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Kubota Manufacturing of America Reviews

Updated May 30, 2019

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Pros
  • "Benefits, Job security, Free uniforms(in 3 reviews)

  • "Kubota has never laid off a full time employee, so you have job as long as you want it if you can have good attendance and follow rules(in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "(in 4 reviews)

  • "Unethical design practices (often you will be asked to copy designs)(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Quality"

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    Current Employee - MQ- QIP in Gainesville, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kubota Manufacturing of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Environment Good Hours are Good Team Work Awesome

    Cons

    There’s nothing wrong that I can say about Kubota Great Company

    Kubota Manufacturing of America2018-01-25
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Turf Engineering of America (TEA) is career suicide. Look someone up on LinkedIn and ask!"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Gainesville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kubota Manufacturing of America full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    *Amazing health insurance *Wide scope of job duties (lots of exposure) *Great people (some of the best friends of my life did work there) *Little to no risk of being fired (they need people bad)

    Cons

    *Legitimately too many to list. *Racist environment toward anyone non-Japanese (Japanese only meetings) (Japanese only decisions) (Americans are "local staff") total segregation. *Lack of education, what little training that is available and only applies to Kubota *Promotions are time base not skill based (could be a pro if your lazy) *Salary is about 15% low for the region (as of 2019) *Very little growth... opportunity unless your Japanese *Unethical design practices (often you will be asked to copy designs) *Hard working people get all the work of slackers (could be a pro if your a slacker) *Cafeteria and bathrooms have roaches and are unsanitary at best *Ultra micro management *High attrition rate (turn over is greater than 30%) *50% of the engineers are glorified mechanics with no engineering tasks There is so many more.............like I said above. Look someone current or ex up on LinkedIn and ask!

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    Advice to Management

    Hire some real management and stop promoting old Japanese guys just because of their age.

    Kubota Manufacturing of America2019-05-29
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Turf Engineering of America , where the only thing American is the mailing address."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Gainesville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kubota Manufacturing of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Strong job security - Slightly above average benefits - Little responsibility and easy work - Guaranteed to climb the ladder as long as you show up - You get a $25 Walmart gift card every year

    Cons

    - No true leadership or direction from upper management - Japanese "leaders" are replaced every couple of years so no true level of consistency or department strength is ever established - Departmental segregation (racism) is prevalent and often gets blamed on "the language barrier". - Annual "performance" reviews are laughable and provide zero constructive input to the employees...basically, if you're still with... the company since your last review , your "score" goes up regardless of actual job performance. - The culture is just as stale as the office building. - Management/HR claims to support team building activities, but only if the entire department is included (participation trophy mindset). That is, if you want to have an individual team lunch (to build your team, go figure), you'll be expected to foot the bill and make all arrangements. - Full-time engineers are treated as hourly contingents and required to use personal time off for routine medical visits, family emergencies, school functions, etc. - Research & Development practices are severely inefficient. Often times, incomplete designs/drawings are submitted just to appease the leaders across the pond, only to redesign and reorder prototype parts a few weeks later. - Compensation is well below average despite what HR tries to tell you. (Ask anyone who has left, we didn't leave for free). - 2 stalls and 1 urinal get shared by 45+ male associates (no further explanation required) - The roaches in the closet-sized break room will get to your food before you can. - Management makes no effort to keep their team members happy while they're employed, yet focuses all their energy on making the employees' lives miserable when they leave.

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    Advice to Management

    - Show your people they are more than just a number on a spreadsheet. Make them feel like they aren't disposable assets. - Actually DO something with the input from your employees rather than only wasting their time with useless interviews and round table meetings. - Manage Americans like they need to be managed. Learn how to utilize the best of both cultures to create a dynamic, successful organization rather than... a divided office. - Reward and encourage those who perform well, reprimand and discipline those who don't.

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    Kubota Manufacturing of America2019-05-30
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, except the pay."

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    Former Employee - Logistics Analyst in Gainesville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kubota Manufacturing of America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Insurance Overtime Can work at your own pace in the office

    Cons

    Lots of favoritism within the company I watched a lady sleep at her desk everyday for almost a year while working here.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees the same.

    Kubota Manufacturing of America2019-05-14
  5. Helpful (5)

    "TEA has become a revolving door, join at your own risk."

