Hyundai America Technical Center Reviews

Updated 8 Dec 2020

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2.9
51%
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68%
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Hyundai America Technical Center President William Freels (no image)
William Freels
13 Ratings
Pros
  • "good benefits and good experience(in 10 reviews)

  • "HR over compensates for toxic workplace conditions by providing great pay and benefits(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long/odd hours due to communication with Korea(in 15 reviews)

  • "Shocking separation of Hyundai & Kia sales organizations (completely separate companies from HATCI and from each other) results in treatment of(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Pretty Good"

    3.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Planner in Superior Township, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Hyundai America Technical Center full-time

    Pros

    Pretty good managers in my department

    Cons

    the process to rectify rejected purchase requests seems inefficient

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Production impact"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Chino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hyundai America Technical Center full-time

    Pros

    Small office with fun and talented group Lots of resources of a big company combined with fast pace & ingenuity of start-up Production calibration responsibility across a variety of segments and technologies

    Cons

    Intense and chaotic work process at times, with lots of flexibility required to adapt and respond Some poor and/or outdated support functions (IT, facilities, finance)


  3. "Not a good work environment"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Mid Level Supervisor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hyundai America Technical Center full-time

    Pros

    Some team members are skilled, professional, friendly, and ethical.

    Cons

    The superior Township facility is a puppet of headquarters and the tech center in Korea. Decisions are not local, but can be arbitrarily given or ignored depending on the mood of the Korean management team. Korean management in superior Township offices typically believe that the North American staff is lazy or incompetent and can be very harsh at times. They have not learned that they are an American company working with Americans. Retention is terrible.

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  4. "Ttt"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Ahmedabad
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hyundai America Technical Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work culture, too much fun

    Cons

    No cons as of now

  5. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Combustion Development Engine in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Hyundai America Technical Center full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Rich cost center with best of best tech; KOREANS

    Cons

    Lazy Americans; management by fear

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  6. "very demanding job"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Engineer in Superior Township, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hyundai America Technical Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good benefits and good experience

    Cons

    Lower base pay compared to competitors unreasonable hours for no overtime pay or comp time given.

  7. COVID-19
    Helpful (7)

    "Annoying and depressing to work here"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hyundai America Technical Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are average, US staff (only) handled the COVID crisis well, clean place, company parties and lunches for holidays

    Cons

    Every team has Korean coordinators who are here in the US to run projects and keep an eye on the US teams. They are 100% unaccountable for anything they do or how they act. They are not officially managers, but have all the same power and authority. They rotate out every 4 years, and then the team is a complete mess because the new guy wants to show his bosses back in Korea that he is in charge, and he begins causing chaos all over again. They will tear down team members to help their friends, hide information (what they do best), and make life miserable for anyone who doesn't kiss their hand. They have input into everyone's reviews, but aren't part of the 360 review process (we can't say anything about them!), and US managers don't give coordinators a review. Working with the coordinators is an exercise in being in an abusive relationship. No matter what you do, it's never good enough, always wrong, too slow, and will never measure up to what the lowliest engineer in Korea can do over his lunch break, because you are fat and lazy US staff. If you disagree or try to resist, you will be put down instantly. Spending every day apologizing and pretending that you are wrong and stupid when you are not, will drain the life out of you. You'll hate your job and you'll despise yourself for accepting it and dooming yourself to a life of servitude and useless busywork. You'll never be proud to show your family what work is like for you. If you need a job with pay and benefits, but have no self-esteem, then this is the place for you. You could work here temporarily until someplace less soul-sucking comes along. In the long term, it is not worth the money. The people who have been here for 10 years or more, all look and act dead inside. They just play the game, take their paycheck and go home. And then cry themselves to sleep for giving up their career hopes and dreams to this company.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "not so much future for your career"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hyundai America Technical Center full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    not much pros for working here

    Cons

    bad management, management doesn't know what they are doing, some terible managers.

  9. "Positive Working Environment and Support"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Superior Township, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hyundai America Technical Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People are like family. They workout together, play ping-pong, you get to see a lot of cool cars and especially summer and Thanksgiving/year end parties.

    Cons

    Structure is very top down for approvals and projects.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not recommended"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hyundai America Technical Center full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are better than competitors

    Cons

    Management clueless on future direction No support from HQ No time/work flexibility

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