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Benchmark Electronics Reviews

Updated June 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Is a very good work environment with good and dedicated people who are willing to learn (in 10 reviews)

  • They do have very good benefits, and they wage is good (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No personal advancement, no professional advancement, little respect for personal life, very much over worked, little to no reconition (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management does not care about anything but themselves (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Benchmark Electronics will make you feel worthless!! Concord, CA site is known for verbal abuse!"

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

    I have been working at Benchmark Electronics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Somewhat good co-workers to have around. Good manufacturing. A LOT of workers, specially engineers, are looking for jobs outside Benchmark. Extremely high turnover rate (lost more than 10% of their employees at the Concord site alone within a year).

    Cons

    It's like a prison mentality on the production floor. Fights happen and people gossip behind your back. Management is a whole new beast (an incompetent one too). Quality group is horrible; the manager does not speak fluent English and he is known to verbally abuse his subordinates. Little to no direction on how to approach projects and management is known to over commit with false deadlines and if the group doesn't deliver, well lets just hope (depending if you want your job) that you either get or don't get a "write up". 3 "write ups" and you're fired!

    Miscommunication is also rampant at the Concord site. When you go for an interview, they'll act like they're the best contract manufacturer outside Silicon Valley. They'll pay you waay below market value and justify it by saying "we are not in Silicon Valley so we don't pay what they pay". Silicon Valley is like 35-40 miles from Concord and yet they justify dropping starting salaries by 25% or even more. Furthermore, IF you are desperate enough to join this place, make sure you understand your working schedule (especially if you go into Quality). As mentioned, the manager is known to run his group like a dictatorship. Some of his group members were required to attend a 7AM meeting (which is nothing but a verbal abuse session at 7AM). The manager informed HR that the Quality group will be starting work at 6:30AM. You'd think you'd leave around 2-3pm but noo, the manager will pile soo much work on you that you're pulling 12 hour shifts nearly daily. And if you're salaried, well your **** out of luck.

    Last but not least, Benchmark hires a lot of contractors as machinists, receiving clerk, planner etc. If you enjoy working on a contract for years then join this place. Raises are little to nonexistent. Benefits are average and bonuses, if any, depend how well of a "profit" the company made at the end of the year. Contracts have been slipping away from the Concord site so I'd be cautious to join .

    Advice to Management

    When you have 5+ more people in the Quality group aone leave because of the manager, then YOU need to do something about how you run your business. In any other company, the manager would've been fired. But in Benchmark Concord site? Nope. HR does nothing nor does the General Manager of the site. And last but not least, management needs to stop taking personal vendettas against anyone who raises concerns and speaks against them. This does not produce a productive workforce, it produces a workforce based off fear as many employees who work on the production floor are not educated and fear to lose their job and not support families.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Worst Company on the Planet - Don't Do It!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Benchmark Electronics (More than a year)

    Pros

    If normalized dysfunction is for you, then you will enjoy: NO raises FOR YEARS, NO promotions, NO annual review, NO voice, NO continuous improvement without management approval, NO holidays, NO hiring after years as contractors, all this with mandatory overtime for hourly workers.

    Cons

    If the above isn't enough to send you running, then add: Site management yells and screams at daily meetings, open forums, and yes, HR knows all about it and takes no action. Also, the supply chain process is absent of rational management. There is also no money for bonuses either, and somehow all of these above factors are rationalized by management as normal operations.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate needs to wipe the slate clean and hire new site management. Unfortunately, the tribe is tight and will not allow anyone to be voted off the island. Best bet is to send in Undercover Boss for a reality check.

  3. "Assembler"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Benchmark Electronics full-time

    Pros

    Work with some of the latest technology.

    Cons

    I hear the company as a whole is nice to work for. This was not my experience in the division I worked in. Bad management practices, which in other companies would result in immediate termination, not here. Poor communication with superiors. Lying to our customers and being caught red handed. Hostile work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the in fighting. Allow all employees to access email so they can better voice their concerns. Back up your employees instead of tearing them down.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!!!!"

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    Current Employee - Planner in Concord, CA
    Current Employee - Planner in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Benchmark Electronics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    No accountability. No set hours. Take all the time off you want. If you can just not care its perfect.

    Cons

    Management's head is severely placed in its backside. Internal bickering and politics dominate everything rather than data. Favoritism runs rampant. Company likes to talk about improvement, but never implements or achieves it. Middle managers are all above their head often placed in areas where they lack technical expertise. Upper management views this as a "teaching opportunity". Employees suffer. No accountability. Absentee Management in some areas as some managers are taking nearly 30 days off per year even though company policy is 10-15. Hourly workers forced to work mandatory OT while managers get to spend time with family or in company potlucks. Two buidings cause us/them dynamic that destroys teamwork. Horrible work/life balance. HR is no help. Healthcare benefits below standard in CA. Many have turned down for Covered California.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. The core is rotten. Sometimes the dog won't hunt. You have to know when to take Old Yeller outback for the house's own good.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "POLITICAL COMPANY"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Benchmark Electronics full-time

    Pros

    Employees are very hard workers. There are not many pros about this company currently. A few years back this was an amazing company.

    Cons

    Managers are allowed to verbally abuse you. HR does nothing about it. Not much room for advancement. They have been through 5 GM's in the last 1 1/2. They have managers in positions they are not qualified to be in. Very high turn over since Tom Dineen is no longer GM. No one wants to work for the upper management there.

    Advice to Management

    CEO or GM should take a trip there and talk to the employees or look at the HR files on his management team.


  6. "Manufacturing Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are all friendly. Job is fairly easy and always work to do.

    Cons

    Reviews are always exceptional yet raises are minimal and always months late. Poor morale across the production floor and heavy overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Push corporate to support your employees


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Coach in Lewiston, MN
    Former Employee - Coach in Lewiston, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Benchmark Electronics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    ............ ...... It's a paycheck.

    Cons

    Forced to work mandatory overtime. Raises get skipped yearly. Upper management does not care about anything but themselves. Very hard to use vacation time. Only allow 3 people off per area. Request need to be put in 9 months in advance in order to get a day off. Once in area you are not allowed to move. The require degrees to advance. An art degree is worth more then 20 years of experience.

    Advice to Management

    Kick them all out and get new!

  8. Helpful (5)

    "The worst managed company I've ever worked for!"

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    Current Employee - Operational Excellence Manager in Pittsburg, CA
    Current Employee - Operational Excellence Manager in Pittsburg, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Benchmark Electronics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of the employees are great and truly work hard.

    Cons

    Management is terrible: No accountability, no teamwork, manage for the day without regard for the future. Also, this company will pay you LESS than almost any company in or out of their industry, consistently.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Don't Work Here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Benchmark Electronics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    None. Don't apply here.

    Cons

    Everyone is Micro-Managed. The MIcro-Management starts with the CEO and that culture is impressed on all managers at every division.

    Even Industry recruiters know that the CEO is the root cause of the company problems. That is why Benchmark has so many unfilled positions.

    Advice to Management

    Division Management - Don't be yes men, tell the CEO how it really is
    Board of Directors - Get rid of the CEO. Find someone from outside the company that is high up in a successful CM. The only way to grow is a new direction, not just buy companies to make it look like Benchmark is worth more.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Don't care about the workers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Benchmark Electronics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is nothing good to say about the Nashua location

    Cons

    Worked there 10 years, employees are treated like cattle, like working for a cattle factory. No pay raises in years, always being watched, management prefers their employers to spy on others and report to supervisors. you are considered a number not a person.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect as people and not as numbers.


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