Toyota Reviews

Updated May 29, 2015
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Toyota President and Representative Director Akio Toyoda
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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. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work, long hours

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

    I have been working at Toyota full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots to learn, staff is very friendly and work is challenging but with many resources to fall back on.

    Cons

    Work life balance is challenging as japanese mentality is very work oriented. They do not understand work hard play hard mindset of Americans nor have much understanding of anything outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    I'm not sure how to change a mindset that is ingrained in the culture. you either work to lI've or live to work.


  2. NEVER DO TEMP WORK THERE

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Driver in Georgetown, KY
    Current Contractor - Driver in Georgetown, KY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Drive cars all day,long lunches, lots of over time, great team environment, holiday time off

    Cons

    Hard to get full time job there, DONT DO TEMP HIRE, laid off more times than worked,


  3. Helpful (2)

    Textbook business model of why Unions evolved.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Production Associate in San Antonio, TX
    Current Contractor - Production Associate in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Toyota as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Better than regular starting wage for the area. The illusion of potential advancement and security.

    Cons

    Toyota business model is the textbook excuse of why a Union is needed! They carry a regular to contract employee ratio of 60/40 in the event of sales slumps. Then they can cut (layoff) the contract help while maintaining a rating of not laying off any "toyota" employees.
    The temp to hire people make at best, 75% what an equivalent Toyota worker is paid for the same job position. The lower management cherry picks the candidates for transition based on personal seniority favorites, not base seniority, so if your boss doesn't like your age, race, sex, or tolerance for poor management, you will be bypassed, skills not applicable. You can't get any help from the Temp providing service because in most cases, Toyota is paying the standard employee rate to the provider which pinches off whatever rate they choose from your wage.

    Advice to Management

    Oversee hiring practices, the lower management is discriminating in hiring personal friends, drinking buddies, and the prettier applicants by selective discrimination. The 60/40 rule is insulting many workers who devote their reputation toward being hard workers entitled to the right of being hired. You have temp workers with 3 to 5 years still waiting on a little recognition and getting really disillusioned!


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  5. Good people trying to work within aggressive guidelines

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Toyota

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Trying to be a friendly company but going the route of all modern corps.

    Cons

    Over working employees. Too many tiger moms thinking the employees are less than using too much mapping.


  6. Dealerships

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Service Manager in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Service Manager in Springfield, VA

    I have been working at Toyota full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Product and value of the company are great. Great place to work at when wanting to learn how dealerships function and business is ran. Possible lifetime employment.

    Cons

    Opportunity. Opportunity. Opportunity. Even at the dealership level, its all who you know. If you are excelling in your position, they will keep you where you're at. Seems like everyone is capped off at some point and no room for improvement. Hours for Service Advisors are crap.

    Advice to Management

    Please take the time and see what your 'younger' employees are yearning for and give them the
    opportunity to go for it. You will lose them to your competitors if not careful, and the value learned at Toyota will be applied to elsewhere.


  7. Two internships with a lack of growth/development

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Georgetown, KY
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Georgetown, KY

    I have been working at Toyota as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits. I enjoyed working at the manufacturing plant, it was a fun environment. There are a lot of locations available for engineers.

    Cons

    Lack of growth and development during both internships. Management cared little about providing projects and work. It was as if they hired interns just to meet a quota.


  8. Helpful (3)

    The Bridge on the River Kwai without an Alec Guiness

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Saline, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Saline, MI

    I have been working at Toyota

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job Security, but you must work harder during the peaks than your contemporaries at domestic OEMs

    Cons

    TMC Japan is manipulative and distrusting of opinions outside Japan

    Advice to Management

    Put down the team member surveys and pick-up a book on employee motivation


  9. Helpful (1)

    Poor Leadership, poor respect to Team Members and contractors. TMMTX does not follow Toyota Principles.

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

    I have been working at Toyota

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to get automotive experience, get your feet wet, and put a great company on your resume. Lots of good people to work with.

    Cons

    Management does not follow Toyota company values
    - no respect, to many hours, no gratification for hard work, no out of the box thinking, everything that can be done to make something better needs to have been done somewhere else in Toyota.
    - cheap medical insurance, many things not covered, onsite clinic for family (yes this is a con).

    Advice to Management

    Get back to Toyota Roots, TPS, TBP, RESPECT, TEAMWORK, THE TOYOTA WAY!!
    LEAD! Hold people accountable.


  10. depends on where your at

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Anaheim, CA

    I have been working at Toyota

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the experience you have with customer service

    Cons

    not much advancement to move up

    Advice to Management

    care about your employees so they can take care of the customers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    A job, not a career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Erlanger, KY
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Erlanger, KY

    I have been working at Toyota

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding reputation as global automotive leader through excellent vehicles
    Benefits are very good, esp for people with families; vehicle discounts/lease program are good
    Company business situation is transparent
    Job security
    Broad scope of responsibilties
    Work is very flexible for family and outside committments
    Brilliant and world-class colleagues
    Diversity is highly valued and emphasized

    Cons

    If you want career advancement, McDonalds is probably better. Moving up here is like wading through molasses in Alaska during January. Employees have Career Development Planning that is mostly discouragement and a waste of 1 hour of you and your manager's life every year.

    Respect for Employees is written as a core principle of the company, but in actuality the management would have difficulty defining what this is, let alone provide examples of how it is done.

    Office politics is rampant and decides a fair amount of business decisions, including who is promoted.

    Due to lifetime employment culture, many managers are promoted based on seniority only and can be incompetent and devoid of leadership skills; some cannot even relate to people or make logical business decisions with respect to the bottom line.

    Encouragement and recognition are almost completely non-existent.

    Business practices, technology used, and culture is archaic.

    Country-club type culture is uber politically correct, and any results different than expected is considered "bad news" which is why problems are kept from surfacing.

    Advice to Management

    Trust and respect your Team Members.
    Loosen up and allow Team Members some freedom to operate.
    Develop opportunities for young professionals to rotate to different positions and get promoted within the company and across affilliates (ie Japan, Europe, Asia, South America, etc).
    Leadership development within TEMA needs serious attention.



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