A123 Systems Interview Questions & Reviews
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- Advanced Manufacturing Engineer (1)
- Chief Technology Officer (1)
- Manufacturing Engineering Manager (1)
- Manager (1)
- Sr Mgr - NPD Procurement and Supplier Management (1)
- Process Tech (1)
- Senior Engineer (No Feedback Received Regarding Interview) (1)
- Docoment Control Specialist (1)
- Temp to Perm Assignment (1)
Very Easy Interview
Advanced Manufacturing Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at A123 Systems.
Interview Details Initially, a phone interview to review primary details. A group interview, generally consisting of the hiring manager, HR manager, and other managers that the position would interact with. Finally, an interview with the hiring manager's manager. The interview questions did not appear to be well thought out, nor did the other interviewers (other than the hiring manager) seem well prepared (more like they were just going through the motions to appease some HR requirement.
Interview Question – There really wasn't a difficult question asked. Answer Question
Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
Interviewed at A123 Systems
Interview Details One phone interview. Took a while to get the in-person interview (delays on their part). The on-site interview involved four separate interviews. During the interviews I learned that I was going up against 2 internal candidates. Looks like I was the token outside applicant, as one of the insiders got the job.
Interview Question – I was asked technical details of a project I worked on ages ago. View Answer
Temp to Perm Assignment Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 6 months - interviewed at A123 Systems.
Interview Details Interviewed for a temp to hire position in December of 2009. Interview was at Novi location and we had to move conference rooms at least once. Met with 2 recruiters during first interview for about 30-60 minutes. Had a second round interview shortly thereafter meeting with the Plant Manager and HR Rep. Again had to move conference rooms at least once. Agency left a message that I did not get the assignment. Did not hear from anyone at A123.
6 months later the agency called me back about the position because the person they had chosen was not working out. (Come to find out it was an employee referral). Was told I was going to have a phone interview with the Employment Specialist on a Saturday. Never received a call. Then got a call from the agency that they wanted to set up a third interview. Met with the same 2 Recrutiers, the Employment Specialist & HR Rep from corporate, the HR Manager and the Director of HR.
Company was just getting up and running in Michigan so atmosphere was filled with excitement and high hopes.
Was brought in on a temp to perm assignment.
Interview Question – Most of the interview process was very informal and non-structured. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The temp to perm assignment did not allow for negotiation
Process Tech Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at A123 Systems in June 2012.
Interview Details Still waiting on the outcome of the in house position applied for. It could take up to 3 weeks to find out.
Interview Question – What would you change about A123? View Answer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 2 days - interviewed at A123 Systems in November 2011.
Interview Details During my second interview the hiring manager asked me how I would handle direct reports that felt burned out by the amount of hours they worked. RED FLAG The other person asked me to describe the most IMPRESSIVE problem I solved and repeated this five times. Hmmmm, do I really want to work for these "types" of people. HELL NO. I almost left the interview at that point. I invested two visits and the company didn't even send me a kiss off email. Avoid this company at all costs. Life is too short.
Interview Question – How would you deal with direct reports that felt burned out by the amount of hours they worked. View Answer
Docoment Control Specialist Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4 months - interviewed at A123 Systems in February 2009.
Interview Details Interviewed in September 2008 and declined interest.
Interviewed via company request in February 2009 and was offered position but company withdrew offer when I requested an early hours schedule.
Interview Question – why do you feel you can do this job? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Position was offered but one manager withdrew because of schedule hours I requested.
Senior Engineer (No Feedback Received Regarding Interview) Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at A123 Systems in September 2010.
Interview Details Had a decent interview. Even the hiring manager asked what is your interest level. I said I am definitely interested. He also mentioned that I am their top candidate. Got the offer after 6 weeks.
Interview Question – What do think is good way to go in this direction of work? Answer Question
Chief Technology Officer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through another source and the process took a day - interviewed at A123 Systems in October 2009.
Interview Details Firstly Video Interview, then face to face interview.
Interview Question – How would you improve the manufacture process according to your previous experience? View Answer
Negotiation Details – be confidence!
Sr Mgr - NPD Procurement and Supplier Management Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at A123 Systems in February 2009.
Interview Details Went through a telephone screen.
Then met with 5 people over a 4 hour period.
The interview was thorough and tough.
My initial impression was it would be a good place to work.
People were intelligent and very nice.
Unfortunately the follow up after the interview was atrocious.
Not all interview candidates are a good fit with a company.
If that was the case, then the company owes it to the candidate to be told as much.
But my follow up phone calls were not returned
E-Mail request for feedback or status were ignored.
My initial impression was wrong.
They could offer me 2X of my former salary.
I'd never work there based upon my terrible interview experience.
Interview Question – Explain how you would go about getting a cost down for this particular assembly. View Answer