Honda R & D Americas

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Fantastic.

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Former Employee - Product Planner in Torrance, CA
Former Employee - Product Planner in Torrance, CA

I worked at Honda R & D Americas full-time (more than a year)

Pros

This was a few years ago but for a grounding in market research, product development, consumer insight it was a great place to be. The people knew their product, focused tightly on the target market and designed some quality cars. Casual work center, respectful and friendly employees.

Cons

None from my perspective, there was a significant period of downtime where it seemed there was just not enough to do, but that can change in a heartbeat and you're working mondo hours. There was a significant amount of turnover since I was there so many things might have changed. Local mid-management was (is?) wound up pretty tight trying to please the Japanese managers. Seemed that much of the research produced domestically was not always utilized effectively with some definable market consequences which seemed to lead to dissatisfaction by the staff doing the research... why bust your hump to produce data that gets ignored?

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Maybe listen and apply more of the to the data produced locally before overriding with a decision from Japan. Keep making great engines.

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Positive Outlook
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    Interesting Company

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    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Raymond, OH
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Raymond, OH

    I worked at Honda R & D Americas as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible time, you're able to come in any time between 6am-10am. Great benefits, cheap car rentals. Paid overtime.

    Cons

    Management disconnect with rank and file. Pay under industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give everyone a 5% raise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    I would not work at Honda again.

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    Former Employee - Designer in Marysville, OH
    Former Employee - Designer in Marysville, OH

    I worked at Honda R & D Americas as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Lots of over time.
    Weekends were off.
    Good food with lots of choices in caf.
    Supplied uniforms.
    Washed uninforms.
    Other designers were good to work with.

    Cons

    worked as a contract designer in ATV's.
    The engineers had unreal expecations.
    You have to live close to Marysville OH.
    Rents were high.
    You had to be good and FAST with CATIA.
    Didn't want you to use CATIA History.
    Layed off with no access to personal property left in desk.
    Honda did not return my personal Property.
    Had to ware the honda uniform.
    Everything you design has to be approved by Japan.
    no place close to eat out.
    didn't get uinforms back soon enought.
    Engineers had no time to work with you and did seem to want or care to.
    Schedule driven.
    Just wanted to copy old designs.
    no formal modification tracking system.
    Rents in the area seemed high and short term contracts were not avalable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some experanced people and give them the support and time to do a great job for you!

    Doesn't Recommend
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    No opinion of CEO
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