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AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. Plymouth Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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Plymouth, MI

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Pros
  • Flexible working conditions - flexible in job location and role as well as working hours (in 6 reviews)

  • Good opportunities for international assignments (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Hence, no job satisfaction, career growth or motivation to work (in 3 reviews)

  • The Human Resource department discusses confidential information for kicks and routinely mocks employees behind their backs (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Central Functions Employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI

    I have been working at AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    Good family - life balance

    Cons

    Location is not ideal but worth the commute


  2. "Good starting job"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a good first job company.
    As a small company you get a lot of opportunity to grow in a wider range.

    Cons

    Management needs to interact with working level more

    Advice to Management

    Understand the problems and suggestions of the engineers.

    There is a significant lack of vision.

  3. "Technical Savy, Good Management, Good Family Life Balance"

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

    I have been working at AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for growth and building broad experience. Friendly and personable management whom show they care.

    Cons

    As most consulting firms deal with, losing staff when big projects don't come thru can be anxiety provoking to the workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up communication meetings to keep team members informed. The positive feedback from management at AVL on day to day "jobs well done" is better than most companies.


  4. "Project Engineer II"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer II in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Project Engineer II in Plymouth, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Some employees are trained in various fields, i.e. software development and calibration.

    Cons

    This company pays well and over hires for a project then layoffs ensues. Company does not tell employee that the position is temporary.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and forth coming with each employee.


  5. "A great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Excellent pay and benefits
    -Great place to learn
    -Job essentially involves breadth instead of depth in any technology, which widens knowledge base.
    -Friendly workforce

    Cons

    -Some projects can over work the employee.
    -Most positions are not bonus eligible.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer I - Controls and Electronics in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Project Engineer I - Controls and Electronics in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good compensation, and benefits package

    Cons

    Sometimes their relationships with customers can be disorganized. It is consulting and there isn't a great training program for newer engineers. Expect to be lost for a while when first starting with them.


  7. "Good Company Overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Knowledgeable Friendly People, Good Benefits, Decent Pay

    Cons

    Consultancy Culture, Poor Communication, At mercy of Customer Orders

    Advice to Management

    Lead and Communicate

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unparalleled level of quality."

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    Current Contractor - Product Assembly in Plymouth, MI
    Current Contractor - Product Assembly in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The past week has been an extremely delightful experience working for AVL in Plymouth, Michigan. There professionalism is rare, the way the employees are treated with respect and gratitude seems to create a comfortable work environment. Each project I was a part of was done with high quality standards and the attention to detail resulted in superior product.

    Cons

    Trying to keep up with my Co-workers on every aspect from production pace to strict specifications and overall quality of the work being performed was challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing because I didn't hear even the slightest complaint about anything, I witnessed employees with a desire to produce superior product. AVL should be an example of how to operate a company.


  9. "Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of very capable people organized into strong teams at AVL. Global cooperation between global locations is also very good.

    Cons

    There is very often not enough transparency in the workings of upper management. Support from HR and IT, two key departments, can also be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people


  10. Helpful (2)

    "NEW HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment and awesome co-workers.

    Cons

    The HR department lacks work ethics. They are not professional, gossip, and nobody likes them. They will get your fired if they don't like you.

    Advice to Management

    First HR and hire men to do the job.


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