ZF TRW Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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ZF TRW Chairman of the Board, President and CEO John C. Plant
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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
  • Work Life balance is not balanced (in 5 reviews)

  • poor leadership, no career path (in 3 reviews)

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  1. TRW Auto is OK

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    decent pay for the job. great co-workers. excellent benefits.

    Cons

    too dang big, and too political. never know when a part of the business could be sold off. tough environment whenever there's a downturn in the domestic auto industry. travel restrictions make it difficult to close deals.

    Advice to Management

    wake up!


  2. Helpful (2)

    TRW - typical large automotive supplier

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer
    Former Employee - Process Engineer
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Difficult to say given the state of the automotive sector.

    Cons

    The Automotive sector is not doing well.

    Advice to Management

    Sacrifice some of your salaries / bonuses in order to regain the confidence from your employees and stock holders.


  3. left over staff deserves to work for a year at 32 hours if they have worked a year at over 48. Stop the cutting back.

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, Location, learning opportunity, and people

    Cons

    Pay is lower than other peers in area at other companies and Automotive is currently unstable

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the poople taking care of you. If a plant is making money encourage it to make more but do not do that by cutting back. I understand 1 or 2 year wage freezing given the concern but with years of raises less than the cost of living it gets tough to give up more. Give real raises and bonuses based on realistic performance expectations and dont just give everyone (0 to 2)% those that give up homelife and work hard should get rewarded not the same as those that put in the minimum. The upper management needs to lead this through incentives because local management is doing its best to cut costs but may not be getting as much out of current workers as they could with properly structured incentives.


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work at TRW Automotive include job satisfaction, integrity, security, and the staff at TRW.

    Cons

    Some of the downsides of working at TRW Automotive include management's lack of recognition of the need for life and work balance, and opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Employee retention and morale would be improved if management recognized the need for life and work balance, and improved the general opportunity for advancement and recognition.


  6. na

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good, stable company that is global and very competitive.

    Cons

    Could be more technical and R&D oriented.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more training but distribute it between employees so you have a good team, with different abilities.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Unfair about HR related issues

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Livonia, MI
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Global Company...travel experience...etc are some of what the company offered. There are times when promotions internally are posted and you can move up.

    Cons

    Standard pay raises, smaller bonuses to lower pay grade employees, high co-ins out of pockets expenses. No more pension.

    Advice to Management

    Paying attention to what the employees have to offer and not always looking on the outside for development. Higher profit sharing to the people that do the work.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Quite good company, good products, but not challenging work.

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good and solid products with nice compromise between quality and price. Quite good co-operation between US and EU and almost the same standards. Good solutions at TRW UK taken from Lucas. You can learn lot about HW/SW validation. Nice EMI/EMC lab. Nice atmosphere (friendly staff). Friendly high level management.

    Cons

    - Automotive is very unstable branch - Low cost, low cost and low cost... - Political decisions at the top of managament (CMC India outsourcing, validation only in UK, almost empty tech center in China (China staff have problems to speak English. They wait for global finance domination and Chinese as a standard/native language in worldwide business. Prepare for that and start learning). - TRW spend a lot of money unwisely (i.e. compare expenses during 2007 vs 2009). During the economical down they cut almost everything. - Poor business decisions during past (IT helpdesk in India). They also move more competences/tasks to external outsourcing companies like CMC India (poor comunication and problems with understanding the task). - High level management very often do not get a feedback about REAL situation from the low level managers (I mean projects, situation overseas and projects) - Needless endless and boring competition about the leadership/importance (projects) between TRW Germany and TRW US - Poor R&D level (they do not use widely the latest EMC/EMI CAD/CAE software solutions that minimize HW issues during validation) - No challenging taks for engineer. Mostly paperwork and meetings (there are better places to use and gain your skills). - Bureaucracy with not efficient communication (too much focus on processes, meetings, mail communication etc.) - Mass layoffs from time to time ("You are not an so important!"). Anyway before lay offs some people at TRW "simulated" real work, so it was a good move to motivate staff again.

    Advice to Management

    Threat employee more seriously. Company can survive, but putting all business in China in the future to significantly reduce the cost means that US and UE will be situated in China pocket.


  9. Basically Satisfied

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    Former Employee - Principal Product Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Principal Product Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Leader in the Braking and OSS technology.

    Cons

    Middle management basically sucks. Very limited internal recognition and growth. They will try to hire you back after you are dissatisfied and has left the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good pay - lousy benefits

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    Current Employee - Principal Product Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Principal Product Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good bonus, casual environment.

    Cons

    Benefits are below par to other companies in similar industry. Benefits are changed at will and often, and there is no such thing is being grandfathered into what was offered when hired.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Generally good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Livonia, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ZF TRW full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, generally well run. Good engineers.

    Cons

    Too many ppt presentations. Too many clueless mgrs.



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