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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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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  5. 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.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Flat Rock, MI
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Flat Rock, MI

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations

    Pros

    Great Benifits, Family to work - 8 and out

    Cons

    Zero Training. HR is in California and does not participate AT ALL in Flat Rock unless they have to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage more with the employees and try not to be so arrogant

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations

    Pros

    benefit package on par with other auto manufacturers

    Cons

    Incompetency of Regional Staff - specifically GM's

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do some house cleaning at regional levels; some seriously incompetent people working there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cliquish environment. Managers emphasize team competition over cooperation. But cool benefits though.

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    • Senior Management
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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

    Pros

    Car allowance is great. B level employees get $550/month to use for lease of up to three vehicles. 'C' level employees get $650/month. Any money left over from the allowance is added to your paycheck.
    Great medical and dental benefits.
    Fitness benefit of $300 per year can be used to buy bicycles or for gym memberships.
    Very good looking cars.

    Cons

    Easy to plateau in your position and reach a career dead end.
    Absolutely NO diversity among senior management and executive team.
    Horrible food in the cafeteria.
    Very cliquish environment. If you're not in the "right" clique your career advancement opportunities are slim.
    The company refuses to support progressive fuel economy standards and deliver more fuel efficient vehicles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't pit employees against each other. Use employees respective talents to build well rounded teams. Forcing team members to compete creates unnecessary tension.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The people are great.

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

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations

    Pros

    Exciting industry, small enough of a company to be exposed to multiple departments and projects. The employees are some of the best you will find anywhere.

    Cons

    Poor communication from upper management. Vision and direction is often lacking. Poor co-operation between divisions to the point that multiple groups can be working on similar projects at the same time and create conflicts.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mazda North American Operations

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

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations

    Pros

    Great brand with good products. Wonderful benefits package, including car benefits and vacation time. Management is very informative with company's performance.

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive with other local companies within and outside of the same industry. Benefits only compensate for part of that difference. Very little is done by HR to encourage growth, you're pretty much on your own (including any outside networking, training, seminars, etc.. no budget).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to make employees proud to work for Mazda. Sometimes the cost cutting hurts morale and give employees the impression they're the next to go.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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