American Superconductor Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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American Superconductor President, CEO, and Director Daniel P. (Dan) McGahn
Daniel P. (Dan) McGahn
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  1. Poorly run company with out of touch management.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Devens, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Devens, MA

    I worked at American Superconductor full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay was competitive with the market but don't expect advancement.

    Cons

    Don't expect to make a difference or to have a management team that cares about the shareholders, customers or employees. One bad decision after another and poor product quality is the death toll for them.

    Advice to Management

    The Board needs to wake up and do what's right for the shareholders by replacing the entire management team. Also, continually suing their customers or being sued is a bad strategy.


  2. Long time employee, company is fighting for its life

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    I have been working at American Superconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good people, casual work environment. Benefits are OK. They do pay people pretty well. But in order to get people to stay through the kind of collapse we have here now, they must pay well.

    Cons

    So many layoffs because of the Sinoval debacle that moral is in the toilet. It is completely unknown even to us on the inside whether the company will make it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop flying every executive all around the world in non-stop fashion instead of laying off more people next time


  3. Could be a leader but for Executive Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Superconductor full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great technology and solutions which could truly change the world. Truly brilliant and visionary engineers with a passion for what they do

    Cons

    Where to start? Terrible senior management who will bankrupt the company Allowed the company's golden goose to be stolen Interested in keeping Wall Street happy Has zero concern for employees Treats employees as expendable and makes sure they know it Numerous ethical obstacles

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to someone competent Try to fulfill your mission Realize your time has passed


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  5. Real problems with the top leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Pepperell, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Pepperell, MA

    I worked at American Superconductor (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Had the best technology and workers

    Cons

    Decimated by poor decisions by the current CEO and the Board are just puppets being paid-off

    Advice to Management

    Leave


  6. Stay away

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Superconductor full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    The executive level management is a joke and all they care about there money and stock options. Could (Would) be a great company without them.

    Advice to Management

    Fire CEO and revamp upper management


  7. Helpful (1)

    Very poorly managed company with lots of hidden agenda at the top and very poor leadership (none).

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Superconductor

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

    Pros

    Independent of what you do and how bad you contribute, as long as you know the right person at the top you are fine. You dance to the music from the top you are safe.

    Cons

    There is NO leadership There is NO vision The so called leadership does not have a clue for the contributions that makes the goals met. Very sad place

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk You need to first identify who are the true leaders. You have not demonstrated to the working employees that you know this. Do not rely on those incompetant (in your terms) leadership. At the end of the day you need to be competent enough to pick the right leaders not those who tell you what you want to hear to safeguard their jobs and their agendas.


  8. Poor management

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

    I have been working at American Superconductor full-time

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

    Pros

    Good people, casual work environment, pay is ok.

    Cons

    You need to be in with the right people in upper management to move up. Poor management with no vision. Upper management blames all their problems on Sinoval.


  9. Great company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, WI

    I worked at American Superconductor full-time

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

    Pros

    Quality People Great Benefits and Pay

    Cons

    Not enough Sales Moved WI operation to MA

    Advice to Management

    More communication would improve morale


  10. Great company with poor management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer in Middleton, WI
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer in Middleton, WI

    I worked at American Superconductor full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with and the product we made were great and of the highest quality. This was a great company to work for with a ton of potential.

    Cons

    The executive level management over extended themselves and put all of their eggs in one basket. Now the basket is gone.


  11. Principal Scientist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Highlands Ranch, CO

    I worked at American Superconductor (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Very friendly team, challenging problems and rewarding career advancement

    Cons

    After a couple of years, the attitude changed after solving the most burning challenges and rewards went to others.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the contributions based on the value to the company



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