Takata Reviews

Updated 22 September 2014
Updated 22 September 2014
43 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Takata as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Teammates are great. Senior Engineers are very knowledgeable and always willing to help. Management is ok.
    Great place to learn and grow.
    We get payed for holidays and salary is good

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Sometimes it's understandable due to the nature of the work and size of the company. But very often, it just hinders the development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder on lowering the bureaucracy and optimizing the development time on a project. .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Takata

    Pros

    Got the opportunity to learn a lot of stuff

    Cons

    Pay was not competitive to other companies, very tuff environment.
    Not a good place for long term career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the art of keeping people happy and not make them leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Auburn Hills, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI (US)

    I have been working at Takata for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Potential, But Tentative Approach

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pontiac, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pontiac, MI (US)

    I worked at Takata full-time for 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    technician

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    Former Employee - Technician  in  Moses Lake, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Technician in Moses Lake, WA (US)

    I worked at Takata full-time

    Pros

    benefits, interesting to learn manufacturing

    Cons

    management is overworked and act like irritable, blaming idiots some times. Well everyone is over worked and undercompensated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time off and enjoy life, it doesn't last long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great work environment for 21 Years

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    Former Employee - Production Worker  in  Aschaffenburg (Germany)
    Former Employee - Production Worker in Aschaffenburg (Germany)

    I worked at Takata full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    nice Co-workers and Supervisors, good Pay

    Cons

    meeting the standards of the company but once you get trained right then you can do it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's mediocre at best.

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer  in  Auburn Hills, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI (US)

    I have been working at Takata full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Takata full-time

    Pros

    Lots of experience the products are safety related so the specifications requirements and responsibilities are very high. The company has a lots of different customers so there a lot to learn.

    Cons

    Slow growth i have been in the company for 8 years and i have seen a lot of good hard working people to stay the same or have a slow growth due to management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focused on the employees

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun if you enjoy the "chaos and heroes" environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Farmington Hills, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI (US)

    I worked at Takata full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Provide whatever resources are required to get the job done

    Cons

    Old school development environment can tiring unless you thrive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease off on treating employees as slackers
    Institutionalize 21st century processes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting line of work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Takata

    Pros

    I've learned a lot through on the job training and being willing to make a mistake and learn from it.

    Cons

    There could be more innovation. Pay could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees more. Don't be afraid of innovation, it could actually do the company good to move with the times.

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