- BEHR AMERICA17.Aug 2016
The culture overall was pretty good. There were only a few instances where things happened that looked like favoritism may have been involved. Mostly management did their best to treat employees fairly.
Support from management
During my time there leadership changed three times, I believe the reason had to do with the downturn in 2008 and subsequent merger of Behr and Mahle.
For the first few years that I was there the team worked very well together. The employee base was well trained with frequent opportunities to engage in additional employer sponsered training. During the downturn many trained individuals were lost and after the downturn new and lesser qualified people were brought in causing some disruption in the normal flow of projects. Management did acknowledge that there was a problem and were in the process of ramping up internal training when I left the company.
Freedom to work independently
I worked in the quality department and when I was there I worked with other Engineers that were well versed in AIAG and several quality disciplines and also had many years of experience. Everyone knew their jobs and did them fairly autonomously. The management style could vary in other departments though depending on the manager and skill level of the employees.
During my employment both middle and upper management seemed engaged and approachable.
There seemed to be some favoritism towards men in some departments.
Attitude towards older colleagues
I didn't observe any age bias. It seemed like people of all ages were being hired and promoted to better positions.
I experienced no career development in my position.
Overall compensation for your work
Compensation and benefits were on par with what is typically seen in the industry.
Office / Work Environment
I worked in a brand new building that was clean and organized.
The nature of my work often took me out of the office so I don't really know how to answer this. I do know that Behr sponsered events that involved helping needy families and environmental clean up. I believe they were doing other things as well but I was not directly involved with them.
Hours worked during the week would vary based on travel and program demands but typically we could count on having our weekends to ourselves. I never had a vacation request refused or rescinded.
I always thought that Behr had a good image. It seemed that everyone worked very hard to make a good quality product.
No one had job security during the downturn.
Training is practiced and I never witnessed any OSHA violations. Most employees were pretty good about looking out for each other. Behr had a pretty sophisticated emergency first responder program and fire drills were practiced regularly.
The work was very challenging especially as we were coming out of the downturn.
Inclusive / Diverse
Definitely a multicultural organization.
Suggestions for improvement
- Maintain internal training programs. Streamline the various software tools so that more time can be spent on development activities and quality assurance instead of administrative activities.
What I like about the company
I worked with some really great people when I was there. Very knowledgeable and skilled engineers in design, testing, and quality.
What I dislike about the company
There were some cultural shifts after the downturn and during the merger that put pressure on the development groups. This caused stress on employees and led to higher employee turnover.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyBEHR AMERICA
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2008