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Updated April 20, 2017
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Pros
  • If nothing else, it's a great place to work for a year to understand how a business should *not* be run (in 5 reviews)

  • Close to home, decent salary, some fellow employees are nice to work with (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • No leadership from upper management (in 7 reviews)

  • The employees working the assembly line across the board don't get to have a normal family/work life balance creating a huge drop in moral (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, three different shifts to choose from

    Cons

    working a large number of days before having a day or two off. Not good for health and personal reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Don't deny an employee's time off and penalize them for wanting to be with their family and friends.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Planner in Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Planner in Auburn Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Takata full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many educated employees that were great to work with. A lot of knowledge throughout the Company. Benefits were decent. A lot of laughs at Takata!

    Cons

    Pay was very, very low. No bonuses - unless you were a favorite (and the bonuses were very low). Don't expect a respectable raise, even if you are promoted. You couldn't climb the corporate ladder unless you knew the right people and those "right people" weren't the best role models. "C.Y.A." every ... single...day. A company where everyone is cc:'d on an email, throwing each other under the bus. No sounding board or support from management. Very unprofessional in certain departments, especially those that shouldn't be. No respect at this company. Best of luck if you decide to work there! Oh, and very little work/life balance (unless, again, you are a "favorite").

    Advice to Management

    Clean it up.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "It's a great place to work for a year to understand how a business should not be run"

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

    I worked at Takata full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked with some fantastic people at Takata and learned a tremendous amount. The work/life balance was reasonable, the facility was nice, and the benefits were on-par with other automotive suppliers. All of that pales in comparison to the management problems, though. If nothing else, it's a great place to work for a year to understand how a business should *not* be run.

    Cons

    This place was a case-study in people being promoted to their level of incompetency, with an awful nepotism problem to boot. Most of my co-workers were great at their jobs, but almost none of them are at Takata today; the ones that are still there are the same people we used to joke about having connections higher up in the company, because there was no other way to explain their employment. Management was incredibly unresponsive to change (possibly because, at least for the three managers I worked under, they had no experience beyond the tools and processes already in place), and were unwilling to admit that something else might be more efficient/reliable/affordable if it was the tiniest bit outside their comfort zone. Definitely a cover-your-ass type of culture, and something I hope to never be exposed to again.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some external talent for upper-level management positions. Promoting from within has clearly not been working out.

    Takata Response

    Feb 22, 2016 – Sr. HR Manager

    Thank you for your opinions. Takata takes all constructive criticism to heart, and is constantly striving to make a better product and place to work. Internal promotions are based upon experience ... More


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Employees jumping ship"

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Takata full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you enjoy the auto industry this job is for you. You'll work 1 on 1 with OEMs which has the possibility of giving you some very good connections throughout this industry. It seems like there's a bit of turnover, so the possibility of obtaining a manager position is decent.

    Cons

    The recent airbag recall has gotten everyone scared. Combine that with the lack of upper management wanting to improve our processes makes it hard to want to stay. I understand that we are simply a branch off of the mother company based in Japan, but we need to push back more on the decisions they are making.

    Advice to Management

    Need more push back on the customer for their ridiculous demands as well as more push back on the mother company in Japan so we can improve the general business function.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "takata auburn hills engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Takata full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It used to have good job security, not so sure anymore

    Cons

    Management puts a lot of responsibility on engineers but there is very little respect for engineers. Company is run by sales people.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice on how to stop the flood of people leaving. Wait till recall is fixed and change the company name I guess.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "technician"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Moses Lake, WA
    Former Employee - Technician in Moses Lake, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Takata full-time

    Pros

    benefits, interesting to learn manufacturing

    Cons

    management is overworked and act like irritable, blaming idiots some times. Well everyone is over worked and undercompensated.

    Advice to Management

    Take more time off and enjoy life, it doesn't last long.


  8. "Great experience out of college but long hours and low pay"

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience in fast-paced design and test engineering- once you have worked here you will be well prepared and qualified for other engineering positions.
    Great benefits and 401k plan.
    Generally fun work environment, depending on group.

    Cons

    Salary far below industry standards.
    Personal life takes a back seat to the job. Long hours and much travel required depending on who you work for.
    Management refuses to recognize talent in performance reviews or compensation.
    Takes several years to earn any extra vacation.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of work, little pay"

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Takata is a place with a lot of business, and I never ever had to worry about lack of work. A lot of knowledgeable people work there. The benefits are really good.

    Cons

    Too much work! There are only so many programs you can track. At one point I had 3 programs (commodities) with 2 customers.

     It takes10 years of working to get 3 weeks of vacation (most companies it's 5). The compensation is very below average, but even with a lot of people leaving there are no raises- I'm not sure HR gets it Of course you should probably ask people why they left and that might help too. There is also a non-compete agreement you are required to sign, but it is really not enforceable and is not enforced.

    Lots of turnover (about 35% of the people in my old group of have left in the past year), and new hires. Hiring people out of college is OK (I don't think Takata offers enough to attract the top talent), but as a more experienced person you have no time to help them out and teach them real engineering .

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people- but you have to ask them first! Pay the people who work so hard for you competitively and fairly or they will find a place that will.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Where are the workers?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people that truly care about their job performance and the overall impact they have on the company.
    401k match.

    Cons

    Employee morale is extremely low.

    Too many chiefs and not enough indians... There are managers working for Senior managers working for directors working for Senior directors in many departments...Yes. Really.

    Workload is always large with zero downtime. Many employees are forced to work on multiple programs dealing with multiple customers. Overtime becomes inevitable in order to stay a float. Many employees say they are stressed out and do not have a good work-life balance. Every department needs more people.

    Merit system for raises is level and does not reward top performers any better than poor performers.
    Top performers leave for better opportunity. In many cases, workers that leave aren't replaced, so the work falls on other overburdened workers.....and they eventually leave....and the cycle continues....

    Compensation (pay and vacation) is MUCH less than industry standards. It takes 10+ years to attain 3 weeks of vacation.

    Advice to Management

    If you aren't actively correcting the problems, you are cultivating their existence. Period.
    Did you ever see the management rowing race powerpoint? Google it.


  11. "From the Trenches"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Armada, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Armada, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -they provide a paycheck that covers the mortgage
    -company match on 401k
    -somewhat loose work environment

    Cons

    -Lack of sound technical direction and vision
    -Biased treatment of employees
    -No where to go (career wise)
    -Job security is questionable... would not be surprised if the place closed due to lack of output

    Advice to Management

    Hire leaders who have the knowledge, experience and vision to provide you with technically competent support and guidance, along with the confidence and guts to tell you like it is and give it to you straight.


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