Honda Aircraft Company

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Honda Aircraft Company Reviews

Updated June 1, 2014
Updated June 1, 2014
10 Reviews

3.1
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Michimasa Fujino
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  1.  

    Good Company, Good Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op  in  Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Greensboro, NC

    I worked at Honda Aircraft Company as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a very new and small company in aircraft manufacturing industry with some very skilled workforce. I am an Aerospace Engineer myself and I did my co-op at this company while doing my undergrad. Work experience is great. Unlike most company intern are expected to do some quality work here and are taken seriously. Engineers are very supportive.

    Cons

    None, besides the town it is located in. Greensboro, NC is not the most happening town. It's a very laid back town so if one is looking to have a 'good' time outside work, there isn't much to do. Workforce is not very young, but at the same time well experienced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the intern/co-op program more diverse. There isn't many activities or programs (such a lunch and learn more about the company etc...) organized by the company for the interns. There could be some improvements made in that area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Learn to trust your employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Honda Aircraft Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They have a corporate philosophy called "Honda Philosophy" that if it was followed across the board it would be a great place to work. Individuals should be treated with respect, irrespective of position and title. The people are passionate about doing a good job and want to see success. They've invested their lives in building a new company and airplanes and willing to sacrifice for improved success in the future.

    Cons

    Japanese leadership has openly said they do not trust American leadership they've hired to help run the company and are constantly second guessing us. Constantly fighting up-hill battles to get what we need and questioned about our reasoning at every turn. Lack of clear direction from the SLT with several managers now playing politics to keep themselves hired and even promoted to the next level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust that you've made good decisions. Hold managers and VP's accountable, and be willing to fire those that aren't getting the job done. We have so many good, talented people working at the Supervisor and Manager level, but we are stifled by the politics and lack of backbone from the SLT. Yet, for all its faults, HACI could be a great company to work for if the SLT, including Fujino-san would stop trying to be engineers and instead by leaders and managers. Make the tough decisions, tell Fujino-san the truth, and accept responsibility for decisions and failures.

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

    Can't Wait to Leave

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Honda Aircraft Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay is awesome if you work as a contractor. I honestly cannot think of anything else positive to say about this company.

    Cons

    Don't plan to do anything innovative. The employees that have been there longer will fight you every step of the way to protect their own egos.. Existing design flaws are ignored. Previous experience is not valued at all. There is no sense of urgency to get things done even though the roll out of the initial design is 5 years behind schedule. A large number of employees are dissatisfied, but if you speak out about things that need to change, you will be let go. It's an unspoken rule that current employees are not allowed to change jobs. There are NO opportunities for advancement. Turnover is very high for a workforce of <1000. There are many dead weight employees that no one will do anything about. This company is terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting the Procurement group act like they are running the company. I would say stand up for your employees and their ideas, but I know that will result in you being fired. Allow people to move around in the company - this creates a happier, better informed, more productive work force.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structural Design Engineer III  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Structural Design Engineer III in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Honda Aircraft Company as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    good start up company with a great future

    Cons

    I dont like Greensboro. not much to do here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not Impressed with the Company

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Honda Aircraft Company as an intern for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay is okay but that is about it.

    Cons

    Tend promise contract/temp workers a job and you hope and work there for years still promising a job then never follow through even after starting the hiring process. This is a "good boy club" better change to get in if you have worked with the same people in another aircraft company. Company tends to over look talented employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to look past of the gossip and focus on the hard working people, not the popular ones. Needs to have more Japanese Managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience as an Intern.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op  in  Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Greensboro, NC

    I worked at Honda Aircraft Company as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    One of the few places where interns actually get to do real stuff and not just copy and file papers. The projects they gave during my each rotation were very challenging.
    Company staff including all the engineers are very helpful and supportive.

    Cons

    Location is not the best you ever want to be at. Greensboro is a little laid back town.
    Not as many young people working at the company. Interns can't find many colleagues to hag out with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Senior engineer

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    Current Employee - Stress Engineer  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Stress Engineer in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Honda Aircraft Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Former Gulfstream employees run the show.

    Cons

    Not a bad place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont hire too many people from Gulfstream

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company with potential but overreaches and tends to burn out the Engineers.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Honda Aircraft Company

    Pros

    Excellent Pay and Benefits. Design work is not outsourced to suppliers. Smaller organization leads to fewer meetings and more time is spent on getting the job done.

    Cons

    Chronically understaffed and as a result the schedule is unrealistic. Very little communication about the progress of the program from senior management. Japanese engineers came out of Honda R&D and have no aerospace experience. There is no concept of design for manufacturability and the parts they design tend to be costly. and heavy Management tends to led through intimidation and threats of layoff's if the scheduled isn't meet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more direct employees and get rid of most of the contract engineers. Spend more time listen to the ideas of the American engineers that you have hired.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoyable experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structural Analysis Engineer  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Structural Analysis Engineer in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Honda Aircraft Company

    Pros

    Pay, Location, Support from management, Current Boss

    Cons

    Future work questionable or secretive, not divulged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let other engineers know of potential future work before they go elsewhere to maintain competent effective transitions to new projects.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting place

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Honda Aircraft Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, good people, great product

    Cons

    cold culture, no promotion track

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus more on the people and less on the schedule and then schedule issues will resolve themselves

    No opinion of CEO

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