TRW Automotive Reviews

Updated 28 September, 2014
Updated 28 September, 2014
148 Reviews
2.9
148 Reviews
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TRW Automotive Chairman of the Board, President and CEO John C. Plant
John C. Plant
90 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good people, acceptable work environment (in 8 reviews)

  • good salary good people place to learn on seem to make smart business decisions (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Horrible work/ life balance, your home is just a place to store your stuff (in 5 reviews)

  • Limited career growth opportunities (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fairly positive. I like my current Job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. We can set our own course mostly.

    Cons

    Not many perks anymore. No pention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restore pention

  2.  

    Distant Management, Race to the bottom

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler  in  Windsor, ON
    Current Employee - Assembler in Windsor, ON

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Unionized location, good people to work beside

    Cons

    Management is out of touch, focus on quantity over quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start focusing on quality so that long term relationships can be maintained with suppliers. Start treating your employees like they matter and your attendance issue might dissapear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cheapest company to work for, horrible management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine/Assembly Technician  in  Tillsonburg, ON
    Current Employee - Machine/Assembly Technician in Tillsonburg, ON

    I have been working at TRW Automotive as a contractor

    Pros

    The people I worked with on my line were great to work with, in fact a lot of machine operators are very friendly people and work hard. Not a lot of heavy lifting.

    Cons

    Very unfair treatment of employees. Ripping off their annual raise. Very cheap company to work for. Their machines are broken, and instead of fixing them properly they just "bandage" the situation and hope it goes away. The health and safety of employees is their last concern. The Metal working fluids they use to machine their parts is full of bacterias and mold, and makes a lot of employees ill. Their "union" is a joke. a waste of $60 a month. Use of contract employees, going through a process of hiring on contract employees full time, but seems very biased. Noticing a lot of women with low cut shirts getting hired. Already pissed of GM enough that they are not allowed to bid on new contracts with them, had to resort to BMW and keeping existing GM lines. Talk among a lot of employees on the floor about the plant possibly going under in a few years. Always running out of components and missing shipment, and management always blames the operators, when in reality, it's management not ordering enough components or not allowing proper maintenance of their machines, thus a lot of machine downtime!! Also, noticing some lines won't have any work all week, yet I see them get mandated every saturday. Totally wrong and should not be allowed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about you smarten the hell up before you all lose your jobs? learn to take care of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Machining & Assembly....above & beyond the call of duty!!!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Associate  in  Tillsonburg, ON
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Tillsonburg, ON

    I worked at TRW Automotive full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Clean. A lot of hands on minor maintenance & adjustments. Can learn a lot about quality. Promotes from within. Good team enviroments. Voluntary overtime.

    Cons

    Some benefit & pay roll backs over the last few years. 3 shift rotation on a weekly basis. Supervisors don't always follow up issues discussed at team meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees, they make the products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    John Plant needs to wake up before it's too late!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine/Assembly Technician  in  Saint Catharines, ON
    Current Employee - Machine/Assembly Technician in Saint Catharines, ON

    I have been working at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    It's close to home for me.

    Cons

    Management has it's collective head up it's ass.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If TRW expects floor empoyee's and salaried to make concessions then John Plant should seriously consider relinquishing about 95% of his grotesque $19 Million dollar "compensation package".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Ok place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer  in  Farmington Hills, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI (US)

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. They don't care when you come in, when you leave office, or work from home, as long as you get the jobs done. Almost no overtime work.
    Most people are easygoing and relaxed.
    Opportunities to move up the ladder due to relatively high turn-over rate.

    Cons

    Too much outsourcing. Outdated building.
    Always understaffed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Publicly traded mentality in a small town shop

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    Great employee culture
    Secure customer base
    Seasoned / high tenure workforce

    Cons

    Little room for advancement
    High performing plants "lumped" in with poor division

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deep dive into the performance metrics before making cuts division-wide - specifically relating to commercial steering systems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Its automotive. Its fast paced, chaotic, and constantly changing.

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Auburn, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Auburn, NY (US)

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Once you are a well respected employee, people start to treat you better. Lots of freedoms, for the most part (for salaried employees)

    Cons

    Earning the respect of "knowing what you're talking about" is overwhelming to a lot of people and so they think its a bad place. Things change at a ridiculous pace so you have to ebb and flow with the environment. I'm too good for my current position so I will never get promoted -- they cant afford to lose me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down and pull the place together. There are too many low-level people making different decisions that dont align with one another. The management team needs to provide and enforce a common direction (but TAKE TIME developing that direction -- dont just whip it out there and MANDATE it for the next three weeks and then forget about it again.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent company

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    They should do higher pay raises each year.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good overall experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sevierville, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sevierville, TN (US)

    I worked at TRW Automotive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good place to work at the plant level. The East TN people are wonderful to work with and they are willing to attack the difficult issues head on.

    Cons

    Work life imbalance. The many layers of management made it difficult to get anything done. Do many different audits that you will spend at least three months out of the year either preparing, performing or correcting audit issues. It appears that most of the audits were created to add a management position for someone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go to the plant and see first hand what they need for success.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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