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Nissan Technical Center North America Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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Motohiro Matsumura
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  • Long hours, engineers do too much non technical work (in 7 reviews)

  • treat Contract employee as second class citizens, understaffed and push all work on contractors who are then thrown under the bus when deadline not met (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company With Room for Improvement"

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nissan Technical Center North America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    generally a good company with positive people and a good culture

    Cons

    Cost cutting is killing the morale within NTCNA and nobody in upper management is willing to push to change anything about it

    Advice to Management

    Stop pushing so hard on cost reductions and let engineers focus on making great new products. Fight to get more project work from overseas bases.


  2. "Great environment"

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    Former Employee - CAD Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - CAD Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nissan Technical Center North America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You have a lot of benefits plus is a great job environment.

    Cons

    Nothing to say here. I loved to work there

    Advice to Management

    Good

  3. "Design and Release Engineer"

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

    I worked at Nissan Technical Center North America full-time

    Pros

    Many young engineers, mostly easy to work and get along with. Many resources and people to talk with if you know where to look and who to ask.

    Cons

    Poor upper management. Expectations not clear initially and difficult to communicate with Japanese managers/senior managers sometimes. No structured training program or good opportunities for employee capability enhancement.

    Advice to Management

    Train new employees and invest in their knowledge initially, which saves time and headaches down the road. Make expectations clear and try to encourage employees to work harder, instead of mostly negative comments.


  4. "Worst Management Experience of my life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nissan Technical Center North America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent vehicle lease discounts as a ploy to maintain individuals from leaving the company for other work.

    Cons

    Management top heavy company that is more tuned into generating their own attention to Japan leadership than managing their own team. Numerous management individuals have proven time over time to lack the desire to understand the work their own team manages in relation to the complexity of the companies very manual systems. While ignoring these efforts they pile on non-value added items to make them look better in meetings that just "may" be discussed. One example, within a team of 5 people, 3 individuals left the company through a 6 month window due to a terrible management issue. This was recognized by HR and some leadership. The working level was expecting that individual to be fired, she was promoted allowing hard working individuals to be lost for collateral damage of terrible management decisions!! This is not a company I would like to work for long term. Personal sacrifice to keep up with the workload goes unnoticed and is written off as expected due to the Japanese culture. Management plays the line of working their team as hard as they can and using fear tactics despite their employees truly working more than compensated for. Over 13+ years in the industry and a lot of different management teams, this by far was the worst experience. When I tried to express my poor experience via email to leadership counsel it went ignored twice. They clearly sent the message they did not want to get involved politically while increasing their overwhelming problem of employee retention.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to team efforts and don't promote undeserving bodies.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Responsiblity Out of The Gate"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nissan Technical Center North America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good management, decent benefits and pay. You are usually given lots of responsibility up front and get to make meaningful decisions. Unlimited overtime pay for engineers is a huge bonus

    Cons

    Nissan will suck a lot of time out of you if you let it. Never a shortage of work. You need to pursue your own career / training. If you don't you will be run over.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on long term plans for people and getting them the training needed to be able to contribute effectively.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Small Company, Big Experience. Global culture."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Novi, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nissan Technical Center North America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lean and Efficient. Strong teamwork. Great place to work. Well located in Farmington Hills, MI. Opportunity to work on new model programs, and shape the future by developing high quality products.

    Cons

    Geographical separation from Japan. Although workload can get intense at times, it is no different from any other domestic or other OEM.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to draw the best out of your team, recognize their efforts and represent them well.


  7. "As Salesman Consultant, assited customer in desire vehicle"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Nissan Technical Center North America full-time

    Pros

    Meeting people of all nationality

    Cons

    Challenge working very long hours

    Advice to Management

    No comments

  8. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Perfectly sized organization
    Everyone is located in the same building resulting in efficient communication and meetings
    Wide scope of influence in making product decisions
    Opportunities to travel or relocate within and outside the US
    Cultural diversity
    Great lease car program
    Very competitive pay and benefits
    Free onsite fitness center

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nissan Technical Center North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company Cars, Electric Vehicle, Small Company means more responsibility. Travel to foreign countries -diverse global company with US, Mexico and Japan.

    Cons

    Late night meetings-Japan approval, Lack of growth opportunities, Focus on cost reduction with unrealistic targets, Lack of design for new vehicle products.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with Career Development Plans.


  10. "Design at NTCNA"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    Pros

    Reasonable expectations. Low stress. Competitive pay.

    Cons

    Large company with a great deal of bureaucracy. In my experience, disappointing lack of technological work. Largely paperwork. Sometimes feels like Nissan/Renault doesn't have a strong direction for NTCNA.

    Advice to Management

    Local management seems good, but I wonder about direction from higher in the company.


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