Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) Employee Reviews

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Overall great place to work, but the work/home life balance is not the best
Team leader (Current Employee) –  Woodstock, ON8 October 2018
Management is terrible and seniority doesn't really mean anything. A lot of favouritism when it comes to advancement. Management also doesn't apply rules fairly and consistently.
Pros
Good pay and vacation and benefits
Cons
Rotating shifts and long hours
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Great teams
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON5 October 2018
Good place to work at, good benefits and culture. However, if you are working in TEMA, expect no work life balance. There is a lot of weekend work involved
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Quickly turning into a sweatshop for contracts
Production Line Worker (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON24 September 2018
After a decade, when you reach full wage and full vacation, the deal’s not too bad, but you start on contract (which you can expect to last almost 4 years nowadays) at only 60% of full wage and an even smaller fraction of the benefits/vacation.

Some people do hit the jackpot and get placed (and stay in) easier areas (QC, plastics, a couple lines in weld/press, final line/repair) with decent management, but you’re far more likely to end up in assembly, suspension, or paint with callous management and gloomy coworkers.

So if you don’t mind busting your rear end doing mind numbingly repetitive, back breaking work on rotating shifts with management that thinks you’re a spoiled crybaby, all while living close to poverty and getting very little time off, then this is the job for you. And then if you don’t mind reaching the 10 year mark still doing the same gruelling work but now locked in by the money because you’ve got no transferable skills, then even better. Otherwise, keep your health and sanity and find a slightly less lucrative, but much more bearable job.
Pros
Full rate after 10 years
Cons
Everything else
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Fast-paced repetitive physical work
TEAM MEMBER (Current Employee) –  Woodstock, ON24 September 2018
Extremely hard on the body performing repetitive tasks. Job security is good but it takes a very long time to advance or change departments. Good job for students in the summer.
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worst job.
Team Member (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON15 September 2018
its just a SCAM. once u in u cannot go out. work is so hard for humans. you have to works against machines which is impossible for the salaries they pay. money motivates people they pay $21 which is 1/3 of the workload.
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Downhill Slide
Production Worker (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON10 September 2018
Toyota was once a very good place to work and as a result it took years of waiting to get in the door. The starting pay was solid and the path to full-time and full rate was relatively short.

I've been here better than a decade, I can honestly say at the current starting wage and with the long-term prospects for TMMC remaining in operation more than another decade being slim, DO NOT APPLY!

Management is filled with liars who have no other goals in life than to move into the next position and to buy another stupid thing. They treat you as if they've done you a favour by employing you, and will destroy your body with repetitive work and rotating shifts. They even lobbied the government to allow auto workers only 7 ELOA days when the rest of the province gets 10.

