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Challenging environment (as expected from a small, young company), but rewarding work

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
Recommends

Pros

Excellent small company, team environment. You are as successful as you choose to be. You must communicate what you're doing at all times, but everyone has their eyes on the same goals and it is great to work with people who care and are passionate about fuel cell technology.

Cons

You have to bring your A game every day. There is no one to back you up, everyone is responsible for their own piece of the pie. This can be a good or a bad thing (some people thrive in this environment, some people don't like the pressure). There is so much to do, it can be tough to balance out the expectations with the resources that are available.

Advice to Management

Set clear and concise goals, commnunicate them, and provide status updates against those goals. If the goals are unrealistic and change due to unforeseen obstacles or new information, then change the goals and communicate them.

Other Employee Reviews for Adaptive Materials

  1. Avoid. Avoid Avoid Avoid.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Adaptive Materials full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None. Management is too dependent on government contracts

    Cons

    Was offered a job in Oct 2012. I had been strung along for five months with the promise of a start date. In late Jan 2013, the job offer was rescinded.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the government contract business. It's too volatile right now with the ongoing budget fiascos. Diversify and expand your current product line into commercial, non military areas. Become a true manufacturing facilty instead of a PHD thesis generator.


  2. Fun group of employees but poorly made management decisions

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    AMI has a great group of brilliant people, flexible work time, a fun product, and incredible potential. It seems as though they are always one step away from turning the company into something viable with great success until they shoot themselves in the foot.

    Cons

    A constant vicious circle of military contracts that starts with a nearly impossible task to achieve within the time requested. The development and r&d teams are then given little time create a reliable product that is easy to assemble and performs to required standards. Due to little time for preparation, suppliers are overworked and underpaid to create parts. The rushed parts then come in and do not fit together properly due to rushed design, development and suppliers. The manufacturing team is left with a mess to put together in an incredibly short time. No lessons are learned or documented and everyone moves onto the next rushed project. Management cannot understand why systems are not always perfect and on schedule and in turn point fingers. They then try to "fix" all of the problems by reorganizing the company, hiring more management, or laying off employees. The circle starts again. Employees are overworked, underpaid according to industry, and under-appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to what works and remember that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Sometimes success takes time and patients and constant changing and looking for reasons for "failure" does not increase employee morale.


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