There are newer employer reviews for A123 Systems

 

Chaos

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

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

Pros

Great benefits (medical, dental, vision, 3 weeks paid vacation, 1 week paid sick time, 13 paid holidays) & Great people

Cons

Financially irresponsible, favoritism throughout the company, inefficient communication

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Utilize the resources you have before throwing money at the problem. Lead by example.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

56 Other Employee Reviews for A123 Systems (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date
  1.  

    A123 Systems might succeed with better leadership and more knowledgeable customers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer  in  Westborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Westborough, MA

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

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, reasonable flexibility and occasional WFH permitted. Reasonably strong engineering core with many years of battery system experience and best practice habits. Good technology exposure and full willingness of upper management to commit resources to support program development.

    Cons

    Too many levels of management trump engineering efforts with poorly founded decisions and political maneuvering. Management is not entirely unreasonable - however, critical decisions too often appear to be based on gut instinct and not data, calculations, or consensus. This extinguishes true investigative efforts.
    Engineering core often turns over, which leads to an interruption of collective knowledge continuity, which means every single project is effectively a start-from-scratch design, with ever shortening deadlines.
    Senior management does not provide true buy-in support for mandated program goals, causing conflict between departments and middle management.
    Stop chasing the shiny ball and constantly hitting the reset button on projects because another new opportunity just popped up. Every opportunity can't be THE opportunity we've been waiting for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promising impossibly low budget product to customers with breakneck program paces - Product quality and reliability deserve more respect than you give them.
    Stop meddling in engineering efforts. Stop ignoring the obvious problem areas of culture driven by middle management and focus on freeing up the constraints that will allow project teams to deliver superior product on time at budget.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A123 can fail at any time, employees already gave up hope and no hope for Wanxiang take-over.

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

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

    Pros

    1). Get paid while you are not doing that mich work, good benefits.
    2). Learning new things from other smart people!

    Cons

    1). Company is like a victim whose heart was just ripped out fresh by Lazard capital, it is still beating in the hand of the ripper and the brain can fuction for another 30 sec, but death is imminent.
    2).Company solicited buy-out from every car company, every energy company and every major conglomerates, but they all turn it down due to ZERO hope of a commercial success.
    3). Totally worthless stock options.
    4). Technology is wonderful technically, but the cost is way too high.
    5). Incompetent managers, and still audacious enough to demand 12 month pay upon termination by the new owner.
    6). Quality control is too difficult, leads to very high cost per kwh. (>$1500/Kwh)
    7). Folks from Ann Arbor and R&D headquarter also felt as bad as us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We all know any new owner will terminate you the second this transaction is over, but that day will never come, because there is no realistic hope A123 will be on NASDAQ NEXT YEAR (requirement for take-over)), CFIUS will kill it and Wanxiang will be drowned by the spit from politicians in an election year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
There are newer employer reviews for A123 Systems

Worked for A123 Systems? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.