Webasto Roof Systems

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Webasto Roof Systems Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Hours were long but learned a lot in short period of time and enjoyed the teamwork.

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    Former Employee - Quality Manager  in  Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I worked at Webasto Roof Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed the colleagues I worked with and they were very patient with you. They give you opportunity to grow in the company. The pay was okay if you didn't mind the long hours.

    Cons

    Couldn't have much of a life outside the job because of shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inform temporary employees of their progress and extend more training to encourage them to become permanent employee. Give more training to Team leader.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A typical Tier I automotive company that tries to squeeze blood from a rock.

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Rochester, MI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Rochester, MI

    I worked at Webasto Roof Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Provided multiple opportunities for advancement within the company.

    Cons

    Unreasonable workload expectations and ineffective middle management made it extremely difficult accomplish goals.

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

    Great 10 years ago, and time to leave now.

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    Current Employee - Engneering  in  Rochester Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Engneering in Rochester Hills, MI

    I have been working at Webasto Roof Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They pay you and have average benefits, There really are no pros at the moment.

    Cons

    Management is clueless, doesn't listen to Americans, doesn't understand you can't do it like Germany. Making 10's of thousands of parts is not the same as making hundreds of thousands per year. We don't tell you things to be blown off as American idiots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the German arrogance and listen to the people who are here. Before the new managment regime ---- you guys. The company ran well and had satisfied customers.

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

    This used to be a great place to work until the German invasion...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rochester Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester Hills, MI

    I have been working at Webasto Roof Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people. Over the many years I've worked here, most of the people here are wonderful. Many of them are my close friends and it will be very hard to leave when I do.

    Cons

    Over the last year & a half a new CEO from Webasto Headquarters in Germany has come in an completely flipped this company upside down. He has gotten rid of every American Vice President and hired mostly his German & British buddies to run the show, creating a "holier than thou" atmosphere like non of us have ever seen. It took months for certain VP's to even make an appearance into the production plant because it's quite obvious they think they are way too good for us lowly worker bees. We all used to be very happy working here. Many of us have recommended friends and family to work here. That has all changed in the last year or so and now everyone here wants out. We've gotten maybe 3 raises in 10 years, our 401K match has been cut, and the big dogs are spending money like crazy on perks for themselves and for those in the "elite" group. Think twice about working here. I promise you will regret it if you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We're not stupid. We know what's going on around here & we see it every single day. You're high and mighty attitude sickens every single one of us and NONE OF YOU have ANY respect from any of us. We fake it because we have bills to pay, but we'd all like to tell the CEO and VP's where to go. You have turned this great company into a stressful, hateful place and you should all be ashamed of yourselves. You're not gods, you're human beings just like the rest of us and it's time you act like it. You all act like you're better than everyone else and let me tell you - your titles shouldn't dictate your character, but each of you have allowed them to. The almighty dollar sign has ruined your souls and you've made nothing but enemies since you've all arrived. Do us ALL a favor and go back to your home lands & give us our good company back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Greatly depends on the group you are in.

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Rochester Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Rochester Hills, MI

    I worked at Webasto Roof Systems

    Pros

    -Leader in roof systems worldwide.
    -Large customer base (all major OEMs).
    -Lots of engineering investment in Germany

    Cons

    -America engineering not as respected.
    -Groups that do well are typically punished in layoffs (they aren't having problems to they clearly have too many resources)
    -Factory is #1, followed by sales, then Mech. Engineering, then electrical Engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the groups with integrity and that are successful and learn from them rather than punish them.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Webasto, they take your soul

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    Former Employee - Technical Trainer  in  Fenton, MI
    Former Employee - Technical Trainer in Fenton, MI

    I worked at Webasto Roof Systems

    Pros

    Close to home. The department I worked in was full of a bunch of good guys, I liked traveling with them. While in the office, overtime was non-existant

    Cons

    Upper management had no idea what was really going on with us small people. Promises were made to compensate being on the road 80% of the time (was told 25%) and non were honored. The company made cutbacks (made us BUY our vacation days) while management got raises and luxury cars. We were lied to at nearly every company meeting and were told to lie to customers to hide huge price increases and mark-ups.
    They stopped letting us make our travel arrangements and starting doing it for us. After that, trips would start Sunday afternoon (as opposed to Monday morning) and end on the "red eye" flight back Saturday morning. So, leave the house Sunday afternoon and get back Saturday morning then leave again Sunday morning.
    OH I could go on and on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. You are just stepping on the worker bees to get our perks. If you let the trainers and order takers do the job you hired them to do you'd make more money. Oh, and learn some integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Webasto Roof Engineer

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Lexington, KY

    I worked at Webasto Roof Systems

    Pros

    High tech manufacturing processes allow for great experience working with automated equipment. Webasto is a large company, with manufacturing plants located worldwide, so there are opportunities to collaborate on projects with international colleagues, as well as opportunities for international travel. Management does a fairly good job of communicating with employees through daily "board meetings" with engineering & production personnel, and monthly meetings for all employees.

    Webasto Roof Systems' product line is mostly made up automotive sunroofs, where it is the market leader. These products are typically optional items on a vehicle, they are high on the list of "wants" for most consumers, and there are only a few competitors, so Webasto's position in the market seems to be strong.

    Cons

    As is typical in the automotive industry, expect a high pressure, long hours type of environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The "Webasto Way" may not always be the best way; solicit ideas from employees who have experience with companies other than Webasto.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Looking for a better place

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager

    I worked at Webasto Roof Systems

    Pros

    Diversified company with interesting products

    Cons

    like all in the industry that supplies automitive products it is very succeptible in this economic climate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Multinational company that has viable products but as with all companies is suffering in this downturn. The management style is reactive versus proactive I feel

    No opinion of CEO

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