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A123 Systems Reviews

Updated November 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Supervisors, Process Techs, and Team Leaders all knowledgeable, easy to work for, and care about their people (in 5 reviews)

  • Good middle management and many great people (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Fast paced environment sometimes requires work/life balance challenges (in 5 reviews)

  • Outcome of business is shared to only the top management (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Application Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time

    Pros

    Working with the team and Technology was great.

    Cons

    Bankruptcy was a very stressful time.


  2. "Production Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Romulus, MI
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Romulus, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at A123 Systems (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Local Management open to ideas from the team

    Cons

    Corporate management disconnected from operations team and very late to react to economic

  3. "Validation engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time

    Pros

    Work environment is good. They are getting lot of work

    Cons

    Average benefits. Need to invest on resources .

    Advice to Management

    Need to improve the process


  4. "Weak demand in North America stresses Michigan facilities and staff"

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting Product
    Good middle management and many great people.

    Cons

    Company doesn't follow through on promises (job resources and company benefits are taken away, not added) so make sure you are well paid up front.
    Many jobs being moved to China.
    All of above are due to weaker than expected demand for automotive Lithium Ion batteries in North America.


  5. "HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time

    Pros

    Is a constant struggle there never seems to end

    Cons

    Working for a company that nobody respects is always hard

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good company for experience. (good and bad)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time

    Pros

    Salary is higher in market. Lot to learn about how business can go wrong if you stay focus on saving only, not focusing on improvement

    Cons

    Business is driven by Chinese investor who will eventually desert the company once they learn all the technology. Too many secret to employees, but it easily leaks. That makes the management look very "not-smart" and unreliable. Outcome of business is shared to only the top management. You can get fired anytime, not because of your poor performance but because of the poor business result which might be somebody else's fault.

    Advice to Management

    You better start firing the management people who has the direct responsibility for the poor business outcome, instead of firing who worked hard and in the direction given by the management.
    The business operation style is exactly same with what homeless people does before they loose home. Focus on improvement. not saving.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Test Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work life balance. Most people are good to work with. The product still has potential, but many issues still.

    Cons

    The management stinks. They don't reward people with hard work. The don't promote from within. They are more concerned with their bonuses than treating employees fairly.

    Advice to Management

    Reward hard work. Stop playing favorites

  8. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its a solid Company to work for.

    Cons

    Battery market is volatile globally.


  9. "Machine technician"

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

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

    Pros

    Easy work, air-conditioned, clean, good location

    Cons

    Supervisors are chosen by how much butt they kissed, and nothing more; pay is really weak, barely enough for a single person. No overtime, hardly get 40 hours and laid off for weeks all the time. Joke of a company

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting supervisors run the show, they're buying the company. Take care of those employees that actually care about the success of the company-if there are anymore!


  10. "Great company with compectitive products"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment. Great leader. Competitive salary.

    Cons

    No cons come to my mind.


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