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Robert Bosch Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  • Work-life balance handling is sometimes a bit hard (in 33 reviews)

  • low salary in comparison to market (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work with"

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Plymouth, MI

    I have been working at Robert Bosch full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging projects, lots of innovation. Very willing to transfer knowledge and train their engineers.

    Cons

    Slow and not very flexible at times


  2. "Little opportunity for advancement."

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    Current Employee - Production in Anderson, SC
    Current Employee - Production in Anderson, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Bosch full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very clean work environment. Management will listen to ideas to improve quality or safety.

    Cons

    Pay could be better. Poor retirement pay and benefits. Doesn't promote people based on their job performance.

    Advice to Management

    Give people raises based on their job performance instead of having to go before a group of people and having to answer a bunch of questions that don't pertain to your job.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not good"

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    Former Employee - Q A/Machine Operator in Florence, KY
    Former Employee - Q A/Machine Operator in Florence, KY

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

    Pros

    The pay is good, top out at $19.30ish in little over a yr.

    Cons

    They will work you 7 days a week. When I first started I went 42 weeks without a day off. It stopped for a few mos and back at it again. You have no family life if you have kids. I missed little over 3 yes of my kid's life due to working there. I'd never go back if they even offered me $30hr. I was looking to leave there at the end of the yr and take a lower paying job just to see my kids. They look for ways to get rid of you if you get hurt and that's what happened to me. I'm still fighting works comp , I need surgery on my shoulder and can't get a job due that every employers use St. E. To have a physical done and it's in the system that I have a injury. Bottom line is it's not a good place to work they don't care about you. And they have full-time employees there now that are looking for a different job or if they weren't making what they were making they would leave. I have to add this even the nurse on site said I could not work because they cannot meet my restrictions, but they went against her word and still kept me working long enough just to fire me.


  4. "Good solid company"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Broadview, IL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Broadview, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    opportunities if you work hard for it and ask the managers for more responsibility.

    Cons

    too much input from HQ in Germany, too many processes

    Advice to Management

    let US management make their own decisions. They know the market.


  5. "Rotational Program"

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    Current Employee - JMP/PDT in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - JMP/PDT in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Bosch full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is a phenomenal program to be able to see many facets of the company and live abroad for 6 months. Also you get experience is many different functions of the business. Can't beat the networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Not being able to exactly determine your career path is a bit of a hindrance. Choosing rotations is a big part of success.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to letting trainees decide their rotations, and chose their own career paths.


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    "Management"

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    Former Employee - Management in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Management in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Has had tremendous growth over last several years. Decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    New Executive management team of the steering business in the US is extremely removed from the day to day operations. New exec management team operates on remote control -- invisible to the plant and among most of the staff.

    The handling (firing) of the long term executive management team that had led the company to huge growth and profitability bordered on unprofessional, and has poisoned morale. Fear exists among managers and non-managers that jobs are not safe despite good performance, and that new executive team will bring in more long-term Bosch employees from other locations that they are more comfortable with.

    Entrepreneurial spirit of the organization has been killed.

    Centralization of certain functions has decreased quality of support and efficiency of problem solving locally, and has resulted in loss of jobs at the Florence site.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize talents of existing team.

    Do not discount/discard employees just because they aren't Bosch 'lifers' like you, and don't speak the Bosch language you are accustomed to.

    Recognize that enabling change doesn't necessarily mean you have to put new people in place. Invest time to understand the existing teams' strengths and how they can be aligned to the changes you want to achieve.


  7. "Customer representative"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was a great learning experience. Many fun people worked with me. Awesome benefits and vacation was a plus. Starting wage was good.

    Cons

    Some of the management needed to take classes on manners. Overall not a bad place to work. To bad the service center was shut down.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great company built on sound values"

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    Current Employee - Senior Controls Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Senior Controls Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Robert Bosch (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nearly unlimited growth potential for the person who is willing to work for it.
    Locations around the world in too many fields to list here.

    Cons

    Being a global giant its easy for one to get lost in the mix.
    However, many people have made a career from beginning to end to great satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time leading! Bosch has some of the greatest hard working people in any business yet they are micro managed and pushed on daily tasks rather than being pushed to improve with the systems that are in place.


  9. "Setup Mechanic"

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    Current Employee - Setup Mechanic in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Setup Mechanic in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Robert Bosch full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company values
    Diversity
    Clean
    Good pay
    Plenty of jobs for setups since there is a high turnover (see cons)

    Cons

    Lack of communication between management and production floor
    Tons of OT in certain areas
    Insurance is confusing and has a high deductible-$$$
    A lot of favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Find out what's REALLY going on on the floor. Quit putting unobtainable goals on production.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work if you have no ambition"

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    Former Employee - Former Corporate EE in Broadview, IL
    Former Employee - Former Corporate EE in Broadview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Robert Bosch full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A very stable work environment. Very low turn-over for key personnel., especially upper management.

    Cons

    It is a highly political environment. This can create a lot of unnecessary stress. The current management has been there for ages and are not going anywhere. This makes it incredibly difficult for newer people to rise through the ranks. Even when they are better than their superiors.

    Advice to Management

    I suggest the reward and recognition process be improved to reward based on performance, not merely title.


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