Robert Bosch Tool Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
55 Reviews

2.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Bosch power tools is a great place to get experience in working for a large multi national company (in 6 reviews)

  • Good products, good benefits, decent salary (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is more concerned with making their individual bonus than growing the company and it's people (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    not a bad place

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Mount Prospect, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Mount Prospect, IL

    I have been working at Robert Bosch Tool full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not ready Big Box stores

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    Current Employee - ProCenter Expert  in  Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - ProCenter Expert in Sarasota, FL

    I have been working at Robert Bosch Tool full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great products but still not ready for the Big Box stores

    Cons

    Not ready for retail in the big box stores. Poor management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with your reps in the stores to see what they are dealing with on a daily basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Robert Bosch Tool full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This company cares for its employees. Good salary, good benefits. Lot of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    lot of hierarchy and processes and procedures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

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  5.  

    Nice place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Robert Bosch Tool

    Pros

    Good work environment, very diverse. You get to interact with people from germany, brazil, etc.

    Cons

    Bit far from my place of stay, so too much travel

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Whatever

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Robert Bosch Tool full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Close to home for many employees

    Cons

    Germany runs everything, no decision making in the US

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company which used to be good but now is not

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Robert Bosch Tool full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They like to train people, and every year you will have two or three classes as part of your development strategy. Benefits are good, but not sure how much better than other companies.

    Cons

    Definite limited upward mobility, also they will eliminate people and departments and replace them with temporary people, all while acting concerned about it. Constant reduction in time to accomplish tasks but each time a new task is created it seems there are new procedures in place which you have to navigate through. Germany rules the roost and it's a one way street as far as help and who has priority.

    Overall, I wouldn't recommend this company to anyone, was a pretty decent company, but this was in the early stages of Bosch's takeover from Emerson Electric. Since then it has gotten worse every year. They are great at buying companies, and basically destroying them in an attempt to build the Bosch brand.

    They're big on drinking the koolaid, and the big thing now is "SQJ" which is more or less what any good parent instilled into you as a child. They will ask that people come up with ideas, but once you do, any ideas of changing the culture are dismissed. Not exactly sure why you would ask for input then dismiss it, but it happens to everyone there. Very big on procedures and conformity, if you are an original thinker, this is not the place for you, they want people who follow protocol and don't ask any questions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Typical large global company, very conservative German heritage bring slow change and lack of dynamic environment..

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Leader  in  Mount Prospect, IL
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Mount Prospect, IL

    I have been working at Robert Bosch Tool full-time

    Pros

    International exposure, innovation and strong brand. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Distinct lack of value in leadership and highly disfunctional structure with heavily siloed business units. Low compensation, and crushing bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at upper management and clean house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great worldwide company, however the domestic division has issues...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Robert Bosch Tool full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Strong product, innovative at times, great quality, well known industry wide. Good coverage across distribution channels and a good warranty program compared with competition.

    Cons

    Slow to build upon their own innovation. Marketing does not really understand the sales process for all targets of distribution. Not aggressive compared to key competitors. Field sales has been stripped of it's ability to counter competitive measures. Upper management is more concerned with making their individual bonus than growing the company and it's people. Benefits have been slashed with individual costs rising out of control compared to similar companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. Your current culture is depressing. As the job market improves, you will see more and more of your key positions vacated. Again, wake up or at least start caring a little about your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to start a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Robert Bosch Tool

    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...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Running as fast as you can, but with no general direction

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager  in  Palatine, IL
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Palatine, IL

    I worked at Robert Bosch Tool full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great products and great global brands

    Cons

    Focus is limited to what Europe is launching and the next retail line review, no long term focus on how to build a business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with the marketplace... not just Home Depot & Lowes

    Doesn't Recommend

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