Honda R & D Americas Reviews

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  • Job security is a company policy, no layoffs of full time associates during recession (in 10 reviews)

  • overtime paid,good benefits, big manufactue (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is more of a work/sleep balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Any "REAL" decisions are still made by the Japanese staff or in the "Mother Land" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Fair place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raymond, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raymond, OH

    I have been working at Honda R & D Americas full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The benefits of the heath insurance and flex time are good. Pension plan was great until they took it away. Good cafeteria, until they started charging tax to eat in the cafeteria.

    Cons

    Very low pay, experience means absolutely nothing. No one has any accountability, which creates low moral to the people that actually care.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone with respect, no matter their job title. Have accountability for people that don't work and take hour breaks and two hour lunches.


  2. Review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raymond, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raymond, OH

    I have been working at Honda R & D Americas full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, career advancement opportunities, and belief in the power of dreams.

    Cons

    When my 8 hours are over and it is time for me to go home.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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    Mechanical Designer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Raymond, OH
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Raymond, OH

    I worked at Honda R & D Americas (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There is lots of opportunity to do surfacing and complex solid modeling using CATIA V5. Most designs are inherited from vendors and modified.

    Cons

    You are required to wear uniforms issued by the company and change in a locker room. The direct employees have full lockers, contractors 1/3 size lockers. Contractors are crammed together like rats in a warren in the locker room. It is a very conformist culture. Contractors, as in many places, are treated as second class citizens intentionally. They give no notice of layoff.

    Advice to Management

    The uniforms are an enormous expense and totally unnecessary. The overcrowding of contractors in the locker rooms is harsh and would not be a problem if you had no uniforms.


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  5. Excellent if you are an associate

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Raymond, OH
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Raymond, OH

    I worked at Honda R & D Americas

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

    Pros

    Honda R&D has excellent pay and benefits. The on site facilities at the Ohio campus are not to be believed. Weight Room and a full cafeteria with excellent food including a Japanese dish of the day such as ramen or curry. Access to the Honda Manufacturing gym which has a pool.

    Cons

    If you are a contractor, you can sometimes feel like you are chasing a carrot indefinitely. Depending on the deal your company has made with Honda, you might feel like a second class citizen as you have access to nothing except your job.

    Advice to Management

    There is a lot of dead weight among Honda employees who do nothing but snipe promising contingents and try to have them eliminated if they rock the boat or speak Japanese in a non Japanese speaking position. Cut out those that seem to always have problems with their co-workers and I mean those that always have the complaints.


  6. Great entry experience in Quality and Systems Thinking

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer II in Raymond, OH
    Former Employee - Design Engineer II in Raymond, OH

    I worked at Honda R & D Americas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Management and Structure, Flexible start time, Passionate coworkers, Strong company values, Training programs. Honda develops young talent as well as any organization I've seen. They have internal classes that give you literally every tool you need to do your job effectively. Honda has a process for everything, and they follow the processes exactly. You will also receive regular guidance from you managers and this will help you learn to do your new job very well. If you are someone who likes this type of formal management and guidance you will thrive here. Coworkers are very passionate about their jobs, and this makes it a fun place to work.

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement, Lower pay structure, Ultra conservative thinking crushes new ideas Leaving Honda was not easy for me, but I didn't see much opportunity to get ahead in the company. The company has a rigid hierarchy, which provides excellent leadership, but also doesn't offer much in terms of promotions. In Chassis Design group there were close to 100 engineers, and 3 managers, 10 group leaders. The odds of being promoted were not in your favor. In addition he auto industry in the USA isn't growing fast enough to enable much outward growth. This is a superb place to work for 3-5 years, get experience and apply it somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Things are pretty well managed at Honda, keep doing a good job. I wish I had the same kind of management that I had at Honda in my new job.


  7. Helpful (2)

    CAD and CAE review

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - CAD/CAE in Raymond, OH
    Current Contractor - CAD/CAE in Raymond, OH

    I have been working at Honda R & D Americas as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity areas in improving work process, work methods, make decisions

    Cons

    Bad organization, bottle necks in work and decision flows. Honda unnecessary make difference between direct employee and contracts or outsourcing engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce levels of descrimination


  8. Engineering intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Raymond, OH
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Raymond, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Great working environment. A lot of responsibility. Overtime pay.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Poor communication between enployees and contractors/suppliers. No real innovation.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Very arrogant management and poor backing by HR

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Raymond, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Raymond, OH

    I worked at Honda R & D Americas full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great name, excellent stepping-stone company; great bonus and and very good choice of cafeteria food

