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  • Learning new things from other smart people (in 5 reviews)

  • Most of the people there were easy to work with (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Top management in Michigan has exploited core technology for their own personal gain, to the point where the product is now a major liability (in 4 reviews)

  • Bad decisions were never reversed because it might indicate weakness (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Good working people, poor management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Livonia, MI

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits. Smart and supportive crew, juicy technology.

    Cons

    BS management. Yielded to Wall street pressure and ramped up the mass production prematurely which led to the bankruptcy. Yet the failed management let go many engineers and got a promotion for themselves thanks to the endless wit of the new clueless Chinese owner.

    Advice to Management

    None. Management wouldn't listen anyway.


  2. Helpful (4)

    A-247 is sweat shop driven by questionable management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI

    I worked at A123 Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At first it was fun to work there and they had allot of momentum and funding. The company had some great technology and in the beginning it was exciting to work there. Our government gave A123 hundreds of millions of dollars to build a plant and develop the technology in order to provide lower cost batteries at a reasonable cost. At the time, we did not mind working 60 to 70 hours a week because we really thought we were going to make a difference. Then the company went public and the Wall street pressure started to build.

    Cons

    Unfortunately Executive management thought they were a software company and could solve there quality problems with a software patch sent over the internet. That strategy led them to a $60 million recall and eventually bankruptcy. The executive team gave themselves raises and hefty bonuses with golden parachutes before they announced their quality problems and they proceeded to go through bankruptcy. The company got sold to the Chinese and in their infinite wisdom they kept majority of the executives that drove them into bankruptcy. With that said expect to be driven hard with little reward or recognition. The good old boys club thrives at this company and if your not in the inner circle you wont.

    Advice to Management

    Taking major risks to meet your short term numbers is not the way to long term success.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Worst Experience of my life.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Romulus, MI
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Romulus, MI

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Its a check.. - Gave me a job when I didn't have one

    Cons

    - No leadership - Company lacks integrity / morals - You feel like you are nothing but a number. - Required to work endless hours went production demands went up.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like a people not just a number. Without your employees you wouldn't have a job your self. I'm not a disgruntled worker, I just want to send out a warning to people who will work here in the future..... don't get comfortable they will cut the ties from you in a heart beat.... NO LOYALTY TO THEIR EMPLOYEES!!!!!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    great technology bad management

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great technology. great systems capabilities. smart people in R&D. Great finance organization. crappy board and ownership

    Cons

    poor operational effectiveness. High cost. management biding time looking for next opportunity. place going nowhere

    Advice to Management

    get out while you have a chance


  6. Helpful (4)

    Dying Business with Unethical Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Livonia, MI

    I worked at A123 Systems (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A123 will hire anyone, as they are desperate - they will pay good, just to have warm bodies in the place. Only real requirement is that you have to be willing to train your replacement (who is more than likely Chinese).

    Cons

    A123 will hire anyone, as they are desperate - they will pay good, just to have warm bodies in the place. Only real requirement is that you have to be willing to train your replacement (who is more than likely Chinese). Working here is more of a short-term job, as everything seems to be moving over to China . The management team seems to be clueless and morally bankrupt. Management team does not yet understand the importance of a competent, loyal workforce. This place has one of the worst management to employee ratio i have ever seen. Also there are a lot of contract workers with no clue after massive amounts of attrition. Most of the qualified rank and file has already left, and the ones remaining are packing it up. Frustration with CEO, and top management has been bad for awhile and continues to worsen with bad decisions and no true leadership, just BS.

    Advice to Management

    Step aside. The only ones to blame are the ones who are making all the bad business decisions. Let Wanxiang know, that they had been fooled. Let a new team with better understanding of the product and better appreciation of the company's take things to the next level.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Un-enriching Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work environment. You will learn a lot because you'll be doing 5 people's jobs at once.

    Cons

    Not what I had hoped for. Very poor benefits as of September 2013. Employees that are left are just "skating" by doing minimal work. Extremely poor attitudes all around. No incentives for current employees to stay and no incentives for new employees to come to A123.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Failed management team that lacks ethics, direction and ability to lead. Continue to lose customers and employees.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology is new and interesting. Some good employees left, but they are all looking working on exit strategy. Lack of management allows employees to work on resumes during work hours during ultra-flex hours.

    Cons

    Company is in process of transferring technology and manufacturing oversees to China. Attrition has been ongoing before and since bankruptcy with no active plan for retainment. Poor management has accelerated this bleed out, and has produced zero new business, while losing customers in the process. Reduced benefits, zero perks, deteriorating office culture will not attract good employees, if any. This is painfully apparent, as completing projects are increasing more difficult to complete, due to lack of support from other departments.

    Advice to Management

    You have failed in all aspects in your role, despite however you try to spin it. Own up to it, acknowledge your failure and look to the employees to truly support a renewed effort to turn the ship. Alternatively, step aside and allow another team to make something of the company. But if you are planning on gutting out the company to transfer IP, technology, manufacturing, profit and jobs to China, by all means, carry on and keep the course steady!


  9. Helpful (3)

    A company that is bleeding money after the government gift grants ran out.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Livonia, MI
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Livonia, MI

    I worked at A123 Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are not many things good going on at this company. I cannot think of any positives here other than.........Nope, not a thing.

    Cons

    This place is horribly managed and bleeding money. They only hire new employees on contract with false promises to hire directly. Then proceed to treat the contractors with zero respect like they are a lower life form. Then they get rid of the employee before the 6 months are up. It is a revolving door of employees. They removed most employee perks, coffee, filtered water, including taking out every other light from the office to save money, Then completely shut down the 3rd floor to save on heating in both locations. The local Livonia IT desk-side department is a nightmare. They are the nastiest, meanest help desks techs I've ever worked with in my life. They use the F word describing a user to their face. Lies and backstabbing is what this department is about. They come and go as they please, I've also never seen a helpdesk that requires a user to drive their 50 pound desktop from one location to where the desk-side techs sit in order to get service. Most IT departments, go to the user, this department will not leave their seats. These people are very hypocritical, dishonest and delusional. The department budgets are non existent and most hardware is old out of warranty junk.

    Advice to Management

    Consider getting rid of the people who have been there throughout the bankruptcy, they continue to bring the negative moral around to new employees. I can see this company going under totally within the next year or so.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Poorly Manage Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the people there were easy to work with.

    Cons

    This company was poorly manage.

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Helpful (2)

    One of the worst to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Technology !!! but technologist adamant and not receptive to ideas

    Cons

    Nothing else. Directors and above treat engineers as peons. Total lack of appreciation. Always put people on defense while presenting work. Get bogged down minute details to prove superiority. No team spirit always on the computer attending meetings with the same group of people. No communication to the team . Directors act as jerks

    Advice to Management

    Open up. Encourage employees. Give freedom and appreciate



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