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30+ days ago

Development Engineer II

Yamaha Motor Corporation Kennesaw, GA

• Designs, develops, documents and release new products to production… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Public Relations Coordinator - ATV / SxS

Yamaha Motor Corporation Kennesaw, GA

Yamaha has an excellent opportunity for a successful Public Relations Coordinator- ATV / SxS to join our Motorsports Group in Kennesaw, GA. The… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Testing Technician

Yamaha Motor Corporation Kennesaw, GA

Yamaha has an excellent opportunity for a successful ATV / SxS Testing Technician to join our Motorsports Group. The Testing Technician will… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Multi-purpose Engine Sales Coordinator

Yamaha Motor Corporation Kennesaw, GA

Yamaha has an excellent opportunity for a successful Multipurpose Engine Sales Coordinator to join our Motorsports Group - Multipurpose Engine (MPE… Glassdoor

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Hiroyuki Yanagi
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    Fast and fun products. Tedious culture.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at Yamaha Motor U.S.A. full-time (more than 3 years)


    Very wide range of products and outstanding quality, which is a Yamaha hallmark. Good benefits.


    The joke is that the parent company - Yamaha Motor Corp. (YMC) actually stands for Yamaha Meeting Corp. Lots of time spent in meetings and preparing PPT presentations for meetings and slogging through emails. Not uncommon to prepare at least three PPTs in a single week and attend three meetings a day, which severely impacts productivity. Very reactive business culture, often having to prepare reports for Japanese and realizing they aren't really read but simply passed up the line. This was proven when I learned to recycle presentations and simply changed the date. Business units not helpful to each other. Invitations to be involved are typically nothing more than attempts to secure your budget to subsidize their tactics and goals. No clear strategic approach - simply stringing tactics together. Many managers in place for decades. Often hear, "We want new ideas" but when new ideas are presented they're met with, "That's not the way we do it here." Human Resources personnel, not surprisingly, is very weak and unable to strike a balance between the employees' and the company's needs. Many employees simply riding the gravy train to retirement or holding on until a better opportunity comes along. The company is severely hamstrung by processes and procedures, reactive assignments, restrictive IT policies, and fear of lawsuits (due to a class action lawsuit involving the Rhino, which was baseless and Yamaha won but left the company shit-scared to do anything). Financially they are challenged while competitors have returned to profitability, yet they continue to say it's because of 2008.

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    Need to wake up and realize they're choking on their own inability to adapt to a new and fast business environment. A good bloodletting of the old wood is sorely needed. Stop using YMUS as the stepping stone for Japanese managers on the global merry-go-round managers program. Put an American in charge of the American business unit, someone who knows the culture and folks can at least understand. Put people in management who inspire and lead and encourage their reports to be creative, not conform and do the meaningless grunt work. And for lord's sake, stop micro managing. Micro management is a disease at YMUS.

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