HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama)

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Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Good Experience. Bad Location

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama)

    Pros

    There are many departments and can gain experience in many disciplines. Flexibility is good and engineers are well respected.

    Cons

    Lincoln, AL is definitely not an exciting place to live. Birmingham is 45 minutes away but there isn't much to do there either. Sometimes they don't challenge the engineers enough. Will do jobs that could be done out of high school.


  2. Good benefits, advancement based off years in the chair

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer in Lincoln, AL
    Current Employee - Buyer in Lincoln, AL

    I have been working at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent vacation time, flexible work hours. Getting hired may be the hardest part, once you're in you really don't have to do anything to keep your job. This is great if you're just wanting a paycheck.

    Cons

    Once you are in you don't have to do anything to keep your job. The less you do the better your odds are at getting transferred. If you build skills in one area they will likely lock you into that position. Promotions seem to be done on a whim, and your personal periodic reviews are a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Having mid management "yes" men to upper management will demoralize your workforce.


  3. Engineer Associate

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    Former Employee - Engineer Associate in Lincoln, AL
    Former Employee - Engineer Associate in Lincoln, AL

    I worked at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - outstanding benefits very cheap compared to other employers I have heard about - 401k matching - easily recognizable name "gold start" on resume so to speak - opportunity to move departments within HMA - discount on Honda & Acura vehicles, as well as, Honda power equipment - tuition reimbursement as long as degree is related to current opportunities and job responsibilities - job security - opportunity to learn how to use Catia - average salary but with the ability to earn paid overtime

    Cons

    - very little application of technics learned in college - job title is either business _______ or engineer _____ even for those individuals that have no academic background in engineering - most managers have been promoted from within the company - most groups are under staffed especially those related to New Model - The concept that if you are good at your job then they will keep you there. But if you mess up then you will be moved and occasionally promoted. - Few degreed engineers on staff so little direction on how to be an engineer in a manufacturing facility - communication between groups - expectations vs explanation / understanding of tasks - more than likely the majority of your time will be spent behind a computer in excel or PowerPoint. - very little opportunity to move between plants or within the company as a whole - to get any formal training as a whole is more difficult than it should be especially if it is a topic that you are just interested in and doesn't directly relate to your job responsibilities - individuals have a vocal distaste for individuals that have some level of education especially those that are degreed engineers If you decided to become an engineer to make a difference and excelled in class and the technical side of things I would not recommend working here except in a very few select groups and even then you won't be using the technics learned in school.

    Advice to Management

    Actively search for managers outside of the plant I order to promote non parallel thinking. If you hope to retain engineers place them in your more technical groups to begin with. I understand that at the end of the day it is a manufacturing plant and the goal is to get cars out of the day, but when that conflicts with solving a known issue or attempting to fix a problem that in itself is a problem. i don't know that I would say that HMA is a bad place to work to get experience in the automotive field but it turned out that it wasn't a good fit for me in what I wanted out of a career


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  5. Great place to work if you're looking for a average 9-5. Nothing exciting and it's mindlessly redundant.

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    Current Employee - Buyer in Lincoln, AL
    Current Employee - Buyer in Lincoln, AL

    I have been working at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Good benefits. Decent amount of vacation time. Work performance really doesn't matter, once you're hired you'll always get a check.

    Cons

    Low pay and low morale division wide. Management would rather you present a PowerPoint showing existing issues, rather than having a realistic conservation about the problems and action steps to correct them. Showing numbers and power points can't accurately convey the extent of inefficient work and the frustration it causes. Management either doesn't actually realize the issues our they don't care about solving them.

    Advice to Management

    Hire or promote management with real world leadership skills. Having a "yes man" as a manager is great for upper management and demoralizing for the associates tasked with working for that person.


  6. don't do it

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    Current Employee - Production Associate in Lincoln, AL
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Lincoln, AL

    I have been working at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing good to say it gets worse by the years keep taking away from us and they keep saying record breaking sales

    Cons

    It sucks working swing shift feels like a prison all ways someone watching over you

    Advice to Management

    Need to fire every on of them and start over


  7. Engineer Co-op

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama)

    Pros

    I was able to experience and gain knowledge in many areas at HMA. Employees were very nice and my mentor was excellent.

    Cons

    Food in the food court is overpriced and not very healthy, low pay for a co-op, and they expected you to put in more than 40 hours per week.


  8. Maddening

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, some interesting projects (if you're in the right group), fun to be on inside track of development.

    Cons

    Dogmatic, hypocritical, hypercritical, disorganized, backwards/illogical/ridiculous decisions result in engineers not being properly utilized. Those without engineering degrees still earn engineering title easily.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes you have to choose what is right instead of what is easy.


  9. Engineer 1

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    Current Employee - Engineer Associate in Lincoln, AL
    Current Employee - Engineer Associate in Lincoln, AL

    I have been working at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good training programs - A lot of over time

    Cons

    - A lot of weekend work - not very east to grow - You expected to do things on your own, without direction.

    Advice to Management

    Advancement is not easy already a lot of people in level 2. Everybody gets a fair shot in Honda to advance, so you being an engineer don't really do you any good. Some one from the assembly line can join the Engineering group and will be considered as one.


  10. Great entry level opportunity

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    Current Employee - Engineer Associate in Lincoln, AL
    Current Employee - Engineer Associate in Lincoln, AL

    I have been working at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company values and environment

    Cons

    Not much room to advance career


  11. Great place to work, benefits are amazing!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, AL

    I have been working at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Many people complain about job.



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