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SAFT Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "mismanaged"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    decent salary, decent benefit, workers are hardworking, knowledgeable, qualified

    Cons

    management levels do not communicate with each other; lack of product testing before production leading to failures, blaming the lower level employees, no accountability, too many great employees cut to manage 'budget'

    Advice to Management

    learn what each department is supposed to be doing, respect the employees in those departments, and hire a new top manager who knows how to manage from the top down, no micro managers and have accountability....those at the bottom are only as good as those at the top...


  2. Helpful (3)

    "What a joke"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at SAFT full-time

    Pros

    The people who work on the floor are the best part of the plant

    Cons

    The management never listen and think the know what they are talking about. There are program managers who have no clue about batteries and make a fool of them self everyday. This could be a great place but need a back bone to speak up. They say that they are military friendly and promote within... crap.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who are doing the work and stop guessing

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Poor Management Ruins a Good Situation"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working level folks (both salary and hourly) are knowledgeable and helpful. Good overall atmosphere. Compensation is OK. Lunchtime is honored and you rarely have noon meetings. 7% match of the 401(k) is nice. Fantastic relocation package (when it's offered). Understanding Lithium batteries is always a good resume line item.
    Recently the company was bought by Total, so many changes are potentially on the horizon.

    Cons

    Engineering management lacks direction and vision. Senior management doesn't appear to have a clue on how to run a profitable business. Everyone is left on their own to make decisions and everything is a last minute panic (often requiring domestic or international travel). This leads to a horribly run organization where rumors and emotion trump data and strategy. People mysteriously disappear because they upset someone and they are immediately let go (there is seldom second chances given to people to correct their behavior).
    Relocation package comes with a major hook (2+ years time served or repayment is expected).
    401(k) match doesn't become 25% vested until 2-2.5 years in (and 5-6 years before fully vested).
    No career path. Zero coaching by management. 1.5-2% annual raise is the norm.

    Advice to Management

    There are many talented people in this organization (people with 2 years or less in this organization), but clear that today's management knows nothing about being a leader. There is a major need to hire senior level people whom have been part of successful organizations. Promoting from within clearly isn't working. Treating people like the present regime does, they have, and will continue to have very high employee turnover. No one wants to work in chaos where management doesn't hesitate to cut/fire employees. Good employees leave, and terrible employees do just enough to go on unnoticed.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Loved the idea of the company. Poorly managed"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The most automated plant I ever worked in. Lots to learn and plenty to grow in new skills and technology.

    Cons

    People are very poorly managed. Knee jerk reactions are the norm and people were put in places that they weren't able to fulfill.

    Advice to Management

    Be unbiased


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Could be a wonderful place to work"

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    Former Employee - Formation Operator in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Formation Operator in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    SOME people actually care, alot, but most are job scared

    Cons

    upper management only cares about appearances, they can claim they have never laid off an employee, because they hire and lay off temp labor like they are just pawns. there are alot of employees that do not deserve to be there, but were lucky enough to get hired when the doors were wide open, alot of people that were actually very good for the company were not retained because upper management is driving the company into the ground

    Advice to Management

    open your eyes and get rid off the people that need to be gotten rid of. some of your best, most dedicated employees were just let go because you froze the hiring process. treat temps like the people they are, some of us stayed temps for a year and a half. thats a year and a half with little to no benefits, no raises, living in constant fear every friday of getting laid off.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Poor employee satisfaction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAFT full-time

    Pros

    The people that work here are great overall, and many different social activities, company sponsored and otherwise, take place throughout the year to improve company morale.

    Cons

    Despite the activities, I did not feel valued as an employee and the general culture of the company was dissatisfaction overall.

    Advice to Management

    It's not really enough to have your direct boss respect you.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Procurement Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lean manufacturing oriented
    Good manufacturing practices
    Interesting products technology

    Cons

    Very traditional management style
    Lack of trust amongst Senior Management
    Not very helpful HR team members
    Few people committed to make Saft a better place to work
    Lack of resources to keep up with normal responsibilities + projects + day to day challenges

    Advice to Management

    Expect acquisition by Total Group brings clear direction as there is plenty of struggle between Global and Local teams.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "OK, could be better"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits. They try for the right people.

    Cons

    No Management. Do not listen to experience.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes


  9. "Tournant difficile pour la saft"

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    Current Employee - Techncien de validation de prototype in Bordeaux, Aquitaine (France)
    Current Employee - Techncien de validation de prototype in Bordeaux, Aquitaine (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAFT full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Marché de batterie lithium-l'on tres porteur et tres innovant. Beaucoup de nouveauté à voir et à développer pour le monde de demain.
    Entreprise grandissante et rachetée par Total donc autant un budget investissement important.

    Cons

    Restructuration de la hiérarchie en cours. Avenir incertain sur les projets

    Advice to Management

    Ne pas oublier les gens en bas de la pyramide hiérarchique qui fond la grandeur et la réputation de la saft. Sans eux la pyramide s'effondre.


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