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"Too much focus/gamble on automotive."

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Former Employee - Engineer in Westborough, MA
Former Employee - Engineer in Westborough, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at A123 Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Very nice and smart people to work with on a day-day basis.
Above average salary and benefits.

Cons

The "Good Old Boys Network" was very strong at the senior management level.
Too many Directors and Managers; not enough people to do the work.
Low -performing managers were not identified properly.
Designing high-power battery packs can be stressful.

Other Employee Reviews for A123 Systems

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Going downhill fast..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Westborough, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Westborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I find it difficult to be positive at this point in time, A123 has some incredible technology and a (dwindling) number of highly talented engineers, but lack of leadership and uncertanty is causing people to leave at an alarming rate.

    Cons

    The post-bankrupcy reorganization under Wanxiang seems to consist of reductions in benefits (which up 'till now, were excellent), reductions in staffing (as in layoffs), and the same management team that drove the company into bankrupcy. The other significant differences that are immediately visible are the significant declines in the number of both projects and customers. Lack of clear direction in key development areas continues to cause major delays and repeated redesign cycles, causing customers to lose interest.

    Advice to Management

    Action needs to be taken immediately to retain (and not continue to drive away) the rank-and-file employees. Benefit cuts accross the board just don't jive with recent management bonuses. Clear direction is needed to enable development teams to deliver saleable products


  2. Helpful (1)

    "too bad it used to be a company full of hope"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A123 Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    a lot of nice and smart people, at least used to be

    Cons

    poor management. I wish to give negative three stars if possible.

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