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How NOT to run a plant

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Former Employee - Production Associate in Auburn, NY
Former Employee - Production Associate in Auburn, NY

I worked at TRW Automotive full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Relatively simple work. Some decent folks as co-workers.

Cons

Poorly managed. Upper management is routinely dishonest with the production people. A corporate cut throat mentality pervades the management structure. They exercise blatant disregard for the workers needs and ideas. Arrogant and unethical behavior with impunity is evident in management.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to your people. Stop wasting money on bad ideas and ignoring the folks that make the place run. Your employees matter...treat them as such. Some recognition and reward for a job well done would be nice.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Top Down Company in Need of a Facelift

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    Current Employee - IT Support in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - IT Support in Livonia, MI

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    TRW is so diverse with a global presence it proved it can succeed even in the worst of times. High Opportunity for advancement and expanding skill set for self-motivated, self-driven individuals. A lot of very intelligent and manufacturing savvy hourly and salaried employees at TRW. Work/Life balance for non-plant personnel is reasonable. Employees rally and handle short term chaos well. Costs kept very low particularly in the area of indirect/discretionary spending. Very good at recognizing problems and applying short term solutions. State of the art products. I have met a lot of genuinely good people who sacrifice a great deal in service to TRW.

    Cons

    Horrendous at solving problems long term. Everything is a fire drill which seems to be the only thing that gets anyone’s attention. Nothing’s a problem until Senior Management becomes aware of it. Then it’s a hot issue until the next thing comes up. No follow through once the heat is off. Support for continuous improvement projects is virtually non-existent which is why problems never get solved long term. They just get patched up to keep product moving.

    Upper management does not listen. Top down company with an increasingly high degree of micro-management is a strong indicator of a lack of trust in the plant teams. They seem to want everyone to say, “yes sir, yes sir, three bags full” rather than one who will give them the hard truth. The honest ones usually don’t last long as they are terminated or leave on their own. Spending initiatives have gotten so extreme that managers are scared to ask for anything even when they have a mountain of data to support it. Even when the courageous present a strong case the request is more often than not, denied. TRW is however, quick to create additional layers of director level positions which do not help to solve the problems on the ground. These merely add one more person to tell you about the problems you were already well aware of but to short on resources to do anything about.

    Extremely lean labor force in several plants forcing employees to perform the jobs and tasks that were once completed by 3 or 4 people. Several employees routinely work 12+ hours per day, 7 days per week and Holidays = NO Life outside of work. Yet, in less lucrative plants you will encounter of sea of hourly and salaried personnel. (???) Plant employees are not empowered to own their jobs and processes and the company does not do much internally to grow employees. Several very old facilities in desperate need of upkeep. Little to no emphasis or application of Lean principles. Not much accountability. High turnover since 2009 leading to inexperienced staff that has had very little training.
    When you’re on the ground and you see the efforts being put forth to reduce spending (Not buying office supplies, re-using paper, taking company cell phones from key personnel, staff reductions; limited travel, etc) it’s frustrating when you see the amount of compensation, bonuses, and stock being divvyed up amongst the Board of Directors. Or upper management making selfish decisions incurring additional expenses (Changing flight at last minute because you don’t like your seat, scheduling meetings over lunch and having the company pay for the meal, lavish meals while traveling, company paid memberships to clubs and golf courses, insanely high executive bonuses and revenue from stock sales).

    Recognition beyond your paycheck is a rarity.

    Health care plan has high premiums with significant out of pocket expenses. You’d think a company with 60K+ employees could barter a better deal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen! Strategic priorities, initiatives and company policies should apply to everyone in the company. Please listen to your “experts” on the ground and trust what they’re advising. If you don’t trust them – let them go and replace them with someone you do trust and then listen to them. If they say I have a process that requires additional resources and back it up with data… allocate the resources to them! Reward and “really” empower by presenting them with opportunities for personal development and growth within the company. Put them before yourselves and institute company sponsored initiatives to develop employees and position them where they’ll again be proud to work for TRW and take pride in their work. Do this even if that means you have to restructure your incentive package for a couple years. They all keep tabs on amount of money that flows to the top and from their perspective your primary objective is to stuff your pockets and don’t care whose back you stand on to do it. Prove them wrong. Please!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work and have a career

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

    I worked at TRW Automotive full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Advanced work systems
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    Cons

    - Cash is king and other considerations were not important
    - Clash between North American and European organizations for Leadership and power

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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