A123 Systems Employee Reviews

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Favoritism, not family oriented, no incentive
IPCQ - Inspection Product Quality Contractor (Current Employee) –  Livonia, MIAugust 24, 2018
I have never experienced working for a company that pays temp employees the same hourly wage as hired in employees. Also temp employees were able to advance to higher paid positions over the hired in employees. Therefore I’m moving on where good help and hard work is appreciated.
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Overall, a good company
EE Validation Engineer (Current Employee) –  Livonia, MIAugust 6, 2018
They have a very laid-back/relaxed workload, good team culture & office atmosphere with monthly team-building events.

Employees are allowed flex time (wherever possible), unlimited PTO for salaried employees and the policy is actually 'implemented', unlike other places where they 'claim' to have it to just to promote company.
Pros
Unlimited PTO for salaried employees, Flex time.
Cons
Need to be flexible in discussing with role-types being offered during interview process.
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Controls Support
Sr.Electrical Controls Engineer (Current Employee) –  Livonia, MIJune 13, 2018
Typical day involves providing automation and controls support, MES issues PLC debug programming . Assist operations woth process issues and manage internal projects
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Fun place to work
Senior Product Design & Development Engineer (Current Employee) –  Livonia, MIMay 8, 2018
limited growth with the company, need to get more business , need to hire more engineers, over all it can be very good company with good future and products
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Productive, Challenging and fun with ping pong table
Engineering Testing Senior Technician (Current Employee) –  Waltham, MAApril 18, 2018
Fast pace, challenging tasks. Project schedules are very aggressive.
Nice, and friendly colleagues.
People are smart and competent, some people helps each other, some are not. Salaries aren't good. Company has their ups and downs, and here very slow.
Pros
New products, new chemistry.
Cons
Short breaks, no advancement opportunities.
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Clean place to work no advandcement
Production Operator (Current Employee) –  Livonia, MIMarch 12, 2018
No room for advandcement you will always get overlooked... poorly ran parts always coming in late and having to work over time at the last minute...management is ran very poorly
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A123 systems.
Sr.Electrical Controls Engineer Manufacturing (Current Employee) –  Livonia, MIMarch 8, 2018
Typical Day at work involves troubleshooting issue with automation to assist the maintenance techs and other engineers to resolve problems, it also include dealing with MES issues whether debugging connectivity or new gate check requirements, Project PLC programming, At times it might include Managing Technology issues dealing with outside Support groups in specific technolgies requiring outside assistance. The Culture at A123 was probably the best I had experienced in 40 years. Every interaction was non-competative and always a collaborative effort to improve upond the way we did business or to improve the productivity and/or quality of production practices and the final product. Most enjoyable for me was troubleshooting plant issues and providing programming changes when required. We were given a lot of freedom in terms of creativity in providing solutions to machine seqeuncing issues.
Pros
A123 systems had a broad range of capable individuals supporting the plant
Cons
Limited American Customer Base. Most sales were offshore, Hence the move of production to Germany and China
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Learned a lot working here
Quality Control Technician (Current Employee) –  Livonia, MIFebruary 22, 2018
For years this was a great job but companies have their ups and downs and the downs here were very low. In all, I was given a great opportunity here in the quality department to advance my skill set due to my hard work ethic.
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Above average place to work
Technician, Quality (Former Employee) –  Livonia, MIFebruary 11, 2018
Work was steady at all times. You were always either working or in a group meeting finding out about the the new changes in the job or benefits. It was a joy to work there.
Pros
new products
Cons
short breaks
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no longer in business
Cell Formation Technician (Former Employee) –  Livonia, MIFebruary 4, 2018
the company went out of business ,long hours
the management is full of lies and they always lie. Work hours always change including shift hours start and end
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Clueless Executive Management
Finance Manager (Former Employee) –  Livonia, MIJanuary 29, 2018
Sales have dropped by 300% yet there is no clear path forward. The company has never made a dime yet executive team has paid themselves huge bonuses. All in the name of talent "retention". If there was and real game changing talent the company would be in much better shape given the fact that the industry as a whole continues to grow and thrive.
Pros
work life balance
Cons
no advancement opportunities. Slow sales=LAYOFFS
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Tab Welder
Tab Welder (Former Employee) –  Livonia, MI 48152November 26, 2017
Responsibilities included light maintenance making sure the automated Tab Welding stayed running. Closely watching the whole battery cell making process to make no scrap was being made.
Checking every cell individually for defects. Accounting for downtime, scrap, production numbers.Maintaining and cleaning area after shift for the next shift.
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Productive
Production Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Livonia, MIAugust 24, 2017
Not a bad place to work. Friendly people and clean work environment. Very helpful work force. The operators and management were very helpful. I am sorry that there was a closing of the facility.
Pros
Great place to work
Cons
Wages were stagnant
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good place to work
Senior Applications Engineer (Current Employee) –  Ann Arbor, MIJuly 17, 2017
The work was challenging, and it was overall a fine place to work. Doing good work into Lithium Ion battery development for various industries and applications
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hard to go in every day
Formation Production Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Livonia, MIJuly 14, 2017
Was a good place to work I enjoyed my job. till they announce that they are closing down half the plant and sending it to China in 3 month with no incentive to keep people motivated.
Pros
upper management get paid well
Cons
operators get looked over for raises
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Relaxed Environment
Production Operator II (Former Employee) –  Romulus, MIJuly 12, 2017
Very relaxed environment, not too much physical labor just long hours. Takes too long to get hired in and the management is not too efficient at resolving employee disputes
Pros
Chill place to work
Cons
takes too long to get hired in
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Work in progress
Production Group Leader/Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Livonia, MIJune 28, 2017
A123 is a work in progress. The company was a start-up and had a hard time figuring out what its core business should be. From what I hear, things have turned around for the better.
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Fun workplace
Group Leader/Machine Operator (Former Employee) –  Livonia, MIJune 22, 2017
The shift rotation was a dream come true. The 12 hours two day work and then two days off, with every other weekend being a Friday, Saturday, Sunday off or working.
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Good place to work, poor management
Anode Coating Team Leader (Current Employee) –  Romulus, MIJune 13, 2017
from a work aspect the job was great. I worked with some awesome people and learned a lot. management was poor and the company basically ran itself into the ground.
Pros
good work environment, good pay and benefits.
Cons
poor management and lack of communication to employees.
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production work , long hours
Maintenance Tech on automation products (Former Employee) –  Livonia, MIJune 12, 2017
12 hour shifts in a clean room at - 50 humidity . very clean place to work . good benefits . you work two days on get three days off , three days on and two days off . just couldn't get use to that.
Pros
free coffee
Cons
very clean place to work
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