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Old 04-24-2008, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Lexington, KY
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Hello!

I'm curious to know If there are any Toyota assembly line workers on this forum? I'm thinking of applying for a job there - and had a few questions.

First of all - What is the work like? Does it get old fast? Is it pretty enjoyable?

Second - What days to you get off? (If any.) I heard you get Sat and Sun off, but sometimes have mandatory weekend work every few months.

Third - How long does it take you to go from second shift, to first shift?

Thats pretty much it - I appreciate everyones input!

Thanks!


Oh - I almost forgot! What holidays do you get off? Like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years? Thanks.

Last edited by Nthayer; 04-24-2008 at 12:08 PM.. Reason: Forgot something.
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Old 04-24-2008, 02:22 PM
 
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Well, *I* don't work at Toyota, but I know several people who do, so maybe I can answer some of your questions.

One of the most important things is that new people that come onto the assembly line are almost always hired as temps, and are considered employees of the temp agency, not technically Toyota. And unfortunately, the first several years of working are almost always on the late shift. Some people were in the news because they are very upset because they've been temping on the second shift for years and still haven't been offered a regular position.

Most assembly workers get Saturdays and Sundays off, except for the occasional production Saturday (mandatory overtime). Also, there is a week in the summer (maybe July?) when the plant shuts down and assembly workers get a week off, and same for the week after Christmas, plus all the official holidays (like Memorial Day, etc).

As far as how the work is on the assembly line - I have no idea... But basically, once you get your foot in the door, there is a lot of opportunity for really good salaries, great benefits, etc.

One thing to remember is that many car companies, including Toyota, are reducing overtime, reducing benefits, cutting temp labor positions, etc due to the economy. I've heard rumors from people from other Toyota plants who are being moved into the KY plant to try to preserve their jobs, so it sounds like the KY plant is already trying to absorb and maintain some new employees from other plants that are cutting back on production. If you have some inside contacts, then great!, but otherwise I might be wary of taking a temp job there since they are warning about future cutbacks on the temp labor force.
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Old 04-24-2008, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Lexington, KY
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Well, *I* don't work at Toyota, but I know several people who do, so maybe I can answer some of your questions.

One of the most important things is that new people that come onto the assembly line are almost always hired as temps, and are considered employees of the temp agency, not technically Toyota. And unfortunately, the first several years of working are almost always on the late shift. Some people were in the news because they are very upset because they've been temping on the second shift for years and still haven't been offered a regular position.

Most assembly workers get Saturdays and Sundays off, except for the occasional production Saturday (mandatory overtime). Also, there is a week in the summer (maybe July?) when the plant shuts down and assembly workers get a week off, and same for the week after Christmas, plus all the official holidays (like Memorial Day, etc).

As far as how the work is on the assembly line - I have no idea... But basically, once you get your foot in the door, there is a lot of opportunity for really good salaries, great benefits, etc.

One thing to remember is that many car companies, including Toyota, are reducing overtime, reducing benefits, cutting temp labor positions, etc due to the economy. I've heard rumors from people from other Toyota plants who are being moved into the KY plant to try to preserve their jobs, so it sounds like the KY plant is already trying to absorb and maintain some new employees from other plants that are cutting back on production. If you have some inside contacts, then great!, but otherwise I might be wary of taking a temp job there since they are warning about future cutbacks on the temp labor force.
I forgot to add, do they give you time off other than that week in July? Liiike, If I was to ask off for a week in june - Are they good about giving time off or not? That won't be a deal breaker for me if not, I'm just curious!

But thanks for all the info! I'm going to be applying there (or the post office), after I come back from vacation this summer in June. I knew you started as a temp and worked your way up. I have friends who know managers at Toyota - so that might help me get my foot in the door, but I guess we'll have to see. Hopefully, I can get a position there and get hired on full time. I'm young, and have a drive to work hard. I knew about the late hours - thus the reason I asked about weekends - So I might be able to spend time with my wife to be! Anyway, thanks again!

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Old 04-24-2008, 02:58 PM
 
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I don't know if it is the same for the temp agencies, but I think that regular Toyota employees do get several days off in addition to the shut down times, but that it is generic "personal" time so you have to use it to cover sick time, doctor's appts, etc - basically any time that you need out of the building during your shift. I've also heard that Toyota can be pretty picky about actually granting the time off (as far as getting it coordinated with your team) and I know that they are very big about perfect attendance. But, I don't really have any personal experience to tell you for sure...maybe there are some actual employees here?
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Old 04-24-2008, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Lexington, KY
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That sounds good - Thanks for all the info!
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Old 04-24-2008, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Lexington, KY
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If anyone else has any information to confirm what this person above already said, then go ahead and share! I'd love to hear it. Esp employees!
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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My husband had to apply for Toyota job through Integrity staffing. They have several times a year in which they hire. Unfortunately, my husband was going in for hernia surgery right when he was called (had waited six months) and he lost the job because he couldn't start when they needed him too. One of our neighbors works 2nd shift at Toyota. He worked at the temp agency three years before he was hired on at Toyota. It has great benefits and he makes good money (temps have no benefits); however, he is required to work overtime every night. He should get off work at 2 am but he usually leaves around 4am. He's been trying for years to get on first shift. It's a good job if you can get it, but it isn't easy.
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