TRW Automotive Reviews in Livonia, MI

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
151 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • I have met a lot of genuinely good people who sacrifice a great deal in service to TRW (in 7 reviews)


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

  • Limited career growth opportunities (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Senior Product Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Livonia, MI

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    TRW allows me to work on projects where I am able to interact with all levels within the company. There has been plenty of career opportunities available as well. Hard working people who really care about what we do and the products we make.

    Cons

    TRW is a fast paced working environment and you have to be able to handle multiple tasks at one time. If you are unable to thrive in this type of environment, then this may not be a good fit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest back into the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to grow your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Livonia, MI

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

    Pros

    TRW is a large, global company. If you are looking for a place where you can learn, be challenged, and grow your career, this is the company to join. I have always been able to make a move/take on a new role when I was ready for a change. I have been able to maintain adequate work life balance.

    Cons

    TRW is very lean. Resources are not abundant and if you are a manager, you must be willing to roll up your sleeves and work - not just manage - not a con for me but is for some others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in more robust, global systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI

    I worked at TRW Automotive full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has a good business plan and continuously has a strategic outlook.

    Cons

    Sometimes no the technology leader.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to intern

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

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

    Pros

    Got lots of responsibility. The team treated me as a peer. I was given worthwhile assignments to spearhead.

    Cons

    Had to do some generic intern tasks related to organizing of parts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep giving interns worthwhile projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Disappointing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supplier Management in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Supplier Management in Livonia, MI

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

    Pros

    Plenty of capable people who are willing to work in a team environment. Being such a large company, they can afford to invest in innovative concepts.

    Cons

    Weak people-leadership from the very top ... creates atmosphere of mistrust, fear and inhibited creativity and problem solving....as well as fostering divisiveness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the CEO with one capable of inspiring the organization...not just breeding fear throughout it! The culture feels toxic and demoralizing........and caters to the lowest common denominator at the expense of the talented majority and ultimately, the organization as a whole!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Would never recommend to anyone with standards

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Livonia, MI

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

    Pros

    None. Company is so poorly run. Incredible that company is still surviving. However, competitors are catching up with their products and profits are down. Great place for program managers who have no true skills to get hired into high salaries.

    Cons

    Overworked employees. Another review discussed in great detail how 12+ hour days are the norm. Each employee has workload of about 3 people. Working systems are ineffective- simply creates busy work. IT systems do not work either. There is no training and no consistency between people who share roles. Turnover is very high as employees soon realize the poor morale and poor working environment. It is the norm for teams to get into "survival mode" which is stabbing others in the back constantly. There is no encouragement to employees for growth and company as a whole is reactive rather than being progressive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so selfish and look at the company's growth as a whole and recognize that true growth can only occur when the company invests in ALL employees. Not just upper level managers, VP etc. Mid level managers need to tell executives when their expectations are unrealistic. It's disgusting that the CEO makes millions annually yet hiring freezes are set and bonuses are not paid out to the employees who work 12+ hour days, 6-7 days per week.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starter company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Livonia, MI

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time

    Pros

    Good place to start a career

    Cons

    wage increases below inflationary levels for almost a decade resulting in low morale among employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your success is because of the people who work here. It is time to recognize that..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Top Down Company in Need of a Facelift

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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