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Takata Reviews

Updated January 25, 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. "Good place to work in S. Florida"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. HR is very responsive. Supervisor is a good manager.

    Cons

    Lack of communication on potential sale of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with employees.


  2. "simple review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moses Lake, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moses Lake, WA

    I worked at Takata (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the pay was decent and was bi-weekly

    Cons

    i don't really like to get paid bi-weekly


  3. "Niether hit or miss"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pontiac, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pontiac, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Current management was hard workign and accommodating. They seem to be in a phase of trying to hire and staff up so there are plenty of opportunities.

    Cons

    They spread current employees too thin. Seems like for every person there are three or four specific duties that usually encompass a person to dedicate their time too.


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  5. "OK !"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Takata full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    its and ok place to work
    people moving in and out will provide oppurtunity for growth. But work can ger hectic sometimes

    Cons

    Work can ger hectic sometimes based on the resources.
    Culture is a little differnet than what i have seen in other US companies

    Advice to Management

    more felxibility for employees


  6. "management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible COMPANY to work for

    Cons

    salary is very very low


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Micro management kills morale"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Takata full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Takata is a company who's mission is to save lives and they are passionate about that. Takata's technology is top notch.

    Cons

    The impact of the current airbag recall reaches deep within our organization and there is a stigma attached to the Takata name currently

    Advice to Management

    You hired professionals and managers to do a job. Stop micro-managing and give them the tools to do their job


  8. Helpful (5)

    "So far an "interesting" experience... jump ship when possible just like everyone else has been."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and managers, flex time, 401k matching, interesting product to be working on (airbags).

    Cons

    High workload, medium-to-low pay, training was non-existent, management hierarchy is clear as mud, not a lot of vacation days given, working with Mexico plants is a lesson in patience. There is a general sense of no one here actually "liking" their job. By the way, check the news -- Takata is in deep trouble concerning recent recalls of their products. As a result, despite what was told to me in my interview that the office is loaded to the brim with people, there are a surprising amount of open desks throughout the building. This tells me that more people are leaving than HR can find to replace. Just in my less than a year's worth of experience here, I can already tell that colleagues get fed up with the "work 8 years here then just maybe we'll promote you / maybe give you a bonus" attitude here.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Good to get your feet wet in the industry, but jump ship if you can."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good learning experience. Good starter job for a young student or recent graduate. Not a career unless you know upper management or kiss enough behind to move up.

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid. Every other negative review on here has it spot-on. Being a jack of all trades and performing the work of your incompetent program manager or sales team or test personnel becomes a regular requirement. Nepotism runs rampant. Little to no growth opportunity at the company. Those that don't deserve promotions get them, and those that work themselves to death get no recognition. Engineers (at least in my team) regularly work late under high stress and no sign of relief. Takata cannot hire enough support to replace the numerous employees that leave for incredibly higher paying and higher rewarding opportunities. Uncompetitive workplace, no motivation or reward for saving the company millions in engineering cost saving changes.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more feedback from employees, listen to their concerns, and do something to help! Happy and motivated employees = better products!


  10. "Good Potential, But Tentative Approach"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pontiac, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pontiac, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Takata full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting challenges related to automotive safety electronics. Smaller company feel, with the financial backing of larger company. Good people. Potential to achieve a lot. Good place to learn best practices in the automotive electronics industry.

    Cons

    Company is trying to compete with well established automotive electronics companies (TRW, Bosch) in advanced driver assistance safety systems. Not always willing to put the resources into a project to be able to compete. Has had a series of layoffs over the past 10 years during times when they should have been investing for the future. Limited opportunity for advancement because of minimal success and essentially flat to negative growth.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "It's mediocre at best."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you'd like an engineering position that doesn't require much engineering background this is the job for you.
    If you're bad at math equations this is the job for you, I haven't had to use a single one from college yet.
    Relatively straight forward job.

    Cons

    Poor support from upper management, after having skip level meetings nothing came of it.
    Not enough designer support, releasing changes sometimes takes months.
    Poor communication between engineering, the plants, program management, and management.

    Advice to Management

    Please provide better support for the engineers. Not being able to make changes, receive parts, or communicate between groups makes working very difficult.



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