TRW Automotive Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
151 Reviews
3.0
151 Reviews
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TRW Automotive Chairman of the Board, President and CEO John C. Plant
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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.  

    The Blame Game

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    Former Employee - Customer Quality Engineer in Marshall, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Quality Engineer in Marshall, IL

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

    Pros

    Most people are friendly, when it's time to go home you go home, little to no travel required, low turnover rate of employees.

    Cons

    Everyone plays the blame game and doesn't take responsibility for anything. No clear guidelines of who is responsible for which activities. Every-changing management at headquarters makes it difficult for manufacturing to respond accordingly. Minimal perks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to have a better work environment so that program managers have a lower turnover rate. Manufacturing gets frustrated with the non-communication. Also implementing tracking services require everyone's input- there was no stakeholder management and the RMA software they want to implement is not going to be used accurately for a long time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great supplier company in automotive industry

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    Former Employee - Intern in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Intern in Farmington Hills, MI

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

    Pros

    Flexible working time. Good work environment.

    Cons

    Lack of lunch place around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Manager in Toledo, OH

    I worked at TRW Automotive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very secure jobs and great starting wage

    Cons

    On task managers with good work ethics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't do any better,keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Management Team Driven to Suceed and deliver results

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Highly talented and driven senior management team, focused on the right metrics and cares about achieving them. Wants to win, and wants employeees to be winners

    Cons

    A little too political at times. CEO makes a salary a little to high in comaprison to the rank and file.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share a little more with the lower ranks, QIP bonus pool neds to include more rank and file to get better results, limiting the pool only hurts in the long run

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good automotive supplier

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    Encourage work life balance. Promotes hard work and efficiency.

    Cons

    Lot of work involved on a regular basis.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Earn a living but expect to be undervalued.

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Washington, MI
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Washington, MI

    I have been working at TRW Automotive as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work experience to learn various internal management systems for quality and production. For me it was also a revelation of dealing with offshore suppliers and developing them to produce and maintain high quality components.

    Cons

    Shareholder value undermines value of non-management employees. Minimal investment in developing talent for contract employees - arrive with it or develop it on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees make a company - good ones are hard to find. If you have them - treat them to keep them. This is a comment on the many people leaving the company during the time I worked there for two years from 2011- 2013.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It is a very chaotic place to work.

    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Auburn, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Auburn, NY

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

    Pros

    People are for the most part nice and willing to do a good job.

    Cons

    Trying to recuperate from some inconsistent blasé management.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Most Miserable, Depressing place on earth.

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    Current Employee - Assembley in Portland, MI
    Current Employee - Assembley in Portland, MI

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

    Pros

    Lots of over time, you need it when you don't make any money.

    Cons

    Horrible hourly pay rates, out of date machines, dirty, lack of leader ship. Poor leader ship due to high turn over, to many un experienced team leaders, supervisors. Management just there to collect a paycheck. Horrible insurance with high out of pocket costs and high premiums. Can't get a better insurance plan for the 65,000 employees? Horrible work/ life balance, your home is just a place to store your stuff. 8 hours a day 7 days a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Were to even begin.....GOOD LUCK!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Would never recommend to anyone with standards

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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 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starter company

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    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

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