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American Axle & Manufacturing Senior Product Engineer Reviews

Updated Sep 4, 2019

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American Axle & Manufacturing CEO David C. Dauch
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  1. 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
  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
  3. 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
  4. 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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