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ZF TRW Detroit Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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  • I have a team od smart colleagues to work with in a good work environment (in 23 reviews)

  • Work Life Balance, got stuff to learn (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work at!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot of career opportunities

    Cons

    None I could think of .


  2. "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work was interesting while I was there.

    Cons

    There was not much opportunity for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Find creative ways to help coach young project managers to help become more valuable assets.


  3. "Boring but good people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of knowledgeable people who are willing to help.
    A large variety of work to do.
    Decent facilities and location.

    Cons

    Management is a club, if your are not a kiss-up, you do not get in.
    Permanent in-fighting
    Not enough people.
    Limited advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees
    Make a decision about anything


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  5. "Assembly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Assembly in Lapeer, MI
    Former Employee - Assembly in Lapeer, MI
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with great opportunities and benefits

    Cons

    Some jobs require constant heavy lifting

    Advice to Management

    Great job appreciating your employees


  6. "Not a bad place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flex time
    Vacation time is respected
    Dress code is relaxed (jeans okay)
    Employer respects doctor visits and personal time off

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement
    Salary is not competitive
    Health Insurance is a disgrace
    Employees work in one position for too many years

    Advice to Management

    Benchmark pay and amount of vacation days with competing companies. Make an effort to keep your employees before they decide to leave.


  7. "Coop Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZF TRW as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    New construction, friendly people, global team, standard Gym.

    Cons

    Management is not that efficient but is getting improved.
    Communication between different department could be insufficient.

    Advice to Management

    Set up a special person for communicating between internal department. Taking MBA courses for training.


  8. "Poorly Managed"

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    Former Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ZF TRW full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to gain engineering experience

    Cons

    Electronics Engineering department is a mix of very talented, and very unqualified engineers. The unqualified engineers become clear, very quickly, with very little interaction.
    Unfortunately, management would rather promote those unqualified engineers, to management, because they've created friendships. This makes it very frustrating, as you are expected to work around the manager's inadequate qualifications, and baseless arrogance.

    Additionally, there is often contention, between software, electronics, and mechanical, when issues arise with a product. Each department wants to blame the other, and will go out of their way, to try blaming the other, without actually investigating if they are actually the source of the issue.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to heed warnings from employees, about management. Make changes, rather than allowing employees to be driven out, by poor management choices.


  9. "Principal Product Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Product Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Principal Product Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers, flexible working schedule, my immediate management chain is great. I love that we work as a team but there are still areas to improve on

    Cons

    Still lacking communication from upper management, some of the details of the ZF assimilation was not communicated well this made it seem a bit secret/closed door type which was a bit disappointing from their initial kickoff of the purchase. Benefits such as healthcare is too expensive and sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Better the communication down. Ensure the lower level employees understand how their part plays into the bigger picture. Communication is key


  10. "Senior Principal Product Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Product Engineer in Washington, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Product Engineer in Washington, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ZF TRW (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Diverse company with a large protfolio

    Cons

    Too many internal red tapes, no sense of urgency

    Advice to Management

    Remove red tapes


  11. "Sr. Prod engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at ZF TRW full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Pay and benefits need to be better



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