Methode Electronics
2.9 of 5 27 reviews
www.methode.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 4, 2014

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Methode Electronics President, CEO, and Director Donald W. Duda

Donald W. Duda

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62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Decent company to work for (southfield, mi office)

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Southfield, MI

    ProsBagels on Mondays, often free food is in the lunchroom, decent pay, located near major expressways, management is understanding for time off needed for emergencies, quiet work environment, small enough company that one person can actually make a difference rather than being just a cog in the machine. Company is growing, seems to have found direction and winning business. You are not smothered in paperwork and processes. You can actually get stuff done in a short amount of time. Flexable hours and lunchtimes. Company picnics happen a couple times a year.

    ConsBenefits are probably a little below the industry average. You get insurance, 401k, but company seems to be shifting more of the premiums to the employee. You also have to participate in a health program called Vitality in order to get rates that are affordable. You get the major holidays off, but no more. You are required to work between Christmas and New Year's unlike everyone else in the auto industry. You can get those days off but you have to burn vacation time. Communication from executive level management is non-existant. Only just recently did quarterly financials get communicated to employees. Interior of building is drab and uninspiring. No bonuses this past year inspite of the company's stock price tripling over the last 12 months. Company is also known for letting people go out of the blue. So if you notice you are feeling less busy lately, then get busy -- updating your resume.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore communication is needed. Such as: What are the company's goals? What are the criteria for bonuses? What type of new markets are you looking to get into?

    Acknowledge the work the employees do in order to win businesses that make the stock price go up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Paratroopers Needed

    Sales (Former Employee)
    Southfield, MI

    ProsLots of freedom to create, little sales procedures, friendly, weekly bagels, free coffee, very friendly to immigrants and H1B types. Excellent, better than average, pay, and benefits.

    ConsNo training. Not much advice provided. No warning for negative annual review critiques. Reviews are highly subjective and not factual or performance based. Strong, entrenched old guard. Highly volatile, high staff turnover. Hiring / Layoff follows ebb and flow of business, or annual bonus calculation time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave Chicago sell the automotive business to an automotive Tier supplier. This is the basic business, financial plan. Chicago team has low tolerance for automotive markets.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Back-stabbing environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsNone. Lack of advancement and support.

    ConsCan't trust upper management. Not willing to invest in employees, infrastructure or equipment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to floor management instead of telling them how it is.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Long Hiring Process, but satisfied in the end

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMethode is a well established electronics manufacturer. Coming from a large company to a smaller sized Methode has taken some adjustment, but in general the people are very supportive and there is a general desire to do things better across the entire workforce

    ConsThere could be a little more delegation and some of their support systems could be updated. The ones used work, but not as efficiently as new systems

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to have a more know long term strategy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you like political BS, back stabbing and poor management, work for Methode, you'll fit right in.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThey pay weekly and give a semblance of a work life balance, but the pay is minimal compared to industry averages and you're hounded for taking time off.

    ConsWhere to begin... You'll either work for a manager who doesn't know the product, doesn't care about the product or doesn't care about managing his group. Be prepared to regularly be thrown under the bus if you bring up any types of improvements that they can undertake. Management, at all levels, plays a polarizing, political game that makes upward mobility not only impossible, but frowned upon. Culture is that of doing whatever it takes (including lying, cheating and stealing). I had my manager tell me that I needed to fit better with the culture of the company and lie to get things done. Be prepared to work your tail off for little recognition and a lot of headache. There's discrimination in all portions of the hiring process as well as in corporate as well. If you are a woman or a minority, be prepared to get paid less and be treated poorly. Average age of employees at the corporate office is quickly approaching 60. I wouldn't recommend this company to my worst enemy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange your culture or you'll run yourselves out of business. Stagnation at all levels is a negative form of change that will eventually leave you with too many employees retiring and not enough interested in working for an archaic organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Company to Work, Balanced Work Loads, and Flexible Schedule

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Hunt Valley, MD

    Prosgood working environment, nice experience

    ConsGroup is too small. Learn by myself

    Advice to Senior Managementmore teamwork

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    lack of Management in some areas

    Quality Liaison Engineer (Current Employee)
    Southfield, MI

    Prossome good grow opportunities, Good co workers .

    ConsBad Manager's desition as they does not know the product, in detail.

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to be more involved with the product and ther people. that will result on a good Team work from up to low/

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    high turnover, managers don't know how to manage

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Southfield, MI

    Prosbagels on monday, bbqs, lots of free food in break room
    friendly and interesting coworkers

    Conshigh turnover
    systems don't work
    inexperienced managers micromanage whatever catchs their attention while ignoring big problems they don't understand or don't want to deal with
    you may be asked to go to the Mexico plant often depending on your job

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to start addressing real problems

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    At times the employee morale was disappointingly low.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Harwood Heights, IL

    ProsCompetitive Salary, Weekly Pay (for everyone), Comprehensive Benefits Package, Great IT Support, Accessible Leadership, good format for addressing employee relations concerns.

    ConsDress code (maintaining a business dresscode is not realistic for most employees), no clear guidelines on performance management, bonus strutcure could be more defined for all levels. It would be nice to have some morale boosting activities more than once or twice per year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAsk all employees for their feedback. Make efforts to effectively promote and train managers to be successful. Don't look at the lower levels as the "problem" when issues are raised.

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    Average

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Prosoverall good experience working at methode.

    Conspoor communication from management to teams

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould provide more feed back to employees

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