ZF TRW - Quite good company, good products, but not challenging work. | Glassdoor
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"Quite good company, good products, but not challenging work."

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Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
Approves of CEO

Pros

Good and solid products with nice compromise between quality and price.
Quite good co-operation between US and EU and almost the same standards.
Good solutions at TRW UK taken from Lucas.
You can learn lot about HW/SW validation.
Nice EMI/EMC lab.
Nice atmosphere (friendly staff).
Friendly high level management.

Cons

- Automotive is very unstable branch
- Low cost, low cost and low cost...
- Political decisions at the top of managament (CMC India outsourcing, validation only in UK, almost empty tech center in China (China staff have problems to speak English. They wait for global finance domination and Chinese as a standard/native language in worldwide business. Prepare for that and start learning).
- TRW spend a lot of money unwisely (i.e. compare expenses during 2007 vs 2009). During the economical down they cut almost everything.
- Poor business decisions during past (IT helpdesk in India). They also move more competences/tasks to external outsourcing companies like CMC India (poor comunication and problems with understanding the task).
- High level management very often do not get a feedback about REAL situation from the low level managers (I mean projects, situation overseas and projects)
- Needless endless and boring competition about the leadership/importance (projects) between TRW Germany and TRW US
- Poor R&D level (they do not use widely the latest EMC/EMI CAD/CAE software solutions that minimize HW issues during validation)
- No challenging taks for engineer. Mostly paperwork and meetings (there are better places to use and gain your skills).
- Bureaucracy with not efficient communication (too much focus on processes, meetings, mail communication etc.)
- Mass layoffs from time to time ("You are not an so important!"). Anyway before lay offs some people at TRW "simulated" real work, so it was a good move to motivate staff again.

Advice to Management

Threat employee more seriously. Company can survive, but putting all business in China in the future to significantly reduce the cost means that US and UE will be situated in China pocket.

Other Employee Reviews for ZF TRW

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Unfair about HR related issues"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Livonia, MI
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Global Company...travel experience...etc are some of what the company offered. There are times when promotions internally are posted and you can move up.

    Cons

    Standard pay raises, smaller bonuses to lower pay grade employees, high co-ins out of pockets expenses. No more pension.

    Advice to Management

    Paying attention to what the employees have to offer and not always looking on the outside for development. Higher profit sharing to the people that do the work.


  2. "Good experience, learned a lot and was given a lot of opportunity to grow"

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    Former Employee - Co-op Product Engineering in Washington Township, MI
    Former Employee - Co-op Product Engineering in Washington Township, MI
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Entry level still given opportunity to interact with customers
    Friendly atmosphere
    Professional

    Cons

    Somewhat unorganized
    Lack of lean production

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