Makita - Great Product, Terrible Leadership, Terrible Pay, Horrific Marketing | Glassdoor
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"Great Product, Terrible Leadership, Terrible Pay, Horrific Marketing"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Sales Representative
Current Employee - Sales Representative
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Best product in the field and it is very respected. Always coming out with new products and technology. Provide a company vehicle and good expense account to work with.

Cons

Where to begin? Horrible leadership from a sales standpoint. The VP sales only cares about Home Depot and doesn't care about the industrial side (the side that made Makita). The VP of the East Coast in charge of sales has ZERO years of sales experience in his career, so you figure out how that works! The pay is horrible and the commission plan is by far the worst of any field, organization, or company in the US. The base salary of a sales rep is anywhere between $15,000 and $20,000 less than the competition. No chance of at bonuses and you would actually have to get your entire district (other sales reps in your area) to hit all of their numbers to fully hit all bonuses!

Sad that such a great product is run by uneducated people and have no clue how the US market works or how to attack it.

Advice to Management

You need fresh blood and people who actually understand how business and sells works!

Other Employee Reviews for Makita

  1. "Makita Suisse où on va?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vente in Préverenges (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Vente in Préverenges (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Produits au top, qualité reconnue, un énorme programme de machines pour les pros et non-pros

    Cons

    Mentalité et management très hiérarchique à la japonaise, bureaux open-space bruyant, suppression des horaires flexibles

    Advice to Management

    Adaptez-vous à la réalité suisse, écoutez les remarques/propositions des employés, communication inexistante sur tous les niveaux hiérarchiques


  2. "Great Culture. Best in class products."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Mirada, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Mirada, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Makita full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, strong brand recognition, work life balance, long and proud heritage, Southern California based US Headquaters is not common for a power tool company which is major plus.

    Cons

    Antiquated expense reimbursement( must use personal funds to expense common expenses). Company card should be issued to more field and marketing people who commonly must put $1000's of dollars on their own dime and wait a few weeks for reimbursement.
    Too many levels of red tape to wade through for simple decisions to be approved.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time.

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