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Subaru of America Reviews

Updated April 23, 2017
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Takeshi Tachimori
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Pros
  • Great benefits, great salaries, good company overall (in 5 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits, car discounts (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • SOA is relocating in 2018 to Camden NJ, the armpit of the US (in 3 reviews)

  • If you are about to accept a job offer make sure that you request/ negotiate a laptop (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Mixed bag"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Subaru of America (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation & benefit package

    Cons

    Not always easy to advance

    Advice to Management

    Promote more from within


  2. "Horrible management"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Pennsauken, NJ
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Pennsauken, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Subaru of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great salaries, good company overall

    Cons

    Managers are unprofessional, hard to promote, very stressful


  3. "Great Place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merrimack, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merrimack, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Subaru of America (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The entire sales department was friendly, greatly group of people to work with. The intern was paid, year long, and had great routine monthly projects and work as well as ad hoc projects that required lots of creativity. I learned a lot as an intern there.

    Cons

    No cons for the duration that I have worked there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


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  5. "great place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fixed Oporations Director in Shrewsbury, MA
    Former Employee - Fixed Oporations Director in Shrewsbury, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Subaru of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Subaru is and up and growing its a great company if you are looking to get into tthe automotive industry great product.

    Cons

    long days no weekends. The growing market for subaru makes it tough to keep up with consumer demand there is so much growth its hard to keep up.

    Advice to Management

    work hard at keeping the spirets of youre employees up they are the key to youre succsess. the auto industry is tough butt the rewards are great.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Subaru is a nice place to work."

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Analyst in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Subaru of America (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Subaru is a nice company to work for, most of the people who work here are friendly and kind, and are generally focused on the brand, and are striving to do the best they can for the company.

    Most managers and positions allow a flexible work schedule: i.e. 7:30-4:00 , or 9-5:30, ect. (not from home though, and not a 10 hour/4 day option).

    If you're a young person who is willing to move around the country - the Management Associate / District Sales Manager track is a good career path.

    If you're within the department where you want to stay, there is room for advancement, and they do tend to hire from within.

    Decent benefits, in line with other companies.

    Cons

    They have been creating new positions, but HR and/or the hiring Managers generally know who they want to put there, so if you're not from within that specific department, you may get an interview, and get your hopes up, but you really never had a shot.

    If you're not willing to move, you're not a candidate for the Management Associate program (it seems this is for early 20 somethings only - so if that's you - GO FOR IT!!).

    The room for advancement varies by department.

    They're moving to Camden in 2017.

    Advice to Management

    Stop interviewing people for jobs, when either HR or the hiring manager already knows who they want for the position.....it's discouraging.


  7. "Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Marketing in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Given real assignments. Flexible when needed time off. Understanding about balancing school and work.

    Cons

    Employees are all within different buildings.


  8. "They care"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Management In Marketing in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Middle Management In Marketing in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Subaru of America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They have done a lot for employees and they don't talk about it. It earns their employee loyalty. That loyalty has helped growth. Subaru's set-up works!

    Cons

    New employees sometimes don't get it. A bit of back-biting about employees that have stuck with it. Blame their lack of progress on long term people. Work harder and it gets noticed! Look at their success. It's not because their isn't action at the top. Kicking butt and taking names. Let your name get noticed for hard work. Not whining!

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to get a bit more progressive as other business areas have.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Be Careful- HQ"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst (Non IT) in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Analyst (Non IT) in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Subaru of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Company Success & Growth
    - Bonus Structure
    - Decent vehicle purchase and lease program
    - Easy

    SOA is very good place to work but the culture is so complacent that it makes it difficult for a younger person with ambition to stay sane. Be prepared to be bored.

    Cons

    - Not a progressive culture and behind the times at corporate HQ
    - Not an OEM. Subaru buy's cars from Fuji and SIA and then markets, distributes to dealerships
    - Employees do not get a monthly car allowance
    - SOA is relocating in 2018 to Camden NJ, the armpit of the US. If you drive through the area it looks like a third world country and bomb was dropped. Not one corporate employee wants to move there
    - Extremely low employee turnover, no one leaves. Yes this is a good thing but expect to be in your position for a long time
    - Promotions do not happen. In 3 years at SOA HQ, I have seen 3 real promotions
    - A lot of the work is very admin'ish, repetitive and manual in nature. No real ERP in place rather a hodgepodge of crappy systems that do not talk
    - No Remote Working or Flex Time


  10. "National Manager"

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    Current Employee - National Manager in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - National Manager in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    SOA is a winner...top leadership and culture....outstanding brand and marketing...great place to work!

    Cons

    There are no negatives to mention. All good.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Lots of potential, but headed in wrong direction"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Subaru of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security; exciting industry; company-provided car; international exposure; bonus potential; day-to-day job variety; company encourages employees to experience multiple positions to gain experience.

    Cons

    HQ moving to Camden, NJ; open-office cube farm; below-average salary band; 401k contributions limited by laggards at the bottom; old-fashioned office mentality (limited work from home opportunities); company culture doesn't match advertising image; employee and customer lifestyle mismatch.

    Advice to Management

    Can Subaru survive the coming automotive industry transformation? With a product that will slowly but surely become an autonomous commodity, it's going to take the best of the best to make a profit and survive. With a significant percentage of your work force approaching retirement age, how do you expect to attract the best talent to your uninspiring new HQ in Camden? Very few of your current employees are excited about working there.


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