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Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America CEO Philipp Skogstad
Philipp Skogstad
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  • "Maybe a slightly better chance if you’re German(in 21 reviews)

  • "The new CEO and HR manager have demonstrated that they understand the issues and their arrival has already had a positive impact(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (1)

    "Great people recently hired and improving all the time"

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    Current Employee - NONE in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Exciting work with an awesome brand, some jobs get a car! Always working on improvements Several new leaders were just hired and very positive about that Great people overall!

    Cons

    Some managers need Development and they are working on that Some employees complain too much and I think it’s spoiled SV mentality and not enough experience with other companies.

    Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America2019-02-23
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Innovative Technology"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Amazing people - New leadership is working hard towards changing old school ways - New employees are eager to make an impact - Good managers are supportive and flexible, allowing employees to have a strong work/life balance and flex work hours - Many opportunities to work on various topics - Management gets free car, gas card, etc. - employees get lease discounts - discounted car wash onsite - fitness reimbursement...

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    Cons

    - Many managers need coaching and better training on how to effectively manage people/teams - (some) Managers are not transparent with their teams - Managers get free cars, gas cards, etc --- try distributing this and offering employees perks like free gas with the lease of a car. - terrible cafe food (at least there is a cafe)! - Needs more healthy snack options - Company needs to have a policy in place for...

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    Advice to Management

    Be open to the changes that our leadership team is trying to put into place

    Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America2019-04-23
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Good opportunity for new grads and car geeks, bad for most others"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    You get to work on many interesting projects that have an impact on actual products. Possibility to travel internationally (usually to Germany) even as a regular engineer. Most teams have a great working atmosphere and good work-life balance. You get the change to drive many cool and interesting cars, sometimes even over the weekends. Most people believe in the product and it’s fun to work together. Good opportunity especially...

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    Cons

    This is no fun if you have a bad manager or you’re a more senior person. The team atmosphere depends completely on your manager and the department head. Some managers are good but many of them work only for their own career and don’t care about the company culture. Many of them play lots of political games to widen their influence and blame all kinds of mishaps on each other. If you have some work experience and want...

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    Advice to Management

    Be transparent (no 2-year-long studies about compensation with dubious updates, no pointless reorganizations)! Let employees give anonymous feedback about their managers and make the bad ones leave if they don’t improve. Don’t play with people’s careers by being intransparent about promotions and compensation.

    Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America2019-04-02
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Brand and company do not match"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - work on future of best cars - nice test cars for workers - interesting topics

    Cons

    - lack of qualified management - lack of collaboration - low salaries (adjustment promised 1.5 years ago) - politics - too many low performers - CEO changes a lot but to the worse so far - too dependent from Germany (limitations, funding cuts, etc.) - too many irrelevant positions that waste money, mostly covered by SAP friends of the CEO

    Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America2019-03-22
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Many long-time employees that just complain are against change and lack perspective."

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

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Transformation company and management embrace change agents Departmental transfer and cross functional roles highly encouraged All new ideas you bring is encouraged by management Working on the cutting edge tech in cars Flexible work schedule Generous travel policy (business class for international flights and 4 star hotel minimum) The bar is so low, that overachieving is easy Work-life balance (family first policy,...

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    Cons

    Long-time employees just complain and do nothing. They fight changes in process and improvements. A few annoying complainers bring down the morale of the company. Daimler isn’t as nimble as other car companies so the tech is a few years behind Tesla.

    Advice to Management

    Long time employees should quit if they think they can do better some where else. It’s a free country and we are in a economic boom. To the people that just complain about pay every town hall, I say go find a better paying job. Understand for that 10% more pay you are expected to work 12 hour days, work on your 1 week vacation, and spend little time with your family. Because the startup is always so close to a release...

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    Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America2018-12-23
  6. Helpful (1)

    "A place where you can make a real impact"

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

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Startup feel in a established and successful company Best work/life balance I’ve seen in a tech company Smart and talented technical people Hot market space working for a company with a history of innovation Really good benefits Modern, cool facilities (free drinks, snacks and ice cream) You can make an immediate impact

    Cons

    More people need to question overly complicated processes or useless policies; too many blame them on ISO compliance or Daimler in Germany - not always the case Pay could be better System support needs improvement

    Advice to Management

    Manage out people quickly who don’t perform to higher standards Require people to continuously innovate in all areas, not just engineering Hire more managers from a variety of companies- this is working well and making MBRDNA a better place

    Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America2018-12-28
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Not perfect, but still a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    - I get to work with people from all over the world - I never stop learning and improving myself - Great benefits to support my family - Friendly, open working culture up to and including the CEO

    Cons

    - The size of the company means fewer opportunities for promotion and job rotations than a much larger company can offer.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time coaching your employees, all of them (not just your favorites/deputies)

    Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America2018-12-05
  8. Helpful (9)

    "Poor management and too much internal bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - Nice modern facility located in Sunnyvale, CA (headquarters) - Free snacks and coffee machines - Exposure to upcoming technologies in future models - Good name to put on your Resume

    Cons

    - Management fails to motivate their employees, yet blames them when things do not go right. Management can care less about employee development - Lots of red tape. Too many unnecessary internal procedures. Too many unnecessary meetings. Too many unnecessary "trainings" - Very cliquey type of work environment, hard for new employees to mix in with the older employees - Everything must be approved by HQ in Germany....

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    Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America2018-12-13
  9. Helpful (9)

    "Don’t be fooled by the brand"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Luxury brand on resume Free snacks

    Cons

    Dysfunctional operations No growth opportunity Heavy bureaucracy and politicized decision making Centralized control in Germany By far the worst professional experience of my career. Don’t let the brand reputation of Mercedes-Benz fool you into the reality of the silicon valley office. The organization is a mess, and will always be a mess because it is a small regional office of Daimler. The silicon valley office...

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    Advice to Management

    No advice to management since they have no power to do anything. This is a structural problem that needs to be fixed by Germany HQ.

    Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America2019-01-06
  10. Helpful (11)

    "Culturally biased company. Join if you are German"

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    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Easy life. Managers disappear a lot. A good place to retire.

    Cons

    This is the perfect place to retire. The last standing person automatically wins and becomes the manager and forever becomes part of the power pack. No accountability for bad managers who do not know how to lead people or manage projects. Every team works in silos and no one cares to know what others are working on. Not a R & D center as it claims to be. It's more like a bunch of strangers gathering in the same room...

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    Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America2018-12-14
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