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A123 Systems Reviews

Updated June 9, 2014
Updated June 9, 2014
57 Reviews

2.3
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Jason Forcier
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • a lot of nice and smart people, at least used to be (in 6 reviews)

  • Get paid while you are not doing that mich work, good benefits (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • The top management team is interested in Wall street and their golden parachute only (in 4 reviews)

  • lots of bad decisions by management that led to lots of wasted time/money; lack of communication; no sense of direction or plansfor improve (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    great technology bad management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    get out while you have a chance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dying Business with Unethical Management

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Livonia, MI

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Un-enriching Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poorly Manage Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI

    Pros

    Most of the people there were easy to work with.

    Cons

    This company was poorly manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the worst to work for

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waltham, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Open up. Encourage employees. Give freedom and appreciate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technology, screwed up management

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Westborough, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Westborough, MA

    Pros

    Fantastic cell technology, cutting edge applications, can be very exciting work. Good pay.

    Cons

    Bloated management structure - way too many chiefs and far too few Indians. Benefits going downhill. Egos rule, and extremely political climate there. Your ideas and work are entirely judged on how much the managers like you rather than their merits (it wasn't always that way there). Turning into a "culture of blame" as things spiral downhill

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step aside, you can find good work elsewhere, let others in who will give this technology a chance. Stop blaming the worker bees because after years of failures where you ignored their advice, and had great talent leave, the only remaining conclusion is that the problem is with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    not employee friendly

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator  in  Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Livonia, MI

    Pros

    clean environment,good starting pay,fellow employees

    Cons

    no senority,no raises,layoffs,management treatment of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your emolyees like assets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top Management Lacks Pride, Leadership, Proper Ambition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Original core technology was once impressive. Companys ambitions were once honorable and commendable.

    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. Self-promotion of CEO, Presidents, VPs and Directors is the core business. Engineers leaving every week, the upside-down pyrimid is so obvious, management will not publish an org chart. 5 year business plan is based on Fiskers - run the business into the ground with only top level managment left collect a undeserved, inflated paycheck / bonus. Sad to watch this company bleed out due to greed and lack of true leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Publish an organization chart and then look at it. Start there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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