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ZF TRW Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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  1. "Engineering Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work for BCS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Doesnt pay to the standard of the job!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Marysville, MI
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Marysville, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Clean Plant. Great Location

    Cons

    Union runs the shop, HR very inexperienced

    Advice to Management

    Realign all major management positions and get people that have experience and know what they are doing.


  6. "Metallurgical Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Metallurgist in Rogersville, TN
    Former Employee - Metallurgist in Rogersville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ZF TRW full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people and okay bosses.

    Cons

    I worked 7 days a week for more than 13 years to be laid-off. HR department will do anything for the plant manager(whoever that is at the time).

    Advice to Management

    Respect the people on the floor more. They are the ones who make you your salary.


  7. "NPI Manager"

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    Current Employee - NPI Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - NPI Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, okay compensation, variance in work

    Learn rapidly from a firehose and can get a lot of project experience for a higher level. A lot of areas to identify problems and implement improvements.

    Cons

    Poor communication, lack of promotion based on merit, all tasks are urgent and everything is a crisis. A lot of team dysfunction and avoidance of proper accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Read 5 Dysfunctions of a Team and implement some changes. Promote based on merit and avoid nepotism.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Manager in Valley View, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Valley View, OH

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

    Pros

    Great team, focused and open management/leadership, development and coaching provided

    Cons

    challenging work load and no downtime


  9. "Project Manager"

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    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.


  10. "Boring but good people"

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    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


  11. "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


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