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Hella Reviews

Updated May 4, 2017
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Hella President and CEO Rolf Breidenbach
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  • Too many old software tools, old tools that don't work well with each other (in 4 reviews)

  • Matrix at Germany requires for lots (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Highly Structured place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Line Director in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Product Line Director in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Hella full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong technology and progressive future vision

    Cons

    Sometimes issues with local versus global "ownership" impede progress

    Advice to Management

    Enable a greater sense of regional / local autonomy


  2. "Avoid this place"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Flora, IL
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Flora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place twenty years ago. This place will suck the life out of you.

    Cons

    Temp service people outnumber the "permanent". They arrange their equipment as often as your mother in law rearranges her living room. Seniority means nothing. Wages are claimed "competitive for the area". Too much technology and not enough brains. Not enough spent on training. Horribly short notices for overtime work. Zero family values.

    Advice to Management

    Too many people have been given advances with no experiences other than being good little toadies.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Chaos"

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

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

    Pros

    Pockets of very talented individuals. Things may improve given the recent change in leadership.

    Cons

    Significanly more focus on internal reporting and reporting to Germany than on the customers and the customer deliverables.
    The processes are constantly changing. Difficult for the teams to know the proper one.
    Too many old software tools, old tools that don't work well with each other.
    Upper management indecisiveness regarding what business to pursue, overall direction. Company is constantly changing direction and strategy.
    Nearly every project is escalated to VP or President level.
    They change their 401k provider every few years.
    Too many open positions, HR is incapable of finding and recruiting good people.
    Poor building maintenance - atrium area is a complete disaster. Very embarrassing to bring customers into the area.

    Advice to Management

    None - you are in too deep of a hole now.


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  5. "Great products Good People"

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    Former Employee - Division Manager in Clarksboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Division Manager in Clarksboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very good people to work with, very knowledgeable on their products and applications.

    Cons

    Tend to overpromise and under deliver to customers.


  6. "A good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and globally too. Very international....you hear people speaking different languages wherever you go. I really enjoy this.

    Cons

    Last few years a couple of changes at the leadership level but all for the best reasons...looking forward to see where the future takes us.


  7. "Past employee"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Manager in Plymouth, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some real nice people that work at Hella. Many are doing the best they can.

    Cons

    Management issues. No career path. Lots of customer escalations. IT/tools/process behind the times.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to do


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid at all costs"

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    Former Employee - Purchasing in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Plymouth, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hella full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    All employees get a week of vacation at Christmas

    Cons

    Dead end company with dead end jobs! Avoid at all costs unless you have no other options. Does not develop talent and will let you sit in the same position for 10+ years if you want. Not enough staff and technology and tools provided to succeed are lacking. At least the 10 year old used blackberry you get has brick breaker! Two types of employees in every department; not doing anything or extremely overloaded, stressed and burnt out. HQ in Germany does bare minimum to support US office. They control all aspects and watch over everything with a big brother eye. HR and program management are useless.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology, processes and develop talent


  9. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Hella full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large company with world with footprint. Different projects with multi national customers. Multi national projects and fast growing and expanding footprint.

    Cons

    Medium till low salaries. High performer rates are overall in the company relatively low. No career plan development for any employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop turnover rates and improve career development for good employees. Satellite companies are not performing due to high turnover rates and low seniority of the employees.


  10. "working for hella"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hella (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    leader in technology world wide

    Cons

    issue with keeping personal

    Advice to Management

    learn support and team work


  11. "Good experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Buyer in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Program Buyer in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hella full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, organizational structure, and employment outlook. Management listens to ideas and strives to improve.

    Cons

    Systems and procedures inhibit growth. People are underpaid for the amount of work they do. Decisions are heavily influenced by global leadership that may not have the full picture.


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