Mazda North American Operations

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Mazda North American Operations Reviews

Updated 13 November 2014
Updated 13 November 2014
41 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very nice, collaborative group.

    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Irvine, CA (US)

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very nice and fun people, flexible schedule, fun projects. People were very passionate about work and collaboration was key. We did have some BBQ's in the back lot to celebrate 'occasions'.

    Cons

    I value my time at the company but it was too short to have any bad things to say about the company.

  2.  

    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are good, money for a company lease, medical, etc.

    The pay is not high, but it is in the ballpark for a given position. In general, the lower your position level, the better the pay is relative to other jobs.

    The bonuses more than make up for the lower pay and the company never changes the goal if it looks as if it will be met. If anything they give a larger bonus if the goal is exceeded. If you don't meet the goal, you get a reduced bonus, not zero.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking, everything is reactive and rarely proactive.

    There is a huge disconnect between management and reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go talk to employees. The MC CEO toured the MNAO facilities and talked to employees. Why is that not true of the US executives? What's up with that? Don't take middle management's word for it, go walk "the factory floor" now and then.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's Not What You Know But Who You know

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Irvine, CA (US)

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice products, Employee Vehicle Lease Program, Benefits

    Cons

    Pay is low. Upward mobility is non existent. The only people I saw move up happened to have close relations with upper management, and received privileged opportunities . There is limited transparency between job titles and responsibilities. Outdated equipment results in a need to use utilize personal items for daily activities. Lots of smoke and mirrors to justify preferential treatment/ benefits to a select few. Very cliquey work atmosphere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Culture, CEO is very approachable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA (US)

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits/work life family balance/nice bonuses/excellent car program

    Cons

    There's a couple more people that should have been encouraged to take the package offered 2 years ago. A couple people are allowed to sour work relationships because they've been there awhile and kiss up to the higher ups.

    Also our advertising spend has jumped big time. We need relevant commercials though. Not Mia Ham, Bruce Lee, and Duran Duran. We could learn from Toyota, Buick, and Kia.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give decent merits to folks that get it done! Additionally, look outside the box more often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was a great, rewarding experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Irvine, CA (US)

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I had a great project Manager, always helped and addressed any questions and issues I had.

    Cons

    Not much desire for innovation and improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to improve any current processes, need change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Building Phase

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Irvine, CA (US)

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits (Car allowance, twice a year bonus, early release during the summer), They are still building up from their last round of lay offs a few years ago and it's a good chance to get your foot in and move forward.

    Cons

    There is a weird underlying "thing" i can't put my finger on. Between the people who have been around through the lay off and the new people. A lot of job protecting and people aren't willing to work together for fear they might get the axe!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on opening up the communication between all of the departments. Especially between the Japanese side and American side. Be more flexible to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits but lazy company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, Friday summer hours, car allowance, casual dress code.

    Cons

    Management not held accountable. If sales aren't tracking to objectives, they adjust objectives down to meet sales. When layoffs come the hard working lower level staff is easily let go but its the top management team which continues to make the same mistakes time after time. This is why Mazda makes no improvements in their performance. Profits for Mazda is macroeconomic based. Since the Yen is weak profits are up. It's a false sense of security.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The design is good. Good people to work with. Great car benefits and is conveniently located.

    Cons

    Growth in Mazda is relatively slow or none. Another problem is that the salary is not considered high, compared to other makers. Not too many opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many managers and not enough of the workers to get the job done. Mazda Japan should focus efforts to help Mazda US, not force layoffs and buyouts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for... if you worked at Ford Motor Company”

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Staff in Bridgewater, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Professional Staff in Bridgewater, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Mazda North American Operations full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good cars. Decent work/life balance. They pay below average but it's better than finding a new job.

    Cons

    I have never worked for a company as dysfunctional as this one. Regardless of what you may hear from the corporate officers, this company is firmly rooted in Ford from the 1970s. Day-to-day operations are sloppy and unprofessional. Improvements are nearly impossible because there is so much political infighting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The guy at the top making decisions never hears your input.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    CYA Environment at Corporate Office

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist in Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Specialist in Irvine, CA (US)

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lease car and other benefits. Oh, and, Irvine is nice.

    Cons

    Not a team environment. Lots of CYA and being thrown under the bus. Company works good workers to death while loafers just listen to iPods or wander around chatting most of the day. Workloads not evenly distributed. Cubicle inhabitants very inconsiderate of others (loud chatting, joking around, smelly foods, too-loud music at workstation, etc.). Company has way too many managers and a very stale senior management team that needs to be cycled out. Company's monthly sales goals often missed, so morale is low. Several smaller departments have too few positions to allow for adequate growth opportunities. Serious, valuable training programs don't exist: you're really on your own. Antiquated computer database/system (green screens on mainframe). Building is showing its age inside and out, plus the A/C hardly works in the summer. Budgets are very tight and departments are frequently asked to cut expenses during fiscal year and/or work with vendors to lower their costs (profits), even after contracts have been fully executed. Company's long-term goals and vision are weak with no realistic plans to achieve them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Directors and above really need to find out how middle managers are conducting their business internally. Many can come across as funny or charming, can spin a good tale, and can be convincing, but you need to dig in and learn for yourselves what's really happening. Look for bullying tactics, discrimination, and favoritism. Hitting monthly departmental objectives doesn't always mean the department is actually healthy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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