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A123 is a growing dynamic company with a big upside

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

I have been working at A123 Systems

Pros

A123 offers a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow as a professional. Just get ready to work hard for your success. The company has a strong core of smart and hardworking people. The technology is impressive.

Cons

Sometimes limited information sharing from top management. Information goes up, but not much comes back down. Long hours. Not much priority given to work life balance.

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The company needs to do a better job vetting markets and put more energy and resources behind manufacturing process development.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to work - if there was work to be done.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Romulus, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Romulus, MI

    I worked at A123 Systems

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good front-line management. Excellent work conditions and competent engineers.

    Cons

    The automotive battery business for all-electrics is not as hot as it was thought. There have been a lot of layoffs and very likely more to come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More realistic expectations of the market. They started very strong but a bit too strong. This led to layoffs and work stoppages when business dropped.

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    It was more stressful than it needed to be.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI

    I worked at A123 Systems

    Pros

    I enjoyed the challenge of working in a start up company.
    The benefits were good and didn't cost as much as I have paid elsewhere.
    The pay was competitive and probably a little higher than comparable positions.

    Cons

    The presence of former Chrysler and GM executives in middle management created an ego-fest that was painful to deal with on a regular basis.
    The corporate culture that they brought with them from the automotive companies quickly crushed the morale of the people who worked for them. Bad decisions were never reversed because it might indicate weakness. Plans were implemented without regard or consultation of any department that might be affected and this caused confusion, disarray and delays.
     The people who are working at Director levels are high maintenance and require intense hand holding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If someone applying for a management position has GM or Chrysler listed on the resume, don't hire them. Why would you bring so many people from these failed companies in to do exactly what they did at GM and Chrysler?

    Doesn't Recommend
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