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Updated June 15, 2018
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Pros
  • "They also provide a really nice work environment with access to amazing technology and nice offices" (in 8 reviews)

  • "friendly environment, development opportunity, convinience" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "No cons to give it was a great experience" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Sehr hierarchisch, konservativ, gro" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager I in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Program Manager I in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AVL has some of the most brilliant engineers in the world. They also provide a really nice work environment with access to amazing technology and nice offices. I would highly recommend working there, as they are very professional, pay well, and have great benefits.

    Cons

    I wouldn't say there are many cons working there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Very professional and had a great experience working at AVL


  2. Helpful (2)

    "*HIGHLY Recommend AVL as a place to build your career.*"

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

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

    Pros

    Professional environment with a great work life balance. You will be surrounded by many intelligent and hard working individuals that make coming to work exciting. Not too large of a company that you are still heard but large enough that there is structure and opportunities. I have been here for almost 3 years and plan to be here for many more to come.

    Cons

    I honestly do not have anything negative to say. It's a company, so there are things that will always come up but can confidently and truthfully say I think AVL has the best of all words - pay, challenge, work-life balance, opportunity and they are not going anywhere anytime soon.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good colleagues, terrible culture"

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

    I worked at AVL full-time

    Pros

    Many of the colleagues there are excellent professionals. The benefits are ok.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to trust anyone there. Internal "competition" is intentionally created as a tool to encourage "innovation". My experience was that this created an environment that stifled collaboration because everyone was an information hoarder. After all, why would you help the people you are competing against, even if they work a few cubes away?

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating people like replaceable cogs.


  4. "Great Place To work - Smart People"

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

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

    Pros

    Low Stress, High Pay, Travel

    Cons

    Travel, Customer Service, Not for everyone

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. 2% Raise every year is nice, however other form of compensation increase need to be considered.


  5. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AVL full-time

    Pros

    Get company, forward thinking and a solid commitment to the industry

    Cons

    lack of communication between offices (but improving), better definition of targets and associated bonus


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Plymouth, MI
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AVL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great exposure to a vast array of different technologies, testing methods and test cell related hardware. Knowledge gained at AVL can be a nice point on a resume when applying/interviewing with other employers that use AVL hardware or software.

    Cons

    Management can be very disconnected at times. HR department is less than professional and has a very college sorority mentality. Structure and processes are always changing.
    Limited chances for advancement. Once you are in a roll and are proficient in that roll, people tend to be pigeon holed and receive very few incentives for staying. Field service personnel can expect to be exploited to the fullest extent. Travel can reach or even exceed 90%


  7. "Good employer!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Development Engineer in Graz (Austria)
    Former Employee - Senior Development Engineer in Graz (Austria)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AVL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relatively relaxed environment, a LOT of opportunities to learn on powertrain systems from other departments, few bonuses but generally well presented, internal job rotations possible (though not always quickly).

    Cons

    Long decision time at HR, relatively high internal competition and friction.

  8. "project manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AVL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    friendly environment, development opportunity, convinience

    Cons

    salary, leadership, teamwork, too much workhours


  9. "AVL has a lots of opportunities to develop skills and improve your carreer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to visit other affiliates and countries through working at different projects
    - Multi - cultural team structure provides a colorful working environment and a chance to have a wide network all around the globe
    - Automotive projects are state-of-the-art
    - Job security
    - Flexible working hours
    - Open communication
    - Dynamic working environment

    Cons

    - Salaries are not satisfying even if you have good experience or spent some years at the company
    - Compensation rules and times are not clearly stated and sometimes not well organized
    - Payrise should be also higher if the profit margin has been evaluated and reflected to the end of the year with the bonuses

    Advice to Management

    Salaries, bonuses and payrise should be reviewed as soon as possible to be competitive in the market and making employers happy more often.


  10. "Great company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AVL full-time

    Pros

    Professional work environment, lots of learning opportunities, stable job.

    Cons

    Inflexible hierarchical organisation (like in most big companies).


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