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BMW of North America Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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BMW of North America President Ludwig Willisch
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Pros
  • Great Product / Good Benefits / For the most part good people (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits and perks for full-time, permanent employees (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Increasing use of outside vendors for job functions previously filled by full time employees (in 5 reviews)

  • Contract employees are literally treated as second class citizens (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Jr. Network Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Network Engineer in Paterson, NJ
    Current Employee - Junior Network Engineer in Paterson, NJ

    I have been working at BMW of North America (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. There are lot of perks for their internal employees.
    Breakfast and lunch are not free but the prices for the food are low.

    Cons

    you cannot complain about them because of the opportunity you will get from them. I cannot think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Manager in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Manager in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BMW of North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company car if manager level but be aware of tax impacts on W2 - bigger cars means more Uncle Sam benefits

    Cons

    Adjustments to benefit programs over last 10 years make pay less competitive
    Influence of Munich HQ is unreasonably high
    Targets are unreasonably high

    Advice to Management

    Enhance culture / value your people as your most valuable asset

  3. Helpful (15)

    "Looks Good from a Distance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Permatemp in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Permatemp in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BMW of North America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    well known company, premium vehicles, passionate people

    Cons

    I've witnessed sexism, racial and gender inequality, cover-ups, promotions of repeat offenders and terminations for those that speak up. There's plenty of opportunity if you're the right gender and race.

    Advice to Management

    Take half of the energy used in covering wrong doings and cheating hard working performers out of fair compensation and benefits and put it into improving processes and being honest. You might be surprised by what will happen organically by simply doing the right thing. By the way, most definitions of temporary work is 6-12 months, 18 tops. They know this is in Germany; is your corporate governance not applicable in the U.S.? Or do you just hope we don't know any better? Stop having temporary workers perform business critical duties long-term while cheating them out of bonuses, fringe benefits and pensions. Stop allowing them to work side-by-side employees who receive all of this and more while expecting complete loyalty and more committment and flexibility than their management is even willing to give. Please do better before having to explain your actions to the Department of Labor and the IRS. Does anyone in your HR or Legal departments advise you on the employment laws in the U.S.? You may have to find out the hard way that cheating always cost more in the long run.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "The Ultimate exploitation of contingent workforce"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Former Employee - Specialist in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BMW of North America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people and Resume builder is all. Don't believe the promises of career advancement. They're hiring so much because no one wants to work there and it's all contingent jobs being hired into.

    Cons

    No paid days off. Sub par benefits. Below market salaries. Very low chance of contingents getting hired internally. High turnover rates even at highest levels of management due to lack of competitive pay.

    Advice to Management

    You're spending more hiring and training new people than you are just paying employees properly and treating them fairly. Very short sighted approach. HR is both oblivious and useless.


  5. "Easy Promotions, Poor Management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Danville, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Danville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BMW of North America (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to climb ladder, promotes from within

    Cons

    Very little managerial support from upper management, hard to follow through on promises made to customers


  6. Helpful (1)

    "The Ultimate Career Starting Company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company Perks
    Prestigious Company
    Small teams
    Fun Enviorment
    Great People

    Cons

    Siloed
    Too many contractors
    Outsourcing
    Lack of benefits

    Advice to Management

    Less contractors and more full time employees.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Client Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retired Client Advisor in Naples, FL
    Former Employee - Retired Client Advisor in Naples, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Strong product demand, strong management team, strong earning potential

    Cons

    None, they are a top performing BMW dealership

    Advice to Management

    Stay flexible

  8. "My 1st year in review..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Looking IV A New Job in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Looking IV A New Job in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BMW of North America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great products exceptional coworkers

    Cons

    German cars with Americansome working on them...... poor craftsmanship

    Advice to Management

    Better benefits


  9. "BMW Group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Western Region Center Development Manager in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Former Employee - Western Region Center Development Manager in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BMW of North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    BMW Group is a very good place to work. They are focused and well managed at the executive level.

    Cons

    Increasing use of outside vendors for job functions previously filled by full time employees.

    Advice to Management

    Review the practices in place to determine upper management appointments - give all qualified candidates an interview.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Overrated"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at BMW of North America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits package, worklife balance, good company for resume

    Cons

    Low salaries, outdated processes, too many decisions dependent on Germany to make progress, little room for career advancement depending on department


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