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  1. "Challenging environment (as expected from a small, young company), but rewarding work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent small company, team environment. You are as successful as you choose to be. You must communicate what you're doing at all times, but everyone has their eyes on the same goals and it is great to work with people who care and are passionate about fuel cell technology.

    Cons

    You have to bring your A game every day. There is no one to back you up, everyone is responsible for their own piece of the pie. This can be a good or a bad thing (some people thrive in this environment, some people don't like the pressure). There is so much to do, it can be tough to balance out the expectations with the resources that are available.

    Advice to Management

    Set clear and concise goals, commnunicate them, and provide status updates against those goals. If the goals are unrealistic and change due to unforeseen obstacles or new information, then change the goals and communicate them.


  2. "Avoid. Avoid Avoid Avoid."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Adaptive Materials full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None. Management is too dependent on government contracts

    Cons

    Was offered a job in Oct 2012. I had been strung along for five months with the promise of a start date. In late Jan 2013, the job offer was rescinded.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the government contract business. It's too volatile right now with the ongoing budget fiascos. Diversify and expand your current product line into commercial, non military areas. Become a true manufacturing facilty instead of a PHD thesis generator.


  3. "Fun group of employees but poorly made management decisions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    AMI has a great group of brilliant people, flexible work time, a fun product, and incredible potential. It seems as though they are always one step away from turning the company into something viable with great success until they shoot themselves in the foot.

    Cons

    A constant vicious circle of military contracts that starts with a nearly impossible task to achieve within the time requested. The development and r&d teams are then given little time create a reliable product that is easy to assemble and performs to required standards. Due to little time for preparation, suppliers are overworked and underpaid to create parts. The rushed parts then come in and do not fit together properly due to rushed design, development and suppliers. The manufacturing team is left with a mess to put together in an incredibly short time. No lessons are learned or documented and everyone moves onto the next rushed project. Management cannot understand why systems are not always perfect and on schedule and in turn point fingers. They then try to "fix" all of the problems by reorganizing the company, hiring more management, or laying off employees. The circle starts again. Employees are overworked, underpaid according to industry, and under-appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to what works and remember that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Sometimes success takes time and patients and constant changing and looking for reasons for "failure" does not increase employee morale.


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  5. "Great Place to Work with TopTalent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Accountant in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to work with wonderful and intelligent people.

    Cons

    Small business requires you to wear many hats and have high expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to praise your team and help them grow in their careers


  6. "high tech and energetic place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hidden in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Hidden in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    This is a high-tech company in a high-tech field. Your work here will look good on your resume. The upper management has good steering and modifies company direction based on what happens in the marketplace.

    Cons

    You will be given more work that you can accomplish. The upper management is totally disconnected from what's actually happening at the lower levels. Speaking the truth is not valued.

    Accomplishments and loyalty to the company are not measured. Goals are set, but they are arbitrary. Reality changes swiftly and three months later when goals are measured, they are no longer relevant.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a way for people on the floor to give anonymous reviews of their team leaders and managers.

    Ask people on the floor what is working and what is not working.

    Stop hiring displaced automotive managers.


  7. "Good experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Nature of work and good team work

    Cons

    Few company policies need to be amended


  8. "Java developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and the nice environment.

    Cons

    Salary is below the average.


  9. "Enjoyed the publication I worked on."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice people that work there - generally no attitude and a willingness for team effort. Hours are good, hardly any overtime.

    Cons

    Insurance benefits aren't up to par in comparison to other publishing companies. Sometimes it felt volatile - you'd be waiting for the other shoe to drop as far as who was being fired or leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees know more about what the overall the game plan is - don't hide it in a veil of secrecy.


  10. "Good for a first job out of university, but then one should leave."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    As a recent grad, you are given a lot of responsibilities on projects, with a bit of exposure to senior clients.

    Cons

    No organization structure, little to no communication from management, no sense of team work. Strategy changes continuously, with no sense of direction.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more, set a strategy and stick to it, listen to suggestions from staff, offer more training for analysts and consultants.