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A123 Systems Reviews

Updated July 13, 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)

  • Fast paced atmosphere, high-tech, great people (in 8 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. "Packaging"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Packager in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Packager in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, good environment

    Cons

    Beinga contract to hire, it takes really long for someone to get hired in unless you get promoted.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering Review"

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    • 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.

  3. "Challenging and exciting"

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    • 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.


  4. "Technical Team Member"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great progress, especially in operations. Very safe workplace and improving work atmosphere

    Cons

    Difficult market outside of China

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Good working people, poor management"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits. Smart and supportive crew, juicy technology.

    Cons

    BS management. Yielded to Wall street pressure and ramped up the mass production prematurely which led to the bankruptcy. Yet the failed management let go many engineers and got a promotion for themselves thanks to the endless wit of the new clueless Chinese owner.

    Advice to Management

    None. Management wouldn't listen anyway.


  6. "Lab Tech"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Tech in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Lab Tech in Livonia, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture is great and the people are great!

    Cons

    Need the battery market to explode.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your peeps.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "A-247 is sweat shop driven by questionable management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At first it was fun to work there and they had allot of momentum and funding. The company had some great technology and in the beginning it was exciting to work there. Our government gave A123 hundreds of millions of dollars to build a plant and develop the technology in order to provide lower cost batteries at a reasonable cost. At the time, we did not mind working 60 to 70 hours a week because we really thought we were going to make a difference. Then the company went public and the Wall street pressure started to build.

    Cons

    Unfortunately Executive management thought they were a software company and could solve there quality problems with a software patch sent over the internet. That strategy led them to a $60 million recall and eventually bankruptcy. The executive team gave themselves raises and hefty bonuses with golden parachutes before they announced their quality problems and they proceeded to go through bankruptcy. The company got sold to the Chinese and in their infinite wisdom they kept majority of the executives that drove them into bankruptcy. With that said expect to be driven hard with little reward or recognition. The good old boys club thrives at this company and if your not in the inner circle you wont.

    Advice to Management

    Taking major risks to meet your short term numbers is not the way to long term success.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Worst Experience of my life."

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    Current Employee - Production Operator in Romulus, MI
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Romulus, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Its a check..
    - Gave me a job when I didn't have one

    Cons

    - No leadership
    - Company lacks integrity / morals
    - You feel like you are nothing but a number.
    - Required to work endless hours went production demands went up.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like a people not just a number. Without your employees you wouldn't have a job your self.
    I'm not a disgruntled worker, I just want to send out a warning to people who will work here in the future..... don't get comfortable they will cut the ties from you in a heart beat.... NO LOYALTY TO THEIR EMPLOYEES!!!!!


  9. "Uncertain Future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time

    Pros

    Very competitive salary, nice work facility

    Cons

    Very unstable industry, long work hours, lack of funding


  10. "Great Products, cool technology, lots of growing pains"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Quality Engineer in Chesterfield, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Quality Engineer in Chesterfield, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great freedom to implement and explore new technologies. Very much a "get the job done" environment. Good compensation, and opportunity to affect change.

    Cons

    Appearance of instability, lack of profitability, very reactive (not proactive) management. Benefits went from top tier to bottom of the barrel because of lack of profits, very disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of the NEC acquisition and bring the company back to the desirable status it once had as a an employer.


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