Allison Transmission

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Allison Transmission Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
41 Reviews
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    What company do some of these people work for - it is not the Allison Transmission I know

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Allison Transmission full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, solid benefits. There is a lot to learn and a lot of opportunity if you apply yourself. Look at the demographics - much of the workforce (including many managers) will be turning over in 5 or so years. People are willing to help if you ask them nicely. The company is spending a bunch on product development (Hybrids, new product variants for On-Highway, Off-Highway. and even Military transmissions). Company has had regular compensation increases, and also paid annual bonuses that all employees were eligible for - - the specific amounts were determined by individual performance but the overall funding was very good.

    Cons

    Dealing with the type of individuals that have written some of the most negative reviews. The CEO asked HR to do a spot check on hours, and then shared the results with the management team. His point to management was some managers were not themselves putting in a full week, and that some managers were not close enough to their people to know if they had a full workload (as their subordinates were not working full 40 hour weeks). That is unreasonable? People got mad because they got caught not working full time. (To quote Shakespeare, "Me thinks they doth protest too much"). The whining over the so called lack of product/technology development is bizarre - the company has never been working on as many technologies as they are today. I think the issue with some is that there is a new expectation of accountability for the spending, and some don't like that, as they've been used to doing whatever they wanted without any accountability. Welcome to the real world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on the path of change - the company must adapt to grow globally. The naysayers will either retire or leave, and we'll be left with those who "get it", and be better for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Technology company that is losing its edge

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    Former Employee - Product Engineering in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Product Engineering in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Allison Transmission full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Provider of great products and has been able to deliver technology in the past. Good people with a lot of experience. Opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Bread & butter products have been neglected and too much engineering time spent on qualifying low-cost suppliers that can't deliver quality, rather than focusing on enhancing current products and developing new products. There is a real dichotomy of employees with a group with 30+ years experience that are stuck until they can retire, and a group of newbies that are there to gain experience before moving on to a better job that will value their skills. Also too many consultants that have too much power. Allison has also made it clear that no one is safe from being laid off, regardless of experience, dedication, and knowledge, so there is little loyalty any more, and morale is terrible. Being spun off from General Motors was a real opportunity to do great things, but unfortunately the only thing management wanted to focus on for the first five years was preparing the company to go public so they could reap millions, and the post-IPO focus is on cost containment and maximizing their annual bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees rather than looking at them as pure burden. Also stop relying on consultants to run Product Engineering. Also spend some time on long-term planning rather than the next quarter's profits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Culture of helplessness

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Allison Transmission full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You get vacation days and then get mandated to take at least 4 of them during the annual summer shutdown. There is an annual employee meeting with free cookies and a comparison of GMAT scores. The stock ownership plan has made about a dozen people quite wealthy but regular people don't get the benefit of any of it. Quite diverse especially in executive ranks where there are white people, males and even white males. White female executives get titles like Managing Director or Executive Director. Only one white female is a VP. You can get noticed at the highest level especially your swipes in and out of the building.

    Cons

    An abject feeling of helplessness permeates the company and culture. It is also a culture of bullying. The most senior of managers berate and bully any chance they get and the company in general bullies its customers and suppliers. People are leaving left and right because of it and customers and suppliers have had enough of it. I suspect that even higher level managers know its bad but they feel helpless because of the way things are run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have proven that you are the smartest people in the room. You do not need to keep shoving it down everybodys throat. Do not kid yourselves. Deep down you know your fantastic wealth means nothing if you do not have coworkers who think highly of you and respect you. You may not show it but you know it.

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

    Used to be a GREAT company to work for...not anymore.

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Allison Transmission full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working here beats holding down 2-3 other lower paying jobs. The product could be great if the Execs would stop mandating "corner-cutting" and sourcing material from low quality non-USA suppliers.

    Cons

    The major Con is the Executive Staph (intentional). The morale is so low among the salaried workforce because work times and phone logs are pulled monthly and reviewed for material that can be used to fire people. No or low raises (1-3%) are given to non-mgmt while the Executives gave themselves 45-60% raises with seven figure bonuses...and stock options gained in 2007 are making them rich (all public info on the stock exchange). Regular employees work in fear daily of being met at their desks with a box and a security guard. Never know when it's your day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being elitists and remember when you were first hired. You act as though you got where you are by yourself...which is totally wrong. Without the people you are currently pushing out the door, you'd not be rolling around in your bank accounts. You are ruining this company very quickly.

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

    Time for progressive leadership

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Allison Transmission full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stellar product, strong financials, lot of dedicated people who want to do the right thing. Very smart workforce due to technical requirements of the product. Decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Executive leadership, with the notable exceptions of recent and non-GM appointments, needs a major overhaul. Many have been in place too long, too removed from the real world and too concerned about their own financial gain. Very out of touch with what employees want today. Really a shame because this could be a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up before it is too late. There is no trust between you and the average employee. We need more innovation, more responsive approach, more opportunity to have developmental assignments so that we can learn and contribute. You seem to be too stuck in the GM way of doing things and we know how that company did. Design your own culture for Allison and make it something that can take us into the next 100 years.

