Takata Employee Reviews

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Dead end with good benefits.
Die Maintenance Tech (Current Employee) –  San Antonio, TXSeptember 16, 2016
They need to hire divorced toolmakers paying a lot in alimony, because if you are not already, you will be. 7 day work week is normal despite being told repeatedly in the interview that it was done occasionally in the past. Tools are cut up and shimmed eight ways to Sunday, a real nightmare to get correct.
Pros
Good healthcare benefits
Cons
Management that blames Diemakers instead of their own push for parts.
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Work was Steady
Assembly Lead (Former Employee) –  Moses Lake, WAAugust 1, 2016
Learned a lot about volatile explosives and Safety regulations. Team work was very important. Volunteered for Safety representative was advanced to lead after nine months. Good place to work. Could be difficult when working on second or third shift for family life. May still be working there, but had a chance for more education.
Pros
Good benefits and pay
Cons
Worked seven days a week
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The job was interesting but very demanding
Operator III (Former Employee) –  Moses Lake, WASeptember 29, 2016
Takata requires a lot of mandatory overtime and the work is very physical. The management was nice, and they did have an employee appreciation day once a year as well as a swim party at the local aquatic center. After 5 years of employment each employee got a total of 120 vacation pay on top of the sick pay.
Pros
Good health insurance
Cons
Low pay cap, long hours
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Good place to work for
QA Sampler (Current Employee) –  Moses Lake, WAJune 26, 2016
A decent place to work at. The Benefits are Great and Wages are above average. Management is Nice and Friendly. Work is steady and sometimes demanding.
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Demanding work environment with no ability to excel
Propellant Specialist (Former Employee) –  Moses Lake, WAAugust 31, 2016
- show up then work for 8 hours mon-sun
- i learned how to mix chemicals and press them into pill form
- when i had a complaint management didn't take anything i said into consideration
-the people i worked with were childish, irresponsible and rude
-the hardest part of the job was to withhold 100 degree heat for hours
- the most enjoyable part of the job were the breaks
Pros
3 breaks
Cons
incompatible working environment
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Good starting job
Product Engineer (Current Employee) –  Auburn Hills, MIJanuary 26, 2016
The engineer is expected to play too many roles. We are expected to play engineering, quality, process engineer, build technician, among other roles. This usually ends up leading to many late nights when there shouldn't be, work life balance could use some help. The job security is great because they can't afford to fire anyone. In my 4+ years at Takata I've only seen 3 people fired, but that's because they were horrid. But what's nice is that since management knows you work longs hours, they can be forgiving with work from home days if you ask for them.
Pros
job security
Cons
no advancement
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Co-Op Engineer (Current Employee) –  Auburn Hills, MISeptember 19, 2016
Recalls are constantly growing and they fail to notify the staff until after it hits the media. Management seems to not care in certain aspects. Product Engineers are straight out of school and neglect real world experience in an engineering environment.
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Stable Job, Great Compensation
Propellant Operator (Current Employee) –  Moses Lake, WAAugust 11, 2016
Everything is great besides the fact that it takes a long time to transfer to a different shift, The work to pay ratio is good I've worked harder in previous jobs for less pay.
Pros
20 minute paid lunch or 30 minute non-paid option
Cons
May be required to work 7 days a week at times
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repetitive work
Warper Operator (Current Employee) –  Cheraw, SCOctober 21, 2015
There is room for advancement depending on your department and every one says hello. they also have reasonable benefits but the company is outsourced so they pay you the bare minimum as far as your hourly wages are concerned. its also a seven day a week job which isn't to enjoyable after the second month.
Pros
healthcare.
Cons
Seven days a week
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Employment at Takata
Engineering Supervisor (Current Employee) –  San Antonio, TXNovember 16, 2015
Takata is a fast paced Automotive environment. The company pays well and does have good benefits. The drawback can be very little room for advancement.
Pros
Clean Environment
Cons
Little room for advancement
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Not a whole lot to advance here
Maintanence Technician (Former Employee) –  Moses Lake, WAAugust 22, 2016
Clock in and get a pass down from the other techs. After that basically keep the machines going. Lots of babysitting operators and resetting machines. You learn enough but anything new they basically dont tell you anything you just have to read off a procedure book.
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it's just a job
Help Desk Support (Current Employee) –  pompanoAugust 26, 2015
it's hard to be recognize for your hard work
company went from small business to a major corporation and since they've forgotten about who isn't working either in engineering or the sales department. and this is precisely why everyone is find other opportunity else where.
Pros
friendly people. 401k is pretty good too
Cons
favoritism, hard to get promoted, unless you're spanish, the managers do not respect anyone
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not prductive
Warehouse Attendant, Assembler (Former Employee) –  Cheraw, SCJuly 17, 2016
may go in a stand up most of the day. I learned not to trust no one to turn in my down time when they see my machine was not running
Pros
nothing
Cons
nothing
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Very hostile work environment.
Propellant Operator (Former Employee) –  Moses Lake, WAMay 6, 2013
The management style at Takata in Moses Lake is to burn through workers as fast as possible so that they do not have to give them raises or additional training. This results in very adversarial managers who do not fix problems, but create them instead. You would spend more time worrying about getting fired than handling the explosives you were making safely. I would caution anyone before they took a position at this place.
Pros
Free mocha lattes in break rooms.
Cons
Management would write up anyone for anything.
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Over worked and very underpaid
Product engineer (Former Employee) –  Auburn Hills, MIMay 19, 2013
Good benifits, and that was about it. At one point I was working on 4 programs at once. There was far too much work to do a good job on all the projects.

