TRW Automotive
2.9 of 5 133 reviews
www.trwauto.com Livonia, MI 5000+ Employees

TRW Automotive Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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2.9 133 reviews

                             

49% Approve of the CEO

TRW Automotive Chairman of the Board, President and CEO John C. Plant

John C. Plant

(82 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good place to learn and grow in the automotive industry"
    in 4 reviews
  • "I have met a lot of genuinely good people who sacrifice a great deal in service to TRW"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Horrible work/ life balance, your home is just a place to store your stuff"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Limited career growth opportunities"
    in 3 reviews
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    Good experience, learned a lot and was given a lot of opportunity to grow

    Co-op Product Engineering (Former Employee)
    Washington Township, MI

    ProsEntry level still given opportunity to interact with customers
    Friendly atmosphere
    Professional

    ConsSomewhat unorganized
    Lack of lean production

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Place to Work

    Project Engineer (Current Employee)
    Livonia, MI

    ProsPeople here are friend and very willing to help.
    Smart people are in surplus here.
    Good benefits at full hire.
    Management is helpful and gives great direction and encouragement.

    ConsAutomotive industry is volatile, when GM/Ford/Chrysler are doing well, TRW does well.
    There isn't much to do locally here in Livonia.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing, encouragement and praise for good work is just as important as pointing out areas where improvement is needed. Keep doing what you are doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stock holders are #1, Senior Managments Bonus is #2, Customer#3

    Electrical Engineer (Former Employee)
    Farmington Hills, MI

    ProsThe products are interesting and the equipment is high end,

    ConsPoor benifits, high end of cost of living increase is 3% (neg with benifit increase) Low bonus during record profits (2% average). Facility is deplorable & dirty. extremly high number of contract foreign workers with poor english and no work experience. Minimal & discouraging growth within the company. Poor training, improper staffing for programs, long hours, senior managment does not provide a clear path. constant push to use oversea's,

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut the red tape on promoting within, stop bring foreign workers over with no experience unable to speak english, Stop waiting to see what other companies are doing before you make a decision or providing a benift to the internal workforce. Stop waiting for employee's to hand in notice to keep them. Do something about the facility and air quality. Provide a compeditive wage & benifits. Have a clear path to train new employee's.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Get er done

    Senior Quality Engineer (Current Employee)
    Mesa, AZ

    ProsIt pays the bills. Some good connections made over the years. If your in the "click" your good to go.

    ConsYou must be in the "click" to get promoted. Recognition no longer exists, a slice of a $5 pizza doesn't show much senior support.

    Advice to Senior Managementpull your head out of your a**, treat people as if they truly have value to you and your dept

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good working environment

    Senior Product Engineer (Current Employee)
    Livonia, MI

    ProsGood working enviornment, Management flexible for time-off, Quality engineering exposure, exposure to work with good talent around, good 401K match - 6%

    ConsNot very good insurance - if you spouse is working, you pay high fee to add her, base salary is okay - not higher than industry average ( negotiate at the time of offer)

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed better bonus to the lower level - More profit sharing required. Work environment is good. Better salary structure required.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stressful Environment

    Accountant (Former Employee)
    Valley View, OH

    ProsThe people that I provided customer service to at the different TRW locations were great to work for. As well as there were a lot of team members at my location that cared about their work. There is alot that you can learn on this job and take with you for your own personal career advacement.

    ConsWorkload is too much for the number of employees due to today's economy and down sizing. There is a lack of recognition for employees with no degree who have been doing the job well for many years for less pay. Promotion or advacement within the company only exists for an elite few so many good people are walking and taking their knowledge with them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate Headquarters needs to take a look at the TRW as a whole and the current Management and how things are being run and if it makes proper business sense for the future of the company. TRW also needs to respect employees & reward them for a good job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start in automation.

    Line Technician (Current Employee)
    Mesa, AZ

    ProsOffers up a great playground of technology to learn.

    ConsSenior management seems detatched from subordinates. Equipment has bandaids applied rather than repairing. Always in a reactive state of operation, never proactive, with respect to maintenance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListening requires energy, therefore take the time to acknowledge and own the real problems that plague day-to-day operations. Realize there is no such thing as criticism, right/wrong- Only feedback exists.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall it's been tough to advance in my career.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Livonia, MI

    ProsWhen the automotive industry is doing well TRW does well.
    John Plant really knows how to make the company make money.
    The company pays yearly bonuses.
    Lots of really smart people at TRW.
    Lots of opportunities to give and receive professional mentoring.
    Management generally gives a fair amount of latitude and independence to employees as to how they get their tasks completed.
    The company was able to ride out the recent financial and automotive industry disaster and seems to have a strong future ahead of it.
    They match 401k contributions.
    They also offer a fairly comprehensive medical insurance plan.

    ConsWhen the automotive industry does poorly then TRW does poorly.
    Management seems to want yes-men more than dissenting (but constructive) input on decisions.
    Several figures in management seem to be more concerned about advancing their careers and padding their resumes than making sound business decisions.
    Yearly bonuses are low.
    Medical insurance premiums are ridiculously high.
    401k contribution matching is in company stock.
    The company is stingy with raises.
    HR department moves at a glacial pace.
    It's very hard to get any sort of useful feedback in performance reviews - it feels like they use them as a way to keep from having to pay you what your worth instead of offering feedback that will help you improve professionally and improve your value to the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCarefully review and consider the motives, agendas, and priorities of management staff. It is very frustrating to have managers who ask for your professional opinions and input but only want to hear you agree with the course of action they already decided upon. I would also recommend scrapping or at least overhauling the current performance review system (EPDP). There are good aspects to working for TRW but the cons make it hard to decide to stay with the company. It may cost a little bit more to ensure people are treated with respect but it will pay off when the economy finally turns around and people start getting offers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A place in decline and oblivous to the new business environment

    Operations (Former Employee)
    Mesa, AZ

    ProsGreat People.
    Good training for some things.

    ConsCutting people and then turning around and hiring people
    Lots of turnover
    Everyone was disgruntled

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    So SO

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Livonia, MI

    ProsAmout of work keeps you busy

    Conspoor leadership, no career path

    Advice to Senior Managementwork with and for your people.. We do the work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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