Mazda North American Operations

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Mazda North American Operations Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2014
Mazda North American Operations – Irvine – “Mazda North America Operations”

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2.7 35 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

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Jim O'Sullivan

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35% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great company to work for... if you worked at Ford Motor Companyā€¯

    Professional Staff (Current Employee) Bridgewater, NJ

    ProsGood cars. Decent work/life balance. They pay below average but it's better than finding a new job.

    ConsI have never worked for a company as dysfunctional as this one. Regardless of what you may hear from the corporate officers, this company is firmly rooted in Ford from the 1970s. Day-to-day operations are sloppy and unprofessional. Improvements are nearly impossible because there is so much political infighting.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe guy at the top making decisions never hears your input.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    CYA Environment at Corporate Office

    Specialist (Former Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsLease car and other benefits. Oh, and, Irvine is nice.

    ConsNot a team environment. Lots of CYA and being thrown under the bus. Company works good workers to death while loafers just listen to iPods or wander around chatting most of the day. Workloads not evenly distributed. Cubicle inhabitants very inconsiderate of others (loud chatting, joking around, smelly foods, too-loud music at workstation, etc.). Company has way too many managers and a very stale senior management team that needs to be cycled out. Company's monthly sales goals often missed, so morale is low. Several smaller departments have too few positions to allow for adequate growth opportunities. Serious, valuable training programs don't exist: you're really on your own. Antiquated computer database/system (green screens on mainframe). Building is showing its age inside and out, plus the A/C hardly works in the summer. Budgets are very tight and departments are frequently asked to cut expenses during fiscal year and/or work with vendors to lower their costs (profits), even after contracts have been fully executed. Company's long-term goals and vision are weak with no realistic plans to achieve them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDirectors and above really need to find out how middle managers are conducting their business internally. Many can come across as funny or charming, can spin a good tale, and can be convincing, but you need to dig in and learn for yourselves what's really happening. Look for bullying tactics, discrimination, and favoritism. Hitting monthly departmental objectives doesn't always mean the department is actually healthy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sales Management should be replaced; they don't have a clue.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompany Car and demo policy.

    ConsMid-Management.
    Sycophantic behaviors are rewarded.
    Treatment of employees is not uniform.
    Product lines cannibalize each other.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReorganization of sales management in the Western Region needs to be considered. The managers achieve objectives purely by luck. Who can't sell a car in Southern California?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    you are on your own

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOk pay. kind looks from everyone!

    Consvery little training. Everybody out for themselves. No room to grow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManage the company like Jack Welch did with GE. The Management structure is old. It is a feet wide and a mile high. You are at the bottom and the guy making decisions at the top never hears your input. Like GE, the management structure should be a mile wide and a foot high.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) continues its financial slide with just under $1 billion in losses in two years.

    Executive (Former Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsIrvine has very nice weather.

    ConsMNAO's senior management has struggled for 10 years to manage this US operation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMazda Motor Corporation (MC) needs to better understand the US operation and put a team in place with the experience required. MNAO has lost senior managers to Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, and Toyota all of which were experienced enough to run the company. MNAO has relinquished responsibility for Mazda Canada and is selling its headquarters property in Irvine, CA and plans to lease a building in Costa Mesa, CA near its advertising agency. This should hopefully lower its continuing losses in 2013.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    No direction

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsWinter shut down for a week.
    Vehicle allowance includes lease of vehicle, registration and maintenance.
    Weekends off.

    ConsNo offense to the janitors but they can do a better job than many of the managers and executives at Mazda.
    Horrible HR department > does not promote employee development opportunities.
    Everyone is about covering their own behinds, you can't trust anyone here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse your head and grow some.

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    Mazda is at a cross roads with the old thinking and new speaking

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsIf its located close to where you live, you want to drive a mazda or just want some experience in the car business Mazda is for you.

    ConsThe management of the company is all hat and no horse. The CMO can talk a good game but excels at politics. Its a bit of a snake den so be open eyed and watch anyone one who has worked there for more than 5 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou talk a good game but don't really execute the plan. You have a couple of rouge team members who need to go back to military school and learn leadership.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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