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American Axle & Manufacturing Product Engineer Reviews

Updated Sep 4, 2019

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American Axle & Manufacturing CEO David C. Dauch
David C. Dauch
8 Ratings
  1. "Nice"

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    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Axle & Manufacturing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Management is good, good projects.

    Cons

    co-op not given all benefit

    American Axle & Manufacturing2018-02-17
  2. "A Complete Mess"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Axle & Manufacturing full-time

    Pros

    Compensation was good. Marketing team does a great job with the AAM brand image.

    Cons

    Awful experience in product engineering. There are limited processes that nobody seems to follow. Unless you're on the mechanical side where the parts are known and formulaic, there are nearly no design guidelines or tools with which to develop a design. Terrible infighting between teams because of a disorganized and unclear org structure. A "System Team" who thinks their role is to track math and drawing releases... for component engineers. Most technical gaps are met with "well, let's just hire a contractor for 6 months to show us how to do it" with no plan to develop the capability. Zero understanding of systems engineering. Micromanaging, overbearing leadership. Timelines and deadlines instituted on a whim from senior management with no actual practical bearing. Just a complete mess.

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    Advice to Management

    I think David just doesn't know how much of a mess Product Engineering is. You need to establish clear processes, sign offs, gates, and invest in the right tools if you want to have a chance to compete with the big fish in this space (Magna, Borg, etc).

    American Axle & Manufacturing2019-09-04
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  4. Helpful (1)

    "AAM Review"

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Axle & Manufacturing full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Salary is pretty fair. Flexibility to work remotely.

    Cons

    Long hours High pressure Micromanagement Very top heavy

    Advice to Management

    Adding more high level managers without adding working resources does not improve a crisis situation.

    American Axle & Manufacturing2019-02-24
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Stressful work environment with a lack of business focus."

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Axle & Manufacturing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Investment into computer equipment, tools, training, and other engineering resources to aide in productivity.

    Cons

    Disruptive work environment with crowded desk arrangements. Too much focus on meetings and reports without enough focus on the work required to succeed and perform.

    Advice to Management

    Management has a lack of focus when targeting new business. Too much concern on marketing and stock price. Not enough emphasis on product quality and new technology.

    American Axle & Manufacturing2018-12-21
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Product Engineer Co-Op"

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    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 for 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

    American Axle & Manufacturing2016-11-03
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Product Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Axle & Manufacturing

    Pros

    Excellent experience, and a lot to learn.

    Cons

    Some co-workers are hard to work with, and takes a lot of effort to get things done.

    American Axle & Manufacturing2016-10-01
  8. "Borrowing Power"

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Axle & Manufacturing part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Enjoyable work Generally favorable Atmosphere Good opportunities for career advancement Tuition assistance for post-secondary education

    Cons

    Work/life balance could be better Inconsistent policies on overtime compensation/sick days (varies with manager) Often poor communication between functional groups Attempts to improve core systems often shift more responsibilities to PE Health benefits could be improved (poor optical insurance options) High turnover

    Advice to Management

    Standardize policies on overtime compensation Improve communication between groups (possibly increase responsibility of support groups)

    American Axle & Manufacturing2016-05-02
  9. "Great Environment"

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Axle & Manufacturing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, friendly colleagues. Overtime pay in some circumstances. Limited travel if desired 401k match and health insurance is phenomenal

    Cons

    HR is resistant to salary changes unless forced with another offer. Pay is on the lower side of industry average.

    Advice to Management

    None.

    American Axle & Manufacturing2016-04-19
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Less organized but more opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Rochester Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Axle & Manufacturing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible time. Great opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Less diversified products. Lack of long term plans. Managers push for best results with least investment, and no patience. Depending on groups, some are good, and some are bad.

    Advice to Management

    This is the part that I don't like much. Managers don't do their job well. Too much overlap and overhead. They like to teach you how to do your job.

    American Axle & Manufacturing2013-11-16
  11. Helpful (3)

    "Not so "American" Axle"

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    Senior Product Engineer in Minerva, OH
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Axle & Manufacturing

    Pros

    American company, but American Axle is becoming less and less American everyday. The work is challenging, the environment is good, but it is not for a family-oriented person. American axle does invest in their employees as far as training, certifications, and schooling.

    Cons

    Long hours expected and often not compensated. Management often cuts salary and hourly workforce, and those left behind are expected to pick up all the work. This is not conducive to keeping your best employees. The best employees eventually figure out this trick and also figure out that there are better companies out there.

    Advice to Management

    Weather the storm. I did enjoy my time at AAM, but treat your people better. I understand times are tough, but your salaries are lagging behind.

    American Axle & Manufacturing2008-11-25
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