Toyota Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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Toyota President and Representative Director Akio Toyoda
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Pros
  • plenty of opportunities to learn (in 10 reviews)

  • family working environment, good benefits, with gym, basketball and badminton court (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • For design staff the work-life balance is typically severe (in 16 reviews)

  • Long hours, politics and varied growth pipelines without cross-function (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Intern at Toyota Logistics in Long Beach

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Lake Forest, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Lake Forest, CA

    I worked at Toyota as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The associates were committed to working efficiently and in harmony. Most people were professional and respectful.

    Was able to learn more about logistics and Toyota's Kaizen (continuous improvement) philosophy.

    Cons

    Due to it being at the port, the surroundings are very industrial so if you don't want to see that all the time then it might not be the place for you.

    Due to TLS Long Beach being a union facility, you are not allowed to actually work on any of the cars that come into your shop that you help supervise.


  2. POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES BEWARE....

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - National Manager in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - National Manager in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Toyota full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    There are still some great people working for the company.

    Cons

    The company is rapidly changing in anticipation of the move to Texas. The once family-oriented and associate friendly company is forcing older employees out, cutting benefits, and morale is at an all time low. The company will never be the same.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and transparent to your employees. Stick to your word and maintain integrity to improve morale. Your associates deserve it. They made the company what it is.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Time flies when you love what you do and you feel like you're working with family.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Anaheim, CA

    I have been working at Toyota full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, pay for performance, solid benefits, Cush auto perks, and generous work like balance

    Cons

    No one leaves and it's hard to manage difficult employees who feel entitled due to seniority.

    Advice to Management

    Be sensitive to work load as mass exit begins once relocations to Texas begins


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  5. Great Co-Op Program

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Co-Op in Long Beach, CA
    Current Contractor - Co-Op in Long Beach, CA

    I have been working at Toyota as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to develop real life engineering skills and be given design product and teams to lead. Allowed opportunity to learn as a follower as well as gain experience as a leader

    Cons

    Experience is largely dependent on department that you are assigned to. Would have loved to have more projects and gain more experience in other departments

    Advice to Management

    Allow Co-Op to work with other Co-Op Engineers, as well as schedule meetings with them at work as well as away with the workplace. Felt isolated and not part of the team for first couple months. Introductions would have been ideal.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Awesome benefits and great work experience

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

    I have been working at Toyota full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Easy culture, mostly 9-5, rewarding most of the time working with fun engaging people on projects, benefits are nice, get to drive a new car every year if you want, strong company values, always had strong managers who help meet your needs, not too cutthroat, rotations available if you seek them out. Exciting to work for strong automaker and national brand.

    Cons

    Big company disease is apparent, like anywhere else. Unnecessary processes and bureaucracy. Move to Texas I think will lose large portion of good talent. Not quick to be promoted and at certain point you have to give up some values to move high up. Wish more low performers were performance managed, surveys taken every year to improve, but same things come up, not safe to speak up, risk taking not encouraged.

    Advice to Management

    Speak the truth not always the PR line. Let people work on extra curricular projects like Google, Intel. Reward risk taking.


  7. Fierce Competition.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Car Salesman in Van Nuys, CA
    Former Employee - Car Salesman in Van Nuys, CA

    I worked at Toyota full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The most important things I learned at Toyota were the ability to negotiate and how to pick up on customer nuances. Selling automobiles is one of the most difficult sales you'll ever make so to do it well, repeatedly, makes a way for your selling muscles to flex.

    Cons

    Not doing well and getting blown out for lack of production. Being intimidated by others in the sales force. Not making enough money to pay your bills because you have yet to succeed as being a closer.

    Advice to Management

    Train your people well and they will in turn serve to make life easy for you.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Multi-National organization with huge upside

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Toyota full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work in different areas.

    Cons

    There is a large contractor work force, and the actual employee work force is small in comparison. This means that there is quite a bit of fluidity in the environment, and there are many times where knowledge has not been properly transferred.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure employees have the proper background/training for the function they are performing.


  9. Nice place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Toyota full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice place to work. Beautiful views from my office. Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    No cons to be found. Very good company.


  10. I have worked for several Toyota dealerships for over 30 years as Fleet Manager/Director.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fleet Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Fleet Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Toyota full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Quality products, our consumers are generally happy with purchases. Many repeat buyers and referrals. Because vehicles basically sell themselves, we are always busy. Training is available from the factory, mandatory if you wish to succeed.

    Cons

    Too many hours, never a weekend off, no bonuses and commissions about the same as they were 30 years ago. Minimum commission is same $100 as it was in 1980. it takes working 6-7 days a week to make a six figure income.


  11. Toyota is a great place to work

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

    I have been working at Toyota full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Toyota cares about their associates. They always have events to show their appreciation of their employees. That is why they have a high retention rate.

    Cons

    Due to the fact that no one really leaves the company it is difficult to get promoted. Many associates started with the company right out of school and have been there for over 30 years.



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