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A123 Systems Reviews

Updated September 28, 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
  • Work life balance out the window if the execs are going to miss the bonus rounds (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. "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


  2. "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

  3. 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.


  4. "Process Technician"

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    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.


  5. "A123 Systems"

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    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.


  6. "A123 starts to make profits"

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    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.


  7. "Good & Bad"

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    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.

  8. "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.


  9. "outstanding employee"

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    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


  10. "Engineering staff"

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    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


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