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Bergstrom Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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  1. "Could have been better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bergstrom full-time

    Pros

    Positive Work Live Balance, steady work stream, marginal work environment

    Cons

    Poor selection of plant and production management resulting in a low morale environment; assemblers know to keep quiet, employees are ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Plant Management - Your position is not meant as the sole means to climb to the top by way of a bulling method to your supervisors or team members. Recommendation for you is integrity to your senior leaders and other stakeholders in the organization - try it. Yes by doing so you might actually be held accountable, hey it happens. It might hold you back in your climb - but wouldn't if feel great to earn it on merit alone and actually be respected?


  2. "Assembly"

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    Former Employee - Assembly in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Assembly in Rockford, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bergstrom full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Verry friendly environment and safe

    Cons

    Gets kind of hot and humid

  3. "Don't waste your time at this company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bergstrom full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, free food, nice campus

    Cons

    Oldtimer employee clique, unqualified managers,

    Advice to Management

    Learn to retain talent


  4. "Not a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Assembler/Material Specialist in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Assembler/Material Specialist in Rockford, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bergstrom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    401k,Vacation time, Medical/Dental Insurance

    Cons

    The bad way employees are treated/talked too

    Advice to Management

    Stop some management/supervisors/line leads from talking to people like their nothing except to be there to make you money. Treat employees the way they should be treated. It's a joke along with no room to advance there no matter how many years you put in.


  5. "Do your best and be seen."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, some of the best I've seen. If you prove yourself to the right people at the right time, you can grow here. Promoting from within is a great benefit but you'll also likely make less money than if you started in that same position for a new company.
    It is a bit about who you know and who likes you but isn't that just about anywhere??? Work hard and be seen, nothing happens quickly but if you do the right things, good can come of it.

    Cons

    Disconnect between departments and locations but again, poor communication seems to be an issue at a lot of companies.
    A lot of shooting from the hip then jerking back because it was a fast, uninformed decision made based off of one individuals statement instead of a collected effort.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on communication and don't worry about upsetting your buddy when it's actually good for the company. We see decisions made to please the few rather than the masses which seems to pull projects in the wrong direction. Don't just preach leadership and then BE managers,be the leaders you tell everyone else to be and watch things turn back around to a positive. I don't need to be managed and not many others do either if you truly lead


  6. "Not Where I'd Want To Work"

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

    Pros

    The work is relatively steady, although sometimes seasonally erratic. Most employees are full-time with benefits. 40 Hour weeks are common for line workers, 50+ hrs/wk not unusual for middle and upper management.

    Cons

    The measurements for productivity are strict, as are the goals. Failure is not an option in this culture. Recent changes in attitudes toward workers who are older or have had work-related injuries indicate that the corporate culture is under stress, and is backing away from the former "Bergstrom is like family" atmosphere. The company puts too much into Public Relations, and too little into employee development. In-house training is a joke!

    Advice to Management

    There is no clear upward career path in this company. It suffers from severe cronyism. Too much middle management. Restructure, eliminate toxic and abusive customers, and consider going public (issue stock and offer some of it to employees as an incentive), since the company need severe recapitalization.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "assembler"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Assembler in Romeoville, IL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Assembler in Romeoville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bergstrom (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work that could end up in injury

    Cons

    there is no room for advancement

  8. "toxic"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Rockford, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people here who are hard, talented, and reliable workers. Benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    No minority leadership. Exec team consists of 16 people, all white men with inflated egos. Good ole' boys group. The leaders of this company does not understand how to lead, inspire, anything. They are too important to interact with anyone outside of the exec team. They don't know what is going on below them, and they don't care. It's very easy to see that upper management doesn't care about the culture.

    Little to no direction from middle managers, but projects still get done because of the hard work of the people under them. Managers are lazy and don't know how to manage. They have their positions for one reason and one reason only, they are yes men. They will throw you under the bus. That is no way to achieve improvement. It probably explains their declining business outlook.

    The managers never ask any of their engineers how long it takes to get a project done and if the engineer says it's not possible, the manager will throw a fit. They refuse to make decisions, because it is a culture of blame, and they want the blame to rest solely on you. If you want to be insulted by managers in front of everyone in an open-office environment, then this is the perfect company for you.

    I have never worked in an environment where people are so openly rude and disrespectful to each other. My boss was he most awful manager I have ever had the displeasure of working for. He gives nasty, uninformed, unconstructive feedback, and regularly singles our members of his team to pick on publicly.

    Advice to Management

    Stop condoning bad behavior, ask your employees for feedback. Cut the fat. Get rid of the lazy, abusive managers, they cannot change their stripes. Provide clear goals and back them up with actual objectives and a plan. Upper management also needs to get out of their bubble and care more about their employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "fast paced"

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    Former Employee - Auto Technician
    Former Employee - Auto Technician

    Pros

    Plenty of work. Equipment is ok for the most part. They have benefits. That is about it.

    Cons

    You have to really what your time. Get your hour total daily,then it gets sent to corporate and it comes back totally different due to warranty adjustment.

    You are just a peon that they will run ragged. Also get ready to spend at least a half hour cleaning for free every night on the off chance they walk a customer through their "race shop clean" shop.

    All around a bad experience

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people what they are worth. Take care of all your customers not just the ones that are warranty to keep up your rating.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Bergstrom"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bergstrom full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits is about all they offer

    Cons

    Management is very disconnected from what really goes on at some of there manufacturing locations. Poorly run operations


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