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Daikin North America Reviews

Updated February 9, 2017
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  1. "Growing Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Daikin North America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company is investing in it's future

    Cons

    Company could put more focus on people development


  2. "Quality Auditor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Daikin North America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    An international HVAC, Heat Exchanger, and Gas Fired Furnace manufacturer company.

    Cons

    Itsnot in the field of Oil&Gas, Chemical, and Petrochemical industries...

  3. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - R&D Director in Decatur, AL
    Current Employee - R&D Director in Decatur, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Daikin North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work, high-tech company, excellent working conditions.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is tough. Work load is high.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people!


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Oppressive Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Operations in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Operations in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Daikin North America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large company with decent benefits, good for networking and getting your feet wet if you are new to the manufacturing industry.

    Cons

    Extremely politcal, and corporate environment if you work in the office and are not traveling employee. The top managers that come from the headquarters in Japan are sexist and demoralizing. Daikin North America is a subsidiary of Daikin Industries, which is the owner/parent company based out of Japan. The mentality from upper management is very sexist and racist towards Americans of all colors. I worked directly under a manager who was brought to America from Daikin Japan, because they did not trust "lazy" Americans to properly manage their "workers" efficiently, and you have to be TOUGH to stay with this group for long. Two stars because I did love the type of work I did at Daikin, however it was not worth being made to feel inferior, and expected to work overtime everyday. Like others have said, if you have NO LIFE outside of work and prefer to have a job with a company that expects you to sacrifice time with your family, or other personal obligations for the "good of the company" then this is the place for you! This ties into the Japanese worth ethic, and culture diversity between how it is in Japan and the US... the directors from Daikin Japan speak badly of employees based on their sex, ethnicity, education level, and appearance.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Do not talk down to them, or compete with your employees. Make the environment more inviting to workers or lower and middle managers. Put in bonus programs so the people that do actually work there get recognition for their efforts - there are a lot of upper level employees who do little work, and make big money... shame on you!


  5. "Brazer/Assembly"

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    Former Employee - Brazer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Brazer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Daikin North America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Quick advancement if you apply yourself.

    Cons

    Hot environment to work in in the summer, cold environment in the winter


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Negative environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    I worked at Daikin North America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work all the overtime your heart desires. Union environment pay is decent for area. Employees are friendly and welcome to new hires as long as you do your part and work.

    Cons

    Upper management. Overloaded employees. Lack of listening. If you don't have a life away from work then this place is perfect for you. Will never have time to do anything other than work.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your supervisors to make decisions, listen to them, and take there advice they deal with the floor something you are wrongfully out of touch with. The new HR regime is trying to blow butterflies and rainbows out of every where they can, but have failed to make the environment anymore inviting to workers or lower and middle managers. Put in bonus programs so the people that do actually work there butt off get rewarded instead of washed into the pack.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "general overview of company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good benefits, somewhat hands off management style

    Cons

    bull-room office space, lack of direction

    Advice to Management

    more involvement with progress and mobility of employees

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Whose on 1st?"

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    Former Employee - Technical Services
    Former Employee - Technical Services
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Depending on who you work with it could be a very fun group of people to be with. The Japanese cultures of continual improvement and people centered management seem promising but it hasn't hit the rank and file in North America yet.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and management, tremendous turnover, recruiting takes a very long time to get through, and the merger with Goodman MFG has led to continual changes to policy and compensation. Low compensation compared to other manufacturers and equipment reps in the HVAC field.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of reminding employees to make sure the door doesn't hit them on the way out, ask why they are leaving. Even if new terms can't be agreed on, it's a respectable thing to do.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not great. Management does not know how to properly utilize experienced people."

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    Former Employee - Technical in Decatur, AL
    Former Employee - Technical in Decatur, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Daikin North America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, especially medical and 401K..

    Cons

    Micromanagement abounds. Training is the same on-line "stuff" every year. Personal growth is not really available. Management dwells on "fluff" instead of important planning, customers and projects. IT Department definitely needs an upgrade.

    Advice to Management

    Get away from the old-time trends and protocol. It is a Japanese company, but you are in the USA with mainly American workers.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Passionate team, leadership very down to earth, plenty of room for growth."

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    Former Employee - Applications Development Technician in Hanover, MA
    Former Employee - Applications Development Technician in Hanover, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Daikin North America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is definitely a lot of room for growth for Daikin America. Managers provide a lot of opportunity for personal and professional growth. The product line is interesting, and the industries that Daikin serves are varied - making the work interesting and varied. Company takes training seriously,

    Cons

    A slightly less tech-savvy population made it challenging to use information technology to our best advantage. Also, Daikin uses Lotus Notes for their email client - which was a little frustrating at times. Some teams are small, so although there is long term job stability and potential, short term prospects seem less exciting. There is also a reluctance to hire people, which led to some overwork and stress.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better information technology. Be more willing to hire people.


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