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Lots of work, little pay

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Former Employee - Product Engineer  in  Auburn Hills, MI
Former Employee - Product Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI

I worked at Takata

Pros

Takata is a place with a lot of business, and I never ever had to worry about lack of work. A lot of knowledgeable people work there. The benefits are really good.

Cons

Too much work! There are only so many programs you can track. At one point I had 3 programs (commodities) with 2 customers.

 It takes10 years of working to get 3 weeks of vacation (most companies it's 5). The compensation is very below average, but even with a lot of people leaving there are no raises- I'm not sure HR gets it Of course you should probably ask people why they left and that might help too. There is also a non-compete agreement you are required to sign, but it is really not enforceable and is not enforced.

Lots of turnover (about 35% of the people in my old group of have left in the past year), and new hires. Hiring people out of college is OK (I don't think Takata offers enough to attract the top talent), but as a more experienced person you have no time to help them out and teach them real engineering .

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to your people- but you have to ask them first! Pay the people who work so hard for you competitively and fairly or they will find a place that will.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Where are the workers?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI

    I worked at Takata

    Pros

    Nice people that truly care about their job performance and the overall impact they have on the company.
    401k match.

    Cons

    Employee morale is extremely low.

    Too many chiefs and not enough indians... There are managers working for Senior managers working for directors working for Senior directors in many departments...Yes. Really.

    Workload is always large with zero downtime. Many employees are forced to work on multiple programs dealing with multiple customers. Overtime becomes inevitable in order to stay a float. Many employees say they are stressed out and do not have a good work-life balance. Every department needs more people.

    Merit system for raises is level and does not reward top performers any better than poor performers.
    Top performers leave for better opportunity. In many cases, workers that leave aren't replaced, so the work falls on other overburdened workers.....and they eventually leave....and the cycle continues....

    Compensation (pay and vacation) is MUCH less than industry standards. It takes 10+ years to attain 3 weeks of vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you aren't actively correcting the problems, you are cultivating their existence. Period.
    Did you ever see the management rowing race powerpoint? Google it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    From the Trenches

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Armada, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Armada, MI

    I have been working at Takata

    Pros

    -they provide a paycheck that covers the mortgage
    -company match on 401k
    -somewhat loose work environment

    Cons

    -Lack of sound technical direction and vision
    -Biased treatment of employees
    -No where to go (career wise)
    -Job security is questionable... would not be surprised if the place closed due to lack of output

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire leaders who have the knowledge, experience and vision to provide you with technically competent support and guidance, along with the confidence and guts to tell you like it is and give it to you straight.

    Doesn't Recommend
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