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Takata Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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2.8 40 reviews

47% Approve of the CEO

Takata President Shigehisa Takada

Shigehisa Takada

(19 ratings)

44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Avoid this sinking ship.

    Product Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsThere is free food in the break room sometimes.

    ConsUpper management is out of touch.
    Pay is low. The company cannot compete.
    The good engineers leave the company quickly. Farewell emails are constant. Every week, there is at least one (or two) engineer who leaves.
    Only the junky ones stay. The caliber of the engineers is very low overall.
    Even the interns and co-ops do not want to work here. Almost all do not return. They make the wage of a Wal-Mart employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your employees by paying them at least at the average industry level so you can reap dividends later. Cut the bureaucracy and reduce the amount of paperwork/grunt work for your engineers. Don't ignore the low morale and job dissatisfaction of your employees. Focus on innovation, technology, actual design work. Else, just a matter of time that you will go under.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Basic review of employer in NC

    General Purchasing (Former Employee) Greensboro, NC

    ProsGreat employer to work for

    ConsMixed direction(s)/leadership from management and supervisors

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate in one clear voice

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience out of college but long hours and low pay

    Applications Engineer (Former Employee) Auburn Hills, MI

    ProsGreat experience in fast-paced design and test engineering- once you have worked here you will be well prepared and qualified for other engineering positions.
    Great benefits and 401k plan.
    Generally fun work environment, depending on group.

    ConsSalary far below industry standards.
    Personal life takes a back seat to the job. Long hours and much travel required depending on who you work for.
    Management refuses to recognize talent in performance reviews or compensation.
    Takes several years to earn any extra vacation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Management Doesn't Care

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Auburn Hills, MI

    ProsPeople are generally nice to work with. Very young crowd.

    ConsManagement and HR are blind to the obvious and blame eachother for not being able to do more for employees. Employees are severely overworked, underpaid and leaving at a rapid rate.

    If employees ask for help or state that they have too much work, or are not fairly compensated, they are told not to complain. Management has the mentality "if you don't like it, you can leave--you are replaceable".

    Management doesn't ask for or employee feedback. If provided with concerns they act afraid to seek approval from upper management to ask for more staff or properly reward good employees and therefore spit out rampant excuses as to why nothing can be done.

    The bottom line is Engineers and customers are suffering.
    Since employee costs are down due to the many recent departures, and training of new hires falls on existing engineers, management is literally unaffected by the major issues at this place so they easily turn a blind eye and let their teams hold the bag.

    This situation promotes the other main problem at Takata: Inadequate Management.
    Since the team is left holding the bag, they take care of the issues and deal with the painful workload so in many cases management is not involved and doesnt know what is going on. This makes them less beneficial to their team and essentially useless. There are many management people at Takata that take pride in doing as little as possible by "delegating to their team". These people are cowards that don't have the skills to do the job they need to do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop ignoring your employees. They are your most valuable resources and are vital to the longevity of the company.
    Stop promoting people that arent capable of benefitting the company and the teams they work with.
    If you don't start changing your ways, your competition will take your best people and kick your ass.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of work, little pay

    Product Engineer (Former Employee) Auburn Hills, MI

    ProsTakata is a place with a lot of business, and I never ever had to worry about lack of work. A lot of knowledgeable people work there. The benefits are really good.

    ConsToo much work! There are only so many programs you can track. At one point I had 3 programs (commodities) with 2 customers.

     It takes10 years of working to get 3 weeks of vacation (most companies it's 5). The compensation is very below average, but even with a lot of people leaving there are no raises- I'm not sure HR gets it Of course you should probably ask people why they left and that might help too. There is also a non-compete agreement you are required to sign, but it is really not enforceable and is not enforced.

    Lots of turnover (about 35% of the people in my old group of have left in the past year), and new hires. Hiring people out of college is OK (I don't think Takata offers enough to attract the top talent), but as a more experienced person you have no time to help them out and teach them real engineering .

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your people- but you have to ask them first! Pay the people who work so hard for you competitively and fairly or they will find a place that will.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Where are the workers?

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Auburn Hills, MI

    ProsNice people that truly care about their job performance and the overall impact they have on the company.
    401k match.

    ConsEmployee morale is extremely low.

    Too many chiefs and not enough indians... There are managers working for Senior managers working for directors working for Senior directors in many departments...Yes. Really.

    Workload is always large with zero downtime. Many employees are forced to work on multiple programs dealing with multiple customers. Overtime becomes inevitable in order to stay a float. Many employees say they are stressed out and do not have a good work-life balance. Every department needs more people.

    Merit system for raises is level and does not reward top performers any better than poor performers.
    Top performers leave for better opportunity. In many cases, workers that leave aren't replaced, so the work falls on other overburdened workers.....and they eventually leave....and the cycle continues....

    Compensation (pay and vacation) is MUCH less than industry standards. It takes 10+ years to attain 3 weeks of vacation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you aren't actively correcting the problems, you are cultivating their existence. Period.
    Did you ever see the management rowing race powerpoint? Google it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    From the Trenches

    (Current Employee) Armada, MI

    Pros-they provide a paycheck that covers the mortgage
    -company match on 401k
    -somewhat loose work environment

    Cons-Lack of sound technical direction and vision
    -Biased treatment of employees
    -No where to go (career wise)
    -Job security is questionable... would not be surprised if the place closed due to lack of output

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire leaders who have the knowledge, experience and vision to provide you with technically competent support and guidance, along with the confidence and guts to tell you like it is and give it to you straight.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wasted years...

    Operator (Former Employee) Moses Lake, WA

    ProsIt was a great experience learning how a manufacturing industry is operated. We were able to watch t.v on our breaks. That's about it for the pros.

    ConsJust a few....You must be very careful what you say to other co-workers, as most will inform superiors. Nobody looks out for one another, it's all about "how can I make myself look better by making someone else look bad?" Beauracracy plays a major role in this company. Management and supervisors will blme operators for their imcompetance. Soley because operators are viewed as inferior, and therefore are an easy target. Oh yeah, and you can forget about talking to HR. They are just as bad.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt doesn't really matter because things won't change. Maybe, get away from the classical style of management. Introduce some new and creative changes/ideas. Remember, employee moral is very important. If there is no incentive for an operator to do a good job besides losing there job, then you will lose and have lost many valuable employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Incompetent unethical management seeking sycophants

    Product Engineer (Former Employee) Auburn Hills, MI

    ProsIf you are incompetent, but good at ass kissing this is the place for you. Any type of merit based performance or review is completely unknown to management at Takata. Good politicians will do well.

    ConsManagement is incompetent and unethical. Completely. No exceptions. They all sport advanced degrees from mail order places like Kennedy Western University (credit for "life experience"). They willingly fabricate or change data (test results, etc.) to hide problems with airbag products.

    High turnover as competent engineers leave as soon as they are able.

    Senior management lacks the necessary skills to understand and make intelligent product decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLayoff for two weeks then quit for good.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Beware...There is much better out there!

    Product Engineer (Former Employee) Auburn Hills, MI

    ProsThey used to have unlimited tuition reimbursement, they no longer do. So really, there are no good reasons to work there!

    ConsCompany information is rarely shared.
    Raises are low, if at all, even upon receipt of an above average performance review.
    Management is incapable of providing the necessary guidance for the company to succeed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone, they cannot be helped.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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