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TRW Automotive Reviews in Detroit, MI

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
161 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good people, acceptable work environment (in 9 reviews)

  • good salary good people place to learn on seem to make smart business decisions (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Horrible work/ life balance, your home is just a place to store your stuff (in 5 reviews)

  • There is no training and no consistency between people who share roles (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company, skills valued.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Specialist in Livonia, MI

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time

    Pros

    Truly believes in the talent that each employees possesses. If you're a hard worker, they'll see it & challenge you to improve yourself, your career & experience at TRW. My team(s) are great - all are working towards a similar goal & are able to contribute when needed. Personalities are mixed which make the work atmosphere fun and different each day. TRW really does want to make a change in some areas and encourages employees to help with that.

    Cons

    The typical "big company/ corporate environment" can be felt at times. At times some people feel restricted. Easy to combat though with stepping up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd say be different, be bold. Try to get away from the "well this is how it has always been" type of work life. Attract new talent to bring new personalities, new ideas, new creativity to TRW.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not people centric but good technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Engineering in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Engineering in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Great range of product and in general very good people with talent and comittment, ground level folks including mid managers are in the main very sound.

    Cons

    Highly political, lots of in fighting CEO is hire and fire has poor relationship with his key team. HR lead some silly initiatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people are your greatest asset and you have lost large numbers of people that were once loyal, the problem starts with the CEO ... a genius but has no people skills and micromanages and drives infighting and insecurity. It could be a better company, even a great company and generate even more profits. That said is still has some tremendous people - it needs to keep them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Product Engineer

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall a good company to work. A pleasant working place with many talent people, nice diversity culture, dynamic environment, face challenge everyday...

    Cons

    Management is kind of chaos at this transition time, too profit driven, not sure what will happen next after join ZF...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better coordination between different departments, related teams need to talk to each other when doing the same project. Communication, communication, communication...

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company: opportunities for career growth, good compensation, lacks culture.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Co-Op in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Co-Op in Farmington Hills, MI

    I worked at TRW Automotive as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flex time including summer hours
    salary is good, benefits are okay
    lots of learning

    Cons

    my group was outstanding, however I probably wouldn't have enjoyed my time without them
    lean company and requires lots of previous experience

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ok place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. They don't care when you come in, when you leave office, or work from home, as long as you get the jobs done. Almost no overtime work.
    Most people are easygoing and relaxed.
    Opportunities to move up the ladder due to relatively high turn-over rate.

    Cons

    Too much outsourcing. Outdated building.
    Always understaffed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company as entry level to learn but expect to be underpaid.

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

    I worked at TRW Automotive full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Innovative company. Technology is competitive in supplier world.

    Cons

    Working Culture here is bad. And paid is horrible compare to other similar jobs and completely undervalue compare to market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company to work for that has all their ducks in a row.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Livonia, MI

    I worked at TRW Automotive full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good working environment that is small enough where you can have your center stage. Opportunities to learn various disciplines about the business side and the technical side.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be difficult depending on your job function and some weeks you will work more than 40 hours during crisis mode (nature of the business) Maybe tough to move up the ladder within this company but is a great stepping stone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in updating your technology!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Top Notch Tier 1 Supplier

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best in class products, Supplier is well diversified selling to every major OEM.

    Cons

    Extreme frugality, Business units are on different growth trajectories

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Senior Product Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Livonia, MI

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time

    Pros

    Some Flexibility with work from home. Good Dental coverage. Worker level employees are helpful and try to fulfill team objectives.

    Cons

    Medical benefits have high deductable when comparable to other automotive suppliers and OEMS.
    Work Life balance is not balanced. Not much leadership or mentoring. Staffing is short sighted and product knowledge is iffy. No career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your staff; aptitudes, knowledge, and your staff that are "weak links". Reassign people accordingly and compensate the capable ones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working in the Farmington Hills location for the last few years has been eye opening to say the least.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is good if you last

    Cons

    The turnover at all levels, benefits need overhaul, dilapidated workspace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to keep employees happy and stay in the company for longer than a year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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