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Honda Aircraft Company Reviews

Updated 1 Jun 2019

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Michimasa Fujino
82 Ratings
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  • "No one works together, pretty pathetic(in 11 reviews)

  • "It's a great first aviation job, but stay away if you're in the middle of your career(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (11)

    "Poorly run company, but a good learning experience for me"

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    Former Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Honda Aircraft Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As a new engineer out of school I learned a lot at my job, and was given a lot of freedom to work on different projects that interested me, and a wide breadth of exposure Straight time overtime any week you go over 40 hours is nice. Plenty of smart and nice people who want to do things well and are willing to teach young engineers. I got a lot of ideas about how NOT to run a large design process

    Cons

    Poorly organized from management down. We never had requirements laid out yet were expected to design towards something. We were never allowed to make any decisions without the CEO weighing in, even for small things. The morale was terrible; almost every experienced engineer who I trusted and respected constantly told me how poorly run it was, and most of them quitting during the time I was there because of the senior...

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    Advice to Management

    Don't think you are smarter than every other company who has tried and failed to make small aircraft before. Follow best practices and listen to the engineers with experience, rather than pushing all of them out the door.

    Honda Aircraft Company2019-05-20
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Our family is better off because of the experience I had working at Honda Aircraft."

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Honda Aircraft Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They understand, value, and compensate salaried professionals for every hour they work. They pay is great and the benefits are even better. They are a relatively new company so there is a lot of room to make an impact. There isn’t a lot of: “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” Continuous Improvement is ingrained in the corporate culture of the company.

    Cons

    Honda is a conservative growth company and so the typical promotion occurs about every 3-5 years and may not include a change in title. It’s the kind of company your dad retired from (work at the same place for 30 years and retire) which can be good if people stay, but there is SO much competition in the labor market right now that holding onto people and building consistency is a challenge when growth and promotions...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep driving. You’re moving in the right direction.

    Honda Aircraft Company2019-05-24
  3. Helpful (15)

    "Terrible management; poor resource utilization."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Honda Aircraft Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Some nice, professional people to work with.

    Cons

    Bad management; silos, turf wars, ivory towers, complete insensitivity. Poor resource utilization; little relevant work to do but expectation of working overtime.

    Advice to Management

    You are either unaware or don't care about what's going on and it is killing productivity, loyalty and morale. It is costing you money in the short and long term.

    Honda Aircraft Company2019-04-25
  4. Helpful (20)

    "Not worth it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Honda Aircraft Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The working level people really do want to make the aircraft a success. The benefits were top notch but they've declined a little. The facility is world class and they will move someone they see as a high performer into new roles.

    Cons

    The senior leadership team spends most of their time backstabbing each other and complaining. They have no vision and are just trying to last long enough to retire. They don't support their teams and usually just throw people under the bus who are trying to find a workable solution. They reward managers who are seen as "tough" but they actually have no idea how to lead a team. They don't value their employees and this...

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    Advice to Management

    There is so much potential but you need to accept that the wrong people are in key positions. Clean house and start over. And if you don't do it soon you may never recover

    Honda Aircraft Company2019-04-17
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Prospective Engineer, read this."

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Honda Aircraft Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Relative to the OEM aviation industry, acceptable pay and good benefits. Nice campus.

    Cons

    If you interface with the Flight test group or management, then expect worse than the following descriptions, i.e. its worse. Their pompous management prevents any good engineering from occurring – no change in sight, its accepted by leadership. Don’t be fooled by paid engineering and flight test managers posting rosy examples of work experiences. It’s their feeble attempts to offset the reality, facts of work experiences...

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    Advice to Management

    None, Your the problem so many brilliant engineers have left. Its not about pay, the company etc., its you. And until Mr. Fujino replaces you, engineers will continue to leave.

    Honda Aircraft Company2019-06-01
  6. Helpful (16)

    "Monarchy"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Honda Aircraft Company full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits for the area.

    Cons

    Only one person's opinion matters and it's NOT yours. Don't expect to get a raise or promotion regardless of effort or work ethic.

    Advice to Management

    List the core values that Honda advertises and actually put them in place. Most employees below senior management level do not feel that their opinions, experience and knowledge matters. The non stop bureaucracy, unnecessary pressure put on employees and middle management leading by intimidation is why the turnover rate is high.

    Honda Aircraft Company2019-03-27
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Greensboro, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Honda Aircraft Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, Clean Working area, and poor management.

    Cons

    I really just want to hang myself.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pressuring your employees. You don’t know what they are facing at home.

    Honda Aircraft Company2019-05-15
  8. Helpful (10)

    "Ehhhh"

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    Current Employee - Aircraft Assembler in Greensboro, NC
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Honda Aircraft Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits better than most, average pay

    Cons

    Good ol boys club, if you’re not a member you don’t get the opportunities. Micro managed, too many generals and not enough soldiers. Mid level people are trying to make a name for themselves so they come up with poor ideas that hurt the company but they get to spin it on their performance review that they “improved the process”.

    Advice to Management

    Reduction in management 20% across the board. Quit worrying about the wrong things.

    Honda Aircraft Company2019-03-30
  9. Helpful (18)

    "Smoke and mirrors as others have stated"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Honda Aircraft Company full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay is just ok, benefits are declining every year. Need a place to hang out before retirement? This is the place.

    Cons

    Here we go..... So in my view so much of this place is a clean facade under the Honda name. There are so many problems and issues in all department it's pathetic. Let's start with employees. Most of the smaller people are well experienced professionals who have been beaten down that they just don't care to try to fix issues anymore. There is some dead weight at this level, but that's everywhere. I'd say about 50%...

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    Advice to Management

    I really want to see this work and I've tried, but with the people that are in place making decisions it cannot happen. WIPE THE SL TEAM! This is where change has to start, from the top down. You may even include the CEO, as most of his decisions seem emotionally based since he created the design. Stop wasting money where it doesn't count. Cut your grounds and facility budget, stop paying for fresh PhD's with no...

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    Honda Aircraft Company2019-04-18
  10. Helpful (11)

    "Job or Career?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Honda Aircraft Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice campus. Good pay/benefits

    Cons

    Not a place to grow a career or learn skills that really apply elsewhere even in same industry. “Leadership” is a silly term as there really only is one guy making the calls... even hiring decisions still go through the top guy.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees if you want to hold them accountable.

    Honda Aircraft Company2019-02-15
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