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    Former Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kubota Manufacturing of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Hoping this review will help prospective job seekers make an educated decision about their career and future. Before reading the pros and cons, at any time if you think any of this is untrue feel free to contact anyone there to get their thoughts that is not in management.
    - Good healthcare
    - Job security
    - Some great and talented individuals at TEA
    - Great place to exist and collect a... weekly paycheck without real responsibility
    - If you aren't capable of doing your work, it is just pawned off on others
    - Time based promotions (great if you are lazy and don't want to do your work)

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    Cons

    It is impossible to list them all, but the main things that someone should be looking for in a workplace is a good engaging environment, good culture, and good leadership:
    - As an engineer, designs and overall direction should be driven by quantitative and empirical evidence. Decisions throughout the years seem to be driven by seniority and opinion.
    - Management expertise is half-baked while talent... management is pretty much non-existent. People are not rewarded / promoted for their hard work ultimately leave the company as they become unmotivated and disappointed.
    - Leadership will try to make you believe the turnover rate is normal. Leadership lacks social skills, cannot be trusted, and leads with no direction.
    - Constant change with no clear strategy which causes confusion, frustration and ultimately turnover.
    - Promotions are time based (which means you can do no work, and receive the same promotion as someone working very hard).
    - Workplace morale has reached an all time low, hard workers no longer want to work hard because there are zero incentives / rewards.
    - There are zero contingency plans for when people leave, so workload just keeps snowballing and split between the people who remain.
    - Japanese management keep a secret spreadsheet of employees arrival times and hold it against you during reviews. Some managers love to micromanage, why hire someone if you have to keep looking over their shoulder?
    - Horrendous bathroom conditions... always full; lets just say it is on par with some truck stops.
    - Zero team building, zero culture, just feels like a dead end until you find something else.

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    Advice to Management

    For some factual data: TEA turnover for 2018 was 7 people (out of 31 Americans). Of the 31 people, only half of them do work on a good day... the rest of them are tethered to their phones or shopping online. That's almost 50% turnover of the "working" people, is that not alarming?
    - Culture is non-existent. It has become a place to do mindless work around half the people that are paid to be seat warmers. -... Stop playing off racism as "cultural differences," if it is indeed the problem, PLEASE TRAIN the Japanese management on how Americans work / operate. It is NOT acceptable to continue on like this. If someone decides to escalate these issues legally, there could be a very real issue on your hands.
    - Value your employees, don't pretend that people are leaving because it is just "American style", there is something seriously wrong with leadership... and the lack of concern / inaction by HR is worrisome.
    - If you give Americans a management position, give them power to actually control and make changes.
    - The only thing keeping people there is the relationships and camaraderie they have built with their peers, and those are dwindling.
    - People that do the least end up with high positions and promotions... how does that make sense?
    - If employee engagement is low... maybe it is time to look in the mirror.
    - And as cliche as this sounds... people don't quit jobs, they quit because of poor leadership / management leaders.

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    Kubota Manufacturing of America2019-02-17
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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    Machine Operator in Gainesville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kubota Manufacturing of America for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefit employee cost is good for area, plenty of hours

    Cons

    MANDATORY weekend work most times, detached attitude from management. Not a terrible place, but u better know what youre getting into. I was hired permanent in a little over a month, but i wouldnt go back if i could find a different way. If you enjoy mexican culture, this is the place you want to be. Staffing agency sucks, hire on direct with kubota if u really wanna work for them.

    Advice to Management

    Pull your head outta your ...

    Kubota Manufacturing of America2019-01-21
  7. "Horrible place to work, low pay, hard work"

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    Current Employee - Welder in Jefferson, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kubota Manufacturing of America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Quick money, not easy tho

    Cons

    12 HR shift, works almost every sunday

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees a break...

    Kubota Manufacturing of America2018-12-19
  8. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kubota Manufacturing of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to learn high paced manufacturing skills. Opportunities to “cut your teeth” in the field.

    Cons

    Long hours Projects implemented just to implement a project.

    Advice to Management

    Improve pay for longer term employees. Make real incentives for employees to stay

    Kubota Manufacturing of America2018-10-10
  9. "Dead end job, non-caring environment"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    I worked at Kubota Manufacturing of America

    Pros

    Overtime pay and health insurance

    Cons

    They do not care about their employees

    Advice to Management

    Meet employees’ needs

    Kubota Manufacturing of America2018-08-21
  10. Helpful (2)

    "TEA - new product design-ish"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Gainesville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kubota Manufacturing of America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Easy work. Little responsibility for local personnel. Great benefits.

    Cons

    What can I say. Utilize your employees. They want to make a good product. Career stall for most employees that care about releasing innovative products.

    Advice to Management

    Please work on the integration of American and Japanese employees

    Kubota Manufacturing of America2018-06-20
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