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Ford Motor Company Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
915 Reviews
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Pros
  • a lot of flexibility in the field (they like to call it "work-life balance") (in 87 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are competitive (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Make just a small effort to provide work-life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Long Hours, rotating shift, no compensation for interns unless you are a trainee (in 38 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low-quality engineers and treats people like children

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ford offers employees the ability to rotate into other parts of the business (and even requires this for college graduates). They offer tuition assistance, a patent rewards program and some unique benefits (ie. use of Ford lawyers for certain personal cases).

    Cons

    Leadership seems to be a huge problem within my organization. Nobody wants to take charge to make a product truly excellent, people just want to coast by without doing any hard work. A week stuck in meetings is a successful week to a lot of these people, even if no quantifiable work gets done after all the meetings.

    Ford treats employees like children. Employees have to go to mandatory hour-long "trainings" that basically tell you not to post confidential material on social networks and not to accept bribes from customers. IT sends out emails like "Cyber Steve learns about safe Web browsing" with a picture of a little cartoon IT guy telling you to use a secure password. It's insulting to be a professional engineer and having people treat you like a child.

    Another big problem is Ford promotes peopled based on how long you've been with the company instead of the quality of your work. This leads to, for example, an IT employee being promoted to supervisor of a production software team just because he's been at Ford the longest. These are just two different worlds and they don't mesh well together, which is why some of these production products are a disaster. People should be promoted based on the quality of their work, not for how many years they can sit behind the same desk.

    I have yet to meet someone at Ford who understands the difference between good software and bad software. People seem to think that if "it works" then it's good software and the project is good to ship. No! That is absolutely wrong! Just because the software works in a black-box test environment doesn't mean it's robust, readable, flexible or maintainable. Some of the software I've seen has been an absolute nightmare and my superiors refuse to let me make it any better because "it already works". Come back to me in 5 years when you have to make a change that becomes impossible to implement and tell me "it works".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to start recognizing their exceptional employees and rewarding them for their excellent work. Similarly, management needs to recognize bad work and work with employees to make themselves better. Doing bad work is fine (we've all done it at some point), but continuously doing bad work and never improving yourself is not fine. People who refuse to learn and refuse to improve themselves should be fired because a single such person can destroy a project with their bad code.

    Management should also promote based on ability and skill instead of length of tenure. Someone who's been in seat fabric design for 20 years should not be promoted to run a software team - it makes absolutely no sense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Political

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Ford Motor Company

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits package.

    Cons

    If not nepotism, then politics or ole' buddy system. Anything but merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internal auditing of promotional systems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Work/Life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Good travel opportunity

    Cons

    Understaffed for the increasing pace of the industry
    Manufacturing group is incredibly overworked and you will sacrifice your social life and personal relationships

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve work/life balance for employees. Need to develop a way to continue product launches without asking employees to sacrifice all of the time with family and friends. Very high divorce rate in manufacturing group and a large majority of the employees are disgruntled pension holders. Not many young engineers sticking through the abuse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    this job is very restricted for supervisors.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company

    Pros

    pension and the pay is great

    Cons

    it depends on the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    very little room for advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I worked at Ford Motor Company

    Pros

    Great product development and production

    Cons

    Poorly ran dealerships. No training provided.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Process Coach in machining. Required to coach UAW operators and trades to run production and repair equipment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Coach in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Process Coach in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Wage, $80 - $100k, decent to good benefits.

    Some great managers and employees.

    Other positions / departments are more satisfying then this machining department. I am told by many it is one of the most difficult.

    Cons

    UAW protects employees who need it (do not do their jobs). Some of upper management can not or will not back the process coach in debate against the UAW. Most union operators and Trades are very unmotivated and if the Process Coach pushes them to work they will find a way to do less and then report the Process Coach to labor relation for offensive behavior. So for example if upper management sends the command that all operators must clean their operations then Process Coach goes to all Operators and says "please clean your area better before the end of shift" the operators get together and decide they will all go to labor relations at separate times and report offensive language or aggressive behavior on the process coach, who is then disciplined.

    The process coach training does not cover much of the actual difficulties of the position.

    If the operators want overtime they can and will find a way to stall production so weekend production is scheduled. Weekend production is only an issue because the Process Coach is only paid their base pay no 1 1/2 or double time for mandatory overtime. Managers are known to schedule meetings before or after start of shifts requiring employees to work unpaid over time every day.

    Salary are required to present projects they have never seen before because they are not involved in the projects. Due to the tremendous amount of work load they have they do not have time to work on projects, leadership knows this but it is easier to force an unfinished report so the presenter looks unprepared.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Until the UAW employees are held fully accountable for job performance not much can improve. Holding one person accountable for the performance for 15 or more over protected employees is a difficult situation for all.

    Promoting the person that can take the most verbal assaults and be in plant the most is not a healthy evolution for a department or a company. I suggest bringing in LL management that will stand up to the UAW and stand up for the Coaches on the floor. LL that spends their time on the floor understanding who is achieving and who is not, who needs help and who does not. Promote respectable characters to LL positions, Leaders that display the One Ford Behaviors.

    Hold LL management accountable for healthy work / life balance metrics, far too many Ford salary have family /relationship issues. Excessive stress at work and extensive work hours demanded are not the cause however it is very likely a contributor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good pay, painful work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ford Motor Company

    Pros

    Good pay that about it

    Cons

    Hard work, co workers, hot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No favoritism

  9.  

    Great company to work for at non-managerial level

    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Dearborn, MI
    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Dearborn, MI

    I worked at Ford Motor Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits. Working level experience fun and rewarding.

    Cons

    Extremely political in compensation and career advancement, especially at managerial/director levels.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    No respect for outside hires

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The shorter drive is the best thing about working at Ford. The pay is adequate, but only comparable to other OEMS.

    Cons

    Long term employees are not open to outside perspective. If it wasn't created by Ford, it doesn't matter how great the idea is... it has no merit. Benefit cost lags other OEMS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to encourage innovative ideas and solutions, especially from new employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Chaotic, mind-numbing, tyrannical culture where gut-feelings & blind obedience are revered more than data & free-thinkin

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company full-time

    Pros

    You get a paycheck at least.

    Cons

    They work you like a dog but do not pay you overtime. You have to work 12 hours to get paid for 10. The schedule dictates that you work those hours, but they won't pay you for all of your time. If you work 11 hours, you get no overtime. Telecommuting is viewed as a negative, if it is even permitted at all. You are held hostage in your current position. The only way to be allowed to try something new is if you basically burn your bridges. They have this thing called the "One Ford Behaviors" (available online if you search it) that would be great if they were followed and interpreted correctly. Data is not used to make decisions. Standard processes are not followed. Being a team player is one of the behaviors, but if you follow most of the other expected behaviors, you are labeled as not being a team player. If you stand up for what is right, you are judged as not working well with others. Status quo is preferred over continuous improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate layers of management. The organization is too top-heavy and people at the bottom are overworked and not compensated for their time. Promote the change-makers, not the "yes men." Current managers do not have vision. They are reactive. Establish a hiring process that gets more people into manufacturing but also gives them hope to get out at some point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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