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Great Product, Terrible Leadership, Terrible Pay, Horrific Marketing

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Current Employee - Sales Representative
Current Employee - Sales Representative

I have been working at Makita

Pros

Best product in the field and it is very respected. Always coming out with new products and technology. Provide a company vehicle and good expense account to work with.

Cons

Where to begin? Horrible leadership from a sales standpoint. The VP sales only cares about Home Depot and doesn't care about the industrial side (the side that made Makita). The VP of the East Coast in charge of sales has ZERO years of sales experience in his career, so you figure out how that works! The pay is horrible and the commission plan is by far the worst of any field, organization, or company in the US. The base salary of a sales rep is anywhere between $15,000 and $20,000 less than the competition. No chance of at bonuses and you would actually have to get your entire district (other sales reps in your area) to hit all of their numbers to fully hit all bonuses!

Sad that such a great product is run by uneducated people and have no clue how the US market works or how to attack it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You need fresh blood and people who actually understand how business and sells works!

Disapproves of CEO
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  1. Fast paced environment, experienced employees, regular hours.

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    Former Contractor - Warehouse Temp in Buford, GA
    Former Contractor - Warehouse Temp in Buford, GA

    I worked at Makita as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    This is a good place to work, if you are hard-working and interested in handling inventory for shipment. The production line produces quality tools, and the warehouse stores and ships them.

    Cons

    Occasional hectic pace when demand is high. The company shuts down in December because of the monsoon season in Japan, so end of the year holidays are provided as time off, but most other holidays are worked.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Makita as a contractor

    Pros

    easy employess to work with and a well known company

    Cons

    no growth and pay was bad

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