Job Setter (Former Employee) – Three Rivers, MI – October 7, 2015
I worked one of the assembly lines and the way the team worked together was unbeatable. Every day management gave us almost unreachable goals and no matter the moods and attitudes of the operators, as a group we always put forth our utmost effort. Although management never truly seemed to be satisfied, they had a way of showing their appreciation without letting operators let their guard down and slack off for even a few minutes.
Excellent insurance and benefits.
Unionized work, expensive catering service, very long weeks with hardly any time off. (one day a week)
Operator/Laborer Technician (Former Employee) – Three Rivers, MI – September 30, 2015
This is not a good company to work for. You are treated as just another body in the facility only used to produce the specific parts of that department. The company does not care about you or your specific circumstances that occur in your work life and outside life. They only care about one thing and that is production which is related directly to money. Thats all they care about. Management is extremely unorganized and it shows throughout the plant. Pay related to work is unfair. For the work being done you should be paid more considering the amount of money the company makes off of their employees backs any way. They are an unappreciative, uncaring, and an overall bad business to work for.
Great co workers
short breaks, underpaid, horrible management, no life outside of work
Operator (Current Employee) – Three Rivers, MI – July 29, 2016
Being employed at this location has been a difficult struggle for the past two years. With a Union there that doesn't protect the good workers, and management that does not handle the poor workers, you find yourself working harder for no extra benefit.
A typical day for an employee who comes to work to work, and go home, you find out quickly that most management is ill informed on their departments, whether it's maintenance required on machinery, or mandatory/voluntary overtime until the last minute. Although most other Union Shop workers wish to work and go home, you will find stragglers who wish to make friends with management to avoid working.
Although the Physical Labor of this job isn't difficult, you will find the hardest part of the job being the mental stress it can give you. Mental stress can come from many things from working here. Examples of things that can cause mental stress include but are not limited to : Machines breaking down, being bumped from your shift or department, changing shift time, duration, and schedule, working mandatory seven days a week for months at a time, etc. etc.
Although you can find it a struggle to work here, it is a job nonetheless, and when you receive the paycheck from working, you will come back the following week knowing that you will still have a job. That would be the best part about working at American Axle.
Machine Operator (Current Employee) – Three Rivers, MI – August 14, 2015
Typical day is to run multiple machines to complete assembly of RDM's. Management is not very caring, as long as they get their numbers then they are happy. Management looks to write people up in order to control them. Co-workers are very friendly and hardworking for the most part. Hardest part of the job is being on your feet all day. Most enjoyable part of the job is being able to run multiple machines.
The pay is decent, but only if you work lots of overtime. Very good benefits. Management could care less about you or your safety. keep that in mind.
Job Setter (Former Employee) – Three Rivers, Michigan – September 9, 2015
Typical manufacturing experience. The benefits are better than average thanks to the union. Management knows little about the work required on the floor which can be a headache so mind your gauges and make sure your paperwork is accurate. Training when first joining the plant is horrible, so be prepared to stop the line in order to ask questions about the job. Don't feel bad about it, it's better than crashing a machine because your job wasn't explained properly. Take your time, especially with heavier parts and just keep your head down for the first 60 days, after that you're in the union and have access to the full benefits.
great benefits, decent environment
relatively low pay for the work, management not very knowledgable about the work, poor initial training.
Machine Operator (Current Employee) – Three Rivers, Michigan – August 19, 2015
American Axle is a fast pace factory. For the most part it's not a bad job. There are difficulties but every job has problems. I have learned alot through this factory. They have given me the experience that I have been looking for. If you like fast pace, its a good place to work; as long as you stand your ground when something happens that is not expected.
Provides a lot of jobs in an area that really needs them.
Senior Manufacturing Technician (Current Employee) – Three Rivers, MI – August 4, 2015
American Axle and Manufacturing, dominates your life. Management typically asks people to work 10 and 12 hours shifts as well as working weekends including double time on Sundays. A few times a year work slows down and layoffs are handed out on a seniority basis. Break areas are minimal and usually are located next to department machinery. The plant is union and the union causes as many problems as they prevent. They are always hiring because no one wants to stay. It takes 17 years to get to top pay and recent efforts by the company have attempted to take away the free health, vision, and dental insurance, which is the only good thing about working here.
Insurance is completely employer paid.
Dirty work environment, air is thick with suspended oils and coolant, management doesn't follow labor contract, no sick days, lack of safety
rear axle assembly and Line Leader (Supervisor) (Former Employee) – Buffalo, NY – September 14, 2015
This was a large company that took pride in the product that they produce. Quality control was # 1 to them above all. Teamwork was often stressed. The company took care of they're employees on major holidays.
QUALITY OPERATOR/ASSEMBLER (Former Employee) – Buffalo, NY – July 1, 2015
Typical day at AAM is working the assembly line with the best group of people in the world. We worked as a team assembling rear axles. We worked hard and still had time for our families. If AAM had not closed I would have been there 21 years this year.
It's a good job to have while you look for the right carrier.
Press Operator (Current Employee) – Three Rivers, MI – June 19, 2015
Easy work for most operation preformed fair management. Lots of good people to work with. Low pay is the biggest down fall but there is a lot of overtime available if you don't need or have a life outside of work.