Honda R & D Americas
2.5 of 5 76 reviews
www.hondaresearch.com Raymond, OH 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 10, 2014

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Frank Paluch


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Pros:
  • "Good benefits, company lease program, job security"
    in 7 reviews
  • "overtime paid,good benefits, big manufactue"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work/life balance is more of a work/sleep balance"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Marysville is in the middle of nowhere"
    in 4 reviews
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A good place for those with analytical skills, discipline, and interest in Japan

Design Engineer (Current Employee)
Marysville, OH

I have been working at Honda R & D Americas full-time for more than 3 years

ProsTrust by management in your abilities, early project leadership if it is desired. Variety of job tasks keeps things from getting monotonous. Overtime pay for salaried employees. Flex time if working holidays. Paid travel. Strong internal support for personal improvement, education reimbursement, flat organizational structure. Job security is a company policy, no layoffs of full time associates during recession. Freedoms to explore personal areas of interest if they align with company goals. Interaction with associate from other parts of the works like Japan, Mexico, UK, and even if it counts Canada.

ConsWork schedule can interfere with those who have families and do not manage their time wisely but start time is flexible, some come in early and leave before 3pm, some come in at 10 am and work till 7 pm.
Communication is difficult and because the company is so flat it is hard sometimes to get work from people who are technically below you. Very hard to "force" good ideas.

Advice to Senior ManagementI have read a few reviews here and wanted to give some advice to those who maybe interested in Honda, instead of complaining or over exaggerating. I have a degree and was hired in full time. This is not my first job so I can compare this position to others I held. In a nutshell this is a place for you if you love to get hands on, desire to do more than just one specific task day in and day out and want to be a part of multicultural world class organization, and understand what pros and cons come with working for a large company.
First the "bad" news. The workload is demanding at this time. After the recession market demand for cars is growing and all companies that have strong sales are investing in new plants, equipment and model redesign. This is a job that requires deadlines to be met, it is no different from many professional positions in other industries such as finance or sales. The difference is that all entry level salaried position are paid overtime! That is rare. In my past companies salary was salary but the expection to work long hours was there just as well.
Communication is a problem from both sides. Many managers are Americans so to say its all Japanese is not true. Having said that you would do well to read up on Japanese culture and work ethic. In Japan it is impolite to directly order someone around or state the obvious. So some people mistake that for intentional deceit. I personally like the structure, some do not. Spending a few hours online will put you in the top 20 percent of people here when it comes to cultural etiquette. It nothing magic just some refuse to admit that this is multicultural organization even though its in Ohio farm country. Marysville is 15 min from Columbus suburbs and many live there. And lastly the job does not require a very hight level of technical knowledge. Most engineers are system integrators or suppliers managers but this is not the same as saying that anyone can do this job, just someone with a good education and clever mind.
Now the good news. This is accompany that truly will give you the responsibility and trust to work on a project early on. Within one or two years depending on your desires. The company is aging and many older associates will be retiring within the next 10 years. Promotion notifications come out weekly. Those who make it in the next 5 years will be management in 10. Equality is the principle of this company. It may not always be 100% but many companies don't have any protection for unfair treatment. There is no micromanagement once you show you are capable and willing to work on your own. The vacation package and flex time is the best I have had between 3 companies I worked at.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Greatest chance to try anything you want, most challenging company culture you will ever experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Torrance, CA

I have been working at Honda R & D Americas full-time for more than 5 years

ProsYou will get to challenge yourself with lots of different projects, have access to amazing resources, and if you really have a vision for something, you can push things incredibly far.

ConsThe company culture is incredibly distorted. What should be a great mix of Japanese/American culture ends up being a passive aggressive, demeaning, misguided and shortsighted group of opinions. The best people quit this company once they learn what can.

Advice to Senior ManagementFix your culture. Remember to serve your customer and employee again with humility. We need to build a company and individuals with character.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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intern at the factory

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Honda R & D Americas

Prosgood co workers, not sitting at a desk all day

Conswalking around the production floor required,

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Fun internship, but non-competitive pay

Student Associate (Former Employee)
Columbus, OH

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

ProsEngineering cool products that everybody knows about, relatively easy work, coworkers and managers were awesome

ConsPaid less than half of what I made elsewhere

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No Balance

Cost Planning (Current Employee)
Raymond, OH

I have been working at Honda R & D Americas full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat benefits and overtime is offered in addition to salary. If you love to spend time working, this will be to your advantage.

