Mazda North American Operations

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Updated July 3, 2015
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  1. Graphic Design Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The manager and co-workers are friendly and really good at giving feedback.
    Over all it was a great experience to intern here.

    Cons

    It's a small studio to work at and lots of project coming your way if you are in the branding part of the team. There is no constant flow of work, it's up and down quite drastically.


  2. Just posting a temp review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great. It is a place to contribute and grow with your department. There are many opportunities to create your own success.

    Cons

    Career opportunities could be better. No education reimbursement is something I think about when wanting to do more for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back education reimbursement. Add additional hands-on training or offer to pay for work-related training. Create opportunities for cross-functional training opportunities.


  3. Mazda NA

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations

    Pros

    Great product. Turned sales cars often to be able to test all vehicles.

    Cons

    Risk of profitability due to exchange rate fluctuations.


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  5. Help Desk Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great position to learn new technologies

    Cons

    Limited Growth - No job promotion path from contractor to full time employee


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good experience for a first job.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Manager
    Former Employee - District Manager

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and good pay for a early career professional. Good benefits and in my last position, very good work life flexibility.

    Cons

    Long hours and constantly changing mission and vision with high pressure tactics of making sure every person is made to achieve goals that very often aren't manageable.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Anonymous

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is okay
    Company Lease Program
    Time-off major holidays

    Cons

    Miscommunication
    Company has no direction in place
    Horrible company structure
    Management doesn't articulate well with their employees
    Hard to promote within the company

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with employees when there is a problem at hand. There's a major distance when it comes to upper hand management and their employees. The communication level of upper hand management is below poor. MNAO is a very small company so it's hard to get promoted from within. Favoritism is definitely at hand with this company. It's all about who's butt you kiss in order to succeed with getting elevated in the company. Definitely a bunch of politics here.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Quality Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Current General Manager in Flat Rock, MI
    Former Employee - Current General Manager in Flat Rock, MI

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations

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

    Pros

    Average pay, medical benefits, vehicle allowance

    Cons

    Old ideas from managers, you train new manager then they tell you how to do it, and their background is in business or basket weaving. How are they qualified to manage experienced engineers?

    Advice to Management

    Look at what you need from employees as far as quality. New Mazda6 had to correct stupid mistakes that occur at each new vehicle version (wind noise, fit - finish, engine power, etc). Dust off your employee records and get people back that know how to get things done rather than keeping dead weights.


  9. Helpful (3)

    It's Not What You Know But Who You know

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice products, Employee Vehicle Lease Program, Benefits

    Cons

    Pay is low. Upward mobility is non existent. The only people I saw move up happened to have close relations with upper management, and received privileged opportunities . There is limited transparency between job titles and responsibilities. Outdated equipment results in a need to use utilize personal items for daily activities. Lots of smoke and mirrors to justify preferential treatment/ benefits to a select few. Very cliquey work atmosphere.


  10. Good Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are good, money for a company lease, medical, etc.

    The pay is not high, but it is in the ballpark for a given position. In general, the lower your position level, the better the pay is relative to other jobs.

    The bonuses more than make up for the lower pay and the company never changes the goal if it looks as if it will be met. If anything they give a larger bonus if the goal is exceeded. If you don't meet the goal, you get a reduced bonus, not zero.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking, everything is reactive and rarely proactive.

    There is a huge disconnect between management and reality.

    Advice to Management

    Go talk to employees. The MC CEO toured the MNAO facilities and talked to employees. Why is that not true of the US executives? What's up with that? Don't take middle management's word for it, go walk "the factory floor" now and then.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Culture, CEO is very approachable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits/work life family balance/nice bonuses/excellent car program

    Cons

    There's a couple more people that should have been encouraged to take the package offered 2 years ago. A couple people are allowed to sour work relationships because they've been there awhile and kiss up to the higher ups.

    Also our advertising spend has jumped big time. We need relevant commercials though. Not Mia Ham, Bruce Lee, and Duran Duran. We could learn from Toyota, Buick, and Kia.

    Advice to Management

    Give decent merits to folks that get it done! Additionally, look outside the box more often.



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