TRW Automotive
2.9 of 5 122 reviews
www.trwauto.com Livonia, MI 5000+ Employees

TRW Automotive Reviews

Updated Mar 25, 2014
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2.9 122 reviews

                             

49% Approve of the CEO

TRW Automotive Chairman of the Board, President and CEO John C. Plant

John C. Plant

(76 ratings)

47% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Generally good

Supervisor (Current Employee)
Livonia, MI

I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time for more than 10 years

ProsFlexible, generally well run. Good engineers.

ConsToo many ppt presentations. Too many clueless mgrs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good pay - lousy benefits

Principal Product Engineer (Current Employee)
Farmington Hills, MI

I have been working at TRW Automotive

ProsGood pay, good bonus, casual environment.

ConsBenefits are below par to other companies in similar industry. Benefits are changed at will and often, and there is no such thing is being grandfathered into what was offered when hired.

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Basically Satisfied

Principal Product Engineer (Former Employee)
Livonia, MI

I worked at TRW Automotive

ProsLeader in the Braking and OSS technology.

ConsMiddle management basically sucks. Very limited internal recognition and growth. They will try to hire you back after you are dissatisfied and has left the company.

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Quite good company, good products, but not challenging work.

Hardware Engineer (Former Employee)
Farmington Hills, MI

I worked at TRW Automotive

ProsGood and solid products with nice compromise between quality and price.
Quite good co-operation between US and EU and almost the same standards.
Good solutions at TRW UK taken from Lucas.
You can learn lot about HW/SW validation.
Nice EMI/EMC lab.
Nice atmosphere (friendly staff).
Friendly high level management.

Cons- Automotive is very unstable branch
- Low cost, low cost and low cost...
- Political decisions at the top of managament (CMC India outsourcing, validation only in UK, almost empty tech center in China (China staff have problems to speak English. They wait for global finance domination and Chinese as a standard/native language in worldwide business. Prepare for that and start learning).
- TRW spend a lot of money unwisely (i.e. compare expenses during 2007 vs 2009). During the economical down they cut almost everything.
- Poor business decisions during past (IT helpdesk in India). They also move more competences/tasks to external outsourcing companies like CMC India (poor comunication and problems with understanding the task).
- High level management very often do not get a feedback about REAL situation from the low level managers (I mean projects, situation overseas and projects)
- Needless endless and boring competition about the leadership/importance (projects) between TRW Germany and TRW US
- Poor R&D level (they do not use widely the latest EMC/EMI CAD/CAE software solutions that minimize HW issues during validation)
- No challenging taks for engineer. Mostly paperwork and meetings (there are better places to use and gain your skills).
- Bureaucracy with not efficient communication (too much focus on processes, meetings, mail communication etc.)
- Mass layoffs from time to time ("You are not an so important!"). Anyway before lay offs some people at TRW "simulated" real work, so it was a good move to motivate staff again.

Advice to Senior ManagementThreat employee more seriously. Company can survive, but putting all business in China in the future to significantly reduce the cost means that US and UE will be situated in China pocket.

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Unfair about HR related issues

Operations Manager (Former Employee)
Livonia, MI

I worked at TRW Automotive

ProsGlobal Company...travel experience...etc are some of what the company offered. There are times when promotions internally are posted and you can move up.

ConsStandard pay raises, smaller bonuses to lower pay grade employees, high co-ins out of pockets expenses. No more pension.

Advice to Senior ManagementPaying attention to what the employees have to offer and not always looking on the outside for development. Higher profit sharing to the people that do the work.

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Senior Product Engineer (Current Employee)
Livonia, MI

I have been working at TRW Automotive

ProsGood, stable company that is global and very competitive.

ConsCould be more technical and R&D oriented.

Advice to Senior ManagementOffer more training but distribute it between employees so you have a good team, with different abilities.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Farmington Hills, MI

I have been working at TRW Automotive

ProsSome of the best reasons to work at TRW Automotive include job satisfaction, integrity, security, and the staff at TRW.

ConsSome of the downsides of working at TRW Automotive include management's lack of recognition of the need for life and work balance, and opportunity for advancement.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmployee retention and morale would be improved if management recognized the need for life and work balance, and improved the general opportunity for advancement and recognition.

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left over staff deserves to work for a year at 32 hours if they have worked a year at over 48. Stop the cutting back.

Process Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at TRW Automotive

ProsFlexibility, Location, learning opportunity, and people

ConsPay is lower than other peers in area at other companies and Automotive is currently unstable

Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of the poople taking care of you. If a plant is making money encourage it to make more but do not do that by cutting back. I understand 1 or 2 year wage freezing given the concern but with years of raises less than the cost of living it gets tough to give up more. Give real raises and bonuses based on realistic performance expectations and dont just give everyone (0 to 2)% those that give up homelife and work hard should get rewarded not the same as those that put in the minimum. The upper management needs to lead this through incentives because local management is doing its best to cut costs but may not be getting as much out of current workers as they could with properly structured incentives.

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TRW - typical large automotive supplier

Process Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at TRW Automotive

ProsDifficult to say given the state of the automotive sector.

ConsThe Automotive sector is not doing well.

Advice to Senior ManagementSacrifice some of your salaries / bonuses in order to regain the confidence from your employees and stock holders.

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TRW Auto is OK

Sales Engineer (Former Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

I worked at TRW Automotive

Prosdecent pay for the job. great co-workers. excellent benefits.

Constoo dang big, and too political. never know when a part of the business could be sold off. tough environment whenever there's a downturn in the domestic auto industry. travel restrictions make it difficult to close deals.

Advice to Senior Managementwake up!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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