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Makita Reviews

Updated January 30, 2017
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  1. "Great Culture. Best in class products."

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    • 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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    "Product manager"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in La Mirada, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in La Mirada, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Makita full-time

    Pros

    They used to make good tools

    Cons

    Low pay, No growth potential and upper management in US is out of touch with current industry, they will steal all your ideas and take credit for anything you have to offer then if they make a mistake they will point thier finger at you and use that to get rid of you, management in japan is also lost, the most turnover i have ever seen with any company

    Advice to Management

    Retire and work at walmart


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Worst Job Ever"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in La Mirada, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in La Mirada, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Makita full-time

    Pros

    Normal hours, large company, friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    horrible management, no room to grow, did i say horrible management? Stay away.

    Advice to Management

    quit.


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  5. "sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Makita full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great product
    good people
    flexibilty

    over all everything is great. pros out weigh cons

    Cons

    The marketing is horrible, lots of responsibilty, they put a ton on your plate, no room to move up.

    Advice to Management

    improve marketing


  6. "Good Tools"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Tools, good hours, great benefits, cool people, Ms Makita

    Cons

    bad technology, bad pay, bad leadership

    Advice to Management

    realize things in the USA are different than Japan


  7. "Poor management, poor salary"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Makita full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good teammates and the possibility of learn from them.

    Cons

    I worked at makita Argentina; at international purchases, marketing and management assistant. Negligent and arbitrary decisions are made by the management, no goals for workers. No compensations, and 0 zero comunication. Ceo hate Argentine culture and people and dont hesitate in demonstrate it to every worker in the company.
    Since the arrival of nagata more than 25 people left the company. I m right now working at the competition.

    Advice to Management

    Make your own conclusions.....


  8. "Inspiring product, uninspiring people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Makita full-time

    Pros

    Lifestyle job, good bonuses, great product range and penetration

    Cons

    lots of extra business hours. Poor direction from marketing. No employee growth plan layed out

    Advice to Management

    Managers receive no leadership training. Lead by example. Create more harmony within team. Need to create more of a fun culture rather than squeezing people for more


  9. "Good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Administration in Ấp Bình Dương (Vietnam)
    Former Employee - Sales Administration in Ấp Bình Dương (Vietnam)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The managers are quite friendly, treat employees well.
    Paid well with benefits and compensation

    Cons

    There was less chance to get promotion.


  10. "Job search"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abha (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abha (Saudi Arabia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Makita part-time

    Pros

    It's an international brand, and the working in such company it will add more professionalism to my CV , i like to work in different areas that will give me more experience and Professionalism to my career

    Cons

    It was better before from many sides, salaries, commissiones , benefits etc.
    But now it's not like before , and you feel like that they want you to work and insert the money to the owner pocket without paying any additional fees for your extra business


  11. "Experience of international business and potential for fast growth"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Nagoya, Aichi (Japan)
    Current Employee - Accountant in Nagoya, Aichi (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Makita full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very international in terms of production capacities and sales.
    Therefore great opportunities for knowledge and experience acquisition on the international business scene.

    Easy access to senior management.

    Cons

    Too risk averse at times - takes too much for a good idea to be implemented.
    Payment is moderate.

    Advice to Management

    Employ more foreigners.
    Provide more opportunities for young staff to grow.


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