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Allison Transmission Overview

Indianapolis, IN
1001 to 5000 employees
1915
Company - Public (ALSN)
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

Working at Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and is a leader in hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including ... Read more

Mission: Be the global leader in commercial-duty propulsion solutions that improve the way the world works.

Allison Transmission – Why Work For Us?


Allison Transmission is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial-duty automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems. Our products are specified by more than 300 of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers and are used in a range of market sectors—from bus, refuse and emergency to construction, distribution and defense. 

Allison was founded in 1915 in Indianapolis, Indiana, where the company’s global headquarters is still located. We have approximately 1,400 dealer and distributor locations, employ more than 2,700 people around the world and our international presence spans more than 80 countries.

OUR VISION

In addition to being the world’s leading provider of commercial-duty automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems, we also strive to be the foremost provider of parts and services for our customers. 

Whether you drive, sell, service or distribute on-highway vehicles, defense vehicles or off-highway equipment, Allison provides you with the highest quality products and the best customer care. We work to win your trust and enthusiasm through continuous improvement driven by the integrity, teamwork and innovation from our employees and authorized partners.

OUR PROMISE

Allison promises our customers an automatic experience like they’ve never had: an unrivaled combination of Quality, Reliability, Durability, Vocational Value and Customer Service.

Every employee experience is unique, but there are a few unifying values that span the entire Allison Transmission culture.

Being a part of the Allison Experience means:

INNOVATION

We thrive on driving transmission technology forward, from the creation of the world’s first fully automatic military transmission over 70 years ago, to the introduction of our hybrid transmissions. We continually push ourselves to improve – creating new, cutting edge technologies that address the challenges our customers face. The proof is in the 826 patents currently held by Allison. Being the industry leader is not enough—we want to drive it.

As an employee, this drive for innovation means opportunity for growth – personally and professionally.

HERITAGE OF EXCELLENCE

Allison has a rich legacy - from our founding in 1915 by James Allison, to the launch of the world’s first heavy-duty fully automatic transmission in 1946. Our reputation still stands as a global leader in transmission technology. This esteemed record of performance has increased customer loyalty, appreciation and demand for Allison transmissions.

Come grow with us as we continue to innovate and make history.

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP

Our presence and products are recognized in more than 80 countries and 250 vehicle manufacturers worldwide. We power everything from hybrid buses and emergency response vehicles to military tanks and off-road vehicles. Our 2,500 employees and 1,500 global distributors are proud to help power advancement in communities around the world.

As an employee, you’ll have the opportunity to put your skills and experience to work in ways that will impact our global community.


TOP REASONS TO START A CAREER WITH ALLISON 

QUALITY PRODUCT, QUALITY EXPERIENCE

For generations, Allison Transmission has been dedicated to providing the most dependable, high quality, fully automatic transmissions for our customers. We are equally dedicated to providing a quality experience for our employees.

GLOBAL COMPANY, TRADITIONAL VALUES

From South America to Eastern Europe, Allison’s presence is all over the world. Our origins in the heart of the Midwest have ingrained strong, steadfast values into the foundation of our company.

INDUSTRY LEADER, LED BY GREAT PEOPLE

Allison promises continuous improvement driven by integrity, teamwork and innovation. Just as our brand represents the industry standard in fully automatic transmissions, our exceptional people represent the industry standard in innovation, creativity and dedication to customer service.

BUILDING COMMUNITIES, SAVING LIVES

Our transmissions build communities across the globe by transporting goods, services, commuters and natural resources. In the case of our fire and emergency vehicle transmissions, we are entrusted with powering the personnel and technology that provide life-saving services.

IMPACTING COMMUNITIES, ONE PERSON AT A TIME

Allison understands the importance of having a strong presence in the community. We’re involved in a wide range of community initiatives across the globe. Our commitment to community involvement is evident in our rich legacy of corporate responsibility.

Allison Transmission’s Student Program provides students with the opportunity to engage in real-world work experiences, hands-on learning opportunities, and professional and educational growth.

We have two types of opportunities for students in the U.S.:

INTERNSHIP

This program requires students to be enrolled full-time at an accredited university and in the Allison internship program. Each student is required to work full-time between school terms for 10 to 12 weeks.

CO-OP

This program requires students to be in a sanctioned university curriculum at an accredited university that coincides with the Allison Co-op program curriculum. Students must be able to rotate between school and the Allison Co-op program. Prior to program completion, two work assigned rotations must be fulfilled.

Allison’s Student Program provides the opportunity for students to learn and engage in a range of experiences, including work assignments, projects, presentations, evaluation, community service, customer experiences and group activities. Students work with mentors, supervisors and other staff members to ensure that their experience at Allison is well rounded and challenging.

The Student Program offers educational opportunities in the business and technical organizations at Allison. Each department offers a variety of opportunities and experiences in different positions.

GROUP ACTIVITIES

Group activities are one of the most important parts of the Student Program. These activities, whether out in the community or on the shop floor, will provide students with:

  • Exposure to our company, our leadership and our corporate values
  • Familiarization with our products
  • Experience with customers
  • Opportunities to experience the culture and attractions in Indianapolis 
  • Engagement with Allison employees and other students

WHAT TO EXPECT

As a student interested in our Student Program, you can expect: 

  • Challenging assignments that will provide you with real-world experience 
  • Regular evaluations by your supervisor for a chance to grow and develop as a student, person and soon-to-be professional 
  • Chances to participate in several organized company events 
  • Opportunities to present to some of our senior leaders for a chance to show what you’ve learned

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    Lots of opportunity. Great people.

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    The only con I can think of is that some of the practices are "old school" but this is beginning to change and if you are a go getter - it's actually an opportunity. Everyone has been willing to listen to new ideas and I have been very happy at Allison

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Allison Transmission Awards & Accolades

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