TRW Automotive Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Program Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    A great deal of hiring, so it is relatively easy to get hired. People working there are very nice and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Horrible workload, no career development, very few processes are documented, and very little training. Very high turnover of program managers tells the story of a grueling workload with no chance of success due to low cost Asian supply base.

    Advice to Management

    Develop training and documentation for processes rather than avoid it. Change strategy of using low cost, low tech supply base for high tech parts.

  2. Fast paced intense environment, but political. Decisions are sometimes governed by people who are across an ocean.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Livonia, MI

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    There is a lot to do, and you get the chance to learn a lot. There are some very bright people who can teach a lot.

    Cons

    Bottom line is profit, so they will cut heads based on the numbers of the day, instead of any using any outlook to the future, and just re hire within 2 to 3 months.

    Advice to Management

    Trust local engineers and don't rely on what people across an ocean say.

  3. Poor work life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

    I worked at TRW Automotive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Successful, very well run financially

    Cons

    Little room for innovation, heavily political

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    Senior area Manager

    Current Employee - Senior Area Manager in Westminster, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Area Manager in Westminster, MA

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Its the automotive business. Unlimited potential. Very fast paced.

    Cons

    Poor upper management.5 production managers and 5 presidents in the last 4 years.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to get the plant scheduled properly. Always blaming the manufacturing floor for not meeting the demand is not the answer.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Good company as entry level to learn but expect to be underpaid.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I worked at TRW Automotive full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Innovative company. Technology is competitive in supplier world.

    Cons

    Working Culture here is bad. And paid is horrible compare to other similar jobs and completely undervalue compare to market.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Very demanding company with little to no appreciation for you.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mesa, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mesa, AZ

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    You definitely will get a crash course in LEAN manufacturing.

    Cons

    Little to no support from management and HR. "Just shut up and do it or the door is right there" attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit the culture you had 10-15 years ago and maybe the talented and knowledgeable staff will remain.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Rough at the company right now...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineer
    Former Employee - Product Engineer

    I worked at TRW Automotive full-time

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

    Pros

    Good place to work to learn how to develop global communication skills and manage overseas suppliers.

    Cons

    Recent downgrade in employee benefits has caused an exodus of employees over the past few years.
    Employee compensation (base salaries) could be better. Communication problems within the organization.

  9. Helpful (2)

    From family owned & oriented to employees are a commodity

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

    I have been working at TRW Automotive

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

    Pros

    The long time employees remember when it was locally owned.

    Cons

    Leadership views long term employees as easily dismissed. This observation comes from seeing 20-40 year veteran engineers that cared deeply about the company & products being walked out like untrustworthy criminals.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Top Management Lost in Their Own Agenda ($)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Company has great employees and great unlocked potential. Highly skilled workforce. The working staff just need a better working working environment.

    Cons

    Top management watches numbers and does not think that employees are a resource. No trust of employees to do the right thing, Lots of checks and balances that are insulting to the professionals that work for TRW. It used to be a great place to work. Stock price is up but not sustainable.

    Advice to Management

    Quit, move on, take your spoils and move on. Let the company prosper with proper non bean counting management. The CEO and top staff is over compensated taking value from share holders and employees.

  11. Strict and not friendly toward workers.

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

    I worked at TRW Automotive full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people I worked with is what made going to work worth it for me, my supervisors were also easy going.

    Cons

    Management in the front office and uncooperative union rep.

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