ConsNo work-life balance. Not much PTO/Sick time offered first two years. A lot of work expected out of you. A lot of the people who have been there for a while seem burned out. No flexibility with taking time off throughout the day if needed unless you have PTO time accumulated which takes a LONG time to build.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees are more than just a number. Little things like allowing them to eat at their desk can make a big difference.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great reputation, but Honda R&D Americas does no research and no development.

Engineer III (Former Employee)
Raymond, OH

I worked at Honda R & D Americas full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe best thing about Honda R&D is that it looks great on a resume. Honda has a good reputation in the automotive industry for building quality cars, and as a result this will look good on your CV. Benefits are also very solid (health insurance, flex time, company car lease program).

ConsThe Cons of Honda R&D in Ohio HEAVILY outweigh the Pros. If you are a skilled professional with industry experience I highly advise you to stay away from this company (and especially stay away from Engine Group). Don’t be fooled by the name. Honda is a good name in the industry and Honda R&D sounds exotic. But there is NO research that is done at the Raymond R&D facility, and very little actual product ‘development’. All research and new product development is done in Japan. And while Honda does have a reputation for building quality cars, this is a terrible company to work for. I worked in the Engine ‘Research’ (mainly test) department for a little over three years, and going there was the biggest mistake of my life. I was lured by the name Honda and the promise of the opportunity to ‘tune’ engines and work on some fun projects. Unfortunately none of that actually materialized. While you *will* get to run a few tests here and there, your core responsibilities will be confined to making documents and test reports, and making and coordinating test plans, and nothing more. You won’t do any real training, you won’t learn anything new about engines, you won’t go on any cool test trips, and you won’t get to drive any cars. Honda is a very Japanese company, so you will be subjected to the intense cultural aspects of a Japanese management style – essentially they treat their associates (especially new college grads) as expendable. There is no project planning – everything is very off the cuff, which is surprising for a company like this. (Note: The only way Honda makes reliable cars is by only making small incremental changes to their products, no innovation, no risk-taking, just a “play it safe” approach.) As a result of the lack of planning, the project schedules are poorly laid out and your workload will fluctuate from having to work crushing 14hr days (not exaggerating) to being bored and watching the clock for hours on end. There is no real career advancement which means that even after 10 or 12 years of service it is not uncommon for an associate to have had only one small promotion in rank in that entire span. Most of the promotions are reserved for the Japanese staff. Management is very out of touch with the engineers that conduct the daily operations and as a result morale is very low company-wide (but especially in engine group). Turnover the past 12months has been off the charts. In order to increase associate retention, instead of addressing associates concerns with the working environment, management has decided to mainly try and hire new candidates that are local to central Ohio – so if you don’t get a call back, that might be why. While the name Honda R&D *can* look good on a resume, it simply isn’t worth the pain you will experience if you decide to work here. Just take a look at the other 70 reviews on this website if you want any more confirmation to what the situation is at this company!

Advice to Senior ManagementRevisit what you were taught in Management 101: Open your eyes.

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Some nice people but bad experience overall

R&D Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at Honda R & D Americas as a contractor

ProsSome nice people who makes you feel welcome!

ConsAs a contractor you don't have access to a lot of things allowing to complete your work. But they expect you to deliver. No mentorship provided, people do their own thing and most are not approachable.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure the contract houses provide all the info needed about a job and take the time explain the expectations/goals to people you interview.

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Well, it's better than unemployment

Design Engineer (Current Employee)
Raymond, OH

I have been working at Honda R & D Americas full-time for less than a year

Pros- Exciting, future products that set the bar
- Many young professionals
- Cafeteria (especially on Indian food day)
- Uniforms (laundered for you, and you never have to buy clothes)
- Interesting simulation software
- Onsite software training
- Lease car program
- Looks good on a resume
- Learning how to communicate your ideas to Japanese staff at a childlike level prepares you for situations outside of work
- When it hits -10°F, they closed!
- Vacation (Xmas/"spirited independence week" ie 4th of July week), though you can't take your normal vacation since there is no time
- Health care prices

