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Makita Reviews

Updated October 22, 2018
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  1. "Great Culture. Best in class products."

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    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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

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    "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.


  4. "sales"

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    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


  5. "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


  6. "Accountant"

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    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stable company with strong international presence.

    Cons

    Too stiff corporate culture. Difficult to change. Low pay.


  7. "Environment Friendly but no Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Makita full-time

    Pros

    Very free to do things as long as you get your work done.
    Quiet environment

    Cons

    Way below the spectrum for pay compared to national average
    Almost no opportunities to advance

    Advice to Management

    Corporate structure probably needs review. It's my understatement that the org is going through tough times, but you can't find ways to motivate employees by not doing nor providing anything.

  8. "Friendly Staff, but low Pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitby, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitby, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome Environment to Work
    Friendly Staff
    Good Management

    Cons

    Below Average Pay and No Advancements Opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Please raise the pay


  9. "Customer Service Representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Makita full-time

    Pros

    Customers are great. Most people you work with are easy to get along with. Very laid back.

    Cons

    Overall, extremely unprofessional. No growth. Feels like you are going nowhere.


  10. "tech"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technician in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    good company friendly co workers

    Cons

    terrible pay, head office doesn't care about service always putting goals higher with out raising the bonus pay