TRW Automotive

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A good opportunity to learn a lot but sadly management was increasingly becoming out-of-touch.

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Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Livonia, MI
Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Livonia, MI

I worked at TRW Automotive

Pros

Good opportunities to learn new IT skills. Good people to work with. Relatively flexible with time off. On-call duties weren't too rough (not a lot of out-of-hours pages to handle). 401k match. Benefits aren't (weren't) too bad.

Cons

Pay was substantially less than what the market was paying for someone with my skills and experience. Raises and bonuses were generally offensively low. HR department is effectively in charge of IT. No respect for ability from manager.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop trying to solve all your "problems" in secret. Trust your staff to do what you hired them to do and stop micromanaging them and questioning their every decision. Not every decision needs to be discussed in excruciating detail in front of a committee of people.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quite good company, good products, but not challenging work.

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I worked at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    Good and solid products with nice compromise between quality and price.
    Quite good co-operation between US and EU and almost the same standards.
    Good solutions at TRW UK taken from Lucas.
    You can learn lot about HW/SW validation.
    Nice EMI/EMC lab.
    Nice atmosphere (friendly staff).
    Friendly high level management.

    Cons

    - Automotive is very unstable branch
    - Low cost, low cost and low cost...
    - Political decisions at the top of managament (CMC India outsourcing, validation only in UK, almost empty tech center in China (China staff have problems to speak English. They wait for global finance domination and Chinese as a standard/native language in worldwide business. Prepare for that and start learning).
    - TRW spend a lot of money unwisely (i.e. compare expenses during 2007 vs 2009). During the economical down they cut almost everything.
    - Poor business decisions during past (IT helpdesk in India). They also move more competences/tasks to external outsourcing companies like CMC India (poor comunication and problems with understanding the task).
    - High level management very often do not get a feedback about REAL situation from the low level managers (I mean projects, situation overseas and projects)
    - Needless endless and boring competition about the leadership/importance (projects) between TRW Germany and TRW US
    - Poor R&D level (they do not use widely the latest EMC/EMI CAD/CAE software solutions that minimize HW issues during validation)
    - No challenging taks for engineer. Mostly paperwork and meetings (there are better places to use and gain your skills).
    - Bureaucracy with not efficient communication (too much focus on processes, meetings, mail communication etc.)
    - Mass layoffs from time to time ("You are not an so important!"). Anyway before lay offs some people at TRW "simulated" real work, so it was a good move to motivate staff again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Threat employee more seriously. Company can survive, but putting all business in China in the future to significantly reduce the cost means that US and UE will be situated in China pocket.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unfair about HR related issues

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Livonia, MI

    I worked at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    Global Company...travel experience...etc are some of what the company offered. There are times when promotions internally are posted and you can move up.

    Cons

    Standard pay raises, smaller bonuses to lower pay grade employees, high co-ins out of pockets expenses. No more pension.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Paying attention to what the employees have to offer and not always looking on the outside for development. Higher profit sharing to the people that do the work.

    Disapproves of CEO
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