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"A123 Systems is a poorly run organization with huge management issues."

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Current Employee - Senior Materials Technician in Waltham, MA
Current Employee - Senior Materials Technician in Waltham, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (More than a year)

Pros

To be honest with you I am hard pressed to give you any pro to working at A123 Systems. But if I were to give one up side to the company is they have assembled a good group of people to work with. However due to poor organization they are fleeing the company.

Cons

The down side to working for A123 Systems is they do not know how to manage their money. They are an extremely top heavy organization that is more interested in how to line the board members pockets with gold instead of spending their money on things that would make the organization run better and actually deliver a product and make a profit.

Advice to Management

Develop some people skills. Stop taking bonuses.

Other Employee Reviews for A123 Systems

  1. "Chaos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at A123 Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits (medical, dental, vision, 3 weeks paid vacation, 1 week paid sick time, 13 paid holidays) & Great people

    Cons

    Financially irresponsible, favoritism throughout the company, inefficient communication

    Advice to Management

    Utilize the resources you have before throwing money at the problem. Lead by example.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A123 can fail at any time, employees already gave up hope and no hope for Wanxiang take-over."

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    Current Employee - Battery Scientist in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Battery Scientist in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1). Get paid while you are not doing that mich work, good benefits.
    2). Learning new things from other smart people!

    Cons

    1). Company is like a victim whose heart was just ripped out fresh by Lazard capital, it is still beating in the hand of the ripper and the brain can fuction for another 30 sec, but death is imminent.
    2).Company solicited buy-out from every car company, every energy company and every major conglomerates, but they all turn it down due to ZERO hope of a commercial success.
    3). Totally worthless stock options.
    4). Technology is wonderful technically, but the cost is way too high.
    5). Incompetent managers, and still audacious enough to demand 12 month pay upon termination by the new owner.
    6). Quality control is too difficult, leads to very high cost per kwh. (>$1500/Kwh)
    7). Folks from Ann Arbor and R&D headquarter also felt as bad as us.

    Advice to Management

    We all know any new owner will terminate you the second this transaction is over, but that day will never come, because there is no realistic hope A123 will be on NASDAQ NEXT YEAR (requirement for take-over)), CFIUS will kill it and Wanxiang will be drowned by the spit from politicians in an election year.

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