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Honda R & D Americas Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Flex time is great, flexibility of choosing when your workday begins, uniforms eliminate need for work wardrobe (in 13 reviews)

  • No many words, at least they pay over time and good benefits for the family (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Company doesn't have any sense of work life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • sometimes long hours at peak project load (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Marysville, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Marysville, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tons of opportunities and side projects available. Freedom to set your own schedule. Compensation package is very competitive. Overall a good company that you can be proud to work for.

    Cons

    Still a corporate atmosphere no matter how hard they try. Not necessarily a bad thing, just something to keep in mind. Upper leadership does tend to get caught up in "sharing'" information with associates that just boils down to feel good buzzwords without rear content then they pat themselves on the back for being transparent.

    Advice to Management

    Cut through the buzzwords and feel good language and talk to us like adults about what we're doing well and what you want us to improve. Tell us where the company is going at a high level.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Summary"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Diverse projects
    Facilities (break area/Gym/Bank on-site)

    Cons

    Work-life Balance
    Morale
    Management
    Old school mentality
    Out dated policies

    Advice to Management

    As millennials are taking over the workfiled, we need managment and leaders to understand their way of thinking/working and tailor policy/rules to fit their lifestyle. Millennials also need to respect how things were constructed before they arrived and have more understanding/patience for how things run in the corporate world.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Honda"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Engineering Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Test Engineering Manager in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Budget is not a problem, they move fast and give you everything you need to succeed.

    Cons

    Communication sometimes seems broken, there is certain level of protectionism from Japanese office that can create confusion.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Workaholic? Trying to avoid your family, or don't have one? Honda R&D is for you"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Raymond, OH
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Raymond, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Overtime hours can be banked as flex time (wonderful if you can find time to take time off) or cashed out at your straight salary rate.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is non-existent. The amount, frequency, and unpredictability of overtime prevents you from keeping any obligations outside of work during the week--prepare to drop them all (family included). 50 hours/week should be considered the bare minimum, and 60+ isn't uncommon. Management seems to view employees getting paid for OT as justification to demand as much OT as they want. 8 or 9pm meetings are common due to the need for communication with Japan. It's impossible to work ahead--management's view is that anything completed before the deadline still has time to be made more perfect, so it's returned to you over and over until the deadline arrives, which creates a perverse incentive to wait until the deadline to turn things in so they can't be nitpicked to death. Most group leaders and managers are Honda lifers, meaning they are most likely workaholics and have no frame of reference for what a "normal" work-life balance would be, so they don't know how to solve or even recognize the problems. Every single day leaves you feeling stressed and overwhelmed due to workload and deadlines.

    Culture is poor: Camaraderie and morale are poor, and there is very little personal smalltalk between employees--you arrive, put your head down, and get busy. There is a very noticeable caste system- Japanese on top, other salaried employees (typically Americans) in the middle, and contract engineers (typically Indians) on the bottom and treated poorly. Many group leaders and managers seem to have leadership roles due to attrition or technical expertise rather than due to skills managing people.

    Company has set a goal to become one of the Top 100 Best Working Environments in the country, but seems unwilling or unable to address the real issues, nearly all of which are related to work life balance. One question from the survey--"this is a psychologically and emotionally healthy place to work"--presents a pretty low bar, but the company overall scored less than 42% as of spring 2017 and several departments scored 20% or lower. HR is trying to address the problem by buying donuts and painting inspirational quotes from customers on the walls, but to my knowledge neither of those things have been responsible for me leaving work before 9pm any less often. I could be wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people: number of vehicle developments is increasing, workload per development is increasing, but the number of employees stays the same, and due to employee burnout, fewer and fewer people have the experience required to work efficiently in this environment, leading to even longer hours and more people leaving. The only way out of this cycle is to hire more people.

    Promote people who are good people managers, not just technical engineers. Too many people have received group leader or manager positions due to being good technical engineers, regardless of if they can manage people or not.

    Your employees aren't robots- don't treat them like they are.

    Quality and "soul" of our vehicles has been sacrificed for cost-cutting. Fix that.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Third World Employee Syndrome"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Honda R & D Americas full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours.
    Amazing cafeteria.
    Yearly event is fun for the family.

    Cons

    Employees treated contractors with an unwarranted level of contempt.
    Location is not an easy commute with no local attractions.
    Meetings to have meetings about the last meeting. Hard to actually get work done.

    Advice to Management

    IT staff is underfunded for tools causing some employees to improvise and to subscribe to the mentality of "better to ask for forgiveness than for permission"


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Design Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Marysville, OH
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Marysville, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting & young environment, great Benefits (401K match, company events, paid overtime, tuition reimbursement), & classes/seminars offered within company to improve skillset

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, poor location, stressful environment, high employee turnaround

    Advice to Management

    Hire more associates. Work load is increasing while deadlines are becoming shorter. This must be corrected if employee turnaround can be expected to decrease


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Working conditions"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Full Time Associate
    Current Employee - Full Time Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Honda R & D Americas full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment most of the time

    Cons

    Favoritism, no room for advancement in general, you have to be a member of management's friend's club

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great starter job! (unless you have actually worked in the industry at another job)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Raymond, OH
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Raymond, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    awesome RP availability, access to lots of cars.... depending on your management and department.

    Cons

    poor work life balance, very poor raises, low bonuses, lack of innovation


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great people, lots of opportunities, filled with pain points"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Raymond, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Raymond, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've read through many of these reviews. For the most part, the pros are pretty on par. You will work 40-55 hours per week so you will learn quickly and you'll get paid for every minute you work. Some groups have minimal weekend work. Flexible schedule and hours is nice for families. Younger associates have lots of opportunities to learn quickly. You'll learn on the job. Lots of hands on experience. Opportunity to travel to suppliers for both test and design. As some have said, you'll get promoted, so you have opportunities to move around (if you wait long enough). Healthcare was really good, not sure how great it will be come the new year. Home finds a way to hire really smart people.

    Cons

    As many have said compensation is low. They are below industry standard (~15-30%). Other OEMs and even factory offer flex times and 1.5x overtime so it's not a "Honda perk." Someone else had said "lack of diverse thought" at the top and I think that really rings true. Attrition happens right at about the 2 year mark.... promotion and raise schedule is very scheduled. Work life balance is a real struggle.

    Advice to Management

    Please read these, there's some encoraging and some words of wisdom for management to learn from. Focus on the core problems and don't just add bandaids that associates aren't able to use.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "not bad, but not great either"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    company gas station, workout facility, garage to perform maintenance on your vehicle,

    Cons

    antiquated lotus software for hours and emailing and day to day operations, parking, senior staff not pleasant to deal with, I.T department lacking skills to fix open ticket issues. uniforms.

    Advice to Management

    Perform better social skills with your employees, address sensitivity training. Retain and promote from within and acknowledge current pool of talent.


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