Cons- Work/life balance is more of a work/sleep balance. You must eat, sleep, and choke on your workload to get it done.
- Meetings at 7am. Meetings at 9pm. Pre-meetings for meetings where you prep for meetings. Honda is the Inception of meetings.
- Designers don't have time to design because your time is divided into:
    50% meetings/powerpoint creation
    20% getting the runaround from Japanese management on pointless investigations
    15% technical overview/tolerancing
    10% staying awake because it's 10:30pm and you just want to go tuck your kids in and kiss your wife
     5% actual design/modeling work
- Marysville is in the middle of nowhere
- Poor task delegation, and many last-minute requests
- Clear delineation of schedules is difficult to find as everyone must keep their own project schedules
- Cross-functional groups are difficult to manage at first because there is no central list of who is in charge of what
- Language barrier...if, for some insane reason, you take a job here, make absolutely sure you know what the J-staff are requesting from the beginning as it usually is very broad
- Many projects will get shot down after 100+ hours of time investment because of one Japanese voice regardless of what American goes to bat for you because that person didn't show up to the first correlation meeting to weight in early
- Poor communication of design guides and references from Japan. HRAO basically starts from scratch
- High turnover means that projects get set back even though schedules don't change causing a hectic rush.
- High blood pressure makes you job search after less than a year regardless of the pay or interesting friends you make there

Advice to Senior Management- Follow through with the best company to work for goals.
- Hire more engineers, and make development/testing schedules easily accessible. Nobody is trying to steal your information so it's pointless.
- Don't lie to people in the interview about how much overtime is expected.
- Monitor the overtime and hold your PL's/managers accountable. If they expect their employees to work those hours then they should work them too.
- Set up an official internal job-change platform to try a different group before they rage-quit

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Things are changing faster than a company can understand

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Honda R & D Americas

ProsHonda Company.
Not bad commute if you live in the surrounding area.
Honda prestige if that still exists.

ConsAnybody can figure this out.

The Company is totally different than Its Honda Parent. No money compared to what they offer elsewhere or anybody elsewhere. Also Honda claims it cant find good people for their jobs, when they make 3 second decisions based on macaroni and cheese to let large groups of good people go because they are seeing an imaginary horizon of the way things are.

This company is too confused and ignores veterans and has absolutely no idea who its suppliers are and hates hiring from their suppliers, people who have worked hard to get to where they were at and worked for many years.

The work is n a whim so overtime and stuff like that you should be willing to work.

Most of the Jobs are Temp jobs that you will not get hired unless you figure out the notion to the twisted way things are, or you fail to look like your not acting out a strange wrestle mania power trip from the 1980's. Its the twilight zone, and the non sober views of those who have used the company and make decisions......Also because of the low pay the full timers are not doing anything special at all looking at the Internet all day, friends who have been arrested and not trying to even be humble except hating everything and on some kind of strange power trip that its visitors from other Honda plants can plainly see....

Honda is too big to change. Other car companies are getting ahead, Because of this Honest hard work wont get you anywhere because the supervisors are to caught up in some strange mentality of Honda in the 80"s and it is costing the company millions based on assumptions and desperate shows of power. This is why they let groups of managers and people go that have no idea what's going on. Those managers and people work the Temp Jobs at other Hondas....This is what you will be doing working under the broken stories because the Temps there are so called full time Temps playing on YouTube that have bought the lie that they will get hired back on stuck under the other Managers, but after 5 years they haven't so drug dealers and adulteress that lost their jobs are trying to get back in...... and this is not really consistent to good hiring practices because it causes communication errors that dictate quality issues with development from other people they hired too. Every Fresh hiree, must watch their back way more than work is being done, and this was never meant from Honda creator. Which causes Management to Micro Control the whole shebang and loose control of it again Ask any General Motors worker what was going through their mind when the plants shut down.

Every New hire no matter how fresh and ready to work must endure a twisted, depressed view on reality there that ruins their work ethic from associates who are covered in tattoos have gambled, and lost their jobs and marriages and are more than desperate for answers, quit their jobs from the main plants and do less and make twice as less as all the other plants.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great, challenging company, room for advancement, but unpredictable schedules

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Honda R & D Americas full-time

ProsGood benefits, company lease program, job security. Intelligent coworkers and challenging spirit. Cutting edge technology. Pride in your employer

ConsUnpredictable schedules, overtime, work/life balance is none, last minute travel, uncompetitive pay.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your employees and spend some money on extra people

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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