A123 Systems Reviews

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Pros
  • Learning new things from other smart people (in 5 reviews)

  • Most of the people there were easy to work with (in 2 reviews)

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 (in 4 reviews)

  • Bad decisions were never reversed because it might indicate weakness (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Interesting technology, poor management.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company paid well and provided nice employee perks. For example, there were regularly catered breakfasts and lunches.

    Cons

    The company had seemingly good technology but inexperienced/ non qualified management pushing the product forward. They were more concerned about getting a production line up and running than fixing the fundamental problems of the technology. The management in my department was extremely unprofessional. The technicians were constantly at odds with the senior manager and said manager was known for getting in frequent arguments and bad talking his peers and employees.


  2. Great company but struggles with management leadership

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

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great technology and the opportunity to have a big impact

    Cons

    Solid leadership was an issue before the bankruptcy, but post bankruptcy and purchase by Wanxiang has left the company floundering. The primary focus is reducing cost: which is a good thing. But, there is also a view among many employees that the company isn't making the good solid investments for the long term. While Wanxiang did make some changes, they are a very hands-off company and left much of the A123 leadership team in place.

    Advice to Management

    People need to see the upside. What's in it for the employees other than just employment. Benefits are practically nil, there are no stock options or company ownership opportunities and benefits are very limited.


  3. Helpful (2)

    One of the worst to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waltham, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Good Technology !!! but technologist adamant and not receptive to ideas

    Cons

    Nothing else. Directors and above treat engineers as peons. Total lack of appreciation.
    Always put people on defense while presenting work. Get bogged down minute details to prove superiority. No team spirit always on the computer attending meetings with the same group of people. No communication to the team . Directors act as jerks

    Advice to Management

    Open up. Encourage employees. Give freedom and appreciate


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Stay away

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Top heavy. Too many incompetent managers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    too bad it used to be a company full of hope

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    A123 Systems is a poorly run organization with huge management issues.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Materials Technician in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Materials Technician in Waltham, MA

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

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

    Pros

    To be honest with you I am hard pressed to give you any pro to working at A123 Systems. But if I were to give one up side to the company is they have assembled a good group of people to work with. However due to poor organization they are fleeing the company.

    Cons

    The down side to working for A123 Systems is they do not know how to manage their money. They are an extremely top heavy organization that is more interested in how to line the board members pockets with gold instead of spending their money on things that would make the organization run better and actually deliver a product and make a profit.

    Advice to Management

    Develop some people skills. Stop taking bonuses.


  8. Helpful (2)

    A123 is a growing dynamic company with a big upside

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at A123 Systems

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A123 offers a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow as a professional. Just get ready to work hard for your success. The company has a strong core of smart and hardworking people. The technology is impressive.

    Cons

    Sometimes limited information sharing from top management. Information goes up, but not much comes back down. Long hours. Not much priority given to work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to do a better job vetting markets and put more energy and resources behind manufacturing process development.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Fun fast paced team atmosphere

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at A123 Systems

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Green tech, R&D, new technology, great team

    Cons

    Long hours and the company is growing rapidly and some people feel a sense of instability and uncertainly



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