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American Superconductor Reviews

Updated March 3, 2017
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American Superconductor President, CEO, and Director Daniel P. (Dan) McGahn
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work if advancement is not important"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ayer, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ayer, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    An exciting fast paced environment on the cutting edge of a new technology. If you enjoy working on products and ideas that are revolutionary and one of a kind it is a place where you can be happy as long as you stay out of the "politics". Silence is golden enjoy your job.

    Cons

    Not enough advancement from within. Company tends to go to the outside to fill positions rather than promote from within. If you vocalize disatisfaction with the status quo you are then viewed as a complainer and your chances for advancement dwindle even more. Way too much emphasis placed on political correctness. Showing your feelings is discouraged and frowned upon. Can sometimes be "Stepford" in to get along go along or else!

    Advice to Management

    give clearer paths to promotion and advancement. Improve employee recognition for a job well done. Do not shoot the messenger and understand when someone points out something that is upsetting to them it does not mean they are not a team player.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "My experience at American Superconductor was very good, it was an excellent workplace."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Devens, MA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Devens, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Superconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The technology was very interesting, the environment was conducive to learning, and the staff continues to be top notch.

    Cons

    The only downside to working at American Superconductor was the stability of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Try and retain more of the dedicated current employees, and bring back those who loved working there.


  3. "Great place to work even after all of the financial hardships!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Devens, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Devens, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Superconductor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Management very collaborative and open to employees input on how to make to make company better, compensation and benefits packages are very good, business relaxed dress code, and the people are genuinely great to work with.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance - Need to get with the times and implement a more acceptable "flexible" work hours environment - possibly 4 day work week or work from home rotation; better workspace for managers - this would allow for more productivity and protect areas of confidentiality - little to no privacy in current set-up on production and office spaces.


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  5. "what a great company"

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    Former Employee - Business Development in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Business Development in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Superconductor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great People , Great Company to Work For...

    Cons

    Management slow to react as in all big companies

    Advice to Management

    More flexibility to follow up on new opportunities


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Superconductor full-time

    Pros

    Quality People
    Great Benefits and Pay

    Cons

    Not enough Sales
    Moved WI operation to MA

    Advice to Management

    More communication would improve morale


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with poor management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer in Middleton, WI
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer in Middleton, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Superconductor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people I worked with and the product we made were great and of the highest quality. This was a great company to work for with a ton of potential.

    Cons

    The executive level management over extended themselves and put all of their eggs in one basket. Now the basket is gone.


  8. "Principal Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Superconductor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very friendly team, challenging problems and rewarding career advancement

    Cons

    After a couple of years, the attitude changed after solving the most burning challenges and rewards went to others.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the contributions based on the value to the company


  9. "Needs Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Superconductor full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits package, technology has potential, fairly flexible with work hours for salaried employees; the people are loyal and genuinely want the company to succeed

    Cons

    Much to do with very few people to get it done; most are overworked, overwhelmed and disenchanted; seriously lacking the leadership needed to bring the company to where it should be

    Advice to Management

    Don't bury your head in the sand. Recognize there are issues and be brave enough to confront and fix them. Make the tough decisions needed to get this company back on the right track. It is time to worry about the future of the company and those of us that are working hard to help it succeed, not your personal needs. Hire capable people who will and what to help us, not someone who is attractive in appearance.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Superconductor full-time

    Pros

    Good people, casual work environment, pay is ok.

    Cons

    You need to be in with the right people in upper management to move up. Poor management with no vision. Upper management blames all their problems on Sinoval.


  11. "Long time employee, company is fighting for its life"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Superconductor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people, casual work environment. Benefits are OK. They do pay people pretty well. But in order to get people to stay through the kind of collapse we have here now, they must pay well.

    Cons

    So many layoffs because of the Sinoval debacle that moral is in the toilet. It is completely unknown even to us on the inside whether the company will make it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop flying every executive all around the world in non-stop fashion instead of laying off more people next time



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