- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at DENSO America full-time for more than 8 yearsPros
Strong, growing company. No layoffs even in bad times. Many opportunities for career growth, especially if you are the type to take initiative. Internal transfers are possible. Strong (albeit) slow trend to localize, with local managers gradually taking over positions previously held by expats. Pay and benefits especially are competitive and it comes with job security most other companies don't offer.(I think the people complaining about pay & benefits don't fully appreciate what they have.) Compensation may not match that of OEMs but if that's a concern for you then go work for Ford or GM instead.
Work-life balance can be very good but this is very much work-group dependent. Excellent, subsidized on-site cafeteria especially if you like Japanese food options. Very nice tree-lined campus. Generous PTO which can be hard to use up considering that the days between Christmas and New Years are company holidays. Work schedule can be flexible depending on your job (you are free to access work email on your personal phone 24x7 -- sometimes not a good thing). Many modern, supportive policies such as work-at-home and flextime. Generally very good, friendly, competent people across the company.Cons
It's hard to make generalizations because this is a large company with many different work environments but generally speaking...
Built-in Japanese cultural expectations could be a con for some. For example in Japan, you are expected to do your job. If you don't know what it is, it's your responsibility to ask the right questions and figure it out. Whereas in America you'll hear people make excuses like "I didn't know" or "nobody told me to do that." So there is a fundamental cultural gap built-in that makes the company a poor fit for some. And of course there is a language barrier in some workgroups. Especially there is frequently a gap between expats and local staff simply because a lot the conversation is in Japanese between expats. They are not hiding anything but the information flow that would normally get shared by working side-by-side in an office space doesn't occur. They may not go out of their way to share things that are going on and engineers don't bother to ask.
Go getters that want to take initiative may get frustrated at the amount of effort and speed to make change happen. It can be done and Management welcomes it but it's not easy.
Work-life balance can be difficult for some, especially for those that are conscientious. Those that are not conscientious have a great work-life balance because they have no qualms about putting in their 8 hours and leaving, letting their co-workers or the expats clean up their unfinished business.
Desktop workstation technology is typically behind but for most work that is email or MS Office-based it's fine. Global systems are typically old and behind the times as they are in any big company.
For those in Japan-related positions there can be intrusions on personal time because you need to talk with Japan either very early or in the middle of evening (but the expats bear the brunt of this).
As others have mentioned there are some mediocre people here. As a manager I can say that's true. In a tough labor market it's not easy finding good people so it's better to keep those people around rather than somehow hope I'm going to be able to hire better people that will adapt to the corporate culture and stick around. I will say, though, those less-than-stellar people don't get the bonus, merit and promotions that their high-performing peers get.
The compensation system is too opaque. The reviewer complaining about people getting paid "below average" doesn't understand the system. There are defined salary bands and the fact that many/most people are paid below the midpoint of the band doesn't mean they are paid below average. If you can clearly show you're underpaid, you can get a market adjustment but typically people just say that anecdotically with no real evidence to back it up. As a manager I usually have to look at the wages we are hiring at to tell me if this is really the case. Again, the point being that where you are in the salary band is not particularly relevant.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Senior Management generally tries to be transparent but they need to put greater effort in this.RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Interview Details
Same as most other corporate interviews. Panel of 3 or 4 people asking questions. Comes in 2 phases. At first just an HR worker and the manager, then other managers from similar departments will join for the 2nd. Sometimes the Director or VP will come too.Accepted Offer
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No spherical measurement, DIAM (DENSO International America) does encompass the North American operations of Japanese auto parts maker DENSO. The company oversees more than 30 joint ventures and affiliate businesses -- mostly in the US, but also in Mexico and Canada. In addition to manufacturing everything from automotive radiators and fuel injectors to alternators and air conditioners, DIAM manages research and development of electronic components that improve vehicle fuel efficiency, emissions reduction, safety, and comfort. The company's customers include Toyota...