Mazda North American Operations Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Sales

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, good car benefits.

    Cons

    Very, very few opportunities for career advancement women. This type of con is common in the auto industry, but even more evident at Mazda which is definitely a boys club.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Help Desk Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great position to learn new technologies

    Cons

    Limited Growth - No job promotion path from contractor to full time employee


  3. Good Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are good, money for a company lease, medical, etc. The pay is not high, but it is in the ballpark for a given position. In general, the lower your position level, the better the pay is relative to other jobs. The bonuses more than make up for the lower pay and the company never changes the goal if it looks as if it will be met. If anything they give a larger bonus if the goal is exceeded. If you don't meet the goal, you get a reduced bonus, not zero.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking, everything is reactive and rarely proactive. There is a huge disconnect between management and reality.

    Advice to Management

    Go talk to employees. The MC CEO toured the MNAO facilities and talked to employees. Why is that not true of the US executives? What's up with that? Don't take middle management's word for it, go walk "the factory floor" now and then.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Building Phase

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time (More than a 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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Quality Engineer

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Flat Rock, MI
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Flat Rock, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    generally a good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance & Accounting in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Finance & Accounting in Irvine, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good

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

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Nice people, nice products, HR is abysmal

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Pretty Good Place

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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