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Magna International Reviews

Updated 18 October, 2017
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Pros
  • Good people, good benefits overall (in 37 reviews)

  • Tremendous efforts put forth to make sure the production personnel are comfortable and happy with the work environment (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes long work weeks with long hours (in 44 reviews)

  • no work life balance at the company (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Employee Centric"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northwood, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northwood, OH (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Magna International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Tremendous efforts put forth to make sure the production personnel are comfortable and happy with the work environment. Corporate and Division level engineer groups focus heavily on R&D to bring innovation into the production facilities

    Cons

    Potentially long work hours. Technical groups have in the past been overlooked on QOL issues.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize the wealth of resources available to come to consensus when issues arise. No one person has to solely bare the the brunt of a misstep. Everyone stands to gain or lose when we win or don't.


  2. "automation technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brampton, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brampton, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Magna International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, management is not bad

    Cons

    dirty, too much overtime, no personal life


  3. "delivery driver"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Machine Operator in Aurora, ON
    Current Employee - Production Machine Operator in Aurora, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Magna International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    it`s a good place to work

    Cons

    the distance to get there, specially in winter time


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  5. "The most rewarding work you'll ever do!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Newmarket, ON
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Newmarket, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Magna International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Every day I work with the best and brightest in my industry and my sector. It's a daily inspiration to work with such intelligent and passionate minds, and the company truly values each and every employee. I've had the opportunity to develop into multiple directions and it's a great feeling when your manager takes a vested interest in helping you develop within your own interests and growth objectives, even if it means losing you on their team.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is a bit of a struggle sometimes due to high expectations and demanding work, but I've never experienced any negative repercussions for requesting flexibility when needed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value your employees and listen to them! Keep up the GREAT work!


  6. "Administration"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Aurora, ON
    Current Employee - Administrative in Aurora, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Magna International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Good moral and lots of employee events. The location of the office is gorgeous. Wellness events and exercise classes offered during lunch.

    Cons

    I can't really think of a con. I believe that work is what you make of it. With so many employees it is easy to connect with others.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the Magna way!


  7. "Commercial Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Magna International full-time

    Pros

    Lots of work, kept busy most of the day.

    Cons

    No training provided
    No Guidance given

    Advice to Management

    provide guidance


  8. Helpful (1)

    "TOXIC"

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    Former Employee - Salaried
    Former Employee - Salaried
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Magna International full-time

    Pros

    The shop floor employees' work ethic and loyalty above average.

    Cons

    How much time do you have?

    Let's stick to the Top 3:
    1. An environment where "bullying" is not only accepted but encouraged.
    2. Sycophants running wild at all levels of supervision/management, from the very TOP down. Again, it is an acceptable practice here.
    3. An incompetent and non-sharing Leadership Team.

    Advice to Management

    You're beyond hope or any other redeemable quality. Take a good hard look at the hiring criteria that brought you all to converge in this one-of-a-kind zoo.


  9. "Good place to start for the trades - Through time, move elsewhere as soon as possible."

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    Current Employee - Tool and Die Maker
    Current Employee - Tool and Die Maker
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Magna International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Magna is a decent company if you are starting out in an industrial trade - such as: Tool and Die Maker, Millwright, Industrial Electrician or Weld Technician because of the unlimited overtime which gives you the opportunity to learn.

    Benefits are average to slightly above average in comparison to other similarly large corporations. They have gotten slightly better in recent times as well which is a plus (particularly for dentist and optometry subsections).

    Profit sharing is a plus as well, however, mostly overrated unless you've been with Magna over 10 years.

    RRSP-match contribution up to 3% (if you pay minimum 6% into your RRSPs) is also a plus.

    Magna [Rogers] phone plan is also a plus although is getting less and less of a good deal through time as Rogers continues to make corporate phone plans worse.

    Cons

    As soon as you gain 2-3 years experience in a trade, my honest advice would be to move away as soon as you can. For those in trades, it is quite easy to find smaller and well respected companies with less corrupt management where you'll have a much better life.

    Magna is a large corporation too big to fail and is [still] absolutely barricaded with lazy and unprofessional leadhands/team-leaders, supervisors and management that have been with the company for 15-20 years and seem to be invincible. It is an almost daily occurrence where excessive profanity, threats to "write you up" for nothing, and yelling amongst the aforementioned roles towards young/other employees takes place.

    This is important to note because being "written-up" will have a negative affect every year on any "raise" you may get. Simply getting "written-up" for the simplest and most subjective things because management are on perpetual power-trips may mean you can't get that 1.00/year raise - but instead - now only 40 cents.

    It is almost virtually impossible to "move-up" to management roles in this company unless you borderline bribe managers (i.e. buying them coffee and food on shift 'breaks'), or if you have a relative or family member in management.

    Magna is also one of the very few companies I've ever worked for where it is possible to have within the same immediate family (father, mother, siblings) all work under each-other in subordinate roles. I have seen many times, a supervisor be a father, a leadhand be a son, a mother be senior HR, and so forth. This is absolutely ludicrous and should be absolutely not allowed.

    Advice to Management

    Start clearing out all of these pretentious, barbaric and lazy managers and keep them in-line with what they are suppose to do - Magna drags on how they are about the "people", yet less than 10% of the management acts professional, teaches young/new/other employees and performs up to their job requirements. I suspect because of this, this company will continue to have an exponential turnover rate for the next 10-15 years.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Long Hours"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Quality Engineer in Belleville, ON
    Current Employee - Corporate Quality Engineer in Belleville, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Magna International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They pay well and have good benefits

    Cons

    10-12 days with no end in sight

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people to balance the workload


  11. "Pretty Good"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Magna International full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities for development in your career, changing roles, lots of support from management. There is always a lot to learn and they are not afraid to give you the opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    Long hours, unpredictable travel, shop floor politics (not the worst, but you have to learn how to navigate it)

    Advice to Management

    Too aggressive at times.


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