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ZF TRW Reviews

Updated April 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  2. "Hard work and low uncompetitive pay"

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    Current Employee - Setup Configuration Specialist in Lebanon, TN
    Current Employee - Setup Configuration Specialist in Lebanon, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's a Job and it beats a blank

    Cons

    To much time invested to leave

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the Hands that TAKE CARE OF YOU


  3. "Senior Area Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dudley, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dudley, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    There are no pros that i can see

    Cons

    Poor benefits, long hours,long weeks. Little time for personal life.

    Advice to Management

    Develop an improvement plan that will work and stick to it. Get cross functional teams to work together. Be more human towards employees. We all have family.


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  5. "North American Brakes Division Quality Leader"

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    Current Employee - NABS Quality Leader in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - NABS Quality Leader in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of travel, good bonus checks, good insurance.
    Other benefits come and go but on the whole are competitive

    Cons

    Division Vice President is from design , no mfg background.

    Lots of finger pointing. Quality suffers while people point fingers.
    Plant managers are weak especially in Mexico, Michigan

    Advice to Management

    Put quality first


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Working in the Farmington Hills location for the last few years has been eye opening to say the least."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is good if you last

    Cons

    The turnover at all levels, benefits need overhaul, dilapidated workspace

    Advice to Management

    Learn to keep employees happy and stay in the company for longer than a year


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Assembly"

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    Current Employee - Assembler in Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Assembler in Lafayette, IN

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

    Pros

    None! None! None! Slave drivers!

    Cons

    Union is weak, a lot of rats. Slave drivers! Pay is horrible! They make you work 19 days straight including holidays ie... Good Friday, Memorial Day.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat your employees like slaves.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Very Disappointing"

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    Current Employee - Supplier Management in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Supplier Management in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of capable people who are willing to work in a team environment. Being such a large company, they can afford to invest in innovative concepts.

    Cons

    Weak people-leadership from the very top ... creates atmosphere of mistrust, fear and inhibited creativity and problem solving....as well as fostering divisiveness.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the CEO with one capable of inspiring the organization...not just breeding fear throughout it! The culture feels toxic and demoralizing........and caters to the lowest common denominator at the expense of the talented majority and ultimately, the organization as a whole!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "TRW Not A Good Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Full Time in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Full Time in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Dental Insurance,Good Boss Joe Petry

    Cons

    Low medical Insurance, Low Wage,Low Eye Insurance, Treated Like Slaves, Working Conditions Sub Par.People I work with act like little children.

    Advice to Management

    FIRE JOHN PLANT WITH NO SEVERANCE PACKAGE!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Most Miserable, Depressing place on earth."

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    Current Employee - Assembley in Portland, MI
    Current Employee - Assembley in Portland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of over time, you need it when you don't make any money.

    Cons

    Horrible hourly pay rates, out of date machines, dirty, lack of leader ship. Poor leader ship due to high turn over, to many un experienced team leaders, supervisors. Management just there to collect a paycheck. Horrible insurance with high out of pocket costs and high premiums. Can't get a better insurance plan for the 65,000 employees? Horrible work/ life balance, your home is just a place to store your stuff. 8 hours a day 7 days a week.

    Advice to Management

    Were to even begin.....GOOD LUCK!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "hostile"

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    Current Employee - Misc Assembler in Winona, MN
    Current Employee - Misc Assembler in Winona, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    We do have some very friendly, upstanding people in management.

    Cons

    Low wages ($12.01 for misc. assembly), short breaks ( 5 min, unpaid 20 min, and 5 min), $3,600 yearly insurance deductible, minimal vacation days (none the first year), no workplace communication, interaction training

    Advice to Management

    If CEO John Plant earns $78 million, then I am a slave. I earn approx $25,000 per year and he earns approx 3000 times as much. Inadequate compensation (wages, breaks, and benefits) and high quotas have created a hostile work experience. Someday these wage disparities will be a crime and I will enjoy watching the guilty be held accountable.


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