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Toyota Technical Center Reviews

Updated May 31, 2017
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  1. "Best atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Saline, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saline, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Toyota Technical Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people here are amazing and as a result, it's easy to love going to work every day. Management challenges you to continuously improve and to produce the best work in a healthy and encouraging way.

    Cons

    HR representatives seem to change too often (at least in my dept)- this is honestly the only con I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice- your core values and respect for people puts you and Toyota ahead in the industry. Keep it up!


  2. "OK"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Saline, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saline, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay and people. Management can be flexible if you need to leave early or take time off. There is a gym in the basement that team members and their family can use for free.

    Cons

    Most work isn't very interesting. Work load comes and goes which means you're either very busy or bored. During the busy times work life balance can be difficult. Work load division does not seem equal between team members.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more internally and take some of your own advice. Consider individuals work loads in addition to department work load.

  3. "Contractor - Information Security and Enterprise Architecture - Saline, MI"

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    Former Employee - Consultant - IS, EA in Saline, MI
    Former Employee - Consultant - IS, EA in Saline, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Toyota Technical Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Big company, excellent place to see very un-cordial supervisors in action, wonderful opportunity to practice working with TMs who behave like a spoilt child.
    If you want to learn how to handle rude co-workers - this is the best place to start.

    Cons

    Very negative work atmosphere. TMs behave like spoilt child - and are able to get away with anything they do - literally anything !!

    a TM can ask you to 'Go back to your desk' in middle of a meeting.

    Your tolerance will be tested.

    Some TMs will block your timesheets - You may not get paid !!!

    At times, the security badge may be used to track your location on a given day/time.

    Advice to Management

    Please monitor the movement and conversation of the TMs. They give an impression that Toyota backs them with legal support even if they harass a contractor.


  4. "IT Department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Toyota Technical Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Relatively easy going environment...good pay & better job security.

    Cons

    Complex environment for IT staff & users alike. Very large, dated, corporate mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Allow vastly differing business units more flexibility in opting out of managed services providers.


  5. "Don't drink the cool-aid"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Toyota Technical Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, decent benefits, some good people , I don't have anything else good to say

    Cons

    No emotion, do not care about your skills or ideas

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more understanding of employees wants and needs.


  6. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Toyota Technical Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Above Average Pay

    Cons

    Hard to move up, Red headed stepchild company


  7. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good morale and coworkers, japanese company with japanese values

    Cons

    nothing really to complain about-paid well and got good experience

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  8. "Long working hours and short term goals"

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    Current Employee - Powertrain Calibration Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Powertrain Calibration Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Paid overtime including paid travel time
    -International flights are first class
    -Quick on the job learning for some groups
    -Best job security in the industry

    Cons

    -Long working hours in some groups (55+ hours)
    -Constant passive aggression from japan staff to work longer hours
    -Work schedule changes every week and long term planning is a joke with constant schedule revisions.
    -High turn over from working hour limits number of experienced people that can train new hires.

    Advice to Management

    -Set mandatory overtime limit like they use at Toyota in Japan and listen to employees about when working hours get to long.


  9. "Good pay, benefit"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Torrance, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Toyota Technical Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Toyota technical center is good place to learn about Implementing the Toyota Way. The staff were nice and close knit

    Cons

    Career growth is slow, and the hours can be long, level of responsibility can be low, depending on the position


  10. "A Safe Company That Has a Decent Focus on Employees"

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    Former Employee - Powertrain Calibration Engineer in Gardena, CA
    Former Employee - Powertrain Calibration Engineer in Gardena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Toyota Technical Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Once you get a job here, you have it as long as you want (unless you really mess up). It is part of the Japanese style. The pay is pretty good, with a yearly bonus being paid. Only time there was not bonuses was 2008-2009 (but no one was laid off!). Some opportunity for travel, and very good people that you work with. Seriously, the people was the best part of my job in the LA office.

    There is a very large knowledge base to learn from. The location in LA makes it easy to live by the beaches. The employee respect is pretty good, with the once every month or so lunch function/lunch party.

    Overall, I had great cheap health benefits, 401k match, made decent money for a new grad, and never felt threatened by any co-worker. The LA office has great vibes and really is not a bad place to work.

    Cons

    The flip side of the Japanese style means people become complacent. Lazy workers get promoted at almost the same rate as people that excel, and no one worries about losing their job. Furthermore, the Japanese style is one of slow, methodical steps. Plan, plan, plan some more, then do something. Someone used to the freedom and fast movement of american companies may find this hard to adapt to.

    Promotions are slow and very defined. Once you get a feel for a company, you can easily see where you will be in 10, 15, 20 years. Makes things pretty boring and structured.

    The company is huge. In my local office in LA it felt like a nice community, but in Ann Arbor you feel like a number.

    The offices are bland. Don't expect much in terms of free lunches or food or snacks, you even have to pay for the coffee.

    And the big thing about LA... they are closing the office. This was the real reason I left, TTC is moving most LA staff to Ann Arbor in a year or two. Admittedly, they are trying by offering a good relocation package and bonus, but the Ann Arbor office is more dreary, has less office culture, and doesn't run as smooth as the LA office. Really, the LA office was much better ran and now they are loosing a lot of that. I question the decision.

    There have already been a lot of engineers that left before me because of the move, and I fear the ones left are picking up more and more work because of it.

    Hours can be long - 50 hr weeks are common, 60+ even now a days with some. BUT, engineers now get 1.5x time after 40 hrs so at least you get paid.

    Advice to Management

    Local management, keep doing what you are doing and fight for your employees. Higher up - the whole One Toyota was not done well. I don't think enough thought was put into just how much talent would be lost. Really good talent that will be very hard to find in Michigan. You need to talk with and get feedback from your employees.


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