Great employer for manufacturing and process engineering
Equipment Group Intern (Former Employee) – Alliston, ON – 1 April 2018
I worked in the engine plant for a 16 month internship. Work mainly involved equipment design/retrofit/repair for engine assembly. Due to Honda Canada being a non-union facility, you are able to work very closely with all aspects of the production line, including process design and testing, quality and maintenance. This is very beneficial for an engineering role, where the 'hands-on' work for assembly lines is often very limited. Being non-union does lead to reduced work perks for indirect employees (less flexible hours, more expectation to help with line-down or low production issues), but for an engineer or technical employee who enjoys building/validating their own designs, the positives of this arrangement easily outweigh the negatives.
Benefits/salary/job security and advancement are about average for a company of this size in Canada.
Good benefits and job security, strong team mentality and cooperation between functional groups, frequent training opportunities
Not much room for lateral movement, strict hours for indirect employees, very limited workplace comforts (food/drink, etc.)
productive place of employment with excellent benifits and extra curricular activitys.
Line Worker (Former Employee) – Alliston, ON – 7 April 2018
Enjoyed working at Honda for the f scheduled shift work and amount of over-time acquire. the perks sold me more on the job then the pay ( which was excellent) hockey teams and tournys as well as the gym and other special events the company put on.
Production Quality (Current Employee) – Alliston, ON – 14 February 2018
Excellent opportunity to advance in a company, show up everyday on time and not only do you get paid cooperative wages you will also get paid a weekly, monthly and yearly bonus to just show up for work on time.
Good pay, excellent people, paid vacation time, two paid shutdowns per year, uniforms are provided free of charge, including laundry service, Free work boots, freel personal protective equipment to complete the jobs, Safe environment.
Two rotating shifts, day shift 6:30am - 3:00pm and 4:30pm - 1:00am.
Enjoyable coworkers and productive work environment
Assembly Line Worker (Former Employee) – Alliston, ON – 22 January 2018
The day starts at 8 AM or 4 PM depending on the shift. Work on line assembling vehicles or vehicle parts for the remainder of the shift. I learned how to manage my time in a productive manner in a fast paced environment and the usage of high end power tools. Management was always friendly and personable. Workplace culture was great, everyone relied on one another to keep the workplace lighthearted and energetic. The hardest part of the job was the physicality involved in many of the processes. The most enjoyable part of the job was the access to the facilities and extracurricular activities provided by Honda.
Production Associate (Former Employee) – Alliston, ON – 2 January 2018
I had to leave after 15 years of service at Honda. Honda is a great company but the Alliston plant is very poorly managed. A large majority of the managers are very under qualified and have zero personal skills and couldn't lead a fish to water. People are over worked and under appreciated. It was harder and harder to be there, it has got to be one of the most depressing places to be. Kudos to those that can survive 30 years.
Asscociate (Current Employee) – Alliston, ON – 21 December 2017
A typical day at Honda will have you doing two jobs during the day. Switches every day. I have learned to better manage my time while at work. Management is very knowledgeable and answers all questions directed to them, and answers accordingly. The hardest part of this job is the rotating shifts.
Summer Student (Former Employee) – Alliston, ON – 3 October 2017
As a summer student , going into this job I didn't know what to expect but as the weeks went on I enjoyed working here more and more. This workplace works off of shift work therefor we are two weeks on days (6:30am-3pm) then two weeks on afternoons (4:30pm-1am), it was hard to adapt to the shift changes but after a month it was normal. The hardest part of this job is staying motivated to keep working as you have to produce 400 cars a shift every day. I would consider coming back for sure.
Associate (Current Employee) – Alliston, ON – 11 July 2017
My opinion may be bias because I work in one of the easiest departments at HCM. A typical day at work there is pretty straight forward. I have 4 different processes to work on a day. 3 breaks. etc. I have learned that working here isnt easy on your body, but with benefits and in house physio you can manage pain and whatever else is going on. They are pretty good when it comes to time off for surgery or whatever you need health wise. The workplace culture is maybe one of the only poor things about working here in my opinion. Seeing as it is factory work, you get a very good variety of people, but it is not always a positive, or fun/nice work environment. The diverse hiring is a plus though. Honda does not discriminate against anyone, they hire all sorts of different kinds of people. The thing I enjoy most about my job is the events that HCM puts on for the employees, like the christmas party, and the BBQ during the summer. But the benefits are also great! There are also many opportunities for advancement within the workplace.
good benefits, stable job, opportunity for advancement.
weekend work, commuting, lots of OT during winter. Shift Rotation.
Production Associate (Former Employee) – Alliston, ON – 24 May 2017
Terrible place to work. You will be injured in no time. They only care about profit, which barely any is shared with the employees. Management/HR treats you as a robot. You can not call in sick, or have any mental/physical disability. They don't reward you for any good work, and are always on top of you for anything you may do by mistake. Don't think you have any job sercurity, or to be treated equal in that place. Oh vacation time? Good luck. Only thing it's good for is making friends with coworkers.
Ok money for what you did, making friends
Rarely any time off, call in sick; get in trouble, Unequal pay.
Ok for average young adult just finishing school but that's it
Labourer (Former Employee) – Alliston, ON – 23 August 2016
Worked at Honda for just under two years was on my second contract with them overall it's good for a young adult just finishing school and not knowing exactly where they want to go in life. But for long term I wouldn't recommend it the contracts now are no where near as good as they use to be. You start at a fraction of the rate and cap out at only 19/hour with only 3 vacation days for a whole year. Also find some of the management to play favourites and not take some serious issues that were addressed serious. That's why I left for bigger and better opportunities and wouldn't go back .
Always work available but slight chance to move up in company
No guarantees or future there even after years of hard work put in
Industrial Maintenance Electrician (Current Employee) – Alliston, ON – 7 February 2013
A typical day at Honda starts and ends with a shift meetings where we pass of the day’s events to the shift coming on. During a typical day includes trouble shooting both electrical and mechanical systems, and daily maintenance such as checks which include the electrical and mechanical status eg. motor currents, oil levels, and general machine condition.
The hardest part of a typical day at Honda is also the best part which is when the machine goes down it is my job to get it back up a running as quickly as possible. During these conditions you have a lot of pressure to perform safely and productively which can be very stressful and rewarding at the same time
safe atmoshpere, good benifits, every day is different.