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Brose Reviews

Updated 9 December, 2018
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Kurt Sauernheimer
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Pros
  • "Great company with work life balance" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Brose have very good benefits, for some great job for long term once you are hired in" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "High workload, compensation, work/life balance" (in 11 reviews)

  • "However there is an alternate parking lot with a full time shuttle service located 2 minute away down the road" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The headquarters has good flexibility and benefits. Cheap health care, 2 work from home days per month, good vacation days for new employees with an increase once you hit the 5 year mark. Profit sharing in June each year. They give you opportunities to travel worldwide and even promote foreign assignments.

    Cons

    Most of the departments in the organization are very horizontal. Can be difficult to get promoted however they do cross-functional inter company movements often to keep talented employees engaged.


  2. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    welcoming family, high efficiency, happiness

    Cons

    people are busy and on the clock

  3. "Excellent company - confused hiring practices"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - benefits
    - pay structure
    - great learning opportunities

    Cons

    - not flexible
    - discontent between flow staff and office
    - lack of training and safety procedure

    Advice to Management

    communicate


  4. "Brose"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive, Positive environment, Updated technology

    Cons

    Almost 6 days a week of work


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Permanently Temping | London, Ontario - Plant 2"

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    Former Employee - Assembly Line Team Member in London, ON
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Team Member in London, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brose (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Despite my low rating, it was actually a great place to work. The supervisors are all about numbers, which is to be expected, but they're really good guys. The facility is kept tidy, the break room is nice, and the work is not difficult.

    Cons

    According to some of the guys that had been there awhile, the factory hasn't hired temps onto full-time positions since a couple years ago. If you temp there, I recommend looking around for something better because despite what they tell you, and however hard you work, you will more than likely not advance to a higher paying full-time position with benefits. I'm not 100% sure as to why I was let go but I did hear from a few ex-co-workers that there was a mass layoff.

    Advice to Management

    Stop using Temp Agencies. They're parasites, they hire the same people that any HR staff could, and they complicate things, all while taking money from the hard-working employees that they take advantage of.


  6. "Brose"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Long hours as you work continental


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Brose Canada"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great corporation. Good benefits. Standards oriented

    Cons

    Work-life balance non-existent. Terrible high management / leadership crisis that leads to very high turnover rate. Communication process with high management is also non-existent. Even though the corporation is very good, the problem lies in senior management of Brose Canada

    Advice to Management

    Urgently work in the work-life balance. Start breathing the company values to have some moral ground to actually lead your reports.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Horrific"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, ON
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Employees are mostly good people who are just trying to survive the culture to take care of their families. Compensation is generally good but that is because the turnover is so high they're trying to make it difficult for people to leave.

    Cons

    Constant fear of being fired leads to finger-pointing and conforming to the twisted ways of management to save yourself. Salaried staff are expected to work long hours without overtime compensation. Hourly staff are sent home during the week because of inept management and then forced to work weekends to make up for lost production.

    Advice to Management

    Head office management should pay closer attention to what's actually happening at this location instead of the new paint on the walls and the new grass on the lawn.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A rotten apple coated with syrup."

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    Former Employee - Service Technician in London, ON
    Former Employee - Service Technician in London, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Brose full-time

    Pros

    Nice grass and aired conditioned front lobby. Rugged uniforms that look good. Higher than minimum wage. Clean work areas compared to other factories.

    Cons

    Terrible management and organization of employee workload for which wages are not enough. Taking breaks was often infeasible due to lack of backup staff and frequent machine errors. Machines were rarely permanently fixed which caused massive amounts of downtime and frantic work experience of having to run back and forth to attend to ball bearing jams, pallets getting flung off track, etc. Increasing amounts of paperwork, most of which was just a band-aid to make management/quality dept. look like they were doing something useful, kept being piled onto workers without respite. No AC on factory floor, and there were rarely enough fans for everyone in 40 degree C summer heat/humidity, yet the grass was always watered at night to make it look pretty for the executives visiting from Germany in the morning. Area leaders and higher management often ganged up on workers during audits to interrogate and intimidate them. Often called in to work on weekends leading to burnout. Rampant racism, homophobia, sexism, and ableism among co-workers, unfortunately a problem in many blue-collar jobs, and the company's harassment policies are ill-equipped to deal with most of it.

    Advice to Management

    Lower management was usually decent, consisting of some people who actually cared about worker well-being and would often take over for employees while they went for their breaks. To higher management though: stop trying to impress the German execs, stop staring down workers from your second floor air-conditioned offices, and figure out how to make your machines run more reliably (don't be afraid to call the original designers/engineers if you have to!) instead of forcing workers to fill out even more empty, meaningless paperwork.


  10. "Good international company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Quality Inspector in London, ON
    Current Employee - Quality Inspector in London, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Brose part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They don't have all their eggs in one basket.Although they are mainly producers of automotive parts they provide parts for many different car manufacturers.

    Cons

    They do hire directly for many positions but most are filled from temporary positions.Turnover for temporary workers is still too high.

    Advice to Management

    Add a few more workers to the logistics department to better keep inventory organized.