Yamaha Motor U.S.A. Reviews

Updated July 2, 2014
Updated July 2, 2014
20 Reviews

3.2
20 Reviews
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Hiroyuki Yanagi
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  1.  

    Overall a good experience.

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    Current Employee - Assembler  in  Newnan, GA
    Current Employee - Assembler in Newnan, GA

    I have been working at Yamaha Motor U.S.A. full-time

    Pros

    Recieve 3 10min breaks and a 30min lunch. Best thing was the breakfast the company provided in the mornings.

    Cons

    safety goggles tend to come up missing after while, u must have them in order to walk in so if u need a new pair ull have to see the resource office for some new ones and they take it right out of your paycheck.

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

    Fast and fun products. Tedious culture.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at Yamaha Motor U.S.A. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very wide range of products and outstanding quality, which is a Yamaha hallmark. Good benefits.

    Cons

    The joke is that the parent company - Yamaha Motor Corp. (YMC) actually stands for Yamaha Meeting Corp. Lots of time spent in meetings and preparing PPT presentations for meetings and slogging through emails. Not uncommon to prepare at least three PPTs in a single week and attend three meetings a day, which severely impacts productivity. Very reactive business culture, often having to prepare reports for Japanese and realizing they aren't really read but simply passed up the line. This was proven when I learned to recycle presentations and simply changed the date. Business units not helpful to each other. Invitations to be involved are typically nothing more than attempts to secure your budget to subsidize their tactics and goals. No clear strategic approach - simply stringing tactics together. Many managers in place for decades. Often hear, "We want new ideas" but when new ideas are presented they're met with, "That's not the way we do it here." Human Resources personnel, not surprisingly, is very weak and unable to strike a balance between the employees' and the company's needs. Many employees simply riding the gravy train to retirement or holding on until a better opportunity comes along. The company is severely hamstrung by processes and procedures, reactive assignments, restrictive IT policies, and fear of lawsuits (due to a class action lawsuit involving the Rhino, which was baseless and Yamaha won but left the company shit-scared to do anything). Financially they are challenged while competitors have returned to profitability, yet they continue to say it's because of 2008.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to wake up and realize they're choking on their own inability to adapt to a new and fast business environment. A good bloodletting of the old wood is sorely needed. Stop using YMUS as the stepping stone for Japanese managers on the global merry-go-round managers program. Put an American in charge of the American business unit, someone who knows the culture and folks can at least understand. Put people in management who inspire and lead and encourage their reports to be creative, not conform and do the meaningless grunt work. And for lord's sake, stop micro managing. Micro management is a disease at YMUS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It's not what you know....

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Cypress, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Cypress, CA

    I have been working at Yamaha Motor U.S.A. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice products, dedicated employees, good work/life balance. Fair compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Managers are more focused on protecting their positions rather than doing what is right for company. Cronyism is obvious and taints company culture. If you're not one of the good ol' boys, your input/contributions have little value. Highly political.corporate culture. New ideas are not welcomed by managers with little experience outside of the organization. .
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address lack of transparency from management to workers. Force Japan coordinators to be more than observers. Clean up the empire building managers, and hold everyone accountable for the success of the company. Do not reward departments if they hit their targets, but the end product flops. Encourage more outside hiring at YMUS to bring new ideas to the organization. We need the best and brightest.

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

    A company with great engineering capability and a high level of quality in their products

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yamaha Motor U.S.A. full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good engineers, world class products, very decent co-workers

    Cons

    an ultra conservative company who is slow to very slow to react to the market. Does not follow their own surveys, and micro-manages with Japanese implants who generally change company direction every 5 years as they are rotated to new assignments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to let the regional markets determine the best business strategy for their region. Japan does not do a good job of undertanding regional needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Project Coordinator-Executive-Administrative Assistant II-Data Analyst

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator-Executive-Administrative Assistant II-Data Analyst  in  Cypress, CA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator-Executive-Administrative Assistant II-Data Analyst in Cypress, CA

    I worked at Yamaha Motor U.S.A. full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment. The industry is fun to work in. The people are very motivated. The location is beautiful.

    Cons

    Hard to move up in positions. The inside company structure can use improvement. Visual identity needs a make over.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Coordinator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yamaha Motor U.S.A.

    Pros

    the product, the people and the discount on products

    Cons

    lack of growth and development

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company despite some frustrating quirks

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Kennesaw, GA

    I have been working at Yamaha Motor U.S.A. full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people are fantastic at this company, corporate politics and backstabbing at a minimum. Not a 7am to 7pm culture, and sells fun products that means going to fun events.

    Cons

    The japanese leadership is changed out every 3-5 years in most positions, so you are constantly getting new people that know nothing about your business that have to be trained and adjustments have to be made based on their personalities. It is very ineffective. For example the CEO on this page is already gone. Also there is a lack of upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the silos between divisions to create mobility and leave Japanese staff in place for much longer terms in key roles, i.e. ceo, vp. , division head.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Extreme and Rapid Growth within the company

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    Current Employee - Regional Marketing  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Regional Marketing in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Yamaha Motor U.S.A. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Increased skill sets and varied experience

    Cons

    Very challenging... Not necessarily a con

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increased structure in individual divisions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It was a great ride

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yamaha Motor U.S.A.

    Pros

    The staff is very supportive of each other all pulling in the same direction.

    Cons

    It's a big operation and individuals can become lost in the numbers.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to learn

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    Current Employee - Development Engineer III  in  Cypress, CA
    Current Employee - Development Engineer III in Cypress, CA

    I have been working at Yamaha Motor U.S.A. full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Access to great engineering tools and other knowledgeable engineers. Diverse product line that keeps the job from getting boring. As a young engineer this job is a great continuing education. Good discounts and benefits.

    Cons

    Salary is low because powersports is a desirable industry to be in. Lots of politics, paperwork and pointless presentations. The fun part of the design work is buried under making schedules, schedules and more schedules to meet impossible deadlines set by upper management. The agendas, meeting minutes and test requests take up too large a portion of an engineers day to be productive and successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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