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HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) Reviews

Updated April 21, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great benefits, good salary, very stable job security" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Some of the best pay and benefits in the area" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance can be a bit overwhelming depending on what department you are with" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Long hours: most days last 12 hours, and can even last longer if the quota isn't met" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Fair people good benefits for the most part"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Manager
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager

    I worked at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fair people good benefits for the most part

    Cons

    promotion system is not the best


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Production Associate in Lincoln, AL
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Lincoln, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, involved heavily in the community, good salary for the area.

    Cons

    Rotating shifts, some of the work can take a toll on you physically

  3. "Ehh Its OK"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, reliable raises, overtime pay for salaried employees

    Cons

    Middle of nowhere, poor company direction / communication, lots of hours, many people don't do their job.


  4. "Great pay/benefits, lacking workplace"

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    Current Employee - Engineer Associate
    Current Employee - Engineer Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best pay and benefits in the area. It's one of the few big companies in that area so it helps the local economy/workforce. Health and dental insurance have low premiums and super high coverage for your family. One week of scheduled shutdown in the summer and one week in the winter plus generous time off and national holidays every year. A lot of perks and discounts here and there for you and your family (like car rental, tickets to shows, phone bill).

    You wear uniforms and the company washes them for you.

    Unless you're a temp, you will be compensated well for the area. For engineers, they increase your pay by about 2% every 6 months for the first two years. It's not hard to make anywhere between $80k-$100k your first year even with a low base salary. Then you get market-based compensation yearly after that. Bonuses come out in October and are dependent on company performance and seniority. For most people usually it's a nice bump up.

    Lateral mobility within the company is pretty easy, although making your way up is limited to being in the right time at the right place. 1.5x overtime goes down from Level 1 to 1.0x for Level 2, then straight salary from Level 3 on with some perks like a company car and gas card. Level 3 usually takes a while to get and it goes up to Level 6 I think. There are smaller "steps" in between that also contribute to salary increases. Benefits stay pretty much the same with seniority except for small increases on company 401k matching. Overtime is pretty much free game and not usually questioned.

    Honda is not a boring place to work. The products are interesting, and there are a lot of different things to work on in a major Honda plant. Different equipment systems, different parts on the car, different manufacturing processes. Walking anywhere to see anything is usually pretty easy and there's a lot of opportunities to learn new things. It's a place where you'll see it all from start to finish (including the engines themselves). The open office workplace is nice because Honda is a busy place and it makes it easy to just approach someone about something big or small. If you want to learn something, usually no one is going to stop you.

    Job security is 10/10 here. A flow down from the Japanese culture. It's good in that it's hard to get fired except for really bad stuff, but it also makes some associates lazy.

    Cons

    It's just another automotive company that makes cars. Honda tries to distinguish itself through the "Honda philosophy", the "joy of creating/buying/selling", and a one team direction but it's all just propaganda. This is the only information you can see on the TV in the cafeteria. It still feels like a stuffy, stagnant company that fails to innovate quickly. You still deal with people and bureacracy problems. The company still focuses on cost cutting and even seems to put how fast we can ship cars over quality itself.

    The company is slow to change and really reactive. There's a lot of firefighting involved and not much proactive work to fix equipment or prevent quality problems. Like any large company, the technology is outdated and a lot of stuff is slow or doesn't work. There's no Lean manufacturing implmentation here. You wonder how people got their job. You work with some really smart people, and then others who can't write coherent sentences in e-mails. Training is few and far in between and turnover is really high, so sometimes you just see people putting parts on the car plain wrong. Honda justifies this through "On The Job" training, which may or may not be guaranteed depending on where in the plant you work.

    Work culture differs depending on your department. If you're tied to production, you may find yourself working every weekend (good overtime opportunity). In other departments, your work life balance may be great.

