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Toyota Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
268 Reviews
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Pros
  • plenty of opportunities to learn (in 10 reviews)

  • family working environment, good benefits, with gym, basketball and badminton court (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • For design staff the work-life balance is typically severe (in 16 reviews)

  • Long hours, politics and varied growth pipelines without cross-function (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    TOYOTA TEMA Research and Development in MIchigan - Do NOT work at Toyota in Ann Arbor, MI or York, MI

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Toyota as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The English speaking Team Members (for the most part) are easy to work with. They are very patient and understand that some of the some technical issues take time to resolve.

    Cons

    As a contractor, I am basically ignored by all levels of management. This is no exaggeration. I mean I am literally ignored. I have made an effort to bust my butt every day and be outgoing but it doesn't matter at all. Even if I play "the game" bu going to various company functions (lunches, potlucks, etc), I am still ignored. Not even so much as a "hello, how are you today?" or a "thanks for your help on xyz project." Plus, the managers cherry-pick people for jobs. So if your contract house doesn't tell you about a new position, you will not hear about it until after it has been filled. And that's if the contract house was even told about the job!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transition contractors to Team Members after 6 months or a year. Otherwise, the turn over will remain at its very high levels. Stop with the "s/he wasn't a good fit." No, you need to pay attention to contractors if you want them to stay. It is that simply. Ignore your employees and they will leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Overwhelming

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Easley, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Easley, SC

    I have been working at Toyota full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people you work with, the people you meet

    Cons

    Lousy sales training, tons of hours expected to work at straight commission. You lose your days off if you don't sell 7 cars by the 20th of the month, this goes for new people too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better, slower,training. You would keep more new people if you didn't jam 20 pounds of carp in a five pound bag.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The most backward place.But you learn a lot on cars

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Toyota Worker in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Toyota Worker in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Toyota full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    benefits and working with different people learning their cultures.

    Cons

    To many managers telling people to do different thing at once. Which makes no sense. To many chief and not enough cooks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to go back to school to learn to run the place better. Their just a few that know how to get people moving and keeping professional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    If you're an intelligent, strong willed women, this isn't the company for you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Service & Parts Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - District Service & Parts Manager in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Toyota full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stability would be the number one reason to want to work at Toyota. It is very difficult to be fired or laid off, regardless of your experience or contribution.

    Cons

    The pay is not competitive with the same jobs at other automotive companies. Also, if you are interested in "pay for porformance", then you shouldn't work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should pay closer attention to those that are going against the grain. It could be a major positive for your company. You need more forward thinkers at Toyota. You have too much of the same.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you value time with your family, do not bother

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Skilled Team Member in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Skilled Team Member in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Toyota full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have decent company benefits.

    Cons

    Poor management at all levels and areas
    No chance for personal improvement
    Rotating shifts
    Hr is a management mouthpiece, they will not assist Team members with legitimate concerns

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Express Shop Nightmares Wuborn Toyota, Boston MA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Automotive Technician in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Automotive Technician in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Toyota full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people I work with are probably the only redeeming quality about my workplace. It is kind of strange how people who are so similar ended up working at the same place. It's almost like the military or a fraternity. If you can hang, you will get more experience here in a month than you would get in four somewhere else. Do a year here and move on.

    Cons

    Where to start... I guess working fifty two hours over a six day work week without over time pay becomes taxing quickly and frankly feels like you're getting enlisted in some sort of program for criminals. In fairness I knew what it paid and the hours I'd have to put in but you can't help but feel like you've been taken for a ride. Probably the worst part of it all is the lies they serve on a platter to entice young techs coming out of school. "Work with a master tech one day a week", "Paid vacation days", "exposure to bigger work that oil changes", pure lies. Only after about a year and if there is a opening will you work in the Main shop where you will work alone on time consuming warranty that the master techs don't want. Paid vacation days are combined with sick days which you have to build up using a magic formula that nobody seems to know. No work paying more than 2 hours will ever be seen in Express so everything has to be up sold, and half the cars are warranty 10k oil changes that don't need any real work. So to make any hours you will be slinging fourty five dollar cabin air filters like some sort of insurance crack dealer. In the summer, the metal roofed shop gets around 100F on a hot day so make sure you hydrate. Management makes decisions based on fairy tale ideas that don't apply in reality and nine out of ten times are counter productive. Everyone hates their job but works too much to find another and will spread their agony until it seems the only solution is to start a fight club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying, use some brains and maybe you will see why this place is a revolving door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    TMMTX has a lot to work on...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Specialist in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Toyota

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Bonuses used to be good, but they won't be for a long time, if they even give them next year... It looks good on a resume (it may get you a phone interview, but it won't get you a job). You can get decent experience learning about Toyota business practices (or at least learn how things should be there), and it's an ok place to learn about automotive manufacturing.

    Cons

    There is very little, if any, personal and professional growth for engineers there. One does NOT even need to be an engineer to be a competent or a great production or maintenance specialist, or even a QE specialist, and in most cases, an above average team leader or group leader could fill the role. It seems like you spend more time dealing with other people's personalities and egos than you do addressing/solving issues. Everyone has different agendas and priorities so there is no clear goals or focus, and therefore many issues don't get resolved, just swept under the rug for a while until they resurface. New ideas are not welcome. Hard work is not appreciated, nor is it rewarded. Departments are understaffed which leads to a horrible work life balance (during busy production periods I worked every saturday and sunday with no day off, on top of working 12-14 hours a day monday through friday). Pay is well below average for the industry (one could easily make 20-30% elsewhere), and raises don't even keep up with inflation. Hourly employees typically end up earning more money than salary, which is a running joke there, meaning you have maintenance and production team members making more money than group leaders and people with engineering degrees!

    One of the worst parts about this place is that morale is very low, and employees show little if any respect for each other. It's bad enough if you're a Toyota employee, but if you're a contract, temporary, or non Toyota employee: zero respect. The turnover rate there is insane (>50%) and the number one reason cited for salaried employees leaving is respect issues. HR is worthless and they either don't understand or don't care to listen when employees have issues (it makes me wonder what they do all day). They're more interested in following their backwards policies, and decisions for them are black and white rather than judgements based on facts. Management should be aware of the situation at the plant, but nothing is being done to improve conditions. The quality of our final product is low, in part because, in practice, productivity is a higher priority than quality, and this is the worst of all NAMC's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward hard work and try new ideas because obviously what you're doing isn't working. Ask yourselves "why have so many people left TMMTX over the past 5 years?" RESPECT! RESPECT! RESPECT! Take the cap off of extended hours and comp time for salaried employees; people have lost out on so much pay because of this. Either that or make raises larger, salaries higher, just something... Make sure you are adequately staffed so people aren't giving up their lives for the company. Clarify priorities and make it known what the true focus should be. Foster an environment where people aren't so quick to try to get out of doing what needs to be done, but rather one where departments/groups are working together to solve issues, not blaming each other for why they exist...

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Not the best place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Toyota

    Pros

    Pay, Job Security, safe work location

    Cons

    Hours, expectations, lack of accountability, week management control of suppliers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip on suppliers and hold them to stated expectations & scope of work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Horrible Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Officer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Officer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Toyota full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Centrally located, brand name, great outlook

    Cons

    Nothing to look forward for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear hierarchy at every level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    not very good working experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Secretary in Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
    Former Employee - Secretary in Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)

    I worked at Toyota full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    competitive wage packages, good work life balance

    Cons

    no clear career path and very inefficient management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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