Robert Bosch Tool Corporation Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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Pros
  • The company is dedicated to quality and will invest in the right resources to achieve high quality products (in 3 reviews)

  • Good work environment, very diverse (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Do not understand the market, way too much internal approval to do your job (in 2 reviews)

  • Dysfunctional Abusive Work Environment (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    I worked for Skil & Bosch power tools co.

    Former Employee - I Worked In All Departments in Heber Springs, AR
    Former Employee - I Worked In All Departments in Heber Springs, AR

    Pros

    I worked for Bosch for 19 years . I worked long hours I would go to work four hours early and stay over four hours 6 to 7 days a week for years. That's 16 hours a day. I loved my job . I worked at the Bosch plant in Heber Springs ,Arkansas

    Cons

    After working my heart and soul out Bosch moved our plant to China .It was a wake up call after all my hard work they left me... I planned on working there for 42 years .I had it all planned out and look what they did... My last day was in 2007


  2. Helpful (1)

    Don't stay too long

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Prospect, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Prospect, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Robert Bosch Tool Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to get experience. They make great products. Good Opportunities to work in different departments.

    Cons

    Below market compensation. HR will low ball you on salary. Rigid German management culture.

    Advice to Management

    More independence for US operation


  3. Helpful (1)

    Indecisive of what direction Company wants to grow.

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Bosch Tool Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good. Family is important. Emphasis on developing new ideas. State of the art equipment; CAD, Software, electronic equipment. Modern building.

    Cons

    A center more for developing future careers than Power Tools.

    Advice to Management

    Part of developing a strong brand in the US is you need to develop a strong work identity in the US.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Slow and steady

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mount Prospect, IL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mount Prospect, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Bosch Tool Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good products. Great people. Opportunities to work and travel in many other countries. Working hours are reasonable. Benefits are not too bad.

    Cons

    Enormous Bureaucracy, yielding an organization that can never be described as agile. Company prides itself on innovation and social responsibility, yet neither is evident. Culture is such that process is more important that the bottom line. If you are not German, you will eventually be made to feel like a second class employee. Company prides itself on diversity, yet staffs most executives in all global offices with German nationals, making it very difficult to reach that level.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach.


  6. Best years of my life.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Manager
    Former Employee - District Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Robert Bosch Tool Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic Field Sales personnel. High quality products. Sometimes very innovative products.

    Cons

    Too top heavy with way too much invested in Headquarters personnel. No money to Market the product in a very competitive landscape. Many times last to market. New items have to be paid for (money calculated in the cost) to refund Germany for R&D. Many times competition allowed to use proprietary innovative product before North America could sell.

    Advice to Management

    Empower Field Sales to drive growth with LPF.


  7. not a bad place

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Mount Prospect, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Mount Prospect, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Bosch Tool Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    work/life balance, interesting products to work on

    Cons

    after a while it is the same old thing over and over. company is losing a lot of money, it is not clear how long will be in power toll business. Very bad upper management – all Germans

    Advice to Management

    let local people run the local business. the Gernam ways are not applicable for the US


  8. Good place to start a career

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong processes and a great place to start a career. You'll get a lot of experience quickly since the staff is lean. Great place to get a taste of life within a large matrix style multi-national company.

    Cons

    Every task seems to have a designated process, which makes the process very sloooooow. German controlled company. The region cannot operate independently. Need approval from Germany to wash your hands... A lot of "A" talent walks out the door to greener pastures...


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place to gather experience before you move on to a real career position

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Prospect, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Prospect, IL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Bosch power tools is a great place to get experience in working for a large multi national company. I had many opportunities to work with employees in other parts of the world

    Cons

    Not a division that thinks strategically and decisions can often feel disappointing to the "worker bee". There are not enough opportunities for career growth and salaries are below the levels of other companies in the area.


  10. Fair, but not the best place I've ever worked

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Mount Prospect, IL
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Mount Prospect, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Processes, people are nice

    Cons

    Do not understand the market, way too much internal approval to do your job

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus on users, not internal


  11. Big Ships Turn Slowly Even in Heavy and Dangerous Seas

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - District Manager in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Worldwide Reputation Dedication to Quality Engineering Fun People......most important and Positive Work Environment (mostly)

    Cons

    Lots of paperwork justifying your existence in industrial channel Old guard managed by fear ( they were cleaned out by 2010) OK pay draws ok help......many of best and brightest have bolted Slow to market....losing market share and relying too heavily on old standbys

    Advice to Management

    keep open communication to field personel and keep regionals training and working with field sales reps. Refocus with understanding that Bosch cannot operate in USA like Germany.



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