American Suzuki Motor

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2 years of work, but it felt like a decade.

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Former Employee - Supervisor in Brea, CA
Former Employee - Supervisor in Brea, CA

I worked at American Suzuki Motor

Pros

The only nice thing I can say about ASMC is that their employee insurance coverage was very generous. After all, they gotta keep you healthy if they plan on working you to death.

Cons

Insane work load. Very poor employee recognition program. They reward you $100 if you come up with an idea that saves them a million. Although in the U.S., was ran by Japanese corporate mentality of work your employees 6-7 days a week, no over time pay because they salary everyone (smart on their part) and you must be loyal to corporate. They don't have to be loyal to you. I left because the president of the company gave a speech that Suzuki did not meet their sales goals because the employees did not work hard enough. No raises or bonuses would be given for the year. I resigned that day. Apparently, it had nothin to do with the fact that the company introduced it's new flagship vehicles that got 14 miles a gallon when gas was over $4. Obviously, they didn't sell. Human Resources found that almost 75% of employees were activiely searching for employment elsewhere during work hours.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

As long as a Japanese corporation treats American employees like they are in Japan, your best talent will always leave. USA! USA! USA!

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    Fairly good place to work, lacks solid direction from Senior Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA

    I worked at American Suzuki Motor

    Pros

    Decent benefits, great car lease program, not on a time clock, not a ton of micro managing.
    Located in a nice serene location in North Orange County.

    Cons

    Upper management does not seem to get the "big picture" when factoring in American culture, rely on the Japanese bosses to dictate what is to be done. Cramped working conditions since all divisions were consolidated into the main building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your American employees more often since they know the culture of this country, not just the Japanese way of doing things.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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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