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American Axle & Manufacturing Detroit Reviews

Updated May 31, 2017
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American Axle & Manufacturing Chairman and CEO David C. Dauch
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  • Can tend to work long hours and will most likely work off shifts when you get started but that is no different than most companies that run 24 hours (in 10 reviews)

  • Work/life balance could be better (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Axle & Manufacturing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, great people to work with

    Cons

    Tone of travel over the years

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the good things!


  2. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at American Axle & Manufacturing (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Market competitive with regard to salaries and benefits. Associate appreciation events, volunteer opportunities and meetings to communicate company status are appreciated.

    Cons

    Recent acquisition of another company and resulting periodic reductions in force make employees unsure of their future with the company.

  3. "anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at American Axle & Manufacturing full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and employee discounts

    Cons

    Lack of stability and overly rigid management structure.

    Advice to Management

    anonymous


  4. Helpful (1)

    "AAM Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior CAE Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior CAE Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Axle & Manufacturing full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice building, landscaping and cafeteria.

    Cons

    AAM has declared war on the older members who have the most experience; to save a few dollars. Recently let go ~50 people. Average age 57.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your senior people. You're going to need them.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "poor management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Axle & Manufacturing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and good market share in the business

    Cons

    Top heavy management and poor people skills of managers

    Advice to Management

    Good engineering skills don't necessarily translate into good management skills. Get rid of top heavy management layers


  6. "Real life experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Embedded Software Engineering Intern in Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Intern - Embedded Software Engineering Intern in Auburn Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Axle & Manufacturing as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, Potential for high ownership, option for co-op, corporate environment.
    As a bookish person, actually getting out and spending 5 days a week in a corporate environment surrounded by adults was a good experience for me. AAM was fond of local students continuing to work part time during the school year. I noticed that my experience was different from some other interns, but I was given quite a bit of responsibility all things considered.

    Cons

    Some interns were doing trivial work, although the internship program was large, it didn't seem highly developed, corporate environment.
    Working in a highly corporate environment was a big con at some times - I waited over a month for approval for a piece of software! In general my impression of internships at this company was something that managers and even individual engineers were permitted and funded to sponsor, but not an actual project planned and emphasized by corporate. Because of this, internship experiences could vary widely depending on what was going on in the office at the time of the internship or coop, and interns were on some level left to their own devices.

    Advice to Management

    You are a very stereotypical large corporate employer. You should be able to retain a lot of your market share by being this way, especially in manufacturing. However, if you ever plan on any major innovation, you may need to take big steps to incentivize new talent.


  7. "Supplier quality/Metallurgy engineering Manager"

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    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Engineering Manager in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Engineering Manager in Troy, MI

    I worked at American Axle & Manufacturing (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Some job titles require significant amount of international travelling

  8. "Love the people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Detroit, MI
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Axle & Manufacturing as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people were so helpful and nice and you don't do 'intern stuff', you get real projects and really get to contribute to the company

    Cons

    Hard if you don't have experience. They expect a lot but you'll learn a lot

    Advice to Management

    Keep being open minded


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Product Engineer Co-Op"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer Co-op in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Product Engineer Co-op in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Axle & Manufacturing part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Never felt like a student, always did work that needed to be done, not busy work, GREAT co-workers, lots of exposure to business, engineering, and manufacturing

    Cons

    Some slow days, students can't travel to plants outside of Michigan


  10. "Lots of learning opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Detroit, MI
    Current Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Axle & Manufacturing as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I really enjoy working at AAM. I have had the ability to work on many different projects and feel that I have valuable contributions to all I am involved with. I have also had the opportunity to travel and work at 3 different locations.

    Cons

    Sometimes downtime can be excessive, but that is to be expected with intern positions.

    Advice to Management

    Include interns in more meetings to expose them to team activities and observations.


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