Mazda North American Operations Reviews

Updated November 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, not so good practices"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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

    Generally good benefits, especially employee lease car program. Good work/life balance; you won't normally work on weekends.

    Cons

    Production staff at the East Coast facility are broadly underpaid, especially in comparison with salary ranges at HQ in Irvine. This is reflected in bonuses and car allowances as well. Good employees get hammered while lazy employees get away with skating; the other review mentioning how some just listen to iPods or walk around chatting all day is true. If you're one of the good employees who cares and you can't do all the tasks that get piled on you, your reviews unfairly suffer. Layoffs disproportionately affect the people at the low end; senior managers don't face dismissal. Cost-cutting gets to the point of being parsimonious: for example, we can spend $100K to move a piece of equipment but we can't come up with $4K to properly fix a forklift. Mazda is privately traded, so we don't know what the big dogs such as Jim O. actually make, but we bet it's way more than his counterpart at MC Japan. Finally, there's little advancement opportunity, and HR is not trusted and absolutely not responsive to employees who meed their help. HR staff will not return phone calls and e-mails, for example. But HR staff is very responsive at layoff time.

    Advice to Management

    Fix pay and workload discrepancies.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Inside of Company Should Look Like Customers"

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    Former Employee - District Service & Parts Manager in Algonquin, IL
    Former Employee - District Service & Parts Manager in Algonquin, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very few positives. Good medical benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity. Unfriendly employees. No upward mobility. No defined career track for employees. Management not open to change.

    Advice to Management

    The employees of an organization, should look like the customers the want to target. Many of the meetings felt like a Klan Rally.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, good car benefits.

    Cons

    Very, very few opportunities for career advancement women. This type of con is common in the auto industry, but even more evident at Mazda which is definitely a boys club.


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  5. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, it is a small enough company where your voice matters. Family is important to the higher ups.

    Cons

    Small company in comparison to other automakers which can be bad sometimes. Pay is a little less than other automakers, but benefits out way and people stay longer here than other companies.


  6. "Graphic Design Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The manager and co-workers are friendly and really good at giving feedback. Over all it was a great experience to intern here.

    Cons

    It's a small studio to work at and lots of project coming your way if you are in the branding part of the team. There is no constant flow of work, it's up and down quite drastically.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Just posting a temp review"

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    "Help Desk Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great position to learn new technologies

    Cons

    Limited Growth - No job promotion path from contractor to full time employee


  9. "Mazda NA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great product. Turned sales cars often to be able to test all vehicles.

    Cons

    Risk of profitability due to exchange rate fluctuations.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience for a first job."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Manager
    Former Employee - District Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and good pay for a early career professional. Good benefits and in my last position, very good work life flexibility.

    Cons

    Long hours and constantly changing mission and vision with high pressure tactics of making sure every person is made to achieve goals that very often aren't manageable.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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