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Mazda North American Operations Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Doom Doom"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Service Manager in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - District Service Manager in Bridgewater, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Products are amazing. Work life balance is great. Pension is good. Pay is so-so.

    Cons

    Managers are not equipped to manage people. They utilize techniques to scare and intimidate their employees. They reorganize every few years, the good people leave, the near retirement ago employees stay and drag down moral. HR is a horror show. Regional managers are Ford-era flunkies that could not make it elsewhere. Jim O and his cronies are killing this company.

    Advice to Management

    One more re-org and push out the dead weight.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "IT dept lacks standard processes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst/Developer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst/Developer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Quick decision on new implementations and projects, nice perks

    Cons

    No standard IT processes or methodology for in house IT projects, IT vendor selection based primarily on cost alone in many cases, quality of deliverable is not considered. The culture does not promote new ideas or risk taking rather just expects you to go with the flow

    Advice to Management

    Rotate people more often in different roles to give them challenges and exposure to new functions


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Quality Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Flat Rock, MI
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Flat Rock, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of work when the plant was open, can work on the problems that are most urgent, most of the time.

    Cons

    Direct manager / supervisor may not know your job or can give any advise on how to solve / address the problem. Management changed constantly with 6 reorganizations in 8 years. Forget about regular raises, you may get 5% in 3-4 years total. New hires get more than current employees.

    Advice to Management

    Mold a concrete business plan and stick with it. Do not get rid of all of the quality people and then think that you can easily replace them. You do not go into launch mode with no Quality department or with all new employees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) continues its financial slide with just under $1 billion in losses in two years."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Executive in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Irvine has very nice weather.

    Cons

    MNAO's senior management has struggled for 10 years to manage this US operation.

    Advice to Management

    Mazda Motor Corporation (MC) needs to better understand the US operation and put a team in place with the experience required. MNAO has lost senior managers to Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, and Toyota all of which were experienced enough to run the company. MNAO has relinquished responsibility for Mazda Canada and is selling its headquarters property in Irvine, CA and plans to lease a building in Costa Mesa, CA near its advertising agency. This should hopefully lower its continuing losses in 2013.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Zoom Zoom on your Own"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with lots of potential. Take control of your future because no one at Mazda no anywhere else will. Learn the business and either get happy being bored or use it as a spring board for your future.

    Cons

    Everyone is out for themselves and with the exception of a rare few none of the management has an interest in development of their team members.

    Advice to Management

    Reset, refresh, restart.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "generally a good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance & Accounting in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Finance & Accounting in Irvine, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -great car benefits
    -conveniently located
    -friendly environment

    Cons

    -no training for new employees
    -HR department is more of a hinderance than a help
    -old building
    -not enough parking

    Advice to Management

    Give employees chance to review their managers to identify poor leadership within the company.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, great cars, great design, confused and not in trouble"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time

    Pros

    Fun, friendly workplace with people that are passionate about the brand. Great benefits. Zoom Zoom spirit is real and exists there.

    Cons

    Layoffs and reorganizations every 2-3 years. HR functions to punish and hinder operations, not help.

    Advice to Management

    Mazda is not a Japanese version of BMW despite what Mazda Japan thinks. Since the US is where all the current profits are, focus efforts to help Mazda US, not force layoffs and buyouts.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fear Based Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    For the most part, there are a lot of good people at Mazda.
    The products are good.
    The company car benefits are a plus!

    Cons

    The culture, by far, is the biggest negative of the company. It's cronyism at it's worst and I agree with a previous post that it's "who you know", not "what you know".
    Overall, the leadership at the company is very weak and becasuse people are promoted based on "friends and relationships", the real talent within the organization doesn't get promoted. That's why such a high percentage of people took the recent voluntary buy out package.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on talent and who's most deserving. By continuing to promote managers that do not demonstrate leadership, you are erroding the morale and overall talent base of the company. Institue a 360 of all managers....find out what's really going on within the organization and take your heads out of the sand!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time

    Pros

    Winter shut down for a week.
    Vehicle allowance includes lease of vehicle, registration and maintenance.
    Weekends off.

    Cons

    No offense to the janitors but they can do a better job than many of the managers and executives at Mazda.
    Horrible HR department > does not promote employee development opportunities.
    Everyone is about covering their own behinds, you can't trust anyone here.

    Advice to Management

    Use your head and grow some.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Flat Rock, MI
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Flat Rock, MI
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benifits, Family to work - 8 and out

    Cons

    Zero Training. HR is in California and does not participate AT ALL in Flat Rock unless they have to.

    Advice to Management

    Engage more with the employees and try not to be so arrogant


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