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Mazda North American Operations Irvine Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company with no lack of direction"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    While working at Mazda, I came across many great coworkers. The products are great. The work-life balance is ideal and the benefits are top notch. The lease allowance is a nice perk, too.

    Cons

    The company seems to lack a clear direction. It is harder to gain experience in different areas of the company as there is very little rotation. As a result, it is also difficult to get a promotion. It is very easy to become mediocre and simply go to work just to collect a paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Help hard-working individuals grow. Offer opportunities to rotate employees so they learn different areas of the business. Leverage each employees strengths with jobs where they can apply their skills and training.


  2. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for, management do a lot to promote within and they do listen to what you have to say.

    Cons

    Health benefits have been cut, and premium have gone way up.


  3. "Unprofessional member of management."

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Irvine, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations as a contractor

    Pros

    Dedicated and professional team. Exciting and rewarding challenges. Multiple in-house operations to grow into.

    Cons

    Benefits of the position that played an important role in my decision to accept the employment offer were inaccurately represented during the interview.


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  5. "Try the Kool-Aid"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great cars (nobody wants to buy them but they are awesome), "free" company car (they give you a taxable stipend based on your grade), smaller car company (you can meet and rub elbows with upper management quite easily), free lunches (cheapskates, and lunch vultures always hovering for leftovers from luncheons), pay is decent.

    Cons

    HR (only looking out for the company; do not trust them!), lack of talent (I've seen more talented people at starbucks), fake your way to the top (many people do this...MANY), glass ceiling for non-Japanese (if you aren't Japanese you kind of get labeled as a lazy American), terrible dealers (dealer network sucks which equals cars don't sell), free lunches (cheapskates, and lunch vultures always hovering for leftovers from luncheons), join the church (any one of the mega churches) and you are protected but go against it and you are shunned.

    Advice to Management

    Move your HQ to somewhere away from the SoCal.


  6. "Mazda"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Irvine, CA
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    A great place to work.

    Cons

    no cons to working at Mazda.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Just posting a temp review"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great. It is a place to contribute and grow with your department. There are many opportunities to create your own success.

    Cons

    Career opportunities could be better. No education reimbursement is something I think about when wanting to do more for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back education reimbursement. Add additional hands-on training or offer to pay for work-related training. Create opportunities for cross-functional training opportunities.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is okay
    Company Lease Program
    Time-off major holidays

    Cons

    Miscommunication
    Company has no direction in place
    Horrible company structure
    Management doesn't articulate well with their employees
    Hard to promote within the company

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with employees when there is a problem at hand. There's a major distance when it comes to upper hand management and their employees. The communication level of upper hand management is below poor. MNAO is a very small company so it's hard to get promoted from within. Favoritism is definitely at hand with this company. It's all about who's butt you kiss in order to succeed with getting elevated in the company. Definitely a bunch of politics here.


  9. "Very nice, collaborative group."

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    Former Contractor - Graphic Designer in Irvine, CA
    Former Contractor - Graphic Designer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice and fun people, flexible schedule, fun projects. People were very passionate about work and collaboration was key. We did have some BBQ's in the back lot to celebrate 'occasions'.

    Cons

    I value my time at the company but it was too short to have any bad things to say about the company.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "It's Not What You Know But Who You know"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice products, Employee Vehicle Lease Program, Benefits

    Cons

    Pay is low. Upward mobility is non existent. The only people I saw move up happened to have close relations with upper management, and received privileged opportunities . There is limited transparency between job titles and responsibilities. Outdated equipment results in a need to use utilize personal items for daily activities. Lots of smoke and mirrors to justify preferential treatment/ benefits to a select few. Very cliquey work atmosphere.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are good, money for a company lease, medical, etc.

    The pay is not high, but it is in the ballpark for a given position. In general, the lower your position level, the better the pay is relative to other jobs.

    The bonuses more than make up for the lower pay and the company never changes the goal if it looks as if it will be met. If anything they give a larger bonus if the goal is exceeded. If you don't meet the goal, you get a reduced bonus, not zero.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking, everything is reactive and rarely proactive.

    There is a huge disconnect between management and reality.

    Advice to Management

    Go talk to employees. The MC CEO toured the MNAO facilities and talked to employees. Why is that not true of the US executives? What's up with that? Don't take middle management's word for it, go walk "the factory floor" now and then.


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