A123 Systems Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Great technology, screwed up management

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Westborough, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Westborough, MA

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic cell technology, cutting edge applications, can be very exciting work. Good pay.

    Cons

    Bloated management structure - way too many chiefs and far too few Indians. Benefits going downhill. Egos rule, and extremely political climate there. Your ideas and work are entirely judged on how much the managers like you rather than their merits (it wasn't always that way there). Turning into a "culture of blame" as things spiral downhill

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step aside, you can find good work elsewhere, let others in who will give this technology a chance. Stop blaming the worker bees because after years of failures where you ignored their advice, and had great talent leave, the only remaining conclusion is that the problem is with you.

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

    not employee friendly

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Livonia, MI

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    clean environment,good starting pay,fellow employees

    Cons

    no senority,no raises,layoffs,management treatment of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your emolyees like assets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Top Management Lacks Pride, Leadership, Proper Ambition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time

    Pros

    Original core technology was once impressive. Companys ambitions were once honorable and commendable.

    Cons

    Top management in Michigan has exploited core technology for their own personal gain, to the point where the product is now a major liability. Self-promotion of CEO, Presidents, VPs and Directors is the core business. Engineers leaving every week, the upside-down pyrimid is so obvious, management will not publish an org chart. 5 year business plan is based on Fiskers - run the business into the ground with only top level managment left collect a undeserved, inflated paycheck / bonus. Sad to watch this company bleed out due to greed and lack of true leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Publish an organization chart and then look at it. Start there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    like living on death row

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    Current Employee - Production Operator in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Livonia, MI

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can come to work and do nothing and still get paid....the American dream job

    Cons

    Plain and simple they stole the government money and paid their selfs....the American ripoff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All of you should be lock up for the theft of government funds that you use for personel gain and not for the development of a decent battery like it was meant for...the American sham

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Great People / Good Potential Product / Terrible Management

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Livonia, MI

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent, caring, professional workforce. Nice facility.

    Cons

    Management only looks to further their positions. No respect for employees. High rate of turnover of good people who could not just stand by and watch the meltdown without voicing their opinions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit or retire. All you've done is make empty promises with worthless "stock" options to employees, while filling your pockets with taxpayer's money and driving the business into the ground.

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

    Stay away

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    None. There are some great employees there but most have either left or being laid off.

    Cons

    Top heavy. Too many incompetent managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Too much focus/gamble on automotive.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Westborough, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Westborough, MA

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very nice and smart people to work with on a day-day basis.
    Above average salary and benefits.

    Cons

    The "Good Old Boys Network" was very strong at the senior management level.
    Too many Directors and Managers; not enough people to do the work.
    Low -performing managers were not identified properly.
    Designing high-power battery packs can be stressful.

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

    too bad it used to be a company full of hope

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    a lot of nice and smart people, at least used to be

    Cons

    poor management. I wish to give negative three stars if possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Going downhill fast...

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Westborough, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Westborough, MA

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I find it difficult to be positive at this point in time, A123 has some incredible technology and a (dwindling) number of highly talented engineers, but lack of leadership and uncertanty is causing people to leave at an alarming rate.

    Cons

    The post-bankrupcy reorganization under Wanxiang seems to consist of reductions in benefits (which up 'till now, were excellent), reductions in staffing (as in layoffs), and the same management team that drove the company into bankrupcy. The other significant differences that are immediately visible are the significant declines in the number of both projects and customers. Lack of clear direction in key development areas continues to cause major delays and repeated redesign cycles, causing customers to lose interest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Action needs to be taken immediately to retain (and not continue to drive away) the rank-and-file employees. Benefit cuts accross the board just don't jive with recent management bonuses. Clear direction is needed to enable development teams to deliver saleable products

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

    A ship without a course...

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    Current Employee - Materials in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Materials in Livonia, MI

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Although working through some quality issues, I believe the technology is sound and there is allot of interest in the product.

    Cons

    No leadership - No Plan - No Direction - No Accountability - No Objectives - No Performance Metrics, just come in and start from scratch every single day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the experts you've paid so well to employ! Many people know what it takes to turn that company around but no one listens and you get the impression that no one really cares.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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