BMW of North America Engineer Reviews

Updated 19 Dec 2019

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3 Ratings
  1. "Great Company to work for"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BMW of North America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    working with the latest and greatest technologies

    Cons

    no upward movement, if that is something you are looking for

  2. "Good and Fast paced"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Devops Engineer 

    I have been working at BMW of North America

    Pros

    Good tech stack and great pace

    Cons

    High pressure environment and fast changing technology

  3. "ConnectedDrive consultant"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BMW of North America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Knowledge of Telematics and automotive infotainment system.

    Cons

    Managers and leads are the definition of micromanagers. Way too much time spent of playing mind games against employees. Everything is about job security. Too much favoritism. You have people that are never in the office who are held at a pedestal while others working hard who never get recognized. Don't expect career growth. As soon as they realize you're good at what you do, they'll try everything to keep you in that corner. Avoid at all cost. Hence this is my last year here.

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  4. "It's alright"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BMW of North America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good time off

    Cons

    Rigid hierarchy and slow career advancement

  5. "For the love of cars."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BMW of North America full-time

    Pros

    - car benefit - healthcare - parking - international travel - flexible work schedule

    Cons

    - little growth into management roles.

  6. "-"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BMW of North America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Cheap car leasing, very nice people, who always help you if you need them.

    Cons

    About 70% of all the people here are German.

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Stagnant place to work as a Software Engineer"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BMW of North America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Lunch and learns every week, where someone demos new technology or explains their project - Beer Friday social hour every other week - Decent employee car lease program

    Cons

    - Low pay with less than less than 3% annual cost-of-living increases. - In the Chicago office there's a "good old boy" managerial structure, consisting largely of managers who came from the failed acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft in 2014 and subsequently joined BMW. Unless you can befriend these people you won't rise up in the organization. - Proprietary technology stack with BMW headunits that's not transferable anywhere - Team structure is a mess. Multiple teams and contractor teams work on one iOS project, leading to a lot of meeting overhead, miscommunication, architecture problems, and spaghetti code. Contractors get things done sloppily, leave, and you'll be there to clean up their mess. There are weekly meetings between senior engineers of each team, but as an individual contributor you'll remain in the dark. - Product owners lie to executives in Munich HQ and overcommit to new features, and as a result, you'll have to work overtime on the weekends every 2-3 months to meet your deadlines. I've never had to do this in other companies. - No budget for QA staff, so you'll be forced to play both roles and do manual testing. - You'll also be forced to carry a work phone off hours and serve an on-call rotation for any AWS/Azure system failures every 6-8 weeks. Again, I've never had to do this elsewhere. - Rigid company structure means getting approval for new equipment or a small thing like unblocking a site takes weeks and a chain of multiple approvals. - Looking from the consumer's point of view, the value proposition of the product just isn't there. The mapping backend uses an infrequently updated version of Here Maps and traffic comes from INRIX. POIs and accurate time-to-leave notifications that are present in Google Maps & Waze are simply worse or don't exist in this backend. A major feature is being able to send addresses to your car, but why would any car consumer pay thousands of dollars for an extra tech package just to use this? BMW doesn't want to cede control to Apple or Google to preserve their own tech experience, but their paid offerings compared to free Carplay/Android Auto/Google Maps/Waze is just worse.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "A Great Stepping Stone"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Development Engineer in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BMW of North America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Good amount opportunities to move up / onward if youre willing to work on completely different topics either locally or in Munich / other satellite offices - Great work environment / people. A lot of cool perks like being surrounded by vehicles that dont come out for another year or two. - Endless opportunities for responsibilities, if you're willing to constantly step up and put yourself in the spotlight. BMW of NA is a satellite office of ~900 people, that cover all the topics for the HQ in Munich Germany.. So a lot of knowledge is passed through and there's usually a lot of cracks that need to be filled to make sure work gets done smoothly. If you're willing to take it on, it looks great on your resume. - FUN! You're working with some of the most fun to drive vehicles, friends and family will be in awe of the topics youre in direct support of

    Cons

    - If you're not the ambitious type, put in any less than your 100%, and dont want to move to a different state or country, you could be sitting in a contracting position doing the same work for 7 years, getting 3% raise each year. - Contractors clearly dont hold value to the company, no matter how good you are. You need to be in a position where you're the only one that knows what you know in order to have some sort of value, but even that is most often not enough to get you promoted to work for BMW directly, non-contracting. Turn around for most entry-level contracting positions is 2 to 3 years, with most leaving for different companies. - Salaries across automotive seem to be very non-competitive = lower pay for the area / job responsibilities - No start-up type work perks that you're seeing in a lot of tech-based companies nowadays; e.g. holiday parties are usually once a year and are pretty lame (probably since you have to drive home from Woodcliff Lake afterwards), no summer beer parties, no cool 'hang out' lounges in the office, hours are pretty strictly 9-5.

  9. "Jr. Network Engineer"

    4.0
    • Career Opportunities
    Junior Network Engineer in Paterson, NJ

    I have been working at BMW of North America for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. There are lot of perks for their internal employees. Breakfast and lunch are not free but the prices for the food are low.

    Cons

    you cannot complain about them because of the opportunity you will get from them. I cannot think of any cons.

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  10. "Very rewarding and challenging, involving a lot of communication with technicians and troubleshooting"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Technical Support Engineer 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BMW of North America

    Pros

    Best reward is the option to lease a company car, get hands on info of the newest technology in business, employees are very friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Pace a bit slow.It can be really busy sometimes but very quiet other times. Some travels to Germany needed.

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