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American Superconductor President, CEO, and Director Daniel P. (Dan) McGahn
Daniel P. (Dan) McGahn
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  1. "Laid off"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Devens, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Devens, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, flexible hours, local commute, 401K match

    Cons

    Stocks pricing dropped drastically in the past year

    Advice to Management

    Look before you leap into layoffs next time


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

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    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.

  3. "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.


  4. "Director of Product and Process Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Devens, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Devens, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a highly technical company that has survived for a long time by diversifying into the wind energy business which is supposed to support the superconductor business.

    Cons

    The superconductor business has been waiting for decades to take off - always technology of the future. Stock price plunged in 2011 and has not recovered since.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify customer base


  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 (2)

    "Stay away"

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

    I worked at American Superconductor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    The executive level management is a joke and all they care about there money and stock options. Could (Would) be a great company without them.

    Advice to Management

    Fire CEO and revamp upper management


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Could be a leader but for Executive Management"

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    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great technology and solutions which could truly change the world.
    Truly brilliant and visionary engineers with a passion for what they do

    Cons

    Where to start?
    Terrible senior management who will bankrupt the company
    Allowed the company's golden goose to be stolen
    Interested in keeping Wall Street happy
    Has zero concern for employees
    Treats employees as expendable and makes sure they know it
    Numerous ethical obstacles

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to someone competent
    Try to fulfill your mission
    Realize your time has passed


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with poor management"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management"

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    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.


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