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

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ann Arbor, MI
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

I have been working at Adaptive Materials

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

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  1.  

    Fun group of employees but poorly made management decisions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Adaptive Materials

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    AMI projects are poorly quoted, fast paced and mismanaged, moving targets that, without sales, keep the doors open

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at Adaptive Materials

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to manufacturing and product development. The aggressively quoted programs require constant redesign and new methods of design and production, resulting in employees exposed to a diverse set of skills.

    Additionally, there are lots of wonderful and incredibly brilliant people who work within AMI. They come from all over the country and have a diverse set of backgrounds. For those who are able to stay through the stress, they are amazingly hands-on and know how to get things done, both intellect and grit.

    People stay at AMI for their colleagues and for the technology.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what it is doing, starting at the highest level of management. Until January 2011, senior management lived off government contracts without investors, allowing them to over-promise, under budget and ultimately over-utilize their people in order to avoid bad blood with government clients.

    Promotions are rare as compared to hiring-in "experts" into promotion positions. AMI has burned out or fired two dozen or more "experts" that were hired within the last two years. Pay is sub-par, salaries are typically 20-40 percent below competitive industry wages.

    The unsustainable pace of the programs and lack of any break eventually leads to people burning out or quiting. AMI has turned over over 3 dozen people in the last 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not only listen to your employees, but react to their requests. Treat them with respect and the advice they give as constructive. Quote programs and allow timing for the diverse set of requirements that you demand.

    At the highest level, your people are the leading minds in their field, treat them as such. Don't "dumb things down" as if they had never worked in engineering and manufacturing.

    Doesn't Recommend
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