Honda of America Mfg. Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
80 Reviews

3.2
80 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Overall the pay and benefits are good for the area that they employ from (in 8 reviews)

  • Honda is a great company to work for they have great benefits and retirement also you make good pay with this company (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Even some of the other comments here seem to confirm that the Work-Life balance is pretty bad (in 3 reviews)

  • Hard workers are scorned by management because they may never have worked the floor (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company overall. Needs a lot of work in the compensation and promotion strategy area

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Greensburg, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensburg, IN

    I have been working at Honda of America Mfg.

    Pros

    Benefits are very good. Job security never in question.

    Cons

    Compensation, lack of flexibility, rotating shifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    figure out your compensation and promotion strategies and keep associates in the loop

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for a few years

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    Current Employee - Engineering Coordinator  in  Anna, OH
    Current Employee - Engineering Coordinator in Anna, OH

    I have been working at Honda of America Mfg.

    Pros

    Descent starting salary, good benefits, consistent salary bump for the first 2 years. Very secure job, no layoffs. Good resume builder for new / young engineers

    Cons

    promotions are based on seniority at the lower levels, no reward for job performance. EC promotion is a joke, (paycut) while the work load / expectation increases. Performance reviews are pre-determined before they are even completed, so why bother?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance review / promotion system needs improved so that associates have clear measurbles based on performance. Just becasue someone received a raise / promotion doesnt mean next years review should go to crap because of it.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good old bys club

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    Current Employee - Product Quality Engineer  in  Anna, OH
    Current Employee - Product Quality Engineer in Anna, OH

    I have been working at Honda of America Mfg.

    Pros

    Honda quality is among the best in the industry. Room for growth if you are in the good old by club / a brown noser.

    Cons

    Got to be a kiss but or a back staber to get a head in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all the but kissers and promote the people that do there job, and lister to the people on the floor.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Building the best cars in the world.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Honda of America Mfg.

    Pros

    Freedom to perform job function to personal goals. Fantastic people and high skill level of associates works well to develop your own skills.

    Cons

    Automotive industry is extremely volitile. Business decisions of management group are questionable at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals. Mr. Honda set forth a insightful and inspiring company image. Somewhere along the line the message has been lost through the filter of "American Managment". Please return to the roots of Honda and focus on the future and what is best for the company, not what is best for the now.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company overall, but more so for those at the early stages of their career

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist  in  Greensburg, IN
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Greensburg, IN

    I worked at Honda of America Mfg.

    Pros

    - Healthcare benefits (no co-pay)
    - Uniforms (no need to have to pick out something new everyday)
    - No layoffs in company's history (allowed process associates the option of no pay/no penalty during 2008-2009 recession)
    - Brand new, clean plant
    - Great products, you might notice a higher price but the quality is worth every penny

    Cons

    -Compensation is low in comparison to rest of automotive industry. Don't expect to come in making more than 55K. They don't pay extra for advanced degrees or certifications
    - No pictures, drinks, food allowed anywhere. Food is only allowed in cafeteria.
    - Paid Time Off (PTO) is only 1 day for your first year, it doesn't come until after 90 days. After you get 8 days your next year you can only use 3 single days, after that must be consecutively used, and Friday/Monday doesnt count (because they are considered different weeks). If you need to miss a day cause you are sick, use sick days? Nope, use days from the 8 you have. What if my single days are all used up? Guess you are using 2 days in a row or taking points. One missed day is 2 points, 8 gets you fired.
    - Titles dont matter, you will be doing projects that have nothing to do with your background. Engineers get moved to be Team Managers (production supervisors) without asking. You can't turn it down because how would that look? Oh yeah, no pay increase it's called job assignment, not promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Don't just listen to associate voice when it is positive
    - Grow a backbone discipline the ones who need it, who runs the show anyways?

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    OK Job with Limited Career Growth

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer
    Current Employee - Product Engineer

    I have been working at Honda of America Mfg.

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn several different aspects of the automotive field early on in career. Work / life balance is OK. Pay starts off very competitive, but flatlines too early on.

