Bridgestone Americas Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated 27 Sep 2019

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Bridgestone Americas President, CEO, and COO Paolo Ferrari
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Pros
  • "Very good pay (at least for my position)(in 46 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, great tuition assistance program(in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours if you're not use to them(in 47 reviews)

  • "Upper management is condescending to the people in the labs(in 39 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Opportunities But Great Challenges But I’m glad I took on this challenge"

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

    I have been working at Bridgestone Americas full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities and challenges for engineers, never a dull day at the office or plant You’ll get the opportunity for all the responsibility you can take on AND MORE to stretch your experience and comfort zone Fair salary and benefits, but mostly below market in most job markets Fair Retirement plan 401k but did away with a pension plan a few years back cause everyone else was doing it Industry Leader in many products and markets Great opportunities to work directly with Japanese Engineers, you will learn a lot from these guys and their culture if you take time to listen, engage them for more information, and build lasting relationships long after their assignment in the US is done Coming to realization it has to adopt new ways of doing things to stay competitive, the effort is now there but needs to accelerate faster You can make a good career here as long as you understand when u come to work its manufacturing, it’s work, it’s not always clean work, it’s not a social club, but it can be a great experience for an engineer

    Cons

    Work life balance for engineers is not good, you’re either traveling all the time if corporate, or living in the plant if in manufacturing. for those that have been around the block in MFG this should not be a surprise, but the younger workforce doesn’t always fully understand the concept of rolling up your sleeves and getting it done in manufacturing Upper managements failure in planning ahead or its risk/capital adverse nature to adopt newer technology at a faster rate in many older facilities in lieu of milking old technology legacy equipment well past its design life is catching up with many facilities at a time when many competitors are entering the markets we compete in with newer plants and newer technology at a faster rate than the company can bring the old plants up to competitive speed Not the only reason, but a big driver in this, is Upper Management Is slow to accept competing ideas for improvements beyond their own or inner circle and you can’t exhibit courage and candor with certain upper Mngmnt to challenge/present new ideas or industry accepted practices or else find yourself looking for a new career. Too much management in manufacturing only knows rubber manufacturing and has never seen it done differently New ideas are only valid if they come from the inner circle or someone from the outside. Salary, benefits, and retirement, although fair is still way below market in most locations making it hard to recruit and retain experienced engineers Being an organization that moves at the speed of a tank, it is a Slow process to replace departed engineers and fill open positions making it more stressful on engineers and their managers. Promotional Opportunities The paths are not clear and communicated well evidently unless you know someone. They tried to be more transparently vague with a roll-out last year, but ask for the career experience matrix for the specific jobs you want to develop for, guess what, they haven’t finished that one yet People with experience that gained it externally from a prior job need not apply for a promotion until you repeat it on the inside, they will hire someone from outside with the same or less experience you had elsewhere and not think twice about it. Many internal candidates that gained it externally are often passed over for promotions for someone who either knows someone somewhere or meets a diversity quota. (Don’t get me wrong the focus to be a more diverse company is a good thing, but unfortunately this focus from upper MGMT for managers to have this as a metric they are judged on has left some to hire out of fear of not hitting their metric to pass over more qualified individuals by lesser experienced but diverse candidates). Honestly this is not fair to either party. It’s especially a problem when this leads to the passed over individual leaving the company. It’s a bitter pill when you’re trusted by many to advise and support managers but yet when it comes time for promotions you’re given a multitude of excuses for no but yet someone else gets that position with all the NO reasons or even more than you were given for the same or similar role.

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    Bridgestone Americas2019-09-28
  2. "Review CFNA"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative in Brook Park, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bridgestone Americas part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    modern building, nice work area,

    Cons

    no stability, ceo left then they welcomed him back with open arms. no stability in upper management. rushed a system conversion which resulted in numerous issues.

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    Bridgestone Americas2019-08-27
  3. "Large Company with a family style feel"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Technician in Florence, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bridgestone Americas full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Like the idea of a small plant feel while being apart of the large company with room to hopefully grow.

