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Updated 8 April, 2015
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  1. Quality Engineer

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    Former Employee - Current General Manager in Flat Rock, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Current General Manager in Flat Rock, MI (US)

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Average pay, medical benefits, vehicle allowance

    Cons

    Old ideas from managers, you train new manager then they tell you how to do it, and their background is in business or basket weaving. How are they qualified to manage experienced engineers?

    Advice to Management

    Look at what you need from employees as far as quality. New Mazda6 had to correct stupid mistakes that occur at each new vehicle version (wind noise, fit - finish, engine power, etc). Dust off your employee records and get people back that know how to get things done rather than keeping dead weights.

  2. Very nice, collaborative group.

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

    I worked at Mazda North American Operations as a contractor (less than a 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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    It's Not What You Know But Who You know

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Outdated equipment results in a need to use utilize personal items for daily activities.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.

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  5. Good Company

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Culture, CEO is very approachable

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    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. Helpful (2)

    It was a great, rewarding experience.

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    Current Intern - Intern in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Intern - Intern in Irvine, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Be willing to improve any current processes, need change.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Building Phase

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    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. Helpful (3)

    Good benefits but lazy company

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    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.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Ok place to work.

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    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (5)

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

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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