American Suzuki Motor

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Where unprofessionals gather.

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Former Employee - Manager in Brea, CA
Former Employee - Manager in Brea, CA

I worked at American Suzuki Motor

Pros

Motorcycles are always profitable, easy to sell and will always allow the company to suffer along. Because Suzuki has a big corporate name and truly a mom and pop atmosphere, they do not expect much. Just show up. They like to hire people with no skills or experience. Most of the tasks that they assign you will only take a few minutes to complete. You can spend the remainder of your time developing other skills or taking classes so you can take on responsibility at a "real" corporation.

Cons

Don’t trust the Americans. They were tossed out of other reputable companies and had no other place to go. Or, they started in the mail room and received battlefield promotions over the years. Just ask if you can sit in on an executive management meeting. When the directors speak, you will know that they do not have practical experience. If you have a good idea and the Japanese like it, your manager must receive the credit. If you are happy to oblige, the Japanese will eventually find out it was you and want to cut out the middleman. They will not want to promote you or fire your manager; just shame some poor director who was promoted beyond their level of expectation. You will probably make the mistake of sharing your blight with the up in coming mailroomers who will embrace your story only to share it with everyone else in the company. It is an amazing race to no where. The culture is as such because Suzuki is such a small player in the US and plan to keep it that way. The world is Suzuki’s oyster. The US is just something to balance out the web-site.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You have 300 employees in the US - there should be no American Suzuki Motor Corp. Quite fooling people mom and pop.

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Training Specialist in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Training Specialist in Brea, CA

    I have been working at American Suzuki Motor

    Pros

    If you are an enthusiast (MC) you'll find good comrades. While not great poduct/parts/accessories prices are OK. Auto lease program. Good benefits, but employees must contribute as of 2008.

    Cons

    ASMC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corp. Japan. Ther are 20% Japanese nationals in US operations assigned for 5 years. They are running the company on a day to day basis rather than as overseers of the operations that the Americans know better i.e. market. Auto division is 45th of 45 competitors in market, CEO in Japan is dedicated to Auto sucess, this is brining the corporation down. Worst of both worlds; Japanese corporation with no 10 year plan, concerned with next quarters profits, American Corp where personal input is shunned. Upper (Japanese) management adopts US corporate management style and executes ruthlessly (rather than Japanese style). Management runs on fear of Japan. Parent company is so large and poorly run it is mired down in it's own policy, none of which seem to be written down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lock the Japanese in a room. Hire good directors and middle managers, let them take care of the US market. Invest in infrastructure. Innovate and be aggressive in market ...not 6 years behind it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Biggest Mistake in my Professional Career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Suzuki Motor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are pleasant to work with. Benefits were decent. Lease car programs was nice. Nice working schedule with a good days off.

    Cons

    Japanese management treats employees poorly. All of their bad decision are the fault of the employees. No direction. No mission statement. Not even a plan for the future that i know of. American workers content with no raises or bonuses, no advancement opportunities, do well. Creative and talented people either leave for better, brighter futures or get laid off. Worst place I ever worked for and regret ever excepting a position here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close up shop and stick with other markets, like you have already done. That, or have some respect for the people who work for you and maybe you will actually see results!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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