DENSO America
2.8 of 5 23 reviews
www.densocorp-na.com Southfield, MI 5000+ Employees

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Updated Feb 27, 2014

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Hikaru Sugi

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42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Easy work, wish it was more challenging

Quality Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at DENSO America full-time for more than a year

ProsEasy work, but was doing non-engineering duties. Freedom to complete duties on my own schedule

ConsPeoples skills are outdated and the company is slow to adapt to new technology. Managment was promoted due to longevity, not capabilities. DIrty environment that was not maintained well

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Good place to work at during the day

Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee)
Ann Arbor, MI

I worked at DENSO America full-time for more than 10 years

ProsStrong security during your career

ConsLow wages compared to others in the area

Advice to Senior ManagementGood engineers don't always make good managers

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Temporary assignment at this major subsidiary of the largest Japanese-owned auto parts supplier

Senior Analyst (Former Employee)
Long Beach, CA

I worked at DENSO America as a contractor for more than a year

ProsPeople are, for the most part, highly competent, friendly, and very willing to assist one another regardless of the task, the customer, or the level from which the request comes. Strong community outreach (beach cleanup, for example). More company social events than other firms where I've worked -- Christmas lunch/dinner, inter-company games, etc. Very rewarding "work hard, play hard" atmosphere. Good training opportunities for permanent associates.

Cons(1) Temporary associates are limited to one year.
(2) Pay is a bit below par, especially in light of premium prices and image of the company's products.
(3) As of mid-2012, new "non-management" associates are hired in as hourly workers, and have to log in and log out to verify hours worked. (Not very professional, not the way to move forward, regardless of current trends.)

Advice to Senior Management(1) Allow temporary associates to work beyond one year, and be willing to increase their pay at regular intervals.
(2) Raise compensation levels, especially for those with advanced degrees, to competitive ranges vs. other major auto parts suppliers, both domestic and foreign auto makers, and other firms with significant numbers of experienced and highly educated associates.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Diverse culture, fun to work in, but very slow and conventional

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Southfield, MI

I have been working at DENSO America as a contractor for more than a year

ProsYou get to work with MANY smart people here, so lots of mentorship is available
Mostly flexible and people are easy to work with
Good compensation, good campus

ConsVery slow, very conventional and very adamant when it comes to making changes around. Things do not happen quickly around here.
Lack of development tools except for the bare minimum stuff, so less productive and frustrating at times
Most of your time will be spent on excel sheets instead of coding which is very boring

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease invest in tools and software for productivity and efficiency

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Ineffective management, long hours but very stable, good co-workers, lots of business

Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
Southfield, MI

I have been working at DENSO America full-time for more than 3 years

ProsEmployment for life culture, which is good and bad since poor performers get a free pass, including incompetent managers, but good since you have excellent stability which is hard to find in the automotive industry.

Good benefits and average to slightly above-average pay, but if you're smart, you can negotiate higher pay prior to accepting offer.

Lots of vacation and sick days if you can find time to use it all.

Work hours can vary depending on manager, but for the most part, it's a free atmosphere. You can come and go as you please as long as your work is done. The bad part is, sometimes you can be heavily overloaded with work so you can never really get all your work done in a 40 hour week.

Regular bonuses that are actually performance based...by performance, it means how many hours you put in, not at how efficient you are, regardless, they are constant which is a plus.

Denso sales always manages to acquire lots of business somehow, so there will always be work for engineers to do.

Co-workers are very good, nice, and helpful. Work can be interesting depending on which engineering department you work in, but sometimes it just feels like an onslaught of excel spreadsheets and over-reactions to simple engineering problems.

For the most part, this is not a bad company to work for, but it's not great either. Stability is the main thing here and not many companies can offer what Denso offers as long as you can personally deal with the cons that come along with it.

ConsVery conservative management that lacks foresight. The concept of promotion to your level of incompetence applies here. Not everyone is cut out to be a manager, but if you put in long hours and not cause any ripples in the water, then you'll move up the chain very quickly. Higher level management positions are all occupied by ex-pats. Japanese management always rotating, so there is no stability or accountability.

Long hours and personal life scarifies are expected which are usually the result of poor management decisions and over conservative policies.

Very old technology and equipment on campus (Lotus Notes 7, Win XP, Office 2003). Old chairs and desks.

Creativity and ideas for improvement are ignored or suppressed unless you are Japanese or speak Japanese. Even some mid-level non-Japanese managers abide by this principle which is absurd.

Many employees just go with the flow and collect a paycheck.

Managers lack scope of improvements. They would rather keep doing the wrong things over and over instead of push to implement larger scope changes.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's OK to take risks to improve your company and it's definitely OK to remove people who are poor performers. This is killing the company slowly. You cannot have this type of business model and expect to maintain high quality and profits. Something will give and Denso will pay a heavy price.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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After many years of service still undervalued and unappreciated

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Southfield, MI

I have been working at DENSO America full-time for more than 5 years

ProsExposure to how NOT to do things

ConsEmployees fall in 2 groups, those who do over and beyond and rarely are recognized and those who do all the wrong things and are rewarded, creating an unfair work environment and harbors resentful employees who try to hold on for the better but are vastly losing interest.

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow independent thinking

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stable but boring.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Southfield, MI

I worked at DENSO America as an intern for more than a year

ProsStability, easy work, good people, good food, lots of various training opportunities, the location is excellent, setting is nice

ConsI was not happy at denso for a number of reasons: The pay was 10-15% lower than other automotive companies, there was not enough work to keep me busy all of the time, many people did not seem happy at denso, so they had bad attitudes, and you had to be Japanese to be able to move up into higher level management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Overall positive because of many great co-workers but we all suffered under stagnant-to-oppressive leadership.

Senior Manager (Former Employee)
Southfield, MI

I worked at DENSO America

ProsMany excellent people, friendly environment, challenging work, diverse technologies. People who stay are either hard workers (good) or incompetent (bad). Overachievers, either by technical skills and/or relationships with customers will be recognized by peers and by being given more responsibility. Job for life if you have a heartbeat and don't do something completely stupid. Denso really works to protect employment. New technology everywhere -- basically every product has significant investments in next gens, thanks mostly to Mother Toyota.

ConsThe company has struggled to reward overachievers financially. Good people stay while great people leave (for more money, title, career path). There is a bamboo ceiling which some will try to break through, but in truth, most Sr Managers or Directors just live with. The Japanese tolerate submissive American managers because the latter don't challenge for the key executive positions held temporarily by Japanese expats. The resulting managerial complacency & incompetency is really sad to see at such a good company. Working with Japanese customers or product teams in Japan will kill your work-life balance simply because of the time zone difference and the daily coordination with Japan required to do a good job. The company tolerates weak performers. Pay is at or below market but that is for job security in down-times. IT is really behind the times because the Japanese mothership is slow to invest in new technologies for workers White collar productivity is really low for a company with such state of the art manufacturing capabilities.

Advice to Senior ManagementExperiment more with corporate structure. Try smaller cross-functional units for faster paced products. Empower managers with P&L responsibilities. Knowledge workers aren't suited for a bureaucratic, pyramid structure led by men who took their last class in 1980 before PCs. Starting near the top, weed the garden.

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stable but using older technologies to perform job

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Southfield, MI

I have been working at DENSO America

Prosstable employment, changing management patterns due to rotation of ex-patriates

Constechnology skills not compatible with larger tier 1 suppliers or oem

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It is a good experience thus far.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Detroit, MI

I have been working at DENSO America

ProsI have some personal freedoms as to accomplish my own goals on my own time line.

ConsSome management is not good. They don't get rid of employee with bad performance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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