Toyota Technical Center Reviews

Updated May 4, 2018

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "I really enjoy working for Toyota!"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Plymouth, MI
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Toyota Technical Center full-time for more than a year

    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.

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Mechanical Engineering Co-op"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Mechanical Engineering Coop in Gardena, CA

    I have been working at Toyota Technical Center

    Pros

    Tight-knit team, very friendly atmosphere, mentors and managers are very communicative and available

    Cons

    Extremely high security and secrecy causes quite a few inconveniences

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    "Contract Technician"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
     in Long Beach, CA
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Toyota Technical Center for more than a year

    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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  4. Helpful (1)

    "A Safe Company That Has a Decent Focus on Employees"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Powertrain Calibration Engineer in Gardena, CA
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Toyota Technical Center full-time for more than 3 years

    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. "Busy place"

    5.0
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    I have been working at Toyota Technical Center

    Pros

    There are lot of new task.

    Cons

    Sometime too many task make me too busy

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  6. "TTC"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Toyota Technical Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Treated very nicely, pay is good, bonus is good, travel is fun

    Cons

    Always lots of work, late hours, management can be tough to deal with

  7. "Great!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Engineering Co-Op in Ann Arbor, MI
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Toyota Technical Center

    Pros

    Good morale and coworkers, japanese company with japanese values

    Cons

    nothing really to complain about-paid well and got good experience

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  8. "Best atmosphere"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saline, MI
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Toyota Technical Center full-time for more than a year

    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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  9. "Good Place to Make a Lasting Career"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Ann Arbor, MI
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Toyota Technical Center full-time for more than 3 years

    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)

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

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Saline, MI
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Toyota Technical Center full-time for less than a year

    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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