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Updated Mar 9, 2014

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2.9 13 reviews

33% Approve of the CEO

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Lynn Tilton

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45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A great place to work.

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsOEM - TIER-1, Great Industry, Challenging; Yet all information is at hand if needed. Lot of Pros.

    ConsAt times unrealistic expectations, which sucks the joy, and morale out of working. Especially when it is put on you, and underlying issues with Management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor the people that can do their job, and an additional position take that into consideration. Provide achievable budgets, and maybe take cost away on entire program. Must be a way to do so, if budget is low on a single program, especially when the program is the "Benchmark" analysis is the base/ first of many programs. Thus, all others should have the R&D Budget still, and any future programs should have same design, assembly, and maybe material as the initial Study, Analysis, and Solution applied to any/all following programs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Systems Engineer brings great solutions, no Credit Given. Management has major issues.

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Auburn Hills, MI

    ProsManagement does not know what is going on, they do not recognize good and valid solutions instead you are rewarded for being wrong,

    ConsThey do things the cheap, and wrong way, opposed to the proper way. If you disagree with a concept, but management is locked onto it, you will be crucified, and fired. There are many more Cons than Pros. From an honest assessment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the employees, because some of them have/had more care in the products than you. Also, we understand when you cannot be there, but there is no excuse for never being there, and not knowing what is going on.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for in 3 years.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA lot of opportunities to prove yourself.

    ConsLack of upper management direction and leadership. Heavily relying on extensive written documentation than actual results.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate equal resources for all plants

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company that needs to settle down and focus on execution more than org charts

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Auburn Hills, MI

    ProsGreat people. Everyone is friendly and generally knows how to do their job. Company has grown quickly over the last few years and has a very bright future.

    ConsConstant organizational changes and poor communication makes everyone uncomfortable. Always wondering what is going to happen next makes for a lot of politics and distractions from getting the work done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate change better and decide on the company structure and stick with it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a good place to work. No growth. No appreciation for hard work. Management does not keep commitments made while h

    Product Engineer (Current Employee) Auburn Hills, MI

    ProsIf you are a lazy guy and don’t have knowledge of engineering and automotive industry this is a good place for you. You can survive by just organizing meeting, talk about APQP and copy others inspirations. If you want to learn Microsoft office and Excel , You will get plenty of opportunity. Nice Park and a playground in the back to vent out your stress.

    ConsDon’t get fooled by the appearance of Neat and clean front office while you are called for interview. While interview the Hiring managers will picture the position you are getting interview to be more challenging, Innovative and exciting. They will walk you through a wall mounted with Patents explain that they want innovative individuals to be a part of a big team of Engineers. After you accept you will come to know that you are the only one in the team.
    Supervisor acts like a Jerk does not have any knowledge of Engineering. I was surprised to see the struggle in him to understand a simple force diagram. If you try to explain your supervisor that you have identified a potential design flaw, you will get a justification by a comparison with a totally different product in a different environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI was so inspired by the speech of the Owner and CEO forcing the importance of innovation and her call to the Lazy bumps to leave if they don’t want to innovative. She needs to spend little time to identify the lazy bumps and flush them out.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    From riches to rags

    Engineer (Former Employee) Rochester Hills, MI

    ProsFriendly co-workers, APQP and Stage Gate systems instructed and followed. Physical HQ location close to customer base.

    ConsCompany had great potential and large portfolio of products but mis-management completely crashed the ship. Majority of North American facilities were closed and production moved to Mexico, significant quality decline as result. New ownership has potential to turn things around and improve, but years of zero investment in new products/research engineering has left the company with only basic commodity parts to sell to customers. Sad watching this company's potential go down the drain. Current employees all want out, but are afraid of the job market. Internal environment has become stagnant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire yourselves! This company needs people with integrity that care about the actual company and product value and not perceived value of stock to stock holders. Product move to Mexico was smoke and mirrors, many items cost significanly more to produce there. This greatly improved the stock value for senior managers to sell out and profit, while actual company profit was severly impaired. Obviously this wasn't visible to investors until long after the upper management had taken their booty and run.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I enjoyed the organization but no room for growth

    Corporate Accountant (Former Employee) Troy, MI

    ProsThey were very communicative about issues that arose in the comany. They would take time to boast the moral in the office and everyone was friendly.

    ConsThere was no room for growth. You got to a certain level and you were stuck, not able to achieve more.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage your employees to improve and give opportunities to grow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    As a Temp I may have worked hard but I felt like it was worth it.

    Temp (Former Employee) Fremont, MI

    ProsPlenty of work to be done, so you don't have to worry about job security. Management is good and as long as you show up and try to learn it is a nice place to work.

    ConsBig learning curve starting out. Hard work with little acknowledgement. Lots of standing in one spot and the job can get a bit boring.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet people know if they are doing well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Dura Automotive May be Stalled on Road to Recovery

    Senior Programmer/Analyst (Contract) (Current Employee) Auburn Hills, MI

    ProsI was a contract computer programmer and ERP specialist (QAD Mfg/Pro is their ERP platform). I was somewhat instrumental in working them through the bankruptcy process. As a contract person, and not a permanent employee, I was still made to feel part of the decision making team, pulled into many high-level meetings etc. It was an exciting place to work as we worked our way through the bankruptcy process. My contract was ended just as the new chief was brought in.

    ConsAutomotive is not the best space to be in right now.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork more agressively to continue cutting costs. No matter whatt you are told, you have just begun. IT can be cut in half with carefully selected outsourcing at greatly reduced costs. Plants can be further consolidated. Get more agressive with pricing and insisting on past years (2000 and forward) material cost recovery from customers. Avoid making huge investments that are not required such as the new engineering software. Many of the proposed benefits can be achieved with enhancements to and integration of existing systems.

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    learning experience

    Product Engineer (Current Employee) Hyderābād (India)

    Proschallenging, quick and vast exposure, international standards exposure,

    Consbureaucratic, management lack in vision, people driven organization than a policy driven, age old technology of the products, dis oriented future path

    Advice to Senior Managementpick people from their merit, not through years of experience

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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