TRW Automotive Reviews

Updated 13 October 2014
Updated 13 October 2014
151 Reviews
3.0
151 Reviews
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TRW Automotive Chairman of the Board, President and CEO John C. Plant
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good people, acceptable work environment (in 9 reviews)

  • I have met a lot of genuinely good people who sacrifice a great deal in service to TRW (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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Distant Management, Race to the bottom

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

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time (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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rough at the company right now...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Product Engineer
    Former Employee - Product Engineer

    I worked at TRW Automotive full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work to learn how to develop global communication skills and manage overseas suppliers.

    Cons

    Recent downgrade in employee benefits has caused an exodus of employees over the past few years.
    Employee compensation (base salaries) could be better. Communication problems within the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    From family owned & oriented to employees are a commodity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TRW Automotive

    Pros

    The long time employees remember when it was locally owned.

    Cons

    Leadership views long term employees as easily dismissed. This observation comes from seeing 20-40 year veteran engineers that cared deeply about the company & products being walked out like untrustworthy criminals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Johor Bahru (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Johor Bahru (Malaysia)

    I worked at TRW Automotive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    TRW is a great place to learn new aspects , employees are given sufficient freedom.

    Cons

    Most of the development work happens in Europe & America. AP has virtually no development activity expect handling customer and manufacturing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Okay company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Lafayette, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Lafayette, IN (US)

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

    Pros

    pretty lay back, learning environment

    Cons

    top heavy, laid off a lot of people to hire high level executives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to cut cost

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cheapest company to work for, horrible management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine/Assembly Technician in Tillsonburg, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Machine/Assembly Technician in Tillsonburg, ON (Canada)

    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top Management Lost in Their Own Agenda ($)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Detroit, MI (US)

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company has great employees and great unlocked potential. Highly skilled workforce. The working staff just need a better working working environment.

    Cons

    Top management watches numbers and does not think that employees are a resource. No trust of employees to do the right thing, Lots of checks and balances that are insulting to the professionals that work for TRW. It used to be a great place to work. Stock price is up but not sustainable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit, move on, take your spoils and move on. Let the company prosper with proper non bean counting management. The CEO and top staff is over compensated taking value from share holders and employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Livonia, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Livonia, MI (US)

    I worked at TRW Automotive as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Got lots of responsibility. The team treated me as a peer. I was given worthwhile assignments to spearhead.

    Cons

    Had to do some generic intern tasks related to organizing of parts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep giving interns worthwhile projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supplier Management in Livonia, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Supplier Management in Livonia, MI (US)

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    a c++ developer's review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - C++ Developer in Częstochowa (Poland)
    Current Employee - C++ Developer in Częstochowa (Poland)

    I have been working at TRW Automotive full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good working environment, a lot of freedom in terms of decisions, pretty good salary

    Cons

    inflexible hours, some incompetent managers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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