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A123 Systems Reviews

Updated Sep 3, 2019

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A123 Systems CEO Peter W. Cirino (no image)
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Pros
  • "The fundamental R&D group is focused on developing game changing technologies for lithium-ion starter battery, start-stop, PHEV, and EV applications(in 10 reviews)

  • "A lot of great people, Unlimited vacation(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Bankruptcy was a very stressful time(in 8 reviews)

  • "Heavy dependence on sales to China creates risk if a trade war arises(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Good encouragement to employees"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance Superiors are very cooperative Great work culture..

    Cons

    Process standardisation takes time which might improve in future

    A123 Systems2019-07-20
  2. "Great Technology and Team Environment"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Technology being developed in Waltham for low and high voltage applications. World leaders in 48V applications and are becoming leaders in Solid State

    Cons

    The China Operations sides needs help and the owner needs to address this. The company is growing fast and Operations can't keep up. The CTO left around 6 months ago with no replacement, I'm worried that leadership and momentum are being lost.

    Advice to Management

    You should try to bring back the CTO that left and also hire Quality and Operations people for China

    A123 Systems2019-09-03
  3. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Can't think of any pros.

    Cons

    Stay away from this company. Management sucks. You will have a good life here if you don't do any work but have a good relationship with directors. Chinese should step into the management of this company and fire the directors or managers. The communication is horrible and people who has engineering sense and knowledge is limited.

    A123 Systems2019-08-08
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    "Great Place to Work and Learn"

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    Current Employee - Engineer, Waltham in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly environment and people are nice; Always have an feedback if you ask; Great place to learn knowledge for battery manufacturing; Production scale data and results unlike startups; Have a chance to get on bar with top battery manufactures worldwide.

    Cons

    Concentrate and focus on key tech.

    A123 Systems2019-05-15
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    "Horrible Communucation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A lot of great people, Unlimited vacation

    Cons

    Top Management does not really know how things operate. They are distant from actual production. Communication between departments is the reason this company will fail.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make decisions without discussing with individuals that will be effected. Top Management makes decisions without knowing the potential consequences.

    A123 Systems2019-02-20
  6. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good salary, unlimited vacation, flexible hours

    Cons

    Not many perks, no firm policies, no growth plan for employees.

    A123 Systems2019-02-19
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Expanding business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time

    Pros

    Typical American company culture is succeeded even after acquisition by Chinese company.

    Cons

    Short of promotion and salary increase.

    A123 Systems2019-01-06
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A couple of decent people

    Cons

    Poor leadership they will go bankrupt again if they continue down this path

    Advice to Management

    Start over with new management

    A123 Systems2019-01-25
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Overall it has been very educational and enjoyable."

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    Current Employee - Process Technician in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you have an interest in a position you are not dissuaded from learning. I found most of the employees and management to be knowledgeable and willing to help when confronted with a challenging task.

    Cons

    Communication is sometimes an issue. There are more contract temp operators than actual employees working in the manufacturing sector of the company. Manufacturing will cease in 2019

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate more on sales in North America to keep manufacturing in the United States.

    A123 Systems2018-10-18
  10. "Engineering Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced company in a growth phase in the highly active industry of automotive electrification. Employees will learn a lot about new technology and the xEV market.

    Cons

    The fast paced - and at times high pressure - environment is not for everyone. However, highly skilled and organized individuals will excel within the company.

    A123 Systems2018-08-29
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