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Takata Reviews

Updated January 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Good place to learn best practices in the automotive electronics industry (in 5 reviews)

  • 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)

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. "simple review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  2. "Niether hit or miss"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Auburn Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Things are changing for the better. Yes we are going through a tough spot but Takata remains dedicated to the core value of saving lives. We have new people starting and some good managers taking the lead. Finally great changes are happening and it's exciting to be a part of it.

    Cons

    Current media coverage, negativity, and older habits and cultural changes are tough to work through. We also need strong training for new engineers that is currently a mentor system.

    Advice to Management

    Keep us updated and motivated


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  5. "OK !"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (3)

    "Many Great Memories, unfortunate turn of events"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Auburn Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Takata (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Throughout my career I had may opportunities, from traveling the world, becoming knowledgeable in an advance product (one that only few Automotive Engineers understand) and to interfacing with various customers. Automotive safety is very interesting, the whole event happens with in a blink of an eye, yet a tremendous amount of data can be taken and analyzed within that event. I had to opportunity to advance my career without being "part of the select few" as some other ratings have stated. There are a lot of great people there that really strive to achieve the vision of the late Juridico Takada. - Best of luck

    Cons

    It is unfortunate that a small division of the company has affected the thousands of people working there.
    The management team is very top heavy, too many Vice Presidents and Directors. At times this has made it difficult to get definitive direction. ie.. Global designs and guidelines.

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate the management staff, provide more information regarding the recall, to employees and the public.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician in Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Technician in Auburn Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Takata full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Unfortunate there aren't very many pros of working with this company. Only shinning star is that there are Lots of well educated employees.

    Cons

    Directors and VPs grow on trees and normally are connected to someone. The same people who have put the company in a bad position are the people who were appointed to get them out, causing questions and concerns from many of the employees. It's sad when it becomes the norm to hear breaking news about your company from the tv or a cashier; Employees are kept in the dark.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. When people are leaving at the rate they are, maybe it's time to look deeper. The talented people who have left this company in the last three years is extremely disappoing.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good Stepping Stone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and growth potential

    Cons

    no tracking systems in place, difficult to find information, not a lot of team support


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (7)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Enjoyable, but frusterating."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist in Armada, MI
    Current Employee - Specialist in Armada, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Takata full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's very casual and laid back at the Armada facility. I enjoy the freedom to work without being micromanaged. It is also a very flexible schedule for those with families.

    Cons

    Directors and vice presidents are indecisive and lack the vision to lead Takata through troubling times. They are unable to view the big picture and only focus on the short term.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking at the trees and acknowledge the damn forest that's on fire. Takata could be a great company if the leadership at the top changed.



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