    Cons

    Career growth is stunted too early on. This remains to be addressed and could be attributed to the reason why the majority of the engineers in the Auto Quality department are (fairly) new graduates. Pay needs to be addressed. Base salary is low compared to industry. Idea that variable compensatation (expected overtime / and bonus) is used to make up for this is OK - until it is taken away or overtime is cut.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    - Decent company to work for is you want stability (no layoffs)

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    Current Employee - Engineering Coordinator
    Current Employee - Engineering Coordinator

    I have been working at Honda of America Mfg.

    Pros

    - Benefits
    - Good/Nice People
    - Company is Quality Driven

    Cons

    - Salary
    - Weak Internal Departments - Many "Honda Engineers" promoted from within without a real degree (many of the Engineering Coordinators aren't really Engineers - No problem solving skills)
    - PPR (personal performace reviews) are a joke!
    - Promotions are given more due to length of time worked, instead of performance
    - Too many Staff Engineers that don't do anything but walk around and are kept due to their time given to the company
    - Higher level Promotions are done by the buddy system, not performance!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better training for many "Honda Engineers"
    - Hold people accountable instead of passing work to someone else
    - PPR (personal performance reviews) are a joke!! No real performance review given!! Try giving credit where credit is due! Otherwise, kiss your better performers goodbye!
    - Try promoting people when they do a good job, instead of the length of time within the company.
    - Get rid of the dead weight. Those performers that aren't performing are hurting the moral of the company.
    - Get rid of some of the middle management that don't do anything. There are too many of those who have 20+ years at the company, and no longer hold a real position.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good on resume if you plan on working in auto industry

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    Current Employee - Purchasing Co-Op
    Current Employee - Purchasing Co-Op

    I have been working at Honda of America Mfg.

    Pros

    good place to start your career

    Cons

    compensation much lower than other companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of communication between departments

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be better

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician  in  Marysville, OH
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Marysville, OH

    I worked at Honda of America Mfg.

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Perfect job- for a while

    Cons

    Very tough on your body physically and mentally. They get their 10 -15 years of good work out of you and that is what they are looking for. No way to earn a promotion. Have to be somebody's buddy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at what is going on around you

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The extremes are just that--extreme.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Honda of America Mfg.

    Pros

    Truthfully I have had a mixed experience with Honda. On the positive end, my direct supervisor is absolutely wonderful in all senses of the word: his training has been thorough and fast-paced but not overwhelming while exposing me to more facets to the job than I can count. I also have peers in similiar capacities that are as dedicated and committed to doing their jobs well, something I hold absolutely dearly. Essentially, there are people at Honda who care--and care a LOT--about what they do and how well they do it. The flip side of that coin, however, is that such dedication is more common on the assembly line than on the office side, at least in my limited experience.

    Cons

    If the people that care and try their best each day are Honda's strength, then the far greater number of people who don't seem to take their positions as anything more than a paycheck are its greatest weakness. This kind of hands-off, no-personal-responsibility attitude is rampant in the office environment though to be fair I can only make that statement about the couple of divisions that I have direct acquaintance with. I am not sure how to put it to avoid sounding discriminatory but there are just so many people here who don't seem to care about doing things the 'right way.' By that I mean that people don't care that they do their daily tasks incorrectly because 1-someone else has to clean up their contractual "messes" and 2-they get paid and have no worry of actual discipline and they act it.

    The biggest issue is the number of higher-tier (management) people with 'positions' rather than 'jobs.' There are so many people who seem to do nothing but present useless data to other managers. To what effect? None, aside from wasting company time and resources, while people a tier or two lower pull the actual weight. There are of course times when studies and reviews and presentations are necessary and useful, but the amount they're endulged here is nauseating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Someone at the top level needs to review how little--and how damaging--Honda's obscene number of mid-tier management-level employees can be. The work load distribution is terrible and the people who truly care about their work and do it well (not to mention properly, which is rare) are the ones that the management treats poorly and runs off. The worst part is that this seems to be a company-wide mantra.

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