It was a great career! until they moved operations overseas
Machine Operator (Former Employee) – Noblesville, IN – September 14, 2017
i worked hard and loved what I did. I was able to buy a new car and an old house my 1st 6 months on the job. the hardest part of the job? getting laid off and then watching them tear down the building a year later
roatating 12 hour shifts, great pay, offered an ok severence package
Airide Supervisor (Former Employee) – Noblesville, IN – April 19, 2017
As a member of management and having been a business owner myself, I foresaw the company moving to Costa Rica. We were a union shop with minimum wages starting at $17 dollars an hour. There was a lazy work culture at this location and I tried to remind my subordinates, "if the company doesn't make money there is no way they can keep paying us money. So I encourage my employees to do a good job all the time not for me but for yourself to preserve your job.
Sales Engineer (Current Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – August 30, 2016
Great place to work. The people that work for the company make you feel like you are working for a small company while in fact it is a big company. Compensation is below market. Work life balance is good.
Inside Sales (Current Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – August 18, 2016
For the most part, Bridgestone Firestone is, and strives to be, a "Great Place to Work". I get along very well with most of my co-workers,including upper management. Upper management is reachable - their doors are always open. The hardest part of my job is the number of accounts I have. I normally have more than 8 hours of work on my desk everyday. The accounts are assigned to channels or by product and therefore are not evenly distributed.
there is a huge lack of communication between all stages
production teammate (Current Employee) – Williamsburg, KY – April 13, 2016
Always working on old broken down machines that they will not fix. I learned that in some big companies that you're just a number and they don't care about the little man. The mangers have their picks and treat some better than they do others. My co-workers are great, and some have become my best friends. The hardest part of the job is aggravation of the company slowing the machines down and raising production. The best part of my job at Firestone is my co-workers, they will help you through rough times and won't judge you. If you need help they will help you.
This was my first real job and I loved it. A typical work day started with me on the forklift and checking to see if all the trucks were empty. Management was great. My co-workers were like family. And the hardest par of the job was getting up a 5:00 am. I loved every part of the job.
Senior Chemical Engineer (Current Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – January 31, 2015
Most management takes a hands off approach which does not work in such a small division. Large corporation processes get pushed down to this small division without being altered to work. Company does not invest in the future of the company. No improvements to the manufacturing process to make it competitive.
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – November 12, 2012
The job title is customer service representative however, I manage over 50 accounts on a day to day basis. I work side by side with the sales department/engineers. My primary accounts are bladders and sleeves customers. Firestone is a great company to work for. It seems many people started out in customers service and advanced into hire positions. Beginning in customer service is a great way to learn about the products we sell to our customers. Coming from management to a representative position, one of the hardest parts of the job is knowing I am not being compensated for the job that I do.
stressful at times and compensation for the stress does not match at all
a very stressful position; compensation does not match stress at all.
Good place to work, most associates have been there a number of years
Employee Development/Training Instructor (Former Employee) – Williamsburg, KY – September 5, 2012
Pretty good place to work. The RIF (reduction in force) a couple a years ago destroyed some confidence. Some of the folks that were released were key employees. HR Manager and Plant Manager were later released (couldn't tell the truth).
long term security
a lot of management turnover, truth is hard to come by changing quotas, pay structure changes, bonus changes.