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Dura Automotive Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
17 Reviews
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17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company to work for, but needs to better keep in step with technology.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Engineering in Auburn Hills, MI

    I have been working at Dura Automotive

    Pros

    Challenging environment where your ideas and skills can make an immediate impact. Great coworkers. Pay is good. Great 401k match.

    Cons

    Need to stay in step with technology and lead innovation. Been many changes in management so communication and leadership needs improvement. Need better employee retention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Really enjoyed working for Dura Automotive until bought by Patriarch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dura Automotive

    Pros

    Good company with a lot of good people.

    Cons

    Unsure future with current owner for certain locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be selective on accepting new business. Make sure it's profitable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not a fan of unions

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Utility Worker in Pinconning, MI
    Current Employee - Utility Worker in Pinconning, MI

    I have been working at Dura Automotive

    Pros

    the hours were nice as well as the overtime schedule

    Cons

    consistently laying off their workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not overload 1st shift

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Company is lost

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Auburn Hills, MI

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

    Pros

    Pay is in line with other oem suppliers. Company is stable financially. Measures are being put in place to spend frugally.

    Cons

    Unstable upper management does not communicate well with the company, directions constantly changing. This is a reflection on the owner. Benefits are subpar. No bonus structure in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to stabilize. Far too much turnover both in upper management and regular staff. Staff here does not feel valued by this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    arbeit macht sie frei

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dura Automotive

    Pros

    So much potential for growth and development

    Cons

    Poor management and weak work force. Long hours and never ending weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better incentive programs for all employees

  7.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI

    I have been working at Dura Automotive full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

    I have been working at Dura Automotive full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    At 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 ManagementAdvice

    For 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Constant 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 ManagementAdvice

    Communicate change better and decide on the company structure and stick with it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work for in 3 years.

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to prove yourself.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create equal resources for all plants

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI

    I have been working at Dura Automotive full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    Don’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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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