They do not care about you, and as a result their churn or turnover rate is now so obscene they are scrambling to get new people in the door. I waited 2+ years after sending in my application to get interviewed, if you apply now you can start tonight. Think about it.
Pros
Money (eventually)
Cons
Everything else, especially management.
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One of the best management company who cares for their employees
quality associate (Former Employee) –  Woodstock, ON7 September 2018
Management of the company is one of the best in their field of car manufacturing. Their continuous improvement and lean manufacturing methodology teach us an effective way of manufacturing.
Pros
working in one of the best car manufacturing company
Cons
Most entry level jobs are contract based
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i felt oppressed by my most recent gl
Member Lexus Monofoam (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON5 September 2018
too many people walking over one another to get ahead. the HR department is a joke (three computers no people) When I needed help there was none for me
Pros
$$$ is good and most of my co-workers are good people
Cons
supervisors without people skills
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Easy to learn work, but the culture and work will wear you down.
(SENIOR) FULL-TIME TEAM MEMBER (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON25 August 2018
With inflation the way it's becoming, it's less attractive to work for the same amount as 10 years ago. They lie about the length of contract, expect 4 years, and not 2.5-3 years.
Pros
lunches once a month for safety, safe place to work
Cons
shift work, uncertainty, communications do not give all information
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overall a great place to work as a student
Summer Student; west weld (Current Employee) –  Woodstock, ON19 August 2018
i am only a student here, and i have zero complaints about the work environment or the work itself. i have always had great communication with my team leaders, group leaders, and AMs in my area.
Pros
great pay, 7 sick days, shift work
Cons
cant think of one, unless you are a lazy worker.
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Good Benefits but little time for anything other than work
AUTOMOTIVE ASSEMBLER (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON15 August 2018
You change shifts every two weeks; 2 weeks day shift, to 2 weeks night shift. The changeover leaves you exhausted and when you're working a lot of overtime hours you don't have much free time outside of work. This job is awesome if you want good pay and the opportunity to achieve full benefits, however if you plan on balancing personal life and work, maybe look elsewhere.
Pros
relatively simple tasks, good pay, reliable hours.
Cons
Long hours, repetitive work.
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Fast paced
Assembly team member - Lexus Engine Line (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON12 August 2018
Overall a fast paced hard working environment where it will take approximately four years to become full time. It is unfortunate that it will take that long and then another 6 years after that to get full rate.
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Read this!!!
Team Member (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON1 August 2018
This job will ruin your life. No amount of money is worth working here. Dont be fooled, this job will very easily destroy you mentally and physically.
Pros
Good money after a decade
Cons
Loss of health, sleep, family, friends, The 401 will eventually get you.
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free lunch on monthly meetings
Machine Operator/Assembly (Former Employee) –  Woodstock, ON27 July 2018
Productive and fun workplace with badminton tables. training is ego line work is hard to adjust to. demand on hands is hard on your body. hours are long and late. especially wit a commute
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Mindless repetition and horrible shift rotation
Production Worker (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, ON22 July 2018
Line jobs are horrible and Takt time (timeframe to do job process) is inhuman. Literally inhuman, these jobs are meant for robots and eventually will be taken over by automation.
Pay gets better the longer you stay but there is a price.
Not worth it in my opinion.
Be warned.
Pros
Steady secure paycheque.
Cons
Takes a toll on your life.
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Horrible
Team Member (Current Employee) –  Woodstock, ON12 July 2018
The Toyota Production System is hailed in the manufacturing world as the greatest thing since sliced bread, but yet no other manufacturing facility can get it to work for them. ...this is because it doesn`t really exist.
The TPS is simply working your employees into the ground day after day with no slowing down.
The TM`s in assembly are required to do the work of 2 people in a time slot so short you are forced to run to keep up. Once you feel you may be able to do the job without having a heart attack, then they add more burden to your work and then as if it seems they can`t do anymore , they surprise you by cranking the line speed up and the system starts all over again...this is what Toyota means by continuous improvement.
People quit left and right and the hiring pool gets smaller and smaller but yet management doesn`t seem to understand that it is the TPS that is to blame. Human beings were not meant to be beat into the ground hour by hour without ceasing. When you are entering the plant with all the other TM`s all you have to do is watch the way they walk with their contorted bodies and listen to the jingle of their pill bottles to know this is not a family first organization.
I can go on with the long working hours, the lack of acknowledgement from management and the constant discipline for anything and everything , not to mention how they take 5 minutes from your breaktime to offset any time lost for a company event(ie: Thanksgiving dinner).
The one thing that bothers me the most is that the president of TMMC has openly said that we the team members are overpaid.
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This place is a dump
Production Worker (Current Employee) –  Woodstock, ON8 July 2018
People are backstabbing pieces of crapdon’t work here once u start the money locks u in and ur stuck. The tL s wanna get paid for doing nothing run and run fast
Pros
Money
Cons
Everything else
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Negative Work Environment
Production Team Member (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON6 July 2018
The hours are very difficult to manage time with regular life tasks and management is very pushy and at times take advantage of their status and are inappropriate. They also thrive on treating line workers like children as well as putting them down. Work culture is also childish and dreadful. The pay may be worth it but the workplace here is mostly negative attitudes.
Pros
good pay
Cons
long hours and childish attitudes
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A Good family job
Line Worker (Former Employee) –  Woodstock, ON28 June 2018
long days
good start pay, amazing pay after 10 years
two weeks vacation until after 3 years but no booked time off
good benefits
hot summer working conditions
Pros
money
Cons
no time off
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worst job ever
Team Member - welding department (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, ON20 June 2018
A typical shift is not knowing whether you're working 8 to 10 hours. Very fast pace with barely enough time to drink some water. Hot, sweaty and impersonal.
Pros
pay
Cons
everything but the pay
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