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A123 Systems Reviews

Updated August 16, 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. "A123 Systems"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good for Management, but bad for production employees.

    Cons

    Easy to get a career started


  2. "Right Direction"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Technology and Excellent people to work with. It's a very exciting industry to work in and the upside is fantastic. Management has done a nice job turning this place around after the bankruptcy. Its nice to see our products out in the market making a difference in energy storage.

    Cons

    The company needs more staff, the work load is high. It would be nice to have more technicians to help with cell builds.

    Advice to Management

    Its okay to say no to new customer quotes. We have won a lot of business in the past year and we need to make sure we execute on delivering booked business. It's nice to win all of the new business and lets make sure we are staffed right to execute

  3. "Engineering staff"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  4. "Good if you are currently unemployed"

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    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


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Stay Away"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time

    Pros

    Working with the technical (non-management) team. It used to be a fantastic place to work up until about 2014. The intelligence, energy, devotion of the team was inspiring. We created something new and exciting and built a company out of technology from MIT. We built plants in China and Michigan and became a world-wide player in the battery world. We went through an IPO and became a public company.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? The newer management has destroyed the morale of A123. A123 is a shell of its former self. Current management here in Waltham is atrocious and mean spirited. HR is lazy and completely useless and always sides with management (as expected). Management has let go or forced out loyal and talented long-term people (with no severance) who knew the technology inside and out and replaced them with low wage Chinese nationals. This may be orders from the new Chinese ownership who bought the company during the bankruptcy. The benefits are horrible. No matching 401k in the 14 year history of the company and the health benefits are far worse than what they were before bankruptcy. Other than a paycheck I am not sure why anyone would want to work here at A123. There is a very negative atmosphere and everyone talks about wanting to leave. The talented, hard working people who are here should look elsewhere if they are not already. There are much better places to work.

    Advice to Management

    For management in Waltham: Stop creating complaint files and instead, focus on the company, listen to your employees concerns and treat them better.


  6. "Packaging"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.

  8. "Challenging and exciting"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  9. "Technical Team Member"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  10. "Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing talent, advanced technology, great battery performance

    Cons

    Unrealistic EV market projection, over-expansion, poor executive level management

    Advice to Management

    Too late


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