Kia Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
11 Reviews
2.9
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good but stressful

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Great benefits and people; family like culture within departments

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great if you are in the Sales department

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Grew too fast, no plan in place for employee development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Summer Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consumer Affairs in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Consumer Affairs in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Kia as an intern (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -could raise pay for interns but overall great experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kia

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic work culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Kia full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I did not learn much

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Department in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Department in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Kia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good benefits
    nice office environment
    Events from time to time

    Cons

    Low pay
    Korean culture
    Korean office politics
    No training or development opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worshiping the CEO.
    Invest in your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Sales Kia Motors

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Sales in Overland Park, KS

    I worked at Kia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you set goals and stay focused you can make more than average money and Kia in near future will be a great place for growth

    Cons

    Car sales can be a very taxing job If you do not balance your life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to back end

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    was told to be a better employer , not seen it as being any different than other employers

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BB/BR Line Keeper in West Point, GA
    Current Employee - BB/BR Line Keeper in West Point, GA

    I have been working at Kia

    Pros

    pay checks, I make more money , but have little time for my family< too much overtime

    Cons

    No time for family , would like some 8 hr days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Theres more to my life than a production number, like my job, but love some family time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    "The Power To Surprise" indeed...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Kia

    Pros

    Close to home. Enjoyed the actual job itself. Plenty of responsibility in providing end users with web-based and instructor=led training deliverables.

    Cons

    High CEO / upper management turnover rate. Constantly changing priorities- Korean leadership would receive directives from mother country prior to start of daily business. Previous progress would subsequently be changed or scrapped. Incompetant mid-level management. Have no concept of life-work balance- would expect to arrive early, work late, take no breaks or lunch, and place family values beneath company goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out what is really going on inside Kia University, and why so many good employees have left, or have been ousted under the guise of being "laid-off".

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    We still have that entrepreneurial spirit

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kia full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work and grow....

    Cons

    Our IT Department is in catch up mode.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in touch with the field people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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