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TRW Automotive Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
161 Reviews
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TRW Automotive Chairman of the Board, President and CEO John C. Plant
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good people, acceptable work environment (in 9 reviews)

  • good salary good people place to learn on seem to make smart business decisions (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Horrible work/ life balance, your home is just a place to store your stuff (in 5 reviews)

  • There is no training and no consistency between people who share roles (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    hostile

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    Current Employee - Misc Assembler in Winona, MN
    Current Employee - Misc Assembler in Winona, MN

    I have been working at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    We do have some very friendly, upstanding people in management.

    Cons

    Low wages ($12.01 for misc. assembly), short breaks ( 5 min, unpaid 20 min, and 5 min), $3,600 yearly insurance deductible, minimal vacation days (none the first year), no workplace communication, interaction training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If CEO John Plant earns $78 million, then I am a slave. I earn approx $25,000 per year and he earns approx 3000 times as much. Inadequate compensation (wages, breaks, and benefits) and high quotas have created a hostile work experience. Someday these wage disparities will be a crime and I will enjoy watching the guilty be held accountable.

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

    A good opportunity to learn a lot but sadly management was increasingly becoming out-of-touch.

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Livonia, MI

    I worked at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    Good opportunities to learn new IT skills. Good people to work with. Relatively flexible with time off. On-call duties weren't too rough (not a lot of out-of-hours pages to handle). 401k match. Benefits aren't (weren't) too bad.

    Cons

    Pay was substantially less than what the market was paying for someone with my skills and experience. Raises and bonuses were generally offensively low. HR department is effectively in charge of IT. No respect for ability from manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to solve all your "problems" in secret. Trust your staff to do what you hired them to do and stop micromanaging them and questioning their every decision. Not every decision needs to be discussed in excruciating detail in front of a committee of people.

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

    Stock holders are #1, Senior Managments Bonus is #2, Customer#3

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I worked at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    The products are interesting and the equipment is high end,

    Cons

    Poor benifits, high end of cost of living increase is 3% (neg with benifit increase) Low bonus during record profits (2% average). Facility is deplorable & dirty. extremly high number of contract foreign workers with poor english and no work experience. Minimal & discouraging growth within the company. Poor training, improper staffing for programs, long hours, senior managment does not provide a clear path. constant push to use oversea's,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the red tape on promoting within, stop bring foreign workers over with no experience unable to speak english, Stop waiting to see what other companies are doing before you make a decision or providing a benift to the internal workforce. Stop waiting for employee's to hand in notice to keep them. Do something about the facility and air quality. Provide a compeditive wage & benifits. Have a clear path to train new employee's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stressful Environment

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Valley View, OH
    Former Employee - Accountant in Valley View, OH

    I worked at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    The people that I provided customer service to at the different TRW locations were great to work for. As well as there were a lot of team members at my location that cared about their work. There is alot that you can learn on this job and take with you for your own personal career advacement.

    Cons

    Workload is too much for the number of employees due to today's economy and down sizing. There is a lack of recognition for employees with no degree who have been doing the job well for many years for less pay. Promotion or advacement within the company only exists for an elite few so many good people are walking and taking their knowledge with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate Headquarters needs to take a look at the TRW as a whole and the current Management and how things are being run and if it makes proper business sense for the future of the company. TRW also needs to respect employees & reward them for a good job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A place in decline and oblivous to the new business environment

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    Former Employee - Operations in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Operations in Mesa, AZ

    I worked at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    Great People.
    Good training for some things.

    Cons

    Cutting people and then turning around and hiring people
    Lots of turnover
    Everyone was disgruntled

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

    No Respect

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    Current Employee - Machine Helper in Rogersville, TN
    Current Employee - Machine Helper in Rogersville, TN

    I have been working at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    The only pros I can think of is all the good hard working people that work hard for the company !

    Cons

    people laied off on friday and temps in their position the next monday, member of HR ownes part of a temp agent company, some temps makeing almost $2.00 more than perment people doing the same job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I dont think Mr Plant knowes of some of the things going on in the rogersville factory, the management needs to be under a microscope and try lisening to some of the people on the floor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    TRW Employment...I would avoid them

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn, NY

    I have been working at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    They are a fast-paced work environment that you can learn alot about electronics manufacturing. I learned alot about systematic problem solving procedures.

    Cons

    I feel that you cannot trust the management team especially at the site I worked at. Not only do they lie to their employees, they lie to their customers. In recent salary layoffs, in a bordeline illegal fashion, they laid off more capable employees out concern that by laying off employees with more seniority would consume more of their restructuring money. During meetings, they clearly said that they wanted to void any litigation and to get rid of the junior employees. Because they continue to keep poor performers around, TRW Auburn's performance suffers. It is more based on not WHAT you know but WHO you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the right thing and get rid of the dead weight...not the people that are actually giving you good results. Don't lie to employees.

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

    Cheapest company to work for, horrible management.

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    Current Employee - Machine/Assembly Technician in Tillsonburg, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Machine/Assembly Technician in Tillsonburg, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at TRW Automotive as a contractor

    Pros

    The people I worked with on my line were great to work with, in fact a lot of machine operators are very friendly people and work hard. Not a lot of heavy lifting.

    Cons

    Very unfair treatment of employees. Ripping off their annual raise. Very cheap company to work for. Their machines are broken, and instead of fixing them properly they just "bandage" the situation and hope it goes away. The health and safety of employees is their last concern. The Metal working fluids they use to machine their parts is full of bacterias and mold, and makes a lot of employees ill. Their "union" is a joke. a waste of $60 a month. Use of contract employees, going through a process of hiring on contract employees full time, but seems very biased. Noticing a lot of women with low cut shirts getting hired. Already pissed of GM enough that they are not allowed to bid on new contracts with them, had to resort to BMW and keeping existing GM lines. Talk among a lot of employees on the floor about the plant possibly going under in a few years. Always running out of components and missing shipment, and management always blames the operators, when in reality, it's management not ordering enough components or not allowing proper maintenance of their machines, thus a lot of machine downtime!! Also, noticing some lines won't have any work all week, yet I see them get mandated every saturday. Totally wrong and should not be allowed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about you smarten the hell up before you all lose your jobs? learn to take care of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    worst place I've ever worked.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solihull, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solihull, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    NONE !!!.....leaving is a pro....because you've escaped.

    Cons

    Company does not care about employees, only interested in profits for share holders. When you resign you are treated like an outcast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no point giving anby advice as they don't and will not EVER listen

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

    that's the worst company I've ever work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    so far not found the pros

    Cons

    no credibility at all. high people turnover rate. no leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not playing game and politics and your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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