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"Don't waste time"

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Current Contractor - Developer in Sunnyvale, CA
Current Contractor - Developer in Sunnyvale, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America as a contractor (More than a year)

Pros

working in a big MNC

Cons

No recognition for your work. You need to be German.

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

  1. Helpful (33)

    "Do not waste your time!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redford, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redford, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good (401k matching, annual bonus, cheap leases -just because MB wants a larger presence in the US vehicle market-, health insurance). Salaries are case-by-case and not consistent.
    And that's it!

    Cons

    You will be treated as a 3rd class citizen if you are not German! Toxic working environment with clear discriminatory practices: HR does not do anything against them (actually they promote them).
    Archaic organizational model (multiple layers of bureaucracy, decisions at all levels are made in Germany -> no employee empowerment, no creativity needed, no training -unbelievable for a R&D entity!.) Organization values reminds me of the 1940s Germany. You just need to do your job as you are told to; your boss knows better, if you want to do things differently you will be disciplined. This location is a safe harbor for incompetent German "managers" that cannot compete at the company headquarters. Local employees have very limited advancement opportunities as a consequence.
    Company communication is non-existing: secretive deals and backstabbing is common even among managers. Close door policy is the rule.
    Poor management with focus on savings (outdated offices, unusable phone system, just recently the organization upgraded its software from 2003 MS office to 2010 MS office and from Lotus notes to a limited version of Outlook; company end-of-the year event was a Student Chorus performance and a meal + White Elephant gift exchange!) No focus on looking for new business / new projects.
    Performance reviews are a really bad joke: department employees are placed on a normal distribution curve and only the top 10% (mostly Germans) are eligible for promotion / salary increases and even tuition assistance. Results: low morale, no salary increases for 90% of the department population, no team building / feeling.
    Another bad joke is the employee transfer program to other department or Daimler division: you will not be allowed to move anywhere else (even if you another position better suits you and the company!). Job postings/promotion are mostly pre-assigned to German expats. Almost none chances to transfer to Germany on assignment (due to budgetary constraints, however there are multiple opportunities for German nationals to go abroad). When external consultants are needed, they are also Germans!
    In summary: too much hassle for a brand that lives from past glories (check current quality reports on MB vehicles).

    Advice to Management

    If your goals are to finance your operation in the Redford with US taxpayers monies/ State of Michigan grants for developing German workforce (for every US intern there are 10 German interns and regular German engineers become "managers' when they transfer to the US)
    you are doing a really good job!
    Fortunately the 10 Million State of Michigan grant will expire in 4 years. I am sure you will not leave any good memories with the local work force when you leave in 2017!


  2. 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.

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