Bridgestone Americas Employee Reviews

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Dead end job
Process Technician (Former Employee) –  Mesa, AZ31 January 2017
Work with 2-4 other technicians on performing tasks that are given by Chemical Engineer. There is no opportunity for advancement so once you are in a position you are stuck unless someone quits or is fired. There is no job security with Bridgestone, they can dismiss you with one mistake. Work is rotating shifts where you skips from days,afternoons, midnights every 2-3 weeks so you will be tired often and not see family much. The pay is pretty low for the amount of work that is required of the position. Raises are not great and benefits are up to par with Obamacare.

Its not a team environment, its more of a every man for himself place. If a mistake is made you will not hear the end of it. Shift Leads focus on negative reinforcement instead of positive.

They take safety serious, except when it gets in the way of production or depending on who is doing the infraction. Management picks and choses who has to follow certain policies and allows others to slide.
Pros
Provide lunch when people quit
Cons
short lunch break, long hours, rotating shifts, low pay, not very safe
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Work work and more work
Material Handler (Former Employee) –  Jacksonville, FL3 January 2017
Long hours very fast paced environment with minimal breaks and disregard of personal life, and most of all it was like doing cross fit for 12 hours ,and not to mention the efficiency part that for you to do good you must maintain it above 80% if not you will be called to the desk or have a meeting about it, if you're single and live with your parents or a roommate is great place to work since you don't have to take care of nobody other than yourself, most of the time the volume called for everyone to stay until the job was done and if you leave they deduct points for which you will get penalized in the future or possible means for termination.
Pros
Benefits, 401k etc
Cons
Work like an oiled machine and get squeezed like an orange
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No balance, low pay, long hours, poor mgmt
Manager (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZ21 December 2016
Expect to work extra constantly. Married? Family? Church? Not working for Firestone Complete Auto Care. Benefits are better than industry average, ASE testing paid for, but at what cost? It's all about the sales. And don't expect them to remember all of your sacrifices for the job, at the end of it all you are just a number, a cog in the wheel that can be replaced on a whim. There's a reason the company has changed CEO's 4 times in 7 years, no one wants to be left holding the bag.
Pros
They will put you to work if you need a job
Cons
Long hours, below standard pay, poor mgmt
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There is No professional growth within the company.
Technician (Former Employee) –  Washington, DC4 January 2017
The company claims they want the employee to retire with the company, but they think you are willing to accept very low wages for jobs that requires trade school skills or college degrees. Training is provided to employees, only when they give a resignation letter. The employee does the 4 weeks paid training and then leaves the company for a job at a car dealership because that job pays a liveable wage. Profits are made by cheating the customers. Co-workers are taught to be critical of others work but expect to be coddled for their own sloppiness. Food service industry pays more than Bridgestone and provides better health, vision, and dental benefits. Apply for a job with the company, and good luck to you, for now your are cattle and just one more corporate tax deduction.
Pros
A/C and/or Heaters may work ...1 or 2 x bi weekly.
Cons
You are a full-time employee but you are only paid 30 hours a week.
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Terrible workplace
Manager (Former Employee) –  Akron, OH2 January 2017
Be very careful of working here. If someone in your "work group" get an exceeds, they require another person within your group to get a needs improvement - morally corrupt. Poor HR policies and a warning sign was there when hired. HR mgr stated to the group, two engineers and one mgr (me) that there would be lots of promotions, then looked at me and said not for you, well maybe a raise. This also occurred with someone else too. Totally uprofessional. Do not waste your valuable time or talent working for this comany.
Pros
Thought they had good pay until found out it female pay
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Excellent Employer
Service Technician (Former Employee) –  Aiken, SC3 February 2017
BATO (Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations) is easily the best civilian employer I have ever had the pleasure of working for. Competitive pay and excellent benefits with a work environment that many businesses have tried and failed to duplicate. EXCELLENT management personnel, EXCELLENT leadership, EXCELLENT co-workers, and an all-around stellar company. I have ZERO complaints about ANY interaction with this company at ANY of their locations I have visited or worked at, and I highly doubt anyone who did their job properly can say differently. I learned everything I know about industrial maintenance through Bridgestone and they have enabled me to have the kind of life I currently enjoy. Workplace culture is focused on the safety of their people FIRST, and the production is always second to that, but never second in quality. Hardest part of the job was having to leave it, honestly, but my wife did not want to move to South Carolina and I wasn't going to force her. The most enjoyable part of the job was getting to work with my hands and knowing that everything I did was what kept the plant in operation.
Pros
Great Pay, Great Benefits, Great Culture, Great Work Environment
Cons
None
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Awesome place to work
Forklift Operator (Former Employee) –  Des Moines, IA7 February 2017
I would check to see what the night would be like. I learned how to multitask. Management was great! They were willing to show me how to be successful. The workplace culture was awesome! The hardest part was trying to stay cool in the summer and warm n the winter, but other that it was a pretty simple and easy place to work. The most enjoyable part was working on holidays and getting paid triple time. It was great!
Pros
Benefits and wages
Cons
Working 12 hour shifts
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Stressful and challenging work environment.
Unit Leader (Current Employee) –  Des Moines, IA9 August 2016
My typical day consist of meetings with various levels of upper management, managing day to day activities of 40 crew members, writing daily reports, training and discipline.

