ZF TRW Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Product Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall a good company to work. A pleasant working place with many talent people, nice diversity culture, dynamic environment, face challenge everyday...

    Cons

    Management is kind of chaos at this transition time, too profit driven, not sure what will happen next after join ZF...

    Advice to Management

    Need better coordination between different departments, related teams need to talk to each other when doing the same project. Communication, communication, communication...


  2. Publicly traded mentality in a small town shop

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great employee culture Secure customer base Seasoned / high tenure workforce

    Cons

    Little room for advancement High performing plants "lumped" in with poor division

    Advice to Management

    Deep dive into the performance metrics before making cuts division-wide - specifically relating to commercial steering systems


  3. Its automotive. Its fast paced, chaotic, and constantly changing.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Auburn, NY
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Auburn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Once you are a well respected employee, people start to treat you better. Lots of freedoms, for the most part (for salaried employees)

    Cons

    Earning the respect of "knowing what you're talking about" is overwhelming to a lot of people and so they think its a bad place. Things change at a ridiculous pace so you have to ebb and flow with the environment. I'm too good for my current position so I will never get promoted -- they cant afford to lose me.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and pull the place together. There are too many low-level people making different decisions that dont align with one another. The management team needs to provide and enforce a common direction (but TAKE TIME developing that direction -- dont just whip it out there and MANDATE it for the next three weeks and then forget about it again.)


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good overall experience

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sevierville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sevierville, TN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work at the plant level. The East TN people are wonderful to work with and they are willing to attack the difficult issues head on.

    Cons

    Work life imbalance. The many layers of management made it difficult to get anything done. Do many different audits that you will spend at least three months out of the year either preparing, performing or correcting audit issues. It appears that most of the audits were created to add a management position for someone.

    Advice to Management

    Go to the plant and see first hand what they need for success.


  6. Senior Product Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZF TRW full-time

    Pros

    Some Flexibility with work from home. Good Dental coverage. Worker level employees are helpful and try to fulfill team objectives.

    Cons

    Medical benefits have high deductable when comparable to other automotive suppliers and OEMS. Work Life balance is not balanced. Not much leadership or mentoring. Staffing is short sighted and product knowledge is iffy. No career path.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your staff; aptitudes, knowledge, and your staff that are "weak links". Reassign people accordingly and compensate the capable ones.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Interesting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Finance in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    More challenging/rewarding work, work with good people.

    Cons

    Building condition, building layout/functionality, lack of actual cubes for each employee, Corporate lacks the benefits and employee appreciation of comparable companies/competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Place a higher degree of value on employees.


  8. ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Fowlerville, MI
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Fowlerville, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice working conditions and they provided uniforms.

    Cons

    To many bosses getting involved

    Advice to Management

    Treat People better


  9. Helpful (1)

    top heavy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Saginaw, MI
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Saginaw, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary good people place to learn on seem to make smart business decisions . production incentives. ways of growth within

    Cons

    ceo salary out of control while cutting workers compenisation and work rules. lack of communication with managers and empoyees

    Advice to Management

    comunicate comunicate use common sense for solutions


  10. Okay company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Lafayette, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    pretty lay back, learning environment

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    need to cut cost


  11. Helpful (2)

    About the same as most Tier 1 Automotive Suppliers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineering Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Product Engineering Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people. Finally starting much needed building improvements

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that engineering is equally important to the company as operations.



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