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Toyota Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
268 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great Co-Op Program

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-Op in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Co-Op in Long Beach, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome benefits and great work experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fierce Competition.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Car Salesman in Van Nuys, CA
    Former Employee - Car Salesman in Van Nuys, CA

    I worked at Toyota full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Multi-National organization with huge upside

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Toyota is a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome, 2 years so far right out of college.

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

    I have been working at Toyota full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyday is a blessing. Resource availability, very lean, challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    Long hours, politics and varied growth pipelines without cross-function.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on allowing your headcount to make your organization better.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Have worked at Toyota for over 25 years and have truly enjoyed being part of the Toyota Family.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Torrance, CA

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

    Pros

    Toyota values it's associates and has a portfolio of benefits that are quite astounding, from an excellent lease program to health and wellness benefits.

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive. Career development and advancement is not optimal. Toyota is very slow to move when it comes to innovation and creating workforce flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach - the Toyota Way is not just words on a page, it is a system of beliefs that must drive all behavior. Sitting in your offices with your doors closed does not promote respect for people or continuous improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    If you're an intelligent, strong willed women, this isn't the company for you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Service & Parts Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - District Service & Parts Manager in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Toyota full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stability would be the number one reason to want to work at Toyota. It is very difficult to be fired or laid off, regardless of your experience or contribution.

    Cons

    The pay is not competitive with the same jobs at other automotive companies. Also, if you are interested in "pay for porformance", then you shouldn't work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should pay closer attention to those that are going against the grain. It could be a major positive for your company. You need more forward thinkers at Toyota. You have too much of the same.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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