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Updated Apr 15, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Good Place to Make a Lasting Career

    May 4, 2018 - Senior Analyst in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Benefits, somewhat flexible hours, work from home, management assistance with personal growth. Having experience in many areas within the company helps.

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities, cyclical work (peaks and valleys of work)

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  2. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Engineering Technician

    Apr 23, 2015 -  in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Stability. Company has not lay one employee off since WWII. - Pride. Working on cutting edge prototype of the car industry and learning new things everyday. - Competitive compensation package. Although internal people always complain about it, but everyone knows it could be much worst out there especially insurance coverage is better than average. - Respect. Strong Japanese culture and mindset. People treat each other respectfully most of the time. - Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    - Unstable upper management. Upper management (>VP level) is assigned from Japan every 3-5 years. Department direction always changed once VP is changed. - Limited career development. With strong Japanese culture in place, advancement is really based on seniority and there is a grace period to prevent further promotion after each advancement. Created dead weight employees who are comfortable with current position who work for a long time here. Also, they like to "promote" title with the "promoted" responsibilities but not pay for at least 2-3 years until the "right timing". Expect to do supervisory jobs without the supervisory pay. - Potential relocation to Michigan. Company morale is low, people are jumping ship to avoid the move even with attractive relocation packages. Expect to do 3 people's job as they are leaving.

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  3. 4.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    My time as an intern at Toyota was a good experience that taught me a lot about working professionally.

    Oct 14, 2014 - Intern in Saline, MI
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    Pros

    I gained the opportunity to work with people around the world and was able to develop my technical communications skills with the assignments I was given. The position pays well and the engineers there are usually very helpful.

    Cons

    As an intern, there were periods of time that were less eventful because of people being behind schedule. Also, I heard other interns mention that they didn't necessarily like the CATIA software; if it's not relevant for their position, they shouldn't need to learn it

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    A Safe Company That Has a Decent Focus on Employees

    Mar 2, 2016 - Powertrain Calibration Engineer in Gardena, CA
    Recommend
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    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.

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  5. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Solid engineering house

    Oct 25, 2017 - Engineer in Saline, MI
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good people, great products, exposure to many functions, opportunities to work abroad, stable, good benefits, constantly growing and gaining responsibilities

    Cons

    Early morning or late night meetings with Japan, cyclical nature of projects create some very heavy workloads, professional development plans could be improved, some managers are managers only because of technical expertise instead of leadership potential, some managers are assigned too big a team

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  6. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Decent compensation, but way behind the times.

    Mar 27, 2013 - Body Shell Design Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The Tech Center has a lot of capabilities for vehicle development, if you are very interested in the automotive field. There are many genuine subject experts that work there. The facilities have some nice fringe perks (i.e. onsite gym), as well as a generous employee lease program.

    Cons

    The job-specific training is next to none, and mentoring is just beginning to take hold. The long-term vision and planning for the company is shockingly lacking. The body shell department specifically has very poor work-life balance, and the plan to remedy this is next-to-none. I foresee high turnover to continue for many years, as it already has for several years.

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    I really enjoy working for Toyota!

    Oct 19, 2013 - Administrative Assistant in Plymouth, MI
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    I am grateful to have the opportunity to work for Toyota. They promote diversity which is essential in today's society and extremely important to me. They are very safety orientated as well, which really creates a compassion for looking out for one another!

    Cons

    I am a contractor currently through Kelly Services and would love the opportunity to be a direct hire. Toyota has a huge contractor base, with no plans to hire direct at this time.

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Contract Technician

    Jun 24, 2015 -  in Long Beach, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Continuous improvement keeps the job from being boring and makes you feel more invested in the company. First time mistakes are treated as learning opportunities, this was a welcoming change.

    Cons

    Departments are still very compartmentalized internally to TTC. Timezone difference with Japan will cause projects to move slowly and problems can take much longer to resolve.

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Best atmosphere

    Dec 11, 2016 - Engineer in Saline, MI
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    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.

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Senior Engineering Technician

    Feb 15, 2015 -  
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great job, good people to work with in Los Angeles, fun and most interesting, if you have have passion for cars they let you learn anything you want but you have to be willing to do all the work.

    Cons

    Work life balance, moving out of california,

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