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A123 Systems Reviews

Updated January 1, 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. "A123 Systems"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  2. "A123 starts to make profits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A123 is expanding its global market and there are increasing amount of openings for engineers and program managements.

    Cons

    The work flow and management is not as standardized as the big three, but you will get used to it.


  3. "Good & Bad"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Respective pay for upper management. Friendly environment. Company with innovative technology

    Cons

    Production is most important. Mid level management and below are not rewarded for hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your mid level management. You have many good people.


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  5. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly and generally supportive. The facilities are clean and safe. IT group fast reacting to computer issues and helpful explaining issues.

    Cons

    High employee turnover in both floor and professional ranks. Poor training leads to major process problems. Inadequate number of process and product engineers and trained supervisors creates major problems producing acceptable product.

    Advice to Management

    Be visible on the floor, show everyone your interest and support of the of the people and processes.


  6. "outstanding employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Machine Operator
    Current Contractor - Machine Operator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at A123 Systems as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and decent wages

    Cons

    U have to work on holidays

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Engineering staff"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great engineers to work with

    Cons

    Horrible executive management direction. Primary direction based on meeting their goals do they receive the bonuses while engineering staff are lucky to even get a cost of living increase yearly if that.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to direct hires more rather then their own agenda which is personal gain based


  8. "Good if you are currently unemployed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at A123 Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are good to work with and it is a collaborative culture

    Cons

    The company hires too late runs too lean

    Advice to Management

    invest in manufacturing and research


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering Review"

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

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time

    Pros

    There is plenty of work spread across multiple customers. Since the staff is small, there are many opportunities to learn and have your contributions recognized. You can have a voice and make a direct impact on your responsible projects. Hopefully there will be an increased demand for batteries in the automotive market.

    Cons

    The benefits are not competitive with other employers but this is usually offset by a slightly higher base. Also, there is a lot of employee turnaround and a general negative feeling about having too many managers and not enough working level staff.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a clear direction for the company along with yearly reviews and set goal/objectives to establish an employee career development plan.


  10. "Challenging and exciting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Wolverine Lake, Oakland, MI
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Wolverine Lake, Oakland, MI

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

    Pros

    There is a large variety of projects to work on. There is a lot of opportunity to work in new and complex problems.

    Cons

    A lot of time is spent working on the same problems. Management does not allow for permanent corrective actions rather just quick fixes.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a better effort to solve and permanently correct issues. Quality appears to take a backseat to shipping products.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting technology, poor management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company paid well and provided nice employee perks. For example, there were regularly catered breakfasts and lunches.

    Cons

    The company had seemingly good technology but inexperienced/ non qualified management pushing the product forward. They were more concerned about getting a production line up and running than fixing the fundamental problems of the technology. The management in my department was extremely unprofessional. The technicians were constantly at odds with the senior manager and said manager was known for getting in frequent arguments and bad talking his peers and employees.



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