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Poor Execution in All Areas

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Livonia, MI
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI

I worked at A123 Systems full-time for more than a year

Pros

Competitive salary and medical
Lots of opportunities to come up with creative solutions as part of initial manufacturing development.
Opportunity to gain experience in the lithium ion battery "boom" (or bust).

Cons

Lots of product development hype, not enough follow through.
A large portion of the compensation package (stock option) was worthless.
Executive Management tried to apply the "Silicon Valley" approach to their staff by creating intense goals, requiring long hours with stock options as the only potential for compensation -- did I mention they were worthless?
A very high exodus of engineers and managers with vacancy of key positions at critical times.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

This applies to executive management... I can tell you all the things you should have done. Such as: you should have purchased equipment from qualified machine manufacturers with proven experience that know the processes and environmental control requirements and can give sound process engineering/design advice; you should have made hiring an effective Quality Manager a number one priority (how many months did you go trying to fill this vacant position?) so they could work on getting processes under control and lead the company's supplier QS/ISO certification effort -- need it to attract business and earn customer confidence; you should have given your upper leadership (management) team more credit and listened to their advice.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    An OK place to work...communication is lacking

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    Current Employee - Production Operator  in  Romulus, MI
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Romulus, MI

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Clean environment, easy work load, temperature controlled, management is nice. Great benefit package.

    Cons

    Communication amongst shifts and the "higher ups" is pretty poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    The death of A123 is imminent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Livonia, MI

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Exciting new field that can't attract investors

    Cons

    The company is running out of money, they no longer provide bathroom tissue in the toilet in order to save money!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell to Ford Motor Company if you can convince Ford

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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