Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Capital Region, People's Republic of NY
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Interesting post and postulate.
Show me anyone anywhere who is sane that says (s)he is overpaid and underworked. I am currently in the best job I've ever had and I'm working harder per dollar earned than I ever have. So it's not just about pay. Some days I say "I can't believe I get paid to do this" and other days it's "I can't believe I have to do this to get paid."
I can't speak to the Toyota culture much except that they have a fanatical. almost anal mindset about eliminating variation and inefficiency in the production process. That's not to say Honda doesn't, but an interesting part of the Honda culture is that every senior Honda exec, as I understand it, serves a stint in the motorcycle racing division, which in its own way creates a fanatical, almost anal, mindset about eliminating inefficiency in the product. Honda was the last major automaker to introduce a V6 to its midsized sedan (in 1995). The reason was that the Honda engineers held sway for a long time, saying it wasn't needed - a four was perfectly fine and the V6 was ineffiient from an engineering point of view.
I've always felt the personalities of Toyota and Honda products reflected the respective cultures. I'm sure there are those who will dispute this, and with some justification, but I've always seen Honda as the automotive version of Apple Computers.
I also know that whenever a new "associate" joins a Honda manufacturing facility, they plant a tree to symbolize their long term membership in the growing organization, or something close to that effect.
I'm sure that there are always disgruntled employees in any company, but I seriously doubt that any company can have the sustained world class performance that Toyota has enjoyed if it exploited its employees. That kind of fuel burns very quickly.
"Communication isn't what you say. It's what they hear." - Red Auerbach
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2009 TSX, navy, auto
2011 TSX, black, M6 Tech
2012 Crosstour V6, black
2013 Civic EX, gray
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1999 EX-LV, Heather Mist, sold at 146,567
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