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Brake Parts Reviews

Updated July 28, 2017
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  1. "Product Engineering"

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

    I have been working at Brake Parts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Engineering Autonomy is great, I am in charge of my own work and do not need to weave through a hierarchy for most decisions.
    Work environment is friendly and open communication is encouraged

    Cons

    Inconsistent management styles account for some inefficiencies

    Advice to Management

    Continue the effort to hire more Engineers and invest in development, the path is set you just need to keep going.
    Find paths for Engineers to take, multiple tiers are needed.


  2. "consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good place to work at

    Cons

    not much going on in McHenry

  3. "My review"

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

    Pros

    It's a great job and you learn all about brakes

    Cons

    It's really dusty and really hot

    Advice to Management

    Doing a great job


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Product Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer
    Current Employee - Product Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Brake Parts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Product line responsibilities and decisions are directly made by the Product Engineer. "Low cube wall" mentality, similar to open door but everyone considers each other their equal so finding input and guidance is easy.

    Cons

    Changes in business pursuits effect Engineers directly, most of the time this is welcomed as it allows me to control the situation. Other times it would be beneficial to have more buffer between customer and Engineer.


  5. "Team leader"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Danville, KY
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Danville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brake Parts (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime,good benefits,was a good place to move up to team leader position,excellent hr. management to deal with any team member issues.

    Cons

    Poor communication from management,no job security,went through a year and a half of lay offs. Very hot and dirty job. Plant closing to move business out of country.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more with team leaders. Doesn't matter plant is closing. CEO needs to be more honest with employees about plant closings.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Quality Manager/Supplier Quality Validation Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager, Quality Assurance in Stanford, KY
    Current Employee - Manager, Quality Assurance in Stanford, KY
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Brake Parts full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for, spent 19 years learning the brake industry. Global company devoted to quality.

    Cons

    Global company that cannot stay competitive in the US so all manufacturing facilities are moving to other countries.


  7. "Temp worker"

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    Former Employee - Temporary Data Input Help in Crystal Lake, IL
    Former Employee - Temporary Data Input Help in Crystal Lake, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brake Parts (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My supervisor was nice and was willing to adjust the work (data entry) to most efficiently use the time of the temp workers. Very nice cafeteria with a good selection of food.

    Cons

    None really. It was a good experience, and my first chance to do a full time work week.

    Advice to Management

    The temporary office work is well managed and very helpful.

  8. "Excellent Company"

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

    Pros

    It is a fast growing company with lot of opportunities

    Cons

    I have not been too long to notice any specific cons

    Advice to Management

    use your interns to their full potential


  9. "Need to get out of its own way...."

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

    I worked at Brake Parts full-time

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable senior management of the aftermarket brake industry. 20+ year staff is common throughout the company. Excellent opportunities to expand.

    Cons

    Long time staff especially at senior management levels have not adopted new ways of thinking in the emerging digital markets and SaaS areas. New blood is needed at certain positions to bring this company into the 21st century.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and listen to new ideas and ways of thinking. Just because this is how you have always done it, doesn't make it correct. Change is not a bad thing if managed properly.


  10. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in McHenry, IL
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in McHenry, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brake Parts full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    ONCE it was fairly stable (no longer for the last 5-10 years).
    It was good for those who enjoy easy going, slacking, and no pressure; it was a "country club" for many years.

    Cons

    1. Inferior product, weak engineering (copying and spreadsheets substitute real engineering incl. good reverse engineering).
    2. Last years they simply ran part numbers conversion from suppliers to their parts w/o even looking at quality. It caused massive product defects/problems.
    3. No sound strategy. All the management knew to improve the numbers and statics was systematic layoffs until they downsizes engineering dpt. from about 20 people (have to admit many of them did almost nothing) to a couple who were just converting the part numbers from the supplier P/Ns to BPI P/Ns.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother; they "know" what to do; at least they think so.


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