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"The technology is flawed and basically worthless"

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Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Hopkinton, MA
Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Hopkinton, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Good pay, good benefits, working with very smart people

Cons

I mean the technology is totally flawed because the process of making high performance LiFePO4 is very expensive and prone to quality issues. Bad communication and ultra stupid expectation of automotive market, and very poor quality control, which resulted in recalls and recalls. Worthless stock options (I chose not to take this because I know the problem of this company so well).

Advice to Management

You people are crooks because you had no confidence in this company and sold your shares from the beginning and gave yourself golden parachutte before selling to the Chinese company. CEO, CFO, COO all deserve to be in jail now!

Other Employee Reviews for A123 Systems

  1. Helpful (1)

    "A123 Train Wreck"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Technician in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice pay if you are not a production worker.

    Cons

    Complete lack of common sense, organization and accountability by any department.. The quality of their product and the manufacturing equipment is terrible at best.. I was so happy to have found another company to work for that is the complete opposite of A123.

    Advice to Management

    You have proven time and time again that you do not have the right people in the positions that you needed to become a success. Mismanagement has run this company into the ground. Nice golden parachute the executives have given themselves just before announcing a complete recall of their garbage product. You people keep smiling all the way to the bank..


  2. "Poor Execution in All Areas"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary and medical
    Lots of opportunities to come up with creative solutions as part of initial manufacturing development.
    Opportunity to gain experience in the lithium ion battery "boom" (or bust).

    Cons

    Lots of product development hype, not enough follow through.
    A large portion of the compensation package (stock option) was worthless.
    Executive Management tried to apply the "Silicon Valley" approach to their staff by creating intense goals, requiring long hours with stock options as the only potential for compensation -- did I mention they were worthless?
    A very high exodus of engineers and managers with vacancy of key positions at critical times.

    Advice to Management

    This applies to executive management... I can tell you all the things you should have done. Such as: you should have purchased equipment from qualified machine manufacturers with proven experience that know the processes and environmental control requirements and can give sound process engineering/design advice; you should have made hiring an effective Quality Manager a number one priority (how many months did you go trying to fill this vacant position?) so they could work on getting processes under control and lead the company's supplier QS/ISO certification effort -- need it to attract business and earn customer confidence; you should have given your upper leadership (management) team more credit and listened to their advice.

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