kawasaki Motors Corp, USA Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Not what it used to be

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

    I worked at kawasaki Motors Corp, USA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive pay Health Benefits were good (not sure if that is still the same now)

    Cons

    It used to be "The Good Times Company" but new management from outside of the motorcycle industry has taken all of the joys of working for a motorcycle manufacturer out if it. They could care less if they were shipping motorcycles or toilets.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to hiring MOTORCYCLE enthusiasts that know the life, the culture and the industry.


  2. assembly line job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Maryville, MO
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Maryville, MO

    I worked at kawasaki Motors Corp, USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I like work with people and get along with them well.

    Cons

    management don't have no respect to all employees. They just make them work harder just like a ant workers never rest a bit. you start work until end of shift. that is all they do and supervisor some of them are nice and some of them have no respect. They just don't care bout your safety or health or any other problem. They just make you work work work work for nothing. the managements would be happy to make more money than employees on the floors and they make more money on annual Christmas bonuses. Employees only get smaller bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    the management need to follow the law such as ADA and any other law that they need to be follow. Also, management need to listen to the employee's concern bout their work place. NOT the lower management's concern! Because they ALWAYS try find a way to get away with it or get around to it so they won't get caught or trouble.


  3. Good Starter Job

    Former Employee - Engineer in Maryville, MO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Maryville, MO

    I worked at kawasaki Motors Corp, USA full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The workload at this company is ideal. You most likely won't be spending late nights working on issues nor will you need weekend work unless you can't manage your scheduling very well. This is a good place to stretch your legs and get a taste of what it is like to work at a large company. Good resume builder.

    Cons

    Working at this large manufacturing plant in a small Midwestern town is exactly what you would expect - a small group of lifers that have been there since the beginning hold too much power. Expect strict, unwritten rules that are dealt out by a department that turns a blind eye to the industry norms. Also, turnover rate is high due to the large amount of temporary workers. If you aren't hired full time layoffs during off season will hurt your pocketbook.

    Advice to Management

    "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" rings true.


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  5. Worked hard, learned a lot and allowed a flexible schedule

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at kawasaki Motors Corp, USA

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    casual work environment, somewhat flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Difficult management, lack of honesty


  6. Finance Director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at kawasaki Motors Corp, USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very laid back if you are proficient in this industry. Business practically comes to you.

    Cons

    Off-season is SLOW. Balance your income during the peak season.

    Advice to Management

    Monetary goals and fleet sales


  7. No room for growth, unjust bosses

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing and Events
    Current Employee - Marketing and Events

    I have been working at kawasaki Motors Corp, USA 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

    International environment, and being around motorcycles and other fun vehicles

    Cons

    There is no room for growth unless that some top guy decides to retire, to die, or decide to take a job elsewhere. Then the people waiting online will get promoted because of their seniority, not because they are extremely skillful or are very good at what they do. But moving up is almost impossible to happen, because the ones at the top are happy taking advantage of the company with all sort of benefits and high salaries for themselves. Also, don't think that doing a good job will get you anywhere at Kawasaki. The problem is that most of the top bosses do not have the skills or knowledge to be in top positions, and because of their insecurities, they are always playing games and taking advantage of their authority to remove or silence anybody that makes them feel threatened. so, if you just care about having a paycheck, it is ok to work here. But if you care about advancing your career, having fair bosses, and having a prosperous career that values your accomplishments and the skills you bring to the table... then forget it, you will waste your valuable time !

    Advice to Management

    The few Japanese top bosses present in the US are aware of these problems (and obviously Japan's headquarters is also aware of the issues with their top US employees), but they do not do anything to fix things, because they are more concerned about Kawasaki's image, instead of doing what is ethically right to do.


  8. ManufacturerING engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Maryville, MO
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Maryville, MO

    I have been working at kawasaki Motors Corp, USA full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I think the benefits are great and friendly people. Everything is ok

    Cons

    Very strict about timing. And really quite place in the office. Should be more friendly place

    Advice to Management

    Be helpful more to others


  9. Laid back work environment, but not much room for career advancement

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

    I have been working at kawasaki Motors Corp, USA full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Casual work enviroment Paid holidays Fun industry

    Cons

    NO room for career adavancement Very little employee recognition Many people have been there a long time and feel entitled to things they don't deserve Upper management manages up, and could care less about their employees Top heavy with upper management and not enough staff to actually get the work done HR department leaves a lot to be desired

    Advice to Management

    Stop managing up, and start recognizing your employees that do the work. Get rid of the employees that aren't cutting it, and hire qualified employees who can get the job done.


  10. Family Company

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

    I have been working at kawasaki Motors Corp, USA full-time

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

    Pros

    Fun industry and product. Good benefits and employee activities. Most fellow employees helps each other out. Good variety of projects keep me challenged. Stable environment from low turnover. Company operational change is creating good opportunities for new ideas.

    Cons

    Lean staff size can make prioritizing challenging. Low turnover can limit advancement opportunities (not a good company if you want quick advancement opportunities).

    Advice to Management

    Your efforts to get in closer communication with employees is noticed. Keep up the good work.


  11. Helpful (2)

    The corporate culture mimics a "hive collective".

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

    I have been working at kawasaki Motors Corp, USA full-time

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

    Pros

    The employee benefits are reasonable.

    Cons

    Any independent thought is discouraged, but blind obedience is rewarded.



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