Poor People Leadership, Great Technology
Anonymous (Former Employee) – Michigan – August 10, 2017
First, let me state that there are several great aspects of Magna and other Magna entities. Magna's overall innovation capability within the transportation industry is impressive, and they have the capabilities to deliver on projects that others cannot. There are also pockets of great people who are engaged and committed to the future.
Magna might suffer from the lack of an organized, effective people management process to onboard, train, and mentor new employees. Leaving a previous company with a high level of employee support, engagement, and development, the Magna office culture appeared to be very odd, as most people would avoid eye contact and any level of conversation with an unknown colleague. Additionally, I found borderline passive-aggressive relationships between management and employees. Frequently, emails would come out indicating so-and-so left to pursue other opportunities (effective immediately), eluding to higher than average turnover. People leadership capabilities and development structure appeared to be lacking.
I would recommend interviewing with Magna, as they offer some compelling opportunities. I would also coach that one should spend a lot of time in the interview process to clarify expectations, planned support, and training/mentoring commitments - this is a very team specific initiative at Magna given the lack of an overall process.
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