TRW Automotive Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. 6 people found this helpful

    Top Down Company in Need of a Facelift

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Support in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - IT Support in Livonia, MI

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

    Pros

    TRW 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.

    Cons

    Horrendous 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen! 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!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    TRW Automotive Review

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Employees 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Okay company

    • 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

    Pros

    product, techonolgy and acess to the latest equipemnt very global

    Cons

    bad work environment , degrading medical benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Stable Company- Huge potential to improve

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Ok company

    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

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

    Pros

    wide range of product. Nice equipment. Great people.

    Cons

    The management is not so good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect, respect, respect.

  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Generally good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Livonia, MI

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

    Pros

    Flexible, generally well run. Good engineers.

    Cons

    Too many ppt presentations. Too many clueless mgrs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Good pay - lousy benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Product Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Principal Product Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    Good pay, good bonus, casual environment.

    Cons

    Benefits 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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Basically Satisfied

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Product Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Principal Product Engineer in Livonia, MI

    I worked at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    Leader in the Braking and OSS technology.

    Cons

    Middle 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.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I worked at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    Good 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 ManagementAdvice

    Threat 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.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Unfair about HR related issues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Livonia, MI

    I worked at TRW Automotive

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Paying 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.

    Disapproves of CEO

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