Akebono Corporation (North America)

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Updated May 16, 2015
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  1. Group Leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Elizabethtown, KY
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Elizabethtown, KY

    I have been working at Akebono Corporation (North America) (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Steady pay, benefits, ability to double your income with overtime

    Cons

    poor local leadership, lack of accountabilityl

    Advice to Management

    Be honest when discussing plant performance and publish a comprehensive employee handbook then STICK TO THE RULES YOU PUBLISH


  2. Company Used to Be Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at Akebono Corporation (North America) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Co workers are great to work with.

    Cons

    In past 5 years management has reverted to a closed door policy. There is absolutely no communication between management and technicians. We are treated like peons. The Human Resources department is a total joke. Any communication between technicians and H.R. is met with no response. Employee morale is at an all time low. The atmosphere in the workplace is dismal at best. Wages are stagnant and there is no positive reinforcement from management. The company is losing employees at an all time rate. They used to post the turnover rate on the bulletin board as a point of pride. There has been no posting in the past 5 or 6 years. There used to be all associate meetings 4 or 5 times a year but we are lucky to have one a year now and it is never uplifting. They used to promote in house employees but lately they have been going outside to hire new people at low ball wages.

    Advice to Management

    Start giving positive reinforcement and consider giving out bonuses like you used to.


  3. Finisher

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finisher in Glasgow, KY
    Current Employee - Finisher in Glasgow, KY

    I have been working at Akebono Corporation (North America) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good money and insurance for this area

    Cons

    Poor management, favoritism to some, unorganized, low standards for products because so behind on parts to customers.

    Advice to Management

    Don't do the above!!!!!


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  5. Supervisor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Glasgow, KY
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Glasgow, KY

    I worked at Akebono Corporation (North America)

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

    Pros

    The workers are great. Decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Terrible hours, mandatory overtime, over worked under paid. Upper management is a joke. Hr is a joke. Pretty much impossible place to make a career.

    Advice to Management

    Scratch everything and almost everyone in management and start over.


  6. CNC Operator

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akebono Corporation (North America) full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, stable employment, short commute, Christmas shutdown ( 11 days) decent starting pay and automatic raise if you meet standards after 60 day probationary period.

    Cons

    Very Hostile work environment created by untrained "Team Leaders." I was harassed almost daily by a "team leader" that criticized my work daily. Even though I met the standards and got a passing review after 90 days. He would hide behind machines and watch you work to find something to micro-manage about. FORCED OVERTIME 7 DAYS A WEEK SCHEDULE. This alone created a atmosphere of short fuses and stressed out workers.
    ABSOLUTELY NO WORK/LIFE BALANCE, EXCEPT FOR FRONT OFFICE PEOPLE.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the front office and see whats happening on the production floor. Talk to the common workers. See how much morale is down the toilet.


  7. Great Hardworking Company - Not Perfect

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

    I have been working at Akebono Corporation (North America) full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Long, Stable History
    Very Good, Quality Products Produced
    Great People
    Solid Benefits

    Cons

    Mediocre and Below Average Compensation


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    AKB Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at Akebono Corporation (North America) full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Good location, nice work environment (building, etc)
    - Great Team environment
    - Reasonable hours (40-50/wk), and travel requirements
    - Multi-cultural, global activities and opportunities

    Cons

    - Global systems not fully established
    - Growing pains to support added business and growth
    - Culture sometimes impedes progress

    Advice to Management

    Focus on global process systems standardization and implementation to ensure One Akebono is achieved


  9. Akebono Brake Corporation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CAE Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - CAE Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I have been working at Akebono Corporation (North America) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working environment and diversified work culture.
    Allow to work according to your way.

    Cons

    Less salary. No bonuses and less direct customer exposure

    Advice to Management

    Value experience of the employees and give responsibilities and salary to what they truly deserve.


  10. CAE Engineer

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

    I have been working at Akebono Corporation (North America) full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good working environment to work. Flexibility to work techniques.

    Cons

    Low salaries and restricted to a single department.


  11. Great Place to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akebono Corporation (North America)

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

    Pros

    great atmosphere, good management, flexible with schedule, they care about their employees

    Cons

    there are not any cons i can think of at this point in time.



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