In order to get ahead you must be buddies with a director. Unfortunately this leads to a lot of managers who should not be managers.

They hang the non-compete agreement over your head, but everyone knows it will and can not be enforced.

It also takes 10 years to get 3 weeks vacation. After less than a year I was out and went to a competitor.
Pros
Good benifits
Cons
Too much work, pay below industry.
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Very employee-friendly work atmosphere
Facilities Technician (Current Employee) –  Armada, MIFebruary 23, 2012
The workplace atmosphere at Takata is top-notch for today's working individual. The facility is very clean and is spacious enough to enjoy comfortable working conditions. They provide incredible flexibility and the management team provides you with the proper tools and technology you need to perform at an optimum level.
Pros
free lunches, a great deal of flexibility, great benefits, great staff
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great work environment
machinist (Former Employee) –  Moses Lake, WAJuly 6, 2012
The facilities were always clean and safe. The pay was great and the insurance benefits were outstanding.
Pros
i was able to learn more about manual machining.
Cons
very weak management.
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I enjoyed my time there
Senior Technician (Former Employee) –  Pontiac MISeptember 1, 2015
I am impressed with the culture there. The quality control is number one and I like that. President visited and I was pleasantly surprised. Meetings are productive!
Pros
Quality team environment
Cons
Management does not know how to say they made a mistake and undo the damage..
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Good company
Senior Financial Analyst (Former Employee) –  Auburn Hills, MIDecember 2, 2015
Interesting company, much to learn about the products it manufactures. It was nice to travel to plants in Mexico and the United States, see the products manufactured there, its processes and meeting many employees.
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Decent pay,Not enough workers,dangerous rough environment
Stamping (Former Employee) –  San Antonio, TXMarch 9, 2016
This place pays good depending on what department you are in.Over all the workers are very friendly and helping,especially the quality lab,logistics and maint and die maint departments.the plating and welding department is a different story,the workers from there are very trashy,gossip too much and if you do not speak Spanish they will mess with you as a lot of the workers are from Mexico.Highest paying positions are stamping,die maint,maint and wire edm.The experience in stamping is the workers are pretty much good to work with and friendly,however you have some that have been there for so long that they will watch your every move,scream,yell and curse at you and force you to things half way that are dangerous just to get the job done.The lead of the Third shift is very knowledgeable,however he still has a immature attitude as he is still a young kid,expect him to make you throw out oil,trash,gloves when it is not your week just to make sure the other workers hit and or exceed quota.The training is very poor,expect you to be throwing trash,oil,mopping and sweeping,and stacking parts for three months or so.There are no manuals or instructions to operate the machinery that you can take home or learn,it is on the PLC screen to view but you cannot download it,print it out and will have the time to read it.This is why they cannot keep workers,either they are terrified or it is too much manual work.The majority of the fellow workers have no prior machining experience,most do not know how to use measuring instruments,read blue prints or are just forced to keep making poor quality  more... parts as the company is known for.If you end up in the stamping department but have a very heavy resume and machining experience you can kiss that goodbye,this department will hold on to you until you either quit,they have someone as good as you to replace you,or you have the exact experience for the department you would better fit.For example if you want EDM machining,you must have EDM experience because the manager in charge of that department does not want to train employees.He will make it as difficult as he can to make sure you do not get this position.Overall the money is their if you are willing to put up with it.  less
Pros
pay, steady work
Cons
no days off, aggressive co workers, department confrontations
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3.8
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