Makita Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
9 Reviews

3.1
9 Reviews
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Masahiko Goto
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    sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Makita full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great product
    good people
    flexibilty

    over all everything is great. pros out weigh cons

    Cons

    The marketing is horrible, lots of responsibilty, they put a ton on your plate, no room to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve marketing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    descent

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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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    POOR MANAGEMENT AT THE TIME I WAS THERE

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    Former Employee - Retail Service Representative  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Retail Service Representative in Miami, FL

    I worked at Makita full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    FREEDOM
    COMPANY CAR
    QUARTERLY BONUSES
    NAME RECOGNITION
    The job was fairly easy at the time

    Cons

    POOR MANAGEMENT DURING MY TIME THERE
    When I was there it seems that management would only call to complain about something, it was never a positive call
    This is a Japanese company but in the southeast region during my time there it was a good ol boys club. Anybody who was Latino or female were looked at differently, sometimes it was an uncomfortable vibe and other times it was very obvious.
    My understanding is that things have changed since I left and I know that there have also been changes in magement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    THE MANAGERS ARE ALL DIFFERENT NOW, My advice is do not go back to the way things were between 2007 and 2009

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Worst Job Ever

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    Former Employee - Customer Service  in  La Mirada, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in La Mirada, CA

    I worked at Makita full-time

    Pros

    Normal hours, large company, friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    horrible management, no room to grow, did i say horrible management? Stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good Tools

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Makita

    Pros

    Great Tools, good hours, great benefits, cool people, Ms Makita

    Cons

    bad technology, bad pay, bad leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    realize things in the USA are different than Japan

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Experience of international business and potential for fast growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Nagoya, Aichi (Japan)
    Current Employee - Accountant in Nagoya, Aichi (Japan)

    I have been working at Makita full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very international in terms of production capacities and sales.
    Therefore great opportunities for knowledge and experience acquisition on the international business scene.

    Easy access to senior management.

    Cons

    Too risk averse at times - takes too much for a good idea to be implemented.
    Payment is moderate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employ more foreigners.
    Provide more opportunities for young staff to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Set up and develop Bulgarian branch of Makita Japan

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager  in  Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Sofia (Bulgaria)

    I worked at Makita full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent product quality, service policy, control policy, internal planning and reporting system.

    Cons

    Limited career development up to national positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deeper understanding of national specifics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    It is really nice place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Makita full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Full Time work, with industry standard benefits and industry standard pay

    Cons

    I do not see any issues working at makita canada.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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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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