Over the several years at Bridgestone I have grown as a Unit leader, learning how best to run a department and how to get the most out of my crew.

My Co-works are some of the best around, team oriented, work for the same goal.

Management at Bridgestone is now moving towards establishing programs to create a Premier Place to work, several managers have taken course to improve the working relations with teammates on the floor.

The Hardest part of my job is trying to juggle all the need from different departments while maintaining low waste and high proficiency, the most enjoyable is the camaraderie between unit leaders.
Pros
yearly bonus, yearly pay raises
Cons
long hours
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Just as awful as they want to be
Tire Manager (Current Employee) –  Ohio27 December 2016
Long hours reluctant raises no breaks and squeezing the life force out of you even on days off; these are what makes this company as a whole. Lady karmas a real b.... and I hope she swongsbthe heaviest bat at this sleeze ball company. The customers are fine it the management and employees that make it insufferable.
Pros
Nice customers
Cons
Can make even the most hopeful patient person snap
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management and union ruin peoples lives here
Production Worker/Tire Builder (Former Employee) –  Des Moines, IA3 February 2017
compensation isnt bad but for what you do yo your body for the company is not justified for their lack of care for families they have company policies but pick and choose who to follow them on and who to let slide. They do not value a tenured employee they don't want you there if you have any seniority cause between the two tier wage system seior emp. makes substantial amount more then new hire ever has the chance to. very poor management.
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Changing Company (not necessarily in a good way)
Tire and Service Advisor (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CA23 October 2016
Been with the company 4 years and each year it gets tougher and tougher to stay. Less employee appreciation and improper compensation (lack of proper raises) for employees who have put in their time. Lack of proper promotions. All
Problems from upper management.
At the store level, great place to work. Great employees, good working environment. Can't say the same for upper management.
Pros
Flexible Schedules, Decent Hours
Cons
Upper Management, Compensation/ Raises
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Productive workplace
CERTIFIED FORKLIFT OPERATOR, INSPECTOR (Former Employee) –  Wilson, NC29 January 2017
Management was willing to help out when needed on the production floor. Learning different jobs in different departments especially how to inspect the tires coming off assembly line. Coming in doing your jobs when things was running correct in the plant.
Pros
advancement in workplace and benefits
Cons
swing shifts
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Bad supervisor
Material Handler/Forklift Operator (Former Employee) –  Allentown, PA17 January 2017
The job and pay was great but if the supervisor did not like you kiss your job good bye as he will set you up till your job is gone primarily 1 supervisor named brian you can be the best worker in the world and even avoid him but if he don't like you for any reason he will set you up for fail, other than that it was great to work thier and compensation was great. Will only return if he is removed...
Pros
Pay and stability
Cons
1 supervisor with no education or skills
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Terrible leadership
Store Manager/Sales Manager (Former Employee) –  Braintree, MA21 August 2016
Worked as a Store Manager,Service Manager and Tire Manager in the North Eastern Division of Massachusetts. Multiple long term employees all left after being burnt out. Always asked to do more with less. Regional Manager can NOT be taken at face value lots of empty promises with little or no raise or credit. Publicly embarrasses employees in front of customers and other employees.I would NOT recommend this company to my worst enemy.Terrible work life balance demanded to work 7 days a week at times.Be ware...
Pros
Its a job
Cons
Not a good job
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Fun place to work with a friendly environment
C Technician (Current Employee) –  Clute, TX16 December 2016
Bridgestone/Firestone is a great place to work and build a career.
It is a great place to learn and move forward in your life. Ive learned alot about different parts of vehicles and how to fix them, I learned how to get the job done quickly and safely.
Pros
great benifits, paid vacation and free education
Cons
flat rate pay. high stress
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A very small company. ,One Owner/Account Manager; flexible
Commercial Liability Claims Adjuster (Former Employee) –  Akron, Ohio10 December 2016
Excellent Training and Management;, unparalleled benefits, quarterly performance bonuses, superior interdepartmental communication team oriented culture
Pros
Creative and casual work environment unlimited income potential.
Cons
High Co-pay
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A Premier Place to work
Material Handler (Current Employee) –  Lebanon, TN21 January 2017
Management always listens to me. They are mostly informative. The people are good to work with. They have reasonable production requirements. The benefits are really good. They have a small Gym at the facility. They promote a healthy life style.
Pros
Benefits and pay
Cons
can not think of any.
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Good company
Computer Operations and Business system manager (Former Employee) –  Clearwater, FL30 November 2016
Had chances for advancement with hard work. Worked in retail, wholesale, commercial divisions before being promoted to the corporate office. I was awarded the position of computer operations..
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Middle management
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Hard work, Good pay, very strict
UNS Material Handler (Former Employee) –  Wilson, NC8 February 2017
Very strict on safety. Work gets very intense at times. Rotating shifts are sometimes difficult. The are very informative when it comes to safety. They also allow you a chance to grow within the company.
Pros
Salary, Benefits, and perks
Cons
Rotating shifts, twelve hour saturdays
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Not bad place to work.
Warehouse Worker/ driver (Former Employee) –  Topeka, KS3 October 2016
This place is not a bad place to work overall there is not advancement opportunities at the topeka store. Management is good. Company is ok untill u get hurt and have to have surgery and the company lets u go aweek before surgery.
Pros
Many benefits
Cons
No advancement at my store. Raises very few if at all.
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3.8
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