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Updated May 17, 2014

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2.6 27 reviews

61% Approve of the CEO

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Mark A. Simons

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32% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Complacency

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsGood benefits, cafeteria, nice people

    ConsThe office has no life. Employees seem to just go through the motions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place to work but not very loyal to hard working employees.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsMost people are great to work with and are easy to get along with. Employees have yearly reviews. Most managers understand there is more to life than work. Most managers, including senior management, have an "open door" policy.

    ConsOne VP has a habit of watching the parking lot to see who leaves before 5:00. It didn't matter what time you arrived to work - he felt anyone leaving before 5:00 was cheating the company. He was also known to send out "scouts", when he was not in town, to monitor when people arrived and left work. In all fairness, only one VP has this reputation. Company policy did not always match department policy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome departments seem to be top-heavy with management - Senior VP, VP, Directors, Sr Managers, Managers. Departments appear to be under staffed / over-worked compared to number of managers.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    LOTS of freedom but not much room for advancement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsLOTS of freedom. No one really watches the clock here. Need to go to Dr, kids performance or just about anything else. As long as your work is getting done no problem!

    ConsUpward mobility is EXTREMELY difficult. You can expect best case you will be promoted one level from where you came in - perhaps in 5-10 years. By far most people don't move up. Very much a silo organization. Not much synergy between groups and departments

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to get groups working together. Increase morale as well.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall, good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsI worked for TAIS for almost three years. During my time there I enjoyed my job and the people I worked with.

    ConsSometimes difficult to get things accomplished in a timely manner as many people are "afraid" to speak up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen up the line of communications from all employees without fear they will be reprimanded.

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

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    Just trying to survive at all costs.

    Producdt Marketing (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsGreat People, dedicated, hard working and all have the desire to contribute and work to make the company shine and be profitable. Talented with commitment to the company.

    ConsFocused only on PC with all other product groups getting little support. Trapped in managing all areas thru Japan and their antiquated processes that move to slow for he CE industry.
    Low morale as the senior management does very little to improve the work environment. Willing to force employees to either take it as is or you can head out the door.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWith those that are remaining or choose to stay, do more to improve the work environment since it is all the employees have. They are working under extreme pressure while under resourced in a lot of areas. Restructuring the organization every 6 months is not helping the employees to better enjoy coming to work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Large company, Ok place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAble to work on some intereting projects and technology. Benefits were good. They try to retain employees.

    ConsDirect management. Lack of clear goals and objectives. Many people have been there a long time, so it is difficult to move up / be promoted.

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

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    All good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mount Juliet, TN

    ProsLong Tenure and good benefits

    ConsUnfortunately Company Closing next year

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    When it was good, it was good....when bad, it was extremely BAD!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsThe Japanese people are amazing outside the office. They are very invigorating with their thirst for adventure and american knowledge.

    ConsThroat cutting and back stabbing by of all people ... management! Supervisors taking credit for their employees good jobs or ideas. Blame and finger pointing when times are bad.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave not worked there for some time now however, seems like nothing has changed. WOW!

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    An OK place to work if you don't expect support from management.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsThe benefits are very, very good. They just discontinued the pension plan, which was a bummer, but the 401(k) and insurance were excellent. I believe there were 13 major holidays plus two weeks vacation, and 2 weeks sick time as well (sick time and vacation time could NOT be used interchangeably).

    ConsToshiba is lacking in good middle management. People who are competent in their jobs are never promoted, and people who are relatively incompetent, rather than being fired, are often moved and promoted to different areas. The result is that the managers of the company often have no idea how to manage people and support their teams. The biggest reason most people leave Toshiba is due to poor management - I've confirmed this with several former coworkers. It's scary how similar our stories are, sadly. If you have no interest in advancement, keep to yourself and keep your head down and can do what you're told without giving input, you'll have a long career at Toshiba. They never fire anyone. There's a guy who's worked there 10+ years who sleeps at his desk every day, and everyone knows it, but he'll never get fired. I left because of a terrible manager, after speaking with several members of upper management and even making an HR complaint. They just listened to what I had to say, but never did anything. Two out of three members of her team left after working for her for just a few months because she was so incompetent, but Toshiba management didn't even counsel her or speak to her at all. It was just completely ignored. They completely protect their management to the point that they are willing to lose good employees rather than do anything to change the situation. There are a lot of great people at TAIS, and I enjoyed my job and performed very well. I never complained about anything until this person started. But in the end, I could not work for someone so horrible and I could not deal with a company that would do nothing, not even talk to their manager, to try to help their employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMark Simons is a really nice guy and some of the executives seem pretty savvy. Yet they're so far above the fray they don't really realize what's going on. I would tell them to look at their department managers, talk to employees, bring in management training experts (not from Toshiba, from outside the company) to counsel these managers on how to work with people.

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    Boys' Club Hit Hard by Economy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsExcellent benefits
    Convenient location - 5/405 or Toll road
    Competitive wages
    Employee discount - good deals on laptops

    ConsThere seems to be limited room for advancement - especially for women at the higher levels.
    Hit hard by economy. There have been quite a few rounds of layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompany tends to be management-heavy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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