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"Once rewarding...now regrettable."

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Former Employee - Specialist in Princeton, IN
Former Employee - Specialist in Princeton, IN
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Toyota job security. Safe work environment. Medical benefits are competitive but nothing great.

Cons

Salaried took 20% cut in pay and it has yet to be restored although the hourly and Upper Management pay has been restored.
Terrible work/life balance. Expect 55-60 hours a week.
High expectations with little training and little resources to get it done.
For Salaried, expect to be treated like a warm body.
This place is losing its best talent weekly and it appears nobody really cares.

Advice to Management

The rewards are few for the effort we put out. You need to close this wage gap between Hourly and Salaried and do it quick.

Other Employee Reviews for Toyota North America

  1. "Toyota Assistant Manager"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learn Toyota Business Practice (TBP) 8 - Step Problem solving. Toyota name enhances your resume and is know as the industry leader!

    Cons

    Toyota does not welcome new ideas and TMMTX tends to only value prior Toyota experience. Senior Management lacks vision and moral at the plant is extremely low. Highest turnover rate for salary personnel compared to all other Toyota plants.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved and open-minded. Address the moral issues and compensation problems. Most important....Lead by example. (Something new for this Team)


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Use to be a better place to work, but still not bad compared to other automotive mfg's."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Torrance, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable, solid, dependable background of keeping employees. Very little hiring/firing once you are inside (However, this is also a detriment - see below). Toyota has been much more stable over the years compared to GM, Ford, or Chrysler certainly.

    Toyota has equivalent or better benefits in comparison to other automotive oe's.

    Employees (called "Associates) are treated with respect, and typically granted a lot of leeway provided they are producers.

    Great facilities - nice campus, great food, credit union and other services.

    Cons

    Top management has lost it's way. Toyota is not necessarily a big ship clearly headed in the right direction under strong leadership as in the past. A substantial amount of current leadership really got to their positions via politicking and positioning themselves by making powerful friends more than actually being the most skilled and knowledgeable. That is starting to show. The problem is worse at individual department manager leadership, where Toyota tends to shift management in frequently (every 2-3 years) from not very closely related areas (again based on chummy favoritism over skill set) that aren't experts in the product and therefore tend to be listless/feckless leaders. Toyota clearly should do more promoting from within departments. Subject matter experts abound, but they are used as "nice tools" until they realize they aren't going to be promoted over the politically savvy but technically weak - and they leave. Toyota has suffered from a talent drain over the past 10 years and it appears to be gaining momemtum - a bad sign for the company. Basically, top management seems to think good managers come from reading books on management and attending seminars and applying the general management theories they learn. It's not working. They need to retain and promote people truly interested and knowledgeable in their product and their market - and push the sappy generalists to the side.

    As I mentioned, there is a talent drain from Toyota - however it remains a good, solid company to work for to pull down a decent salary. Therefore, a lot of non-performers never leave. And, Toyota seems to be very soft in dealing with them. Every department is filled with about 25% "post office mentality" people that feel they deserve a job at Toyota, have a general distrust of management, and are more concerned about their benefits on a daily basis than performance on their job. IN fact, many seem more apt to argue and bicker and push away responsibility. They are not punished for this behavior. In fact, the general feeling among non-managers is "work hard, be better, or not....you will get the same steady average raise". Toyota needs to change that fast.

    Advice to Management

    Toyota: Good place to work, but needs to change the way it promotes people to develop more robust experts in their respective areas and retain talent. Promotte not based on who you know, but what you do. Promote more product experts/enthusiasts, less generalists. Stop believing feel-good management seminars can cure things. Get back to the basics.

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