American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. Employer Reviews
Job Work/Life Balance
American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
Job Work/Life Balance
assembler (Current Employee), Three Rivers Mi – May 7, 2013
Pros: health benefits
Cons: short breaks, management, working enviroment, wages
The atmosphere at AAM is horrible. It is a high tension place and hard to get along with others. If you have a family they will take advantage of that. They expect you to work 7 day a week but only force you to work 6 days a week twice a month. Wages aren't the worst but also not the best. People at grocery stores make almost the same we do with less – more... drama. Management makes it hard to work there. They constantly instating new rules taking away your rights almost every other week. Workers there are always on the edge due to stress of the facility. The hardest part of the job is walking in knowing what all you have to deal with and keep a positive attitude. They mess up paychecks too often and have no concern of family issues. I would only recommend this place as a last resort. – less
Production Associate, Quality inspector (Former Employee), Detroit, MI – April 28, 2013
8 hr day shifts sometimes 12, 5 day work weeks some 6 .i learned phases of the production in forging axles.management was very knowledgeable.the hardest part was the production line,and seeing plant close.the best part was of being a part of the manufacturing quality parts and associates
Job Setter (Former Employee), Detroit, MI – April 19, 2013
Pros: good pay and benifits
Cons: they got greedy and took our jobs away.
Manufactured ring and pinions for axles fro raw forgings. I learned how to operate, maintain, and repair machines machines. I learned different processes in quality and safety. The management did not care you, only numbers. The hardest part of the job was just walking through the door. The best part of the job was knowing I could support my family, – more... I had a reason to go to work until they took that away. – less
An hourly position (Current Employee), Three Rivers, MI – April 1, 2013
Pros: paid health insurance premiums
Cons: long hours, no days off, poor management and weak union
I have worked in automotive production for 14+ yrs. I have been at American Axle for almost 2 years and I am ready to quit. I work in a fast paced position where the work we do never seems enough to management. No one is held accountable for their jobs. Management is always wanting more and they expect you to work 6 and 7 days aweek, 10, 12 sometimes – more... 16 hour days. If your sick or kids are sick: you better have a plan and still come to work. – less
Jobsetter (Former Employee), Buffalo, NY – February 13, 2013
Pros: co-workers, benefits, pay, hours
Cons: safety, work environment (summertime)
I liked the job I did, I would go in at 6am and run my test pieces and do quality control. I would make sure that the machines were running right and the patterns were center favoring toe. I would the put the test pieces in the quality assurance board. As the day went on, I would do two other quality checks and make off sets for my parts to bring them – more... into spec. I would also run relief, canvass for overtime, call skilled trades for help and support. The hardest part was when a machine went down and I had to hand it over to skilled trades and there was nothing I could do. The most enjoyable paert of my job was the people that I worked with. Upper Management wasn't the best to work with but there were some lower management supervisors were very good to work with and for. – less
Salaried (Former Employee), Detroit – February 5, 2013
Pros: mid to lower level jobs pay competitively
Cons: no recognition, terrible work/home life balance, terrible leadership
This is an absolutely horrible place to work. Management wants desperately to win recognition as a "best place to work," but it just isn't. Management is self-obsessed. The new CEO is concerned about himself - trying to build a legacy that he hasn't earned. The former CEO, his father, is just sitting around to protect his son and taking a king's ransom – more... for doing it. The CEO appoints his friends and others that he likes to key positions, and many have little or no experiene with them. Morale is low, there is no direction, no focus, no discipline, and no feeling of teamwork. Management treats employees like property, and discards when and how they wish. The only thing the company had been known for - manufacturing - has been abandoned and they have many launch problems and delays. And the only business they have that makes them any money is GM trucks, and that stop being profitable when GM forces price decreases on successor business. – less
Production Manager/ Launch Manager (Current Employee), Three Rivers, MI – September 18, 2012
Pros: aam has a secure future and a favorable labor contract.
Cons: advancement through the managerial ranks is very difficult.
A typical day at AAM is not typical; everyday is different and present a set of circumstances that can be challenging to any manager of a 400 plus employee environment.
The most essential part of my function that I have learned in this environment is how to work with people and to get them motivated and understand what the bottom line goal of the corporation – more... is daily, weekly,and for the future.This task can be difficult in the unionized environment.
My co-workers and counterparts on the production floor are great to work with on a daily basis. It's great to have a team that is cohesive and on the same page.
The most difficult portion of the job is to fight through the red tape to make improvements in OEE standards. To make improvements takes expenditures in most cases. A well rounded manager does his/her homework and must sell their idea.
The most enjoyable part of my function is working with team members. It's not an easy task to get management and the hourly employees to stay on task on a daily basis; I enjoy doing this everyday. – less
American Axle provided a great financial place for my family to survive and afford a better quality of life.
Production, Assembler,Quality Inspector (Former Employee), Hamtramck, MI – September 18, 2012
Pros: great pay, travel to and from easy and convient
Cons: the plant closure, but while they were open last few years the pay decrease.
American Axle was a new learning experience for me in the start but fell in love with the process of manufacturing. I enjoyed working with the people there it was like a huge family many had worked together for years. I worked in several of the different plants on that site and I must say I really miss doing that type of work. American Axle provided – more... my family great opportunities working there I enjoyed being apart of a successful team. It was the place I thought I would retire from like many of my elderly family members had done. – less
energetic place to be to learn new things about auto industry
Job- setter (Former Employee), Hamtramck, MI – July 31, 2012
I learned so much far as interacting with customers and co-workers as a team player. What it takes to produce good quality work. Management was the key to communications to get the job done. Working as team was the most enjoyable and the most enduring was not meeting the production schedule for materials.
My job was challenging and rewarding for the first 13 years or so but after the strike in 2008 the relationship with the union,and workers deteriorated at a rapid pace as the company violated its contractual obligations and transfered jobs to Mexico at a rapid and disheartening pace.My co-workers are now some of my closest friends I have very special – more... times with many over the years.The hardest part of my job was getting up in the morning, I loved my job and the people I worked with for so many years they are like family. – less