Mazda North American Operations

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Mazda North American Operations Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
41 Reviews
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for... if you worked at Ford Motor Company”

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    Current Employee - Professional Staff in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Professional Staff in Bridgewater, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good cars. Decent work/life balance. They pay below average but it's better than finding a new job.

    Cons

    I have never worked for a company as dysfunctional as this one. Regardless of what you may hear from the corporate officers, this company is firmly rooted in Ford from the 1970s. Day-to-day operations are sloppy and unprofessional. Improvements are nearly impossible because there is so much political infighting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The guy at the top making decisions never hears your input.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    CYA Environment at Corporate Office

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lease car and other benefits. Oh, and, Irvine is nice.

    Cons

    Not a team environment. Lots of CYA and being thrown under the bus. Company works good workers to death while loafers just listen to iPods or wander around chatting most of the day. Workloads not evenly distributed. Cubicle inhabitants very inconsiderate of others (loud chatting, joking around, smelly foods, too-loud music at workstation, etc.). Company has way too many managers and a very stale senior management team that needs to be cycled out. Company's monthly sales goals often missed, so morale is low. Several smaller departments have too few positions to allow for adequate growth opportunities. Serious, valuable training programs don't exist: you're really on your own. Antiquated computer database/system (green screens on mainframe). Building is showing its age inside and out, plus the A/C hardly works in the summer. Budgets are very tight and departments are frequently asked to cut expenses during fiscal year and/or work with vendors to lower their costs (profits), even after contracts have been fully executed. Company's long-term goals and vision are weak with no realistic plans to achieve them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Directors and above really need to find out how middle managers are conducting their business internally. Many can come across as funny or charming, can spin a good tale, and can be convincing, but you need to dig in and learn for yourselves what's really happening. Look for bullying tactics, discrimination, and favoritism. Hitting monthly departmental objectives doesn't always mean the department is actually healthy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Management should be replaced; they don't have a clue.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Company Car and demo policy.

    Cons

    Mid-Management.
    Sycophantic behaviors are rewarded.
    Treatment of employees is not uniform.
    Product lines cannibalize each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorganization of sales management in the Western Region needs to be considered. The managers achieve objectives purely by luck. Who can't sell a car in Southern California?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    you are on your own

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Ok pay. kind looks from everyone!

    Cons

    very little training. Everybody out for themselves. No room to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage the company like Jack Welch did with GE. The Management structure is old. It is a feet wide and a mile high. You are at the bottom and the guy making decisions at the top never hears your input. Like GE, the management structure should be a mile wide and a foot high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) continues its financial slide with just under $1 billion in losses in two years.

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    Former Employee - Executive in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Executive in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Irvine has very nice weather.

    Cons

    MNAO's senior management has struggled for 10 years to manage this US operation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mazda Motor Corporation (MC) needs to better understand the US operation and put a team in place with the experience required. MNAO has lost senior managers to Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, and Toyota all of which were experienced enough to run the company. MNAO has relinquished responsibility for Mazda Canada and is selling its headquarters property in Irvine, CA and plans to lease a building in Costa Mesa, CA near its advertising agency. This should hopefully lower its continuing losses in 2013.

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

    No direction

    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

    Pros

    Winter shut down for a week.
    Vehicle allowance includes lease of vehicle, registration and maintenance.
    Weekends off.

    Cons

    No offense to the janitors but they can do a better job than many of the managers and executives at Mazda.
    Horrible HR department > does not promote employee development opportunities.
    Everyone is about covering their own behinds, you can't trust anyone here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use your head and grow some.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mazda is at a cross roads with the old thinking and new speaking

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations

    Pros

    If its located close to where you live, you want to drive a mazda or just want some experience in the car business Mazda is for you.

    Cons

    The management of the company is all hat and no horse. The CMO can talk a good game but excels at politics. Its a bit of a snake den so be open eyed and watch anyone one who has worked there for more than 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You talk a good game but don't really execute the plan. You have a couple of rouge team members who need to go back to military school and learn leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's Not What You Know But Who You know

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    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits but lazy company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Friday summer hours, car allowance, casual dress code.

    Cons

    Management not held accountable. If sales aren't tracking to objectives, they adjust objectives down to meet sales. When layoffs come the hard working lower level staff is easily let go but its the top management team which continues to make the same mistakes time after time. This is why Mazda makes no improvements in their performance. Profits for Mazda is macroeconomic based. Since the Yen is weak profits are up. It's a false sense of security.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The design is good. Good people to work with. Great car benefits and is conveniently located.

    Cons

    Growth in Mazda is relatively slow or none. Another problem is that the salary is not considered high, compared to other makers. Not too many opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many managers and not enough of the workers to get the job done. Mazda Japan should focus efforts to help Mazda US, not force layoffs and buyouts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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