Panasonic is proud to have been named one of the world’s most valuable brands for 2014 by Interbrand! Congrats to all Panasonic employees for your accomplishment in keeping our brand moving upward!
We’re all so excited about the buzz being generated around Panasonic at CES 2014. Furthermore, our Panasonic Automotive family is especially proud to see the debut of Panasonic Automotive’s and the legendary Abbey Road Studios’ latest premium audio demo!
There are many reasons to love working at Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, but one aspect I love most is the company’s commitment to philanthropy. A lot of companies say they want to give back, but many don’t or are more talk than action, but Panasonic Automotive really does give back to their community. By the end of the year we will have given financial or Panasonic product contributions to more than 30 organizations including local elementary, middle, and high school and local non-profits that support underserved populations.
The local part is pretty important to me as these are people I might see at my kids’ schools, at the library, or out shopping for groceries. Panasonic employees support the financial and product contributions by participating in community events that raise money for local non-profit organizations.
As a team of 40+ people we joined the Peachtree City Running Club-sponsored Peachtree City Classic 5k/15k, which raises money for high school athletic scholarships and supports the local elementary schools running facilities and clubs. We also sent four teams to support the local Rotary Club’s Dragon Boat Races and International Festival, which raises money for local non-profits. Interestingly enough, the local Rotary Club also sponsors a series of 5k races for each of the elementary schools in Fayette County that both raise money for the school and support the local club’s mission of promoting physical activity to reduce childhood obesity. The Running Club also supports these 5k races by arranging volunteers and promoting to club members to support each race.
As part of my personal commitment to the community, I’ve been running all the elementary races this school year, wearing Panasonic gear, of course! A big chunk of the entry fee goes to support technology purchases and other items in the elementary schools that they simply can’t buy because they are not in the school’s budget. Fayette County has a Bring Your Own Technology Program. So children who don’t have devices aren’t left out, the schools purchase Google Chromebooks and other devices. Panasonic has assisted with some of these purchases also- being that we are also a technology company, this is really an easy thing to do.
It really is a virtuous cycle of giving back, I’m proud to be a part of a company that cares!
Blog post by: Paul Schultz
If you want to soar to great heights, then you need to be part of the best, which is what I love about Panasonic Automotive. Every day I am reminded that the technology we are working on for the Radio and Infortainment inside the car is on the cutting edge and is the top decision factor for consumers in their automotive purchasing decisions–from the advances in HMI to the premium audio systems.
Every employee in the Farmington Hills office has the chance to have a wonderful view of nature, while working on these advanced technologies as shown below. I am fortunate enough to have a corner cube and it helps me to feel grounded by being able to glance outside and see a couple hawks frequently perched on branches surveying the area. It is a reminder of the importance Panasonic places on its employees and being part of the community and environment around us.
Then there are the people. It is a joy to work with so many interesting, intelligent and creative people. When what you are creating is on the edge of technology, it requires a high level of engineering talent to bring to life the automotive OEM’s desires, which Panasonic Automotive Systems has a plethora of. Each year I get a chance to see the up and coming products from Panasonic at our Supplier showcase presented at the North American Automotive Expo and I am always amazed at the type of products that are shown by the company I work for. Although I have been with Panasonic only a short time, I could see myself growing and retiring with them.
One of my past bosses said it best, when he asked me “Why does everyone that goes to work for Panasonic never leave?” I feel it is due to the quality of the people, the company and its products. Here is to a great company and a great place to work!
– Richard Elswick
HMI Senior System Engineer