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A123 Systems Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Fast paced atmosphere, high-tech, great people (in 8 reviews)

  • Very nice and smart people to work with on a day-day basis (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance out the window if the execs are going to miss the bonus rounds (in 4 reviews)

  • A challenge associated with working in the R&D organization is finding work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Material Handler"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Romulus, MI
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Romulus, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and the people are nice

    Cons

    Closing Romulus Plant, and not giving employee's raises

    Advice to Management

    Give employees raises and events


  2. "Process Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Technician in Romulus, MI
    Current Employee - Process Technician in Romulus, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment, always challenging, decent pay, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Work is moving to China.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent with respect to what is happening with the company.


  3. "Jobs moving to China"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Romulus, MI
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Romulus, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Middle Management! Supervisors, Process Techs, and Team Leaders all knowledgeable, easy to work for, and care about their people.

    Cons

    Jobs moving to China! Upper Management seems uncaring. Mid level Management filed for T.A.A. displaced worker benefits not the executives. Company was slow to get Michigan Works support for its people.
    No severance offered, but still expect people to stick around until the doors close.

    Advice to Management

    Should have been much more proactive in getting support for their displaced workers. Should have tried harder to secure domestic accounts. Gives the impression that moving overseas was the plan all along.


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  5. "Great Future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Li-ion batteries are not just for electric vehicles. A123 is also making Li-ion batteries to replace the lead-acid batteries in every type of vehicle. A123 is growing within this growing market. There are great opportunities to participate in cleaning up the automotive industry as well as participate in shaping the culture and processes of this growing company.

    Cons

    Sometimes the right person or process is not yet in place to support your work.

    Advice to Management

    Sales team is bringing in business faster than product development team can adapt for the growing work load. Hire more people.


  6. "Horrible company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production in Romulus, MI
    Former Employee - Production in Romulus, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very few rules, little oversight

    Cons

    Do not care about their employees


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A123 system was a great place to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mid level management was great, friendly environment, great policy for safety.

    Cons

    Sales team not pushed hard enough to obtain domestic customers causing shut down of North America facilities.


  8. "Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Livonia, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Growing company, great installations,very professional enviroment

    Cons

    long drive to work, small service cafeteria

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing


  9. "GOOD COMPANY"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FP&A Manager in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - FP&A Manager in Livonia, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    very good work life balance. friendly competent staff

    Cons

    lack of promotional opportunities at the corporate level, at least in acct/finance.

    Advice to Management

    open up bonus plans to all salary employees.


  10. "Quality Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Michigan in Romulus, MI
    Current Employee - Michigan in Romulus, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very relaxed atmosphere, Management is great and understands that they are not overlords that need to be constantly double checking what you do. They understand that we all have the same goal and they help you reach it not delegate more responsibility that is unnecessary.

    Cons

    I cant think of any. I have never had a negative experience while working here.

    Advice to Management

    Run a workshop for other companies to see how a place should run between management and lower level positions because you guys are innovators.


  11. "A123 Systems"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people and the environment is very relaxed.

    Cons

    None that I really can think of.


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