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

    Couldn't get out quickly enough!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Allison Transmission full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, many good people.

    Cons

    I worked in the finance department, which is on the same floor as the CEO and other top executives. The CEO recently started reviewing "ring reports", which shows what time people swipe in and out of the building. He got really upset when he saw that some people weren't in the building at least 40 hours a week and made a giant stink about it. Of course, this report doesn't show when you're working at home late nights and weekends, and it doesn't prove that those who are in the building for 40 hours are actually working productively. He also likes to walk the floor to see if people are working. This seems way beneath the concerns of a CEO of such a large company. The office environment is depressing. It's basically a giant cubicle farm with only one window on the entire floor. There was a lot of grumbling and hostility toward management, and I felt like most people were just waiting for a better opportunity to come along. Certain managers in the finance department were extremely difficult to work with (one in particular was downright scary). I can't speak about other departments at Allison, but if you're considering a job in finance, please stop and look elsewhere. I know that not every company is perfect, but you should avoid this company at all costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO should trust his managers to make sure their people are working productively. Stop reviewing ring reports, as this doesn't even come close to showing you the whole picture. The mid-level managers need training on people management, as a few of them (one in particular) are easily the worst I've ever seen when it comes to people skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Women Need Not Apply

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Allison Transmission full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great product, known for its quality, 100 year old history, nice people, Indy is a great city.

    Cons

    This is the ultimate in the Good Old Boy Network. Take a look at the Executive team and you can count the women on one hand, literally. There is only 1 VP who is a woman. The other 2 women on the President's staff of 12 (a small minority at that) are relegated to 2nd tier status with titles like Managing or Executive Director, instead of VP. You don't see that with the men. Of the 9 men on the Executive Staff, all are VP or higher except 1 and he is an Executive Director, still higher than a Managing Director. As for racial diversity, there is none on the Executive staff. This is really outdated and not reflective of today's world. Most of the departments are similar with few women in leadership roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO rules the company and people are afraid to speak up. This is not a healthy or productive environment for anyone, especially women. Working from home is forbidden, really! The CEO should spend less time focused on how many hours people are in the building ( yes, he checks the rings from people using their IDs to enter/leave the building each day) and more time focused on how to engage all employees, especially women. You are missing a great opportunity and once all the old timer GM men retire, there won't be a company left to run. Most of us who had come here hoping to make a career will have left, too, and gone to places that value our contributions, without regard to our gender.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    I enjoy most of my job at Allison Transmission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allison Transmission full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good people, great benefits, relaxed enviornment and lots of opportunities to try various jobs.

    Cons

    Executives are too concerned about clocking salary hours. It doesn't bother me because there is no one I can work less than 40 hours a week and get my job done correctly, but it is frusterating to know that they are watching your every move.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    International

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allison Transmission full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is not bad if you are a long-time employe. There is not much else that can be seen as positive. Unless you are in management ofcourse.

    Cons

    We used to be an asset; now we are cost. High salaries and bonusses for higher management, but for people at the lower end there are no pay raises. New employees are hired at lower salaries and get no pay raises, so they leave after some time. Old hands then have to train new poeple, again. Also saving money on travel cost at the expense of the employee. Morale amongst employees is low. Repressive top-down management causes risk-avoidance, so everything is done by committee (or does not get done).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating your people as assets again; develop plan to keep skills in the company. Empower people to get things done. Stop repression.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Hard to briefly describe how it's tanked here.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Operations in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Engineering Operations in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Allison Transmission full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There's a lot to learn here and learning to survive the hectic pace makes you a superstar in your next job. And this company will continue to dominate its market for a while, so your paycheck won't bounce. But you can get a solid paycheck lots of places, maybe a higher one, too, and with fewer knives at your throat and back.

    Cons

    Profit is all that matters now, even though this place always made *huge* money.
    It's faster/easier to just cut resources and workforce to barebones to save $$ and boost the bottom line.
    Just make the little guy figure out how to get to LA with no gas and no money - and on schedule. If he doesn't, pepper his review with bad marks and put him on the to-be-fired list ('cutbacks' are now a regular thing).

    Doing more with less is commonplace anymore, but here it’s almost sinister. The only thing that hasn’t been cut back is mgmt's view of how far people can stretch. Mid-mgmt wants everybody scurrying like ants, treating everything as ‘urgent’. Difficult to prioritize your work when everything must be treated as #1. You multitask so many things you get less done overall, and anything not completed perfectly can haunt you, so most of your day involves crisis management and competing for resources. Alli culture used to be about finding and fixing root cause to build a world-class product, but now it’s about survival, CYA and root blame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As of right now, your 'new culture' has a rating of approx. 3 on here. That's a D-. Step back and look in the mirror. Mistrust is breeding amongst the workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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