    Cons

    Politics and arrogant management are big issues; lack of appreciation and ownership gets pushed down to staff level

    Advice to Management

    Use 360 review of management as a tool to evaluate the bad apples


  10. Helpful (3)

    A Review With a Little More Perspective...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Raymond, OH
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Raymond, OH

    I have been working at Honda R & D Americas full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    This review is of Honda R&D Americas in Raymond, OH and reflects how the business operates as of Oct. 2014. I was motivated to write this review because I consulted this site prior to accepting a job at Honda R&D in Ohio and was initially scared by all of the negative reviews. The reality of the situation at HRA is not nearly as bleak as painted by the reviews. The truth is this: Honda is a place which will demand a lot of you but it is very much a place that is what you make of it. As a new hire if you wait for instruction or sit by idly hoping someone will tell you what to do you will be sorely disappointed. On the other hand, if you are self-motivated and are passionate, the opportunities within Honda are virtually limitless. No one will hold your hand to help you make changes. Push for the change you wish to see and it can happen. The hours can be long, but that is common in the automotive industry as a whole. Where Honda excels is in the their phenomenal benefits plan, overtime pay beyond 40 hours, and extreme flexibility in working hours. Further, while turnover is high among new hires due to the long hours there are also scores of employees who have left Honda only to return a few years later on account of the job security available here. One key benefit of working at HRA is that Honda is a very conscientious company and a place most can feel good about working for. The factory in Marysville? Zero waste to landfill. The R&D facility? Same. The transmission plant up the road? Installing wind turbines. Paid time off to do volunteer work? Yes. Company matching of The hours are long and the work is not always glamorous, but the possibilities for a positive, motivated engineer at Honda are many. As someone who has worked many places (4) prior to HRA, I can say that I am genuinely pleased with the place and the future looks bright.

    Cons

    Long hours and unpredictable work schedule. Occasional late night meetings with Japanese staff. The Japanese will hurt your feelings when it comes time for design to be reviewed (because it wasn't good enough...).

    Advice to Management

    Continue the work-life balance initiatives along with the current push for product improvement.


  11. Helpful (11)

    Review with years of perspective as opposed to a rookie review

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Raymond, OH
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Raymond, OH

    I worked at Honda R & D Americas full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The company treats you well in the beginning. There are also many young people with high ideals. Cafeteria is good and the uniform system removes the whole "what should I wear" dilemma we may face if we work at other companies once we decide to leave Honda. The location is quite bucolic, and thus traffic is very nice. No hustle & bustle here! Nice place to live if you like hunting or farming, etc. Also, of you want a laid-back work style, this is the place.

    Cons

    Honestly, a person who has only worked at this company for 1 year or less (co-ops included) shouldn't write reviews, nor should they think they know enough to discredit other reviews... oh the naivete! Either that or there's some whitewashing going on despite all the bad news that is leaking out of R&D. Honda R&D is basically a place that offers sub-standard pay for the work they require, promotions are very rare and some managers do their darndest to make sure you do not get promoted, and time-off policies are draconian and unnecessarily bureaucratic. There is an amazing level of politics that happen from the upper echleons to the lowest of rungs. You would not see this until you have spent at least three years at the company, so I suggest any reviews from people who spent less than that to be taken with a grain of overly positive salt. The place also has a severe lack of diversity. By that, I don't only mean racial / ethnic diversity, gender, or religion, but also a total lack of diversity in terms of the type of engineering and research being conducted. The approach is always extremely conservative and never pro-active. Basically, any new idea gets rejected unless it has already been tried in a number of other major automotive companies. The top management members are generally oblivious to new technology (many of them are former aircraft industry folks who have formed a clique and only seem to promote guys from within that clique) and tend to make strange decisions despite being presented with monumental data stating otherwise (cost is basically the largest deciding factor). Politics is quite extreme in this company. There are a surprising number of people with grudges both real and imagined who pull each other's legs and get in the way of completing business. Design an purchasing can never get along as well, but the core problem is a lack of a clear decision-making flow that is endorsed and enforced by top-management. Instead, top management seems to "let it be" and allow inefficiency to exist while at the same time expecting underlings to come up with some magical way to reduce overhead.

    Advice to Management

    I think you need to feel a lot more alarmed with the current state of the company. You are way too unprofessional, lazy, and unaware of the automotive industry as a whole. You have forgotten how to make good cars, and that is because you have been complacent and used to having Japanese engineers from HGT paper you and let you take the easy cake way too long. It is time to start doing some actual management and make sure engineers have the right tools to do a good job efficiently. If you can not understand technology, then step aside.



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