Mazda North American Operations

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Updated September 1, 2014
Updated September 1, 2014
38 Reviews
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  1.  

    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 for less than a 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
  2.  

    The best company I have work for...period.

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    Current Employee - District Manager
    Current Employee - District Manager

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture, do not take themselves to seriously, great managers who see the big picture and want to help grow their employees into future leaders

    Cons

    Not a large company so there is sometimes not a lot of places to move in terms of career progression

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Quality Engineer

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Flat Rock, MI
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Flat Rock, MI

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

    Pros

    Plenty of work when the plant was open, can work on the problems that are most urgent, most of the time.

    Cons

    Direct manager / supervisor may not know your job or can give any advise on how to solve / address the problem. Management changed constantly with 6 reorganizations in 8 years. Forget about regular raises, you may get 5% in 3-4 years total. New hires get more than current employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mold a concrete business plan and stick with it. Do not get rid of all of the quality people and then think that you can easily replace them. You do not go into launch mode with no Quality department or with all new employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    IT dept lacks standard processes

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst/Developer  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst/Developer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Quick decision on new implementations and projects, nice perks

    Cons

    No standard IT processes or methodology for in house IT projects, IT vendor selection based primarily on cost alone in many cases, quality of deliverable is not considered. The culture does not promote new ideas or risk taking rather just expects you to go with the flow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotate people more often in different roles to give them challenges and exposure to new functions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 for less than a 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
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8.  

    Zoom Zoom on your Own

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

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company with lots of potential. Take control of your future because no one at Mazda no anywhere else will. Learn the business and either get happy being bored or use it as a spring board for your future.

    Cons

    Everyone is out for themselves and with the exception of a rare few none of the management has an interest in development of their team members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reset, refresh, restart.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    generally a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Finance & Accounting  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Finance & Accounting in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    -great car benefits
    -conveniently located
    -friendly environment

    Cons

    -no training for new employees
    -HR department is more of a hinderance than a help
    -old building
    -not enough parking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees chance to review their managers to identify poor leadership within the company.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people, great cars, great design, confused and not in trouble

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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

    Pros

    Fun, friendly workplace with people that are passionate about the brand. Great benefits. Zoom Zoom spirit is real and exists there.

    Cons

    Layoffs and reorganizations every 2-3 years. HR functions to punish and hinder operations, not help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mazda is not a Japanese version of BMW despite what Mazda Japan thinks. Since the US is where all the current profits are, focus efforts to help Mazda US, not force layoffs and buyouts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Fear Based Culture

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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 full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    For the most part, there are a lot of good people at Mazda.
    The products are good.
    The company car benefits are a plus!

    Cons

    The culture, by far, is the biggest negative of the company. It's cronyism at it's worst and I agree with a previous post that it's "who you know", not "what you know".
    Overall, the leadership at the company is very weak and becasuse people are promoted based on "friends and relationships", the real talent within the organization doesn't get promoted. That's why such a high percentage of people took the recent voluntary buy out package.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on talent and who's most deserving. By continuing to promote managers that do not demonstrate leadership, you are erroding the morale and overall talent base of the company. Institue a 360 of all managers....find out what's really going on within the organization and take your heads out of the sand!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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