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ZF TRW Detroit Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "ZFTRW Farmington Hills Michigan USA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZF TRW full-time

    Pros

    Nice new building, decent pay and some decent benefits, interesting projects.

    Cons

    Medical benefits are terrible, must be politically motivated to advance, an entrenched bureaucracy environment, engineering predominantly driven out of Europe, high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    You are advancing the wrong people for the wrong reasons. Engineering is by design and done by engineers and not by management committee or by dictators with the power to force things through.


  2. "Earn your place"

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    Former Intern - IRS Engineering Co-op in Washington Township, MI
    Former Intern - IRS Engineering Co-op in Washington Township, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ZF TRW as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Designing automotive safety products that directly impacts, pun intended, peoples' lives

    Cons

    Very 'clicky' and can be difficult to become accepted here

    Advice to Management

    For engineering management, don't forget how to be an engineer. Keep the engineering hat next to your management hat.

  3. "Senior Buyer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Shelby Township, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Shelby Township, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with ................ and that’s all I have to say about it ! Terrible terrible!!!!! Go some where else!

    Cons

    Horrible HR don’t ever ask for a raise ! You will be fired!!
    Your title will change a million times! You will always be denied of growth within the company no matter how long you have been there! Not all management is terrible but there is terrible management!!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Get your management together !!! Also your HR listen to your employees! Let growth happen!!!!


  4. "Great Experience"

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    Current Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Detroit, MI
    Current Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ZF TRW as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone was helpful. Great relationship with management and higher- ups

    Cons

    As with every large company, getting started is slow. Slow to get software installations and approvals/accesses done.

    Advice to Management

    Assign more co-ops to a single supervisor. Working with others is much more beneficial than being a solo co-op.


  5. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Livonia, MI
    Former Intern - Intern in Livonia, MI

    I worked at ZF TRW as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good projects.Friendly environment.Good learning curve.

    Cons

    Chances of getting full time is difficult if you are an immigrant

    Advice to Management

    Seek for talents rather than visa status


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Product Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Washington Township, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Washington Township, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZF TRW full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers, management, flexible work schedules

    Cons

    HR, HR, HR. Hires their friends and friends kids. Everything is about politics and HR is king which is going to drive the morale into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Get new HR in office with a better attitude. Understand the importance of not hiring all of your high school friends like HR does. Make it a workplace and eliminate politics


  7. "Sales and Business Development"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Livonia, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay their employees well.

    Cons

    There are not a lot of thrills. It is a get in, do your work and get out atmosphere.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Product engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZF TRW full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people are great to work with and very down to earth. Very busy all the time, so never boring.

    Cons

    Medical plan has a very high deductible ($3600 out of pocket deductible for a family before insurance pays anything).
    Staffing is insufficient to be proactive with new programs. Always fighting fires.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to who is working hard and who's not. Take action with the 2-3 employees that feel they only need to work 4 hours a day while the rest are working 10 -12.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of Potential Poorly Lead"

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    Current Employee - Product Line Lead in Washington, MI
    Current Employee - Product Line Lead in Washington, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ZF TRW full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Potential of working with new products and markets
    Highly qualified and talented colleagues
    Great Location to work in

    Cons

    Lacking leadership
    Non existent HR support for employees
    Disorganized top management
    Lack of unified direction from Germany
    Sub standard working conditions

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR, the current standard to employee treatment are one of the reasons for a high turnover rate
    Retain qualified employees by opening up promotion to employees outside Germany
    Hire based on qualifications not purely references
    Improve working conditions - offices where it rains inside during a storm outside is not a the least bit encouraging


  10. "Growing Company"

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    Current Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Washington, MI
    Current Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Washington, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZF TRW as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, good atmosphere, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Old technology, innovation is done in Germany

    Advice to Management

    Make sure everyone follows the quality policy


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