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ZF TRW Michigan Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
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  1. "Sales and Business Development"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "Good place to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people and great things to learn. Work hard and party harder. And there is enjoyment in owning the responsibility. It is good.

    Cons

    Nothing that stands out. Schedule flexibility can be helpful. But some might misuse it. So everything is fine.

    Advice to Management

    They are good. And very good to employees.


  6. "Good for Engineering Experience"

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse Engineering Portfolio/Divisions within Company. Wonderful Colleagues to work with. Good Company match into 401k.

    Cons

    Base Pay is not that competitive compared to other top Supplier companies.


  7. "Engineering Manager"

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

    I have been working at ZF TRW full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Different Opportunities, talented colleagues, diverse multicultural work force, nice facilities, good pay

    Cons

    Health plan not very good (coverage and cost)

    Advice to Management

    ZF leadership team was very accommodating to the acquired TRW personnel (no major process changes, re-orgs) - thank you

  8. Helpful (4)

    "ZF TRW Body Controls Division = Anchor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A few nice people scattered about.

    Cons

    ZF TRW Global Body Controls Division has a real arrogant and condescending leadership structure starting at the top down through the top level of sales.
    Lack of technology, and vision from top management, who believe they are brilliant and clever, but in fact have done nothing to secure the future of the company.
    No respect for the customer, as they are only focused on short term gains and not long term partnerships. They are an anchor to ZF TRW. Just do a google search and you will find out all you need to know about this division.
    The work/life balance....not here!! Keep looking!!

    Advice to Management

    Your reputation follows you, and word travels fast. I would suggest you take some personality classes. Respect your employees lives, even though you may think work is better than having a family.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Don't work for BCS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ZF TRW full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting product line with a mix of driver interface switches and devices, global business with sites in North America, Europe, South America, and China.

    Cons

    BCS is driven only by financial numbers and a ruthless desire to put profit ahead of people. The management team will not add the needed resources, so many people are working 10-12 + hour days on a regular basis and still falling farther and farther behind. BCS posted record profits in 2016 - the highest of any division in ZF -, but resources are not added and employees are not rewarded for their contributions. Only a small percentage are awarded the performance ratings needed to get the highest raises and bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some people and reward the ones you have that are contributing. Recognize that it's the people that are helping to achieve the profits.


  10. "Good place to work for.."

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    Current Contractor - Designer in Livonia, MI
    Current Contractor - Designer in Livonia, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ZF TRW as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good management
    People are nice
    Well organised

    Cons

    No cons noticed as of now.


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