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2.1 53 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

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Jason Forcier

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17% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    broken parachute

    Engineer (Current Employee) Livonia, MI

    ProsSurrounded by a lot of smart and open minded people, you can learn everything you want. The technology is excellent. Good pay and health insurance.

    ConsPoorly managed. The top management team is interested in Wall street and their golden parachute only. Production lines are not well managed and quality is overlooked.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis is a business but not a gambling.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good pay, poor management.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Livonia, MI

    ProsThey pay well. Benefits are good. They are involved in the community and charitiies. There are people there that are trying to change the mindset and mood. They will be owned by someone else soon and hopefully this means new management.

    ConsPoor upper management. Poor planning. Rushed to production without dotting all the "i's" and crossing all the "t's". Departments don't work together to solve problems. Management is resistant to change or new ideas.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    right place -wrong time

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Livonia, MI

    Prosthe work schedule - only work 15 days per month; learning new technology with bright hopes for the future after being jobless for 2 years; the med/dental package and other benefits; the people

    Conslots of bad decisions by management that led to lots of wasted time/money; lack of communication; no sense of direction or plansfor improve

    Advice to Senior Managementshould have been more worried about cost and quality before building up huge inventory of cells / batteries that were found to defective causing big costly recall; better people in management making everyday decisions

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Like my coworkers, management has no clue

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Livonia, MI

    ProsGood benefits. No haggle about time off

    ConsManagement. The buddy system. No degree no promotion

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote more from production floor. HR needs to be looked at throughly. Need to value experience rather than giving jobs to people because of there educational background.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was more stressful than it needed to be.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Livonia, MI

    ProsI enjoyed the challenge of working in a start up company.
    The benefits were good and didn't cost as much as I have paid elsewhere.
    The pay was competitive and probably a little higher than comparable positions.

    ConsThe presence of former Chrysler and GM executives in middle management created an ego-fest that was painful to deal with on a regular basis.
    The corporate culture that they brought with them from the automotive companies quickly crushed the morale of the people who worked for them. Bad decisions were never reversed because it might indicate weakness. Plans were implemented without regard or consultation of any department that might be affected and this caused confusion, disarray and delays.
     The people who are working at Director levels are high maintenance and require intense hand holding.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf someone applying for a management position has GM or Chrysler listed on the resume, don't hire them. Why would you bring so many people from these failed companies in to do exactly what they did at GM and Chrysler?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great product opportunity but morale suffers unnecessarily.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Hopkinton, MA

    ProsGreen tech.
    Growth industry.
    Willingness to spend money on equipment and software tools when it made sense to do so.

    ConsSupervisory relationships are often spread across the country.
    Management allows too much important information to travel exclusively via the rumor mill instead of through official channels where it could be framed in a more positive light.
    Knowledge sharing between remote sites is undervalued and not well supported, even when both (e.g. automotive and non-automotive) products have similar if not identical issues to solve.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell employees what's going on through official channels. Allowing the rumor mill to be the primary conduit of info from Management to non-Management does not serve any stake holder.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good technology, poor execution

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe compensation and benefits are decent, and the underlying core technology is sound.

    ConsThe organizational is poorly structured and there is little accountability for the key decision makers. The end result is a chaotic development process full of constantly shifting priorities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEliminate the matrix structure and replace it with a series of cross-functional teams reporting directly to project managers. Define goals much more clearly and incent employees to achieve those goals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great potential; poor execution

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFast paced. Good product potential.

    ConsHaven't been able to turn a good product into a consistent, reliable, quality manufactured product. Pressed too hard to get product out the door, with little care for consistent procedures or quality. Too many changes on the fly. Employees always in fire-fighting mode. With time, they'll figure it out, but will they last that long?

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of focusing on short-term, wall-street targets (which isn't working) and big incentives for only the senior management, how about a balance towards good manufacturing of products? Remember Ford: "Quality is Job #1"?

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    It was like watching a horrible car pileup in slow motion

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou got a lot of days off every week, Overtime was there if you needed it , and the benefits were great.

    ConsManagement never respected anybody, they never cared if you had a family crisis and needed it to leave you would be fired. The company slowed down production and laid off a bunch of employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No development growth within the company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat health, vision, and dental benefits
    the company has a very accommodating policy in terms of work and personal life balance

    Consleadership fail to motivate employee to be their best
    ideas are easily dismissed because of management decisions
    poor operational execution and too much emphasis on technical and R&D

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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