Mazda North American Operations

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Mazda North American Operations Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
38 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Building Phase

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits (Car allowance, twice a year bonus, early release during the summer), They are still building up from their last round of lay offs a few years ago and it's a good chance to get your foot in and move forward.

    Cons

    There is a weird underlying "thing" i can't put my finger on. Between the people who have been around through the lay off and the new people. A lot of job protecting and people aren't willing to work together for fear they might get the axe!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on opening up the communication between all of the departments. Especially between the Japanese side and American side. Be more flexible to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quality Engineer

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Flat Rock, MI
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Flat Rock, MI

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of work when the plant was open, can work on the problems that are most urgent, most of the time.

    Cons

    Direct manager / supervisor may not know your job or can give any advise on how to solve / address the problem. Management changed constantly with 6 reorganizations in 8 years. Forget about regular raises, you may get 5% in 3-4 years total. New hires get more than current employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mold a concrete business plan and stick with it. Do not get rid of all of the quality people and then think that you can easily replace them. You do not go into launch mode with no Quality department or with all new employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    generally a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance & Accounting in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Finance & Accounting in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -great car benefits
    -conveniently located
    -friendly environment

    Cons

    -no training for new employees
    -HR department is more of a hinderance than a help
    -old building
    -not enough parking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees chance to review their managers to identify poor leadership within the company.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Flat Rock, MI
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Flat Rock, MI

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations

    Pros

    Great Benifits, Family to work - 8 and out

    Cons

    Zero Training. HR is in California and does not participate AT ALL in Flat Rock unless they have to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage more with the employees and try not to be so arrogant

    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice people, nice products, HR is abysmal

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations

    Pros

    Very collegial place to work, with a real sense of mission. Lots of fun times there. Some excellent VP/C level managers who really know the industry and help people move around and broaden skills.

    Cons

    HR is horrible. They look for excuses to let people go, and encourage people to leave the company rather than try to work with them on their careers (I left for a better job elsewhere, was not broomed).

    Pay not comensurate with California real estate prices, or rest of industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure your HR team. Remember, they are there to fulfill payroll and benefits. They have no strategic function.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Without Ford's money it a wonder they're still in business

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They offer Flex time and a Wellness benefit.

    Cons

    Very poor management out of Irvine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't tell your employees they have a job and then a month later offer everybody a buyout package. Better planning on important decisions might be a good idea.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pretty Good Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations

    Pros

    There's decent opportunity for advancement, though with little training. Company car policy is good, oftenwith special deals on certain model lines

    Cons

    HR department has peculiar policies. Re-organizations every two years make it difficult to be competent in your assignment. Pay is just average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to become proficient in their area before transferring to other assignments. Increase pay to be better in line with other top competitors

    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Zoom-zoom organization with growth mentality but a little challenged with work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Current Employee - District Manager

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations

    Pros

    The people are really great and first class from immediate supervisor to peers. Some flexibility in work schedule. Great benefits from holidays to vacation to med/dental to vehicle benefits.

    Cons

    Required to work weekends without compensation. Little employee development. At times, a sense of unwillingness to listen to dissenting opinions if not in line with managements point of view.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency from the top is given only lip service.

    Approves of CEO

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