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Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America Palo Alto Reviews

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Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America CEO Arwed Niestroj
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Pros
  • Great work environment that promotes a healthy work/life balance and recognizes employee achievements (in 5 reviews)

  • The technologies, engineering and solutions are cutting edge, especially from the headquarter in Silicon Valley (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • tung gering im Vergleich zu anderen Silicon valley Unternehmen (in 3 reviews)

  • Immediate supervisor never backed me up with upper management even when I was correct (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Software Engineer intern"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting projects, young energetic crowd

    Cons

    Slow conversion from intern to full time


  2. Helpful (23)

    "Meh"

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

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

    Pros

    Work with cool cars and new consumer technology

    Cons

    if you are not german, you won't go anywhere

  3. 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.


  4. Helpful (45)

    "All of the pain of a startup"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    * The company looks good on your resume
    * All of the free drinks and snacks you can ever want
    * Some nice coworkers to share your frustration
    * Possible travel to Europe
    * Good leases on MB cars

    Cons

    * Workload is extreme. You are expected to work 10 hour days or more and weekends.
    * Workload is uneven. Some people seem to have it good, reasonable hours, company cars, company phones. Others have heavy workloads with no light at the end of the tunnel
    * You are expected to make calls all over the globe at all hours of the night
    * Executive, senior management, and team leads are totally unrealistic about schedules, too narrow focus. More than a few have questionable integrity, self promotion seems high on the agenda
    * Management just wants to look good to higher management, too much wasted effort and work to show off demos, time can be better used
    * No real teamwork, just finger pointing and blaming others
    * Crippling IT infrastructure, extremely slow

    Advice to Management

    * Manage.
    * Set aggressive but realistic schedules that are achievable.
    * Open your eyes, some people cannot manage and manage by bullying people. They kill the small amount of morale left (and most of us want to do a good job and have pride in our work). Do not let them lead.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Like working in a global company."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great boss . Benefits are ok

    Cons

    No room for advancement unless your German

    Advice to Management

    Open door policy works great - use it.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Internship at MBRDNA"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very stimulating and relaxed environment. People are very professional and can let you growth quickly.

    Cons

    Not so much cons in the company


  7. Helpful (5)

    "MBRDNA is an innovative powerhouse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are great people that work here. They are smart, hardworking, and fun to hang around with.

    Cons

    It is hard to state cons. Sure we don't offer free lunches to stuff our faces, but what is more important? Lunch or premium healthcare, 401K with 75 cents to the dollar matching, and a pension plan that rarely exist? Hey Google and Facebook: You know what they say, there is no such things as free lunches.

    Advice to Management

    We look forward to more consistent get togethers and opportunities to interact with the other departments here. I feel like we can learn more from each other. Lets break down the silos!

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Very creative company, at the forefront of cutting edge technology and design, great employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - The company creates outstanding user experience and exterior design for top luxury cars
    - The technologies, engineering and solutions are cutting edge, especially from the headquarter in Silicon Valley
    - The brands, especially Mercedes-Benz, are well recognized and I am proud working on these great products
    - Many opportunities to drive Mercedes cars
    - The company has great corporate values and shows big appreciation for the very hard work we are doing
    - The company continues to grow very quickly, with many engineering and design jobs being created

    Cons

    - The room to grow is somewhat limited, but still many opportunities are available if you look at the company size

    Advice to Management

    - Please continue to grow, and invest in the U.S., create many more jobs as done in the last three years


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