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"Don't stay too long"

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

I worked at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time

Pros

Great brand, great car programs (esp manager+), some of the projects are really interesting. Could be a great place to work with better management. Can be decent if you are on the right team or stay for a short stint.

Cons

White, male, german, engineers are highly favored in this company. The smartest, most useful person I remember there was inexplicably in an exec asst role for the longest time despite having a finance background. A couple of people higher up on the food chain were let go under rumors of dirty dealings a few years ago.

Too many people retired on the job, even in the relatively small Palo Alto office. This is a huge problem in Germany, I don't know if some of these managers think it's ok to import this awful habit to the US. Junior employees and contractors do most of the work on many teams.

Management is disorganized and secretive, all decisions are made in Germany. A chosen few rise in the hierarchy while the majority stagnate. Too much redundancy (other offices working on similar projects which is disheartening).

Advice to Management

Clean house. Get rid of the lazy employees, give the smart and hardworking ones more responsibility and opportunity.

Other Employee Reviews for Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America

  1. Helpful (87)

    "Not a place for a long term stint"

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    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good location
    Interesting projects
    Exposure to automotive technology
    Flexible working hours
    Sponsor visas

    Is a decent option if you want a stepping stone into Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Growth and advancement biased towards Germans
    Most people around you speak in German
    Poor morale
    Inflexible management

    Advice to Management

    Be open. Thats all it takes.


  2. Helpful (90)

    "I like the expected 12 hour days, covering meetings in different time zones. Everything is in a crisis mode, no teamwork"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Redford, MI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Redford, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume or during conversations about what you do or where you work. Other than that its surprising they have any long term sucesses. Independent teams do not work with each other, constant infighting supported by senior management.

    Cons

    Time off looked down upon. No teamwork. Poor or non existant teambuilding (besides the world cup every 4 years) Sr, Management acts like 9yr olds who want something in a store...
    If you are married, with kids, or other outside commitments/interests look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    The few good ones should make the others accountable. They are to blame, not the team. (that gos all the way to the top.) Most of you are out of touch..

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