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Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America Reviews

Updated March 18, 2017
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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. "Poor management with clear favoritism to German nationals"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Engineering in Redford, MI
    Former Employee - Product Engineering in Redford, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to cheap leases, benefits are OK. Performance reviews are pretty bad jokes.

    Cons

    Per the last car Consumers Report (2017), best brands: 1. AUDI, 2.Porsche, 3. BMW, 4. LEXUS......8. TESLA, 9.HONDA... 11.TOYOTA, 17. CHEVROLET, 18. CADILLAC, 19. CHRYSLER ...........AND IN 20. MERCEDES-BENZ

    Advice to Management

    Too much pride for an overpriced brand with poor quality products...


  2. "Payroll"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Payroll Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Payroll Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and great benefits.

    Cons

    Immediate supervisor never backed me up with upper management even when I was correct.

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees and make sure they know they are important and valued.


  3. "BD Rep"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Networking, Great Location

    Cons

    No Work/Life balance, Lack of Leadership


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Stable Job, Experience Depends on Manager/Team. Immediate Management Excellent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time

    Pros

    Working at MBRDNA as a full time employee in the information technology industry is basically equivalent to a tenure track position at a university in terms of job security. Once you're in, you're in for life if you so desire, so long as you put in a reasonable effort to doing your job. Work life balance is good. Opportunity for advancement in terms of salary is good after you realize that they will pay more to keep high performers - significantly more than industry averages. Unique perks include access to deep discounts (as much as 30%) off buying a new Benz, as well as the employee lease program, which allows you to pay much less that you would for a car payment to basically drive a brand new Benz all year, and trade it in for a new one at the end of the year. Standard perks include access to free snacks, drinks and coffee. Standard benefits. 8% 401k matching. I got lucky with my team, whose immediate management is awesome.

    Cons

    MBRDNA postures itself as a tech company, like a special Silicon Valley supplier to Daimler - so my expectations for the culture, benefits, and perks are in line with what I would expect working for a Silicon Valley tech company - not an automotive company. The upper management is out of touch with employees. Regular town hall meetings come and go, where the management continually displays how out of touch it is with the climate and culture of Silicon Valley. The pace of innovation feels glacial compared to other tech companies. The upper management basically has their hands tied to the will of the parent company, Daimler, in Germany. Daimler is not in a 'growth' phase like so many other tech companies, so I think they are much less likely to take on risky projects - which can sometimes make the work feel a bit mundane. Unfortunately, this risk-averseness may ultimately become a problem, the more that information technology fields merge with the automotive industry. Being innovative in a business also gives employees the opportunity to grow and hone their skill-set. Without that drive, it can sometimes feel like working at Daimler for too long locks you into working only at Daimler (a sentiment I have heard many colleagues express). Doesn't feel like a good place for ambitious or meteoric career growth, like what one might expect from Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc. I think with the increased stability and risk-averseness comes a decrease in that kind of contagious creative energy that you might encounter working for a startup or other tech company in the bay area. Other cons include a lack of perks that are standard at other area tech companies - such as transit perks, free meals, good recreation facilities, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks. Hire employees above the curve, not at or below the median (which means you have to pay more to start with too). Organize teams to work together - especially in the information technology space. Don't force your teams to compete for funding until you have developed a strong base of talent. You can't have teams tasked with innovations in information technology and expect stellar output if their hands are tied with the drudgery of production oriented software development and coordinating with suppliers. A much better approach is to separate teams into production oriented and moon-shot/research oriented. Don't ask one team to do it all, because what inevitably will happen is that team will focus on tasks that keep their jobs secure - production. You have to give teams the freedom and resources needed to innovate, which means, don't force them to do it in a certain stiff (and utterly bizarre) corporate program. You can't force innovation from the top down, unless you have a strong and charasmatic vision (i.e. Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, etc). I understand that Daimler is a German company - but I don't see the point in a Silicon Valley office if you are going to infuse the Daimler rigidity into the process.


  6. "Gute Erfahrungen"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern Finance in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Intern Finance in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interessante Entwicklungen, super Standort, nettes Team. Das Unternehmen wächst rasant.

    Benefits
    Praktikantenvergütung im Vergleich zu Deutschland
    Flexible Arbeitszeiten

    Cons

    Zu deutsch gehalten in einem internationalen Umfeld. Oft einseitige Arbeit, kurze deadlines.

    Vergütung gering im Vergleich zu anderen Silicon valley Unternehmen
    Hierarchien etwas zu starr

    Advice to Management

    Interessante Entwicklungen, super Standort, nettes Team. Das Unternehmen wächst rasant.

    Benefits
    Praktikantenvergütung im Vergleich zu Deutschland
    Flexible Arbeitszeiten

    Zu deutsch gehalten in einem internationalen Umfeld. Oft einseitige Arbeit, kurze deadlines.

    Vergütung gering im Vergleich zu anderen Silicon valley Unternehmen
    Hierarchien etwas zu starr


  7. "contract"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a good environment for work. Friendly people.

    Cons

    No career opportunities when you're a contracted.


  8. "Business Development Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Huntington Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Huntington Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging projects, young - dynamic management. Sink or swim, but you learn quite a bit. Ask questions, enjoy the culture and do your best.

    Cons

    Still working and dont have a comment on this for now. Working remotely, i dont have a facility experience to date.

    Advice to Management

    Keep staying ahead of the curve, stay in touch with all employees...near and far. Company culture is positive, but the depth of the corporate side at times creates bottlenecks for your star employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Contractors treated poorly - EEs confirm"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Boost in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Boost in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Kitchen
    Former CEO J.J. was admirable
    New CEO-easy to talk to. Demonstrates care/sincerity in conversation
    Open office design for productive collaboration
    Engaging company events on-site which promoted creativity

    Cons

    Directionless Management
    No room for growth/promotion
    Top-down management approach
    Ineffective senior/project managers
    Lack of care shown for professionalism of employees

    Advice to Management

    Should have stepped in to monitor the image BOOST was projecting-reputation was subpar
    Millions wasted on failed project that could have been avoided - analogous to Shuddle's failure and subsequent closure
    Gather anonymous feedback if managers refuse to apply criticisms to project in timely manner


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Paying lip service to diversity problems"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America full-time

    Pros

    Lots of good projects and interesting problems to solve.
    Most of the people are really nice and are easy to work with.
    Everyone I work with is really down to earth and passionate about the brand.

    Cons

    To address the chronic bias against local employees, a diversity officer was nominated. The diversity officer’s first action was to fire the local Manager within the department and replace him with a German one.
    No one really understands why the company is paying lip service to diversity problems

    Advice to Management

    Diversity in a team is a vital ingredient for long-term success. But you need to embrace diversity in practice rather than just in theory.
    Bias against local employees can be found in hiring, promotions, assignments, and in many other areas. It is disappointing but not surprising that a German diversity officer could not see nor solve such problem. You are taking the wrong approach to solving diversity issues.


  11. "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting tasks, friendly and smart colleagues, great cars, awesome team

    Cons

    More feedback to interns during the assignment.



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