a flexible, high-performing team player with great expectations. If this is a 'pro' for you, come on and join the family! Another possible 'con' is that production rotates shifts. Production workers, maintenance workers, as well as their supervisors rotate every 2 weeks, so again- one must be flexible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company Atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International

    Pros

    Great benefits and corporate atmosphere

    Cons

    No work for interns to do. Definitely an obvious limit on advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your co-ops actual responsibilities or don't hire them.

  3.  

    fascinating product, bad management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Planning Engineer  in  Tuscaloosa, AL
    Former Employee - Planning Engineer in Tuscaloosa, AL

    I worked at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good pay, good benefits, great product

    Cons

    management is unreasonable and incapable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make decisions based on company needs and not based on your career needs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Network Engineer

    Former Employee - Network Engineer  in  Vance, AL
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Vance, AL

    I worked at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Discount on vehicles, plus a great company

    Cons

    Germany Base Company where all the IT Designs comes from there

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    3 Term Co-op

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Op  in  Tuscaloosa, AL
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Tuscaloosa, AL

    I worked at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Good opportunity for engineering students to get real world experience with a big name company. If you get a good supervisor you can have real opportunity to learn a great deal.

    Cons

    Co-op program is not seen as very important to the company. Program is run by HR with little emphasis on placing students where they are a good fit. Often seemed like I was just filling a desk at the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that co-op supervisors give the co-ops meaningful projects that can be put on a resume. Put more emphasis on recruiting co-ops for full time positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Auto Manufacturer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vance, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vance, AL

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Open environment with many opportunities to be challenged. Fast-paced environment with a bright future. Opportunities for lateral movement.

    Cons

    Opportunities for upward advancement are limited due to the lean and flat organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to develop the leadership teams at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Polished, Professional, with downhome charm

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineerign Manager  in  Vance, AL
    Former Employee - Engineerign Manager in Vance, AL

    I worked at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Part of a large company (with the resources that beings) but with subsidiary-like independence.
    Experienced, professional management.
    Great blend of European culture, southern ethics and charm, and American industrial attitude.

    Cons

    Upward progression is limited due to being part of the German corporation. Need for German exposure and incorporation of expatriates makes progress slow and difficult but it can happen!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your unique identity! Listen to the people on the floor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I co-oped here for 3 semesters. I worked as a process engineer in Assembly 1, maintenance engineer in paint, and quality

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vance, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vance, AL

    I worked at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Well known, prestigious company. Looks good on the resume. I was told compared to other automotive plants, this is one of the best to work at in terms of organization and quality.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and teamwork in most departments. Engineers don't get paid as much overtime as they deserve.

  10.  

    Long hours with great pay and benefits working for the company that invented the automobile!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vance, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vance, AL

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International

    Pros

    Salary and benefits as an hourly employee are one of the highest (if not the highest) in Alabama. Successful and continuously expanding facility.

    Cons

    Hours worked under Exempt employee status are excessive for the salary. Must "donate" 5 hours a week before "addional pay" i.e. regular time instead of overtime, pay starts. H.R. creates more issues than they resolve by bending the rules to meet individual needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work within your position and allow others to do the same; practice restraint in micro-managing. Understand that developing a world class organization requires weeding-out the weak and non productive to allow room for others to grow.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    No opportunity for more money or advancement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Engineer  in  Tuscaloosa, AL
    Current Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Tuscaloosa, AL

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International

    Pros

    Good Benefits and a fair vacation policy

    Cons

    BS Reviews, BS pay raises/pay scale,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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