HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama)

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HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
34 Reviews
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34 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to start for an Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    One of the cheapest states to live in. Start at around 55k a year which is like making 75k in an expensive city. Plenty of opportunity for overtime. May not be doing what you went to school for but it's a great introduction to the automotive industry and makes you money while you gain experience

    Cons

    If you are not a high motor person you won't like it. You won't be hanging out a computer all day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting idiots just because they have been there for 10 years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Honda has a solid reputation. HMA on the other hand...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in Trussville, AL
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in Trussville, AL

    I have been working at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Infinite job security (exempt employees)
    - Excellent benefits
    - Pension program (for those that have grandfathered into it)
    - Great 401k match (for 2014 and beyond)
    - Flex time (for exempt employees)
    - Up to 20 vacation days (on top of two weeks for plant shut downs and national holidays)
    - Strong name to have on your resume
    - Paid overtime (for Level 2 and below)
    - Reasonable bonus

    Cons

    - Not really challenging... just really busy
    - Low pay and minimal increases each year
    - Talks a lot about Honda Philosophy but actually looks down on those who actually try to put it into practice
    - Paperwork, Paperwork, Paperwork, Paperwork, Paperwork, Paperwork, Paperwork, Paperwork...
    - The longer you stay here, the less marketable you feel for other careers
    - Not really serious about quality, just meeting production schedules
    - Pushes the line associates too hard (how many 5x10's weeks have they worked in a row?)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many others have already said what needs to be said. Take some time to actually read these comments and maybe you won't have this continued attrition. Unfortunately, we exempt associates have been told many times that we are only "support" and are not "value added" and it shows in the way you treat us. Our job is to make cars and nothing more, right? If you want our plant to continue to be ranked the lowest among Honda plants, keep doing what you are doing and pay no attention to what we are writing here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent company with well paid benefits and excellent benefits. Associate friendly company. Loved it there.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Coordinator in Lincoln, AL
    Former Employee - Team Coordinator in Lincoln, AL

    I worked at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth and development. Recognition for job well done.

    Cons

    Sometimes training of new associates was very quick and had to hit the high points and GO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more time for new associates to develop to assembly line processes and expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great opportunity, hard work, learned a lot, great people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrator in Lincoln, AL
    Former Employee - Administrator in Lincoln, AL

    I worked at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked for HMA for 10 years. I was given a lot of opportunity to do and learn a lot of different things. Lots of responsibility, hard work, and I really enjoyed the accountability the company expects from its associates.

    Cons

    The company considers the learning environment part of your compensation. A method of keeping salaries low. Dept, Division and Senior Managers are very political and pick their favorites that are permitted to progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the politics and favorites.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok for now

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Honda name on your resume

    Cons

    noncompetitive pay, not much growth opportunity

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn... not so much to grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Manager in Lincoln, AL
    Former Employee - Team Manager in Lincoln, AL

    I worked at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Honda has a lot of respect in the business community and having Honda on your resume is a huge plus.

    HMA in particular is a great place to learn about process improvement, root cause analysis, process discipline, project management and manufacturing. However, don't stay so long that you are trapped by the promise of the pension. Learn, leverage the Honda name and move on to a company with more opportunities and higher pay.

    Cons

    Extremely limited advancement and growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on leadership and less on management. I realize this is actually a difficult challenge for such a task oriented environment but if you want to build trust with associates and improve morale... improve leadership.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent Job !

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Lincoln, AL
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Lincoln, AL

    I have been working at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and most of the employees are good to work with.

    Cons

    Pay could be a lot better!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees enough so they will not leave after getting experience and the Honda brand added to their resumes'.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough place to work if you aren't ready to sweat

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Associate in Lincoln, AL
    Current Employee - Process Associate in Lincoln, AL

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

    Pros

    lots of overtime
    nice people to work with

    Cons

    work on some processes can be brutal
    not a lot of vacaction time for new associates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great For Those With No Degree

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in Lincoln, AL
    Former Employee - Technician in Lincoln, AL

    I worked at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. The pay is, okay - not fantastic, but you'll survive.
    2. There are some great people.

    Cons

    1. Associates with more seniority get away with torturing those with less.
    2. People quickly become jealous of your abilities and try to get rid of you or make you seem incompetent.
    3. Degrees are overlooked. Everything is based upon seniority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider those who have worked hard for degrees when it is time for a promotion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Specialist in Lincoln, AL
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Specialist in Lincoln, AL

    I worked at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very secure if you want to stay in area

    Cons

    limited advancement, Alabama, increase accountability for performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward with salaries that match the real benchmarks...not southern supplierbase

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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