Robert Bosch LLC Reviews in Plymouth, MI

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
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Pros
  • Work Life Balance as they have plenty of events for employee (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits package and job security (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Cumbersome decision making processes (in 5 reviews)

  • Very bureaucratic as most key decisions come from the German Corporate Leadership (in 24 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very positive experience, interesting work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Plymouth, MI

    I worked at Robert Bosch LLC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - assigned an individual project to work on but same couldn't be said for some other interns. There was a real need for the software and it will be used frequently
    - Good/Fair pay, flexible start time and the important thing is to get your work done not work x hours
    - My manager was very approachable and took notice of my hard work
    - global company with opportunity for international assignments
    - well-structured software development process
    - people are very friendly (not just casually polite) and I felt very welcome from day 1

    Cons

    - simple tasks can take an absurd amount of time to get done because the company is so large. This is not unique to Bosch and is found in most global companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I only interned for one summer and don't feel qualified to give advice to management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Plymouth, MI

    I worked at Robert Bosch LLC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a big company with lots of lateral opportunity. It is international and very diverse. There is opportunity to move internationally.

    Cons

    It's really big and easy to get lost. It is very hard to get into any management role. Promotions take time but can be worth it if you can wait for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive first three years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Leader in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Development Leader in Plymouth, MI

    I have been working at Robert Bosch LLC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Flexible schedules
    - Great facilities
    - Good opportunities for those who know what to look for

    Cons

    - Lot's of "driftwood"
    - Many managers promoted past their level of competance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emphasize performance management, not money management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked as an Intern at the Plymouth, MI Facility

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bosch Energy Research Network (BERN) Intern in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Bosch Energy Research Network (BERN) Intern in Plymouth, MI

    I worked at Robert Bosch LLC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Work life balance was taken care of. Come in at 8AM, get out at 5 PM.
    -Good environment to work in. Nice cafeteria with a great variety of plates, so lunch time didn't feel like a drag.
    -Good pay (at least for this internship).
    -Was able to work on other things as well besides my main project.

    Cons

    -Job could get a bit monotonous.
    -I received two offers to do internships with two different departments. However, because internal departments are not allowed to compete with each other, the second offer had to be annulled. The problem is that this second offer would have been for a position which interested me more and was for an internship which was more closely related to what I was doing my Master's Degree on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing comes to mind from my own experience. However, I recall a full time employee with whom I worked complaining because he didn't get to do business travel as much as he wanted to and how they kept him at the plant always.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Plymouth, MI

    I worked at Robert Bosch LLC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Management can be a bit inflexible at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance obeying orders from above with doing what is best for your subordinates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growing cynical from no engineering work, yet pacified by the easy work. Can't work here much longer...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Plymouth, MI

    I have been working at Robert Bosch LLC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I like the telecommuting options, and I like the flexible work schedule quite a lot. They allow up to 2 days per week of telecommuting - I take advantage of it. I usually show up between 8 and 8:30, but sometimes as late as 9 AM. This is not an issue. As long as my work gets done and I'm there for the occasional early meetings my boss doesn't care.

    Also, since the company is so large, if there is a major recall or customer issue and they lose millions of dollars, your job is still safe. If the division closes they will look for new positions for you in another division.

    If you're willing to travel, they are usually willing to support it.

    The benefits package is second only to Ford Motor Company from my experience. The pay is lower, but they tell you that it's to ensure job security... who knows.

    Cons

    More so than other jobs I've had, the office might as well be congress because there is so much politics. You simply can't trust ANYBODY. People are waiting for a bus to drive by to throw you under it so they can lift themselves up. At least in Plymouth, the company is very manager/leadership oriented, so you get tons of suck-ups who will run you over to advance themselves. Until relatively recently there wasn't even a path for technical people to advance to. The technical/engineering knowledge in Plymouth is severely lacking. The less you know the higher you go... This weeds out all of the technical minded people.

    The largest issue I have with Bosch is the German centrist attitude. "Germany is the design competency center" is something I hear way too much. You will never be able to design anything electronic UNLESS you live in Germany. That's ridiculous, and simply offensive. You can demonstrate your ability all you want - it won't get you anywhere. I've been doing it for years.

    Not only are you not allowed to design anything, you cant even make changes to the project without Germany's approval. Even changing a resistor value has to be done using the calculation sheet that Germany designed. After they design the calculation sheets they lock them down with password protection. The engineer in Plymouth just takes the calculation sheets from the designer in Germany, enters the project specific information in the excel spread sheet, and clicks "go" to run the macro. Then, they ask somebody in Germany to change the part on the BOM. That's just ridiculous... why am I hear, again? Only so management can tell the customer that they have local technical people that can answer the questions they have once in a blue moon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiding the truth. Plymouth isn't a design center, it's an application center. The design center is in Germany and you aren't allowed to have an engineering opinion unless you are from Germany. I'm sick of hearing "did you ask Germany?" Stop lying in interviews saying that people will be allowed to design.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI

    I have been working at Robert Bosch LLC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very focused on making sure you develop personally.
    High responsibility
    Expect hard work

    Cons

    Very structure and policy oriented which can cause stalls in important projects
    Very affected by events in Europe due to headquarters being in Germany

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great experience working here as co-op student

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Co-op Student in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Co-op Student in Plymouth, MI

    I worked at Robert Bosch LLC as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    many departments and opportunities to persue

    Cons

    compensation is slightly below average for large co-op employer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    high etch, Low wages, no flexibility, too much influences from Germany

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Plymouth, MI

    I have been working at Robert Bosch LLC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great technology, stable processes & company

    Cons

    no flexibility, no home office, not every body is equal !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    least pay anybody can get for the experience and technical capabilities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plymouth, MI

    I have been working at Robert Bosch LLC

    Pros

    - high tech work
    - very specific and good for car lovers

    Cons

    -salaries are too low
    -management is too sluggish
    -too many experienced guys hogging up the management ladder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look out for employee's satisfaction

    Disapproves of CEO

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