    Engineers here spend a lot of time justifying things behind a super complicated powerpoint or some convoluted Excel sheet. The more jumbled it is, usually the better it is. There isn't actual much "engineering" involved here. This really takes a toll on you over the years. The work just doesn’t feel fulfilling. You often wonder what if your gaining valuable skills that you can use elsewhere.

    Associate support departments are usually useless. HR does a poor job of giving a clear picture of your benefits. The benefits are becoming scattered across different providers/third parties so it is getting harder to understand where to access what resources. They often don’t respond to a lot of questions or emails or will give you vague answers to reduce liability. IT, the Help Desk, is staffed by a lot of unskilled temps so they don’t often solve computer problems in a timely manner. The computer infrastructure is really old and the internet is only a few mb per second so the company can cut costs. Staffing, depending on who your recruiter is, may not be responsive during the hiring process. I’ve known some new hires who didn’t know what department until the day of orientation, didn’t have a computer for days/weeks, or dropped out and took another offer because it took forever for them to respond to calls or emails.

    One thing they don't tell you during the interview is that there are a lot of weird rules. Your start time is usually 6 am if you work in Weld, Paint, Frame, or Stamping. Even as an engineer. You need to physically clock in before that time on the second or risk being penalized. This is something they push because the associates on the factory floor have to do this same as well and this is how the company pushes equality (which is why everyone is called an associate and not employee). You also need to make sure you get 8.5 hours (half hour lunch) a day of work in as the clock monitors your time. Other strange things to get used to are like not having coffee/juice/soda, earphones, or any kind of food allowed anywhere except the cafeteria. You can't wear a personal jacket except to the locker room. You're not really treated professionally but you get used to it.

    Honda is trying to hire more temps and less permanent workers on the line. Honda like to brag about how everyone wears the same uniform (a symbol of equality) and does the same work for the same hours, but some are managed by a temp agency. The also do swing shifts (2 weeks on days and 2 weeks on nights forever). The company brags about never laying anyone off because they've never fired full-time associates, but if you're a temp, you never received the same pay and benefits anyway and will be the first to go in an economic downturn. Everyone wears the same uniform, but gets paid differently, has different roles, and still plays favorites so it’s nothing more than a uniform.

    There is a cafeteria and the prices are good but the food is pretty mediocre.

    Advice to Management

    Create legimitate ways for associates to make suggestions. Some of the best ideas come from those who are seeing things on the floor every day. Stop making excuses that refer to tradition as to why we can't try something and find ways to trial them instead. Consider taking more risks when it comes to manufacturing techniques or workplace improvements. Think about the real reasons why people, especially in production, are unhappy rather than finding mediocre awards to give them. The challenging Honda spirit feels like it died with Mr. Honda.


  5. "Good pay and benefits, long hours"

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    Current Employee - Engineer Associate in Lincoln, AL
    Current Employee - Engineer Associate in Lincoln, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    pay and benefits were very good

    Cons

    worked a lot of overtime, weekends.


  6. "Hard work/Great pay"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Childersburg, AL
    Former Employee - Associate in Childersburg, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Steady work and plenty of overtime.

    Cons

    Hard labor. Work switches from two weeks of days and then two weeks of nights.


  7. "Team Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ok pay. Would like for you to believe it the best around. Not...

    Cons

    No experience in HR. Just a bunch of fresh college grads that know nothing of what it takes to get assosiates to do their job.

    Advice to Management

    Too much buddy system even though they would like for you to think they dont have it. They havr who yhey want in mind and only hold interviews as a formality.

  8. "Maintenance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) full-time

    Pros

    Money was great with bonus every year

    Cons

    Too much mandatory overtime required with no advance warning


  9. "Engineering Co-op"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) full-time

    Pros

    Flex time
    Some managers
    Benefits
    Interesting work

    Cons

    Some managers
    Location
    Not professional culture


  10. "Process associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at HMA (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama) full-time

    Pros

    I enjoy the changing jobs on the line or department because I learn more on the job and that is interesting to me to learn more.

    Cons

    I loved working there and enjoyed being apart of something being built so I don't really have a con.