ZF TRW Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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ZF TRW Chairman of the Board, President and CEO John C. Plant
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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
  • Work Life balance is not balanced (in 5 reviews)

  • poor leadership, no career path (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Not good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer - Software in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Product Engineer - Software in Livonia, MI

    I have been working at ZF TRW

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Each person has multiple responsibilities.

    Cons

    Lower salary than other companies

    Advice to Management

    Need to care more for employees


  2. Eh.

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

    I have been working at ZF TRW full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They focus on quality and that is very important. The staff is fairly well trained and most people do what they're supposed to.

    Cons

    The managers are stationary. There is not a lot of Movement from managers so engineers who want to become managers have no chance internally. That will eventually be when I move out. I see no chance in improving my position outside of moving sideways.

    Advice to Management

    Hire internally more. Focus on being more attentive to your engineers and give them a chance to move up within the company. Many people feel stuck in their roles.


  3. Good work, good coworkers, good supervisors, low salary

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

    I have been working at ZF TRW full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Coworkers, good work life balance, good bosses (direct supervisors). Fitness center onsite.

    Cons

    Lower salaries than competitors, less lateral movement, high employee turnover.


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  5. Short

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ZF TRW

    Pros

    Good people, good location, nice facility

    Cons

    long hours, no holidays, no OT


  6. TRW

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

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

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

    Pros

    high level of expertise among salary workforce; high-degree of professionalism amongst non-managerial staff

    Cons

    politics overshadow best practices and fact-based practices

    Advice to Management

    Seek to empower rather than control, the talent in your workforce


  7. Misc

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Misc in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Misc in Mesa, AZ

    I worked at ZF TRW

    Pros

    Claim to support work life balance, people are nice and respectful of one another. Pay is competitive. Have been acquired by other companies. Perhaps a new acquisition will streamline processes. Only 300 people. It's like "family".

    Cons

    Outdated processes. It's 2014 and they still like to keep paper records. Are you sure it's not 1980? They use SAP but not to it's full capacity. Refuse to change. A majority of the people have been there for 10, 20+ years. They don't know of any other way. Where are the new people? I am guessing they don't stay. Every site functions differently. It's a large company and focuses like a small start up. Since there are only 300 people, you either fit in or you don't. Function off spreadsheets that have been passed from person to person. Spreadsheets are used to come up with financial numbers. Certain departments use these spreadsheets instead of using SAP. Very manual.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline processes between locations, get everyone on the same computer system, stop using paper as your back up. The main computer storage is going to become full. Encourage change & employee development. Find out what areas need improvement and create databases to assist people with their job. Reduce manual processes and encourage value added work.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Learnt a lot, very nice bunch of people. Understaffed.

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

    I worked at ZF TRW

    Pros

    Learnt a lot, very nice bunch of people, good company to start your career

    Cons

    Very low salary, Understaffed, very high people turn over


  9. Sweat Shop

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

    I worked at ZF TRW

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

    Pros

    Good people and business processes

    Cons

    Meat Grinder - work load, work life balance issue

    Advice to Management

    Hire people and support staff. Senior Managers spend there time being building presentations


  10. Helpful (1)

    Compounding stress

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Marshall, IL
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Marshall, IL

    I have been working at ZF TRW

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent for the area, clean environment, very little physical work, the equipment is becoming newer every day, greedy shareholders and CEO are on their way out, safest place I've ever worked.

    Cons

    Heath insurance is terrible, high deductibles, zero copays. Responsibilities are adding up but pay and people are not. Production software is overloaded and outdated. Training programs are sub par and entirely to complicated, fiefdom

    Advice to Management

    Let actual production operators in on the new hire selection process, continuous improvement is supposed to be a step forward not two back, move away from the dictator approach, aquire a personality and a sense of humor please


  11. Long term employee

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Detroit, MI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great company with huge market strength. Opportunities are easily found for the right candidate.

    Cons

    Large amount of red tape, infrequent senior management updates

    Advice to Management

    Share vision more frequently and allow some insight in to the ZF acquisition plans.



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