    Cons

    Upper management micromanages and allows production to control the plant while placing most blame on maintenance without own accountability.

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    Bridgestone Americas2019-05-15
  4. "Cool Place"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager of Tire Sales 

    I worked at Bridgestone Americas full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good bonus. Lot of hours.

    Cons

    Upper management is the worst.

    Bridgestone Americas2019-05-03
  5. Helpful (7)

    "A Company Not Living Up to Its Potential"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tire Engineer in Akron, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgestone Americas full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    * Recognizable Company and Brands * Highly Intelligent Coworkers * Friendly Work Environment * Opportunities for Travel or Foreign Assignments * Allowed to Take Off Every Other Friday by Working 9 hr Days * Flexible Work Hours * Allowed to Wear Jeans Every Day * Relatively New Building w/: * Covered Parking * Cafeteria * Gym * Plentiful Natural Light

    Cons

    * Improperly Staffed * Too Few Engineers/Chemists for Number of Projects * Too Many Levels of Management; Could be Easily Reduced by 20% * Work/Life Balance * Cannot Keep Up with Workload without Working Long Hours and Weekends * Expected to Work Holidays During Times of Crisis * Company Prioritizes Cost Savings Over Product Quality. * Cuts Corners on New Production Equipment * Refuses to Replace/Update Decades-Old Production Equipment * Company Does not Prioritize Employee Development * No Technical Career Ladder * No Clear Standards or Expectations for Promotion * IT Support is not Streamlined * Computers not Ready for New Employees on First Day of Work; May take weeks to fully onboard. * Computer Upgrades are Tedious, Often Taking Months * Decades-old, Disparate Database Systems * Company is Very Fragmented/Siloed * Poor Corporate Culture * Culture of Blame * Culture of Fear * Culture of Reprisal * Upper Management * Many Important Positions Filled by Those w/ Little or No Tire Experience * Poor Communication w/ Lower Levels of Company * Product Development Reorganization Poorly Communicated/Implemented * Financial Results are Obfuscated * Unrealistic Financial Targets/Budgets * Travel Budget Is Consistently Insufficient * Expects Infinite Year-Over-Year Financial Growth * Highly Dependent on Raw Material Prices * Duplicitous * Practices Nepotism * Does not Take Long Term Ownership of their Positions * Many Chiefs but Very Few Leaders

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    Bridgestone Americas2019-02-17
  6. Helpful (1)

    "On we go"

    3.0
     

    I have been working at Bridgestone Americas

    Pros

    Pay is so so, nice building,fitness center, every other Friday off.

    Cons

    You have to see it to believe how many managers there are in the company. If you don't have a degree, or the right degree forget about any career growth potential whatsoever. Upper management is condescending to the people in the labs. The pay is just good enough to keep more people from leaving. Management has known morale is low for years and does nothing.

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    Bridgestone Americas2019-02-17
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Get ready to have no life."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgestone Americas full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Discounts, co-workers, overtime and freedom.

    Cons

    Pay, upper management, staffing, lack of breaks, pressure to perform, long hours, no weekends.

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    Bridgestone Americas2019-02-10
  8. "Automotive Service Manager"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Indian Harbour Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bridgestone Americas full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Large company with options of transfer to ideal locations.

    Cons

    Very inconsistent with operating policies from location to location, local store managers are not allowed control over location needs, upper management overly micromanages daily location operations.

    Bridgestone Americas2018-08-28
  9. "Tire Consultant"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bridgestone Americas part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Co., , friendly customers, major brand product

    Cons

    Communication with upper management, lacks.

    Bridgestone Americas2018-05-09
  10. Helpful (1)

    "My job is very rewarding and satisfying"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Lebanon, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgestone Americas full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Job security, fair pay good benefits. Management “walks the talk” and cares about people. Pleasant and Safe work environment. Safety is a priority

    Cons

    The company spends too much time trying to salvage poor performers. Success factors program is a fantasy which only senior upper management believe in.

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    Bridgestone Americas2018-04-25
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