TRW Automotive Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
147 Reviews
2.9
147 Reviews
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TRW Automotive Chairman of the Board, President and CEO John C. Plant
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90 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good salary good people place to learn on seem to make smart business decisions (in 7 reviews)

  • Good place to learn and grow in the automotive industry (in 4 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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  1. 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 for more than a 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
  2.  

    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 for less than a 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.

  3. 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 for 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
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  5. 2 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 for more than a 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
  6. 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for 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
  8. 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 for 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
  9. 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 for 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
  10.  

    Good people, but challenging job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    Interesting work. Great challenges. global reach

    Cons

    Long hours, demanding automotive industry

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    TRW Automotive Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time

    Pros

    - Challenging work
    - Higher pay than many competitors
    - Opportunities to advance with hard work and positve attitude
    - Great group people to work with in all areas of the company

    Cons

    - Strong management focus on profit over employees
    - Higher workload than many competitors
    - Poor health benefits compared to competitors
    - High turnover in key business areas (e.g., purchasing and operations)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are our most valuable asset. Small efforts to reward key employees and increase morale can go a long way to improve bottom line over time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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