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Allison Transmission Reviews

Updated February 20, 2018
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Lawrence E. Dewey
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  • Upper management still disconnected with what happens at the floor level (in 5 reviews)

  • old school, slow processing, hard to make new ideas (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Small number of malcontents"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allison Transmission full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits. Incentive compensation is being targeted to those who are perceived to be the highest performers. It is the right thing to do, but let's face it, not too popular with the lower performers. There are a lot of Managers and Directors retiring, so there will be lots of promotional opportunities for the rest of us.

    Cons

    The complainers are irritating, but getting fewer. People who have recently worked elsewhere know that things here at Allison are actually as good as or better than other comparable companies.

    Advice to Management

    Look to see that many of the most negative reviews tend to have the same number of "helpful" counts at any point in time. A handful that take satisfaction in spewing their venomous poison online in anonymous fashion? Maybe some of the unhappy people will leave and find out the grass is not greener elsewhere. Maybe that is why some who left have returned to Allison.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Old habits die hard..."

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

    I worked at Allison Transmission full-time

    Pros

    Great employees, especially those on the assembly line

    Cons

    Way too much bureaucracy. Management seems too focused on process rather than on the product itself.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to let go of your old GM ways.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Bad culture and bad management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Allison Transmission full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    With great products made in 1990s. New products like TC10 and H3000 are no customers.

    Good 401k match

    No plan for all-electricians in automotive, still living in 1990s

    Cons

    Benefits were cut again and again for top executives’ bonuses after sold from GM. Manage workers and engineers by fear.

    Fire people who got work-related injuries after he reported the issue. Don’t report injuries to insurers.

    No promotion and no salary increases for years or less than 2% for working-hard engineers, managers and supervisors usually. But the executives got millions bonuses each year. The top executives got raise to millions from several hundred thousand after separating from GM.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the top executives.

    All automotive companies are moving forward to all-electrical vehicles, with very simple transmission or without transmission.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "I love working for Allison"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    supportive management, unique opportunities for stretch project assignments, competitive pay, great reputation

    Cons

    none that I can think of


  5. Helpful (2)

    "A Strong Company and Employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company and its products are highly-respected within the markets they serve. Overall, the people are good too. For employees, the benefits package, especially the health / dental / 401(k) plans, is strong. In addition to normal Paid Time Off (vacation days), most employees are given paid time off for the week between Christmas and New Year's.

    Cons

    In some respects, the company's culture hasn't evolved much since the time it was owned by General Motors. As a couple of examples, there's not any flexibility to work remotely as needed nor Casual Fridays. However, management at least appears to be aware of the issue(s) and interested in making changes.

    Advice to Management

    As the industry rapidly changes to incorporate new technologies, be sure the company can be nimble to proactively develop products that exceed the demands of the marketplace.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Not so good"

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    Current Employee - Salaried Employee in Speedway, IN
    Current Employee - Salaried Employee in Speedway, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Allison Transmission full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company offers Flex time and Profit sharing.

    Cons

    Management rules thru fear and intimidation. Finds ways to punish those who speak up or step out of line. Rewards and promotions are given to the favored and not necessarily to the hard workers who do outstanding work. People at the top making over the top salaries, while the true worker bees are not being justly compensated.

    Advice to Management

    Remember, what goes around comes around. Be fair to all. There are good, hardworking people at Allison who are being overlooked for promotions and fair compensation because they are not in the click or don't fit the physical prototype.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Historic-but-hidden gem"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allison Transmission full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was familiar with Allison from previous career interactions. Excellent product reputation worldwide. Struck by how resilient company has been, having been sold by GM and now a profitable, publicly traded company of its own. Seems to be well-run and holds its own against huge competitors such as ZF and Eaton. Benefits are generous. In-house MBA program. People seem happy here--even the engineers seem less-constipated than usual. Impressed with Allison's volunteering spirit, including house-builds for low-income folks. Seems that the tech companies in Indy are now the bright-and-shiny objects that the dullards in the local business press like to gush about, but Allison is indeed an innovator and shouldn't be overlooked. Only company I truly felt proud to work for.

    Cons

    Allison hasn't quite exorcised all of the legacy GM bureaucratic ways on administrative side.

    Still finding its way as an independent company.

    Still unclear how management plans to respond to vehicle electrification trend.

    Advice to Management

    To the extent possible, please better communicate details about short-term product plans and how we can thrive in world of changing propulsion technologies.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Sooooooooo glad I stayed......."

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

    I have been working at Allison Transmission full-time

    Pros

    Allison has really changed for the good after the sale from General Motors. More products are being developed, we are more engaged in the community and people have the ability to make decisions. The incentive compensation has been great, too.

    Cons

    I have none at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving the culture and empowering the employees.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "the more things change, the worse they get!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Allison Transmission full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Little Left. They don't want you to think, just listen, shut up & pat them on the back & tell them how great they are.

    Cons

    While upper mgmnt gets huge pay raises & stock incentives & bonus' the hourly get more work & less incentive to feel good about their jobs or future. They rule through fear & threaten you with discipline if you don't do it the way they want even though most newer & much younger managers know little about your/their jobs. They run it with a "because I'm the boss" attitude & could care less if you want your job or company to succeed. They treat you like your 6 years old & then wonder why you act that way!! Middle mgmnt in skilled trades has their 1st line supervisors scared to death of getting fired if they speak out or don't threaten their employees. Don't trust us or each other so in turn we can't trust them.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look in the mirror & ask yourselves if that's the way you'd want treated. Remember the golden rule & in case you don't let me remind you--Treat others the ways you want treated!!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Operation Supervisior"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The pay is what keeps people and my current job. You top out in two years and that’s it. After that you’re at the same pay for a long time.

    Cons

    3rd shift if you want full time and you will always be stuck there unless you change you’re job title or go part-time.

    Advice to Management

    N/a


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