TRW Automotive
2.9 of 5 119 reviews
www.trwauto.com Livonia, MI 5000+ Employees

TRW Automotive Reviews

Updated Mar 25, 2014
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2.9 119 reviews

                             

49% Approve of the CEO

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

John C. Plant

(74 ratings)

47% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Okay company

Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
Lafayette, IN

I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time for more than 3 years

Prospretty lay back, learning environment

Constop heavy, laid off a lot of people to hire high level executives

Advice to Senior Managementneed to cut cost

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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About the same as most Tier 1 Automotive Suppliers

Product Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
Farmington Hills, MI

I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe people. Finally starting much needed building improvements

ConsThe penny pinching culture while consistently recording record profits. The building is old, leaky and erratic temperature controls.

Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize that engineering is equally important to the company as operations.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It is a very chaotic place to work.

Operations Supervisor (Former Employee)
Auburn, NY

I worked at TRW Automotive as a contractor for less than a year

ProsPeople are for the most part nice and willing to do a good job.

ConsTrying to recuperate from some inconsistent blasé management.

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Earn a living but expect to be undervalued.

Product Engineer (Current Employee)
Washington, MI

I have been working at TRW Automotive as a contractor for more than a year

ProsGood work experience to learn various internal management systems for quality and production. For me it was also a revelation of dealing with offshore suppliers and developing them to produce and maintain high quality components.

ConsShareholder value undermines value of non-management employees. Minimal investment in developing talent for contract employees - arrive with it or develop it on your own.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees make a company - good ones are hard to find. If you have them - treat them to keep them. This is a comment on the many people leaving the company during the time I worked there for two years from 2011- 2013.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good people, but challenging job.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at TRW Automotive

ProsInteresting work. Great challenges. global reach

ConsLong hours, demanding automotive industry

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Top Down Company in Need of a Facelift

IT Support (Current Employee)
Livonia, MI

I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time for more than 8 years

ProsTRW is so diverse with a global presence it proved it can succeed even in the worst of times. High Opportunity for advancement and expanding skill set for self-motivated, self-driven individuals. A lot of very intelligent and manufacturing savvy hourly and salaried employees at TRW. Work/Life balance for non-plant personnel is reasonable. Employees rally and handle short term chaos well. Costs kept very low particularly in the area of indirect/discretionary spending. Very good at recognizing problems and applying short term solutions. State of the art products. I have met a lot of genuinely good people who sacrifice a great deal in service to TRW.

ConsHorrendous at solving problems long term. Everything is a fire drill which seems to be the only thing that gets anyone’s attention. Nothing’s a problem until Senior Management becomes aware of it. Then it’s a hot issue until the next thing comes up. No follow through once the heat is off. Support for continuous improvement projects is virtually non-existent which is why problems never get solved long term. They just get patched up to keep product moving.

Upper management does not listen. Top down company with an increasingly high degree of micro-management is a strong indicator of a lack of trust in the plant teams. They seem to want everyone to say, “yes sir, yes sir, three bags full” rather than one who will give them the hard truth. The honest ones usually don’t last long as they are terminated or leave on their own. Spending initiatives have gotten so extreme that managers are scared to ask for anything even when they have a mountain of data to support it. Even when the courageous present a strong case the request is more often than not, denied. TRW is however, quick to create additional layers of director level positions which do not help to solve the problems on the ground. These merely add one more person to tell you about the problems you were already well aware of but to short on resources to do anything about.

Extremely lean labor force in several plants forcing employees to perform the jobs and tasks that were once completed by 3 or 4 people. Several employees routinely work 12+ hours per day, 7 days per week and Holidays = NO Life outside of work. Yet, in less lucrative plants you will encounter of sea of hourly and salaried personnel. (???) Plant employees are not empowered to own their jobs and processes and the company does not do much internally to grow employees. Several very old facilities in desperate need of upkeep. Little to no emphasis or application of Lean principles. Not much accountability. High turnover since 2009 leading to inexperienced staff that has had very little training.
When you’re on the ground and you see the efforts being put forth to reduce spending (Not buying office supplies, re-using paper, taking company cell phones from key personnel, staff reductions; limited travel, etc) it’s frustrating when you see the amount of compensation, bonuses, and stock being divvyed up amongst the Board of Directors. Or upper management making selfish decisions incurring additional expenses (Changing flight at last minute because you don’t like your seat, scheduling meetings over lunch and having the company pay for the meal, lavish meals while traveling, company paid memberships to clubs and golf courses, insanely high executive bonuses and revenue from stock sales).

Recognition beyond your paycheck is a rarity.

Health care plan has high premiums with significant out of pocket expenses. You’d think a company with 60K+ employees could barter a better deal.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen! Strategic priorities, initiatives and company policies should apply to everyone in the company. Please listen to your “experts” on the ground and trust what they’re advising. If you don’t trust them – let them go and replace them with someone you do trust and then listen to them. If they say I have a process that requires additional resources and back it up with data… allocate the resources to them! Reward and “really” empower by presenting them with opportunities for personal development and growth within the company. Put them before yourselves and institute company sponsored initiatives to develop employees and position them where they’ll again be proud to work for TRW and take pride in their work. Do this even if that means you have to restructure your incentive package for a couple years. They all keep tabs on amount of money that flows to the top and from their perspective your primary objective is to stuff your pockets and don’t care whose back you stand on to do it. Prove them wrong. Please!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Program Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time

Pros- Challenging work
- Higher pay than many competitors
- Opportunities to advance with hard work and positve attitude
- Great group people to work with in all areas of the company

Cons- Strong management focus on profit over employees
- Higher workload than many competitors
- Poor health benefits compared to competitors
- High turnover in key business areas (e.g., purchasing and operations)

Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees are our most valuable asset. Small efforts to reward key employees and increase morale can go a long way to improve bottom line over time.

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

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at TRW Automotive

Prosproduct, techonolgy and acess to the latest equipemnt very global

Consbad work environment , degrading medical benefits.

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

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Stable Company- Huge potential to improve

Engineer (Current Employee)
Farmington Hills, MI

I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time for more than 5 years

Pros-Stability. Employess are friendly to work with. Team work is always key there.

ConsBelow average pay. managment don't listen to concerns until it is too late.

Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice to Upper management. Look and reach out for employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Ok company

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Farmington Hills, MI

I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time for more than 5 years

Proswide range of product. Nice equipment. Great people.

ConsThe management is not so good.

Advice to Senior ManagementRespect, respect, respect.

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