Comau Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
22 Reviews
2.6
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    good company with lack of USA educated management

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    Current Employee - ICT in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - ICT in Southfield, MI

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

    Pros

    good company, good employee. good upper management

    Cons

    Italy entrusting USA management with NO management experience or education background.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the middle and lower management has the adequate credentials to lead their department.
    A minimum of a bachelor degree is a must and is a part of the discipline of a global company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Comau Powertrain

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Royal Oak, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Royal Oak, MI

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and hours; very limited contact with management; no one standing over your shoulder. Can be good, usually is a bad thing. If it is not done Italy's way its not done right. Never question the way that the higher ups want it done, even when you consider it to be elementary and lacking details.

    Cons

    Poor pay, poor advancement, lack of employee development. (though they claim to pride themselves on it). Very few people internally that have anything good to say about the last 25 years of their employment. Usually a lot of moving positions and trying to keep people doing a "sheep" type job for as long as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more involved with your employees if you are going to claim to have that as one of your pillars. Management should stop being weak and define what is going on here in the US to the higher ups. Instead of just jumping on the bandwagon and following the ship to the bottom of the sea.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Awful Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI

    I worked at Comau full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people who know what they are doing.

    Cons

    Managers have no idea how to manage, they are promoted because they have been with the company for a while. HR is a puppet to Italy and has no say. Heavy turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized and realize why so many people leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A place you would want to end your career.

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    Current Employee - Designer in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Designer in Southfield, MI

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

    Pros

    Lots of work and overtime.

    Cons

    Not much change in pay once you get here.
    Not much investment in R&D.
    Lots of overhead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Needs some help

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI

    I worked at Comau (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Regional CEO is a fantastic man, but his hands are tied, much like every one elses.

    Cons

    Compensation philisophy is terrible, no raises, no room for growth, no opportunity. This company makes you wait years before you get a merit increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and speak up, something needs to happen as people are leaving for competitors and word on the street is you are not a good place to work. There is no reward for hard work and dedication

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    "delivery driven"

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    Former Employee - Industrial Operations Leader in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Industrial Operations Leader in Southfield, MI

    I worked at Comau full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Comau offered an excellent base salary and good benefits. There are a lot of tireless rank and file workers who will go the extra mile to get things to the customer.

    Cons

    Near total absence of costing and expense tracking processes. Comau has a decent Project Management system, however it is not well socialized within the company or employed by management. Very much a "blame down" culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Program and Project Managers should spend more time with their Integrated Project Teams to monitor and drive execution. PMs just expect "things will happen" and then go into fire-drill mode halfway through.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    former comau employee-southfield office

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    Former Employee - Robtic Engineer in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Robtic Engineer in Southfield, MI

    I worked at Comau full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    decent pay, global presence, somewhat secure now being partenered with fiat/chrysler

    Cons

    management is horrible, if your italian your automatically promoted if not well... not so much. HR is a joke, i was threatened by my supervisor for suggesting another solution to a problem, and was let go a week before xmas. i have worked with leaders in this field for a decade and have never worked for a less respecful company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    practice what you preach, follow through on commitments, be fair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    What a strange place to work, strange "leadership", strange people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Royal Oak, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Royal Oak, MI

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

    Pros

    Salaries are above average. Little to no supervision (can be good but can be also bad).

    Cons

    There's little to no leadership. Nobody appears to able to make a decision without getting the OK from someone in Italy. And those guys over there can make very strange decisions if they make any at all. Don't expect opposition even if everybody knows that the idea out of Italy will fail.

    But having no leadership doesn't mean that there's no process. Matter of fact that is just getting a little out of hand. Same thing, everybody knows it but nobody will say anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It' no secret that most Italians in higher positions see their US assignments as a temporary stunt until they get called back to the homeland for a nice corporate positions. And there's nothing wrong with that but imagine what impression you could make in Italy with mind-boggling financial numbers rather than just following the "lead from Italy". Many times their "lead" is wrong and everybody knows it. But don't expect your current manager to tell you that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    hmm pays good but way to many lay offs.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Comau as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    dont really have a boss following you around all day.its more independent working there.tons of work to do there at some points. other days its really slow.pays really good.and get good discounts off places.

    Cons

    way to many lay offs
    way to hard to get directly hired into there company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get your sh*t together and stop laying people off so they can have a stable job. stop messing around with new things and blaming it on that.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Comau

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits after the internship, great company culture. The possibilities for advancement seem be great. Very clean, up kept facilities.

    Cons

    The IT department seems to be slow are processing service request. You have to keep at it every day until the job is done. The culture seems like it can be very political.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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