ZF TRW Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. Senior Product Engineer

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

    I have been working at ZF TRW full-time

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

    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.


  2. 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

    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

    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.


  3. ok

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

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

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

    Pros

    nice working conditions and they provided uniforms.

    Cons

    To many bosses getting involved

    Advice to Management

    Treat People better


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  5. 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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  6. 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

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

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

    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


  7. 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

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

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

    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.


  8. It is a very chaotic place to work.

    Former Contractor - Operations Supervisor in Auburn, NY
    Former Contractor - Operations Supervisor in Auburn, NY

    I worked at ZF TRW as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Trying to recuperate from some inconsistent blasé management.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Earn a living but expect to be undervalued.

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

    I have been working at ZF TRW as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Shareholder 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 Management

    Employees 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.


  10. Good people, but challenging job.

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

    I have been working at ZF TRW

    Pros

    Interesting work. Great challenges. global reach

    Cons

    Long hours, demanding automotive industry


  11. Helpful (6)

    Top Down Company in Need of a Facelift

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!



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