Kia Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kia

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Professional managers who can manager well, depending on the department

    Cons

    Those managers who lack professionalism in the workplace.

  2. Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Kia full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great medical benefits (employer funded), awesome facility, free food, onsite work out room

    Cons

    Too much office gossip, Korean nepotism, promotions to those who threaten to leave

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul HR and Finance depts; too much ineptitude and bureacracy

  3. Helpful (1)

    Amazing company

    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Kia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and great management.

    Cons

    Long hours, customers hard to deal with sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Better advancement opportunities.

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  5. Quality Required

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    Former Employee - Corporate in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Kia full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    pay was good, employees were great for the most part. American employees with experience in automotive are priceless.

    Cons

    No autonomy (although its suggested) without consequences. Korean culture still needs to work on QUALITY!!!! Kia and Hyundai need a model that isn't a copy of other automobile companies.

    Advice to Management

    Quit making cookie cutter cars, go for QUALITY and models that are unique to the Kia name (don't copy Hyundai either)

  6. Good but stressful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Kia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and people; family like culture within departments

    Cons

    High expectations and growing pains; silos; too much finance dictation;

    Advice to Management

    more financial autonomy but company is growing fast, to be expected

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great if you are in the Sales department

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Kia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent. Gym with classes on-site.

    Cons

    Grew too fast, no plan in place for employee development

  8. Helpful (2)

    Beware all ye who enter Kia.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kia

    Pros

    Fastest growing auto maker. Some benefits. The product is well made and easy to sell. Kia will eat Honda ' s lunch.

    Cons

    Worst pay in the business. Rampant graft. Cultural Walls. Extremely mismanaged. Shoestring budgets. Employees forced to cover the cost of day to day business and then seek reimbursements. Growing too fast. Rapid traffic at the exit. Zero advancement for Americans.

    Advice to Management

    Get a real job.

  9. Good Summer Internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Consumer Affairs in Irvine, CA
    Former Intern - Consumer Affairs in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Kia as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Perks of corporate life for a new intern such as being able to drive their cars for a month! (a different car every week) and HR is very involved in keeping work satisfaction high (e.g. half days on fridays in the summer)

    Cons

    -Depending on what department you're in, the intern is either given a pointless project or a massive amount of administrative work (make sure you know what you'll be doing prior to joining)

    Advice to Management

    -could raise pay for interns but overall great experience

  10. Helpful (2)

    Toxic work culture

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Kia full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are generous.
    Summer and winter events are nice.
    401k matching is 6%, but the funds are expensive.

    Cons

    Korean CEO and CFO are the emperors. If you happen to be in the same elevator with them, they would expect you to let them out first.

    The CEO's son (financial advisor) is closely related to the operation of his daddy company's 401k plans (conflict of interest?).

    It is difficult to move up and salary increases are 3% or less.

    Korean culture allows Korean bosses to abuse their subordinates like dogs.
    Koreans are expected to stay longer than 8 hours. Sometimes till 2 am.

    Advice to Management

    I have no word. Just don't work here.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Good job, good benefits, good pay but no time for family.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kia

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is good. Benefits are good. Bonuses are paid every so often which is good. Most of the people that work there are good.

    Cons

    No time for family, last night of week on night shift gets taken advantage of all the time by being forced to work 9-10.5 hours. Rotating shifts is bad also.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more and stop trying to compete with other managers to be better than one another. Work together towards a common goal. If all four wheels are going different directions you will never go forward.

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