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Kia Motors America Overview

Irvine, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Kia Motors
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$10+ billion (USD) per year
As part of the Hyundai Motor Group, Kia Motors America is one of the world's fastest growing automobile companies. We have the stability of being Korea's oldest automaker, combined with strong, consistent growth and a history of ... Read more

Mission: Lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond.

Our vision statement is ‘Providing a new space that makes life more convenient and enjoyable by realizing superlative mobility based on innovative people-oriented, eco-friendly technologies and ... Read more

Company Updates

  • From applying to our program 4 years in a row to modeling for Kia Latino on Instagram, Leo Hernandez has a lot to share about Kia's Summer Internship Program! Read his post and connect with him on LinkedIn for words of wisdom and witty humor.

    Kia Motors America: My Intern Experience

    Kia hired me as an intern, turned me into a model for social media, and gave me a full-time position at the end of the summer. Greatest internship

  • Our HR and General Affairs team had lots of fun taking photos with the all new Kia Stinger at the Core Values Team Member Meeting!

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Kia Motors America – Why Work For Us?

World-class design and engineering.
That's our mission. At Kia, we're inspired by the idea that you should love driving and owning your car. Designing, engineering, building, and bringing you that car is what we do. And we love what we do. Turns out we're not alone. Auto experts and everyday drivers love what we do, too. The 2017 Sportage won the Red Dot Award for Product Design in 2016. The 2016 Optima received Kelley Blue Book's Midsize Car Best Buy Award. The word is out. The superlatives are gratifying. Yet we're determined to keep evolving.

To that end, Kia has been making news with a remarkable run of firsts. We introduced the superb K900, our first rear-drive, full-size luxury sedan. We debuted the Soul EV, our first all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle. The soon to come 2017 Optima Plug-In Hybrid is our first vehicle of its kind. The exciting firsts go on and on. From design to technology, materials to safety features, Kia continues to innovate and upgrade our entire lineup.

 We invite you to discover the “New Kia.”


Built in the USA.


When we decided to begin manufacturing in the United States, we were confident of success. There’s a growing demand for Kia cars and CUVs, and we wanted to better serve that need, but you have to do more than that to succeed. You need to surround yourself with quality people. Like the folks at our Georgia facility.

We believe we’re building more than great cars in the U.S.—because we are. Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia continues to be a significant growth enabler for the West Point community and the Kia brand. The plant operates three shifts and is responsible for the creation of more than 15,000 jobs (plant and suppliers). More than 40 percent of Kia’s vehicles, the Optima and Sorento, are built in West Point.

Not only are we producing some of the most technologically advanced vehicles around, but we’re doing it the Kia Way—with our “one-system/one-team” approach that’s built on trust, mutual respect, and open communication among all team members.

We’re creating something truly special in West Point. Because of our continued commitment to developing the most efficient, environmentally-sustainable, and sophisticated manufacturing facility in the country, we’ve reached the production of our two millionth vehicle in the U.S. And we’re just getting started. We’re in it for the long haul. That means we’re dedicated not only to taking care of the Kia family, but also to looking after the environment. After all, it’s everyone’s home.


Need a positive shift in your career? Kia Motors America is one of the world's fastest growing automobile companies.

We're always looking to add smart, talented individuals to the Kia team. Check out current openings to join us for the ride.

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At Kia Motors America (KMA), we believe that with our pioneering spirit, passion and hard work, we can realize anything and contribute to a better future for all.  One of our company’s core values is “Globality,” and it teaches us to strive to become a respected global corporate citizen and enhance the quality of life for people around the world.  Kia has supported a number of organizations nationally as well as in Orange County, home to our corporate headquarters in Irvine, California. 


Kia Motors America offers full time paid internships for college students looking to gain hands on experience with a multinational company that is rolling in the right direction.

Our internships are located in our Corporate office in Irvine, CA as well as our regional offices in Georgia, New Jersey, and Illinois. 

Graduate level interns are compensated at $34/hour and Undergraduate level interns are compensated at $17/hour.

You’ll have the opportunity to work on a Kia vehicle related  project, with a mentor to keep you on track.

For ten weeks, you’ll have the  opportunity to join Kia Motors!

Internship perks include networking opportunities, a summer company picnic and other events, and an invaluable work experience!

Kia Motors America Reviews

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    I worked at Kia Motors America full-time (More than 3 years)


    Great company to work for with many opportunities to grow


    Have to be willing to put in the hours to get big paychecks

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Kia Motors America Interviews



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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
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    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Kia Motors America (Irvine, CA) in May 2011.


    Initially applied for an engineering position, but HR called and suggested a different position. Interviewed for it and got the offer. The interview went well, was very natural. asked general questions, interests, and skills.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you prefer to work in groups or as individual   1 Answer
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Kia Motors America Awards & Accolades

  • 2016 Initial Quality Study Highest Score, J.D. Power, 2016
  • Outstanding Corporation or Business, Mid-Size, National Philanthropy Day Awards, 2015
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