Ford Motor Company Reviews

Updated April 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Betraying Employees...

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    Former Employee - Body Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Body Engineer in Livonia, MI

    I worked at Ford Motor Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The coworkers are very helpful and willing to lead the company to better directions.

    Cons

    The benefits and compensations are not competitive. I had to leave this month after I found out the company shortchanged general salaried employees even though the company made a huge profit. The funny thing is the company gave an enormous amount of salary and bonus to CEO, in fact, even more than GM CEO, but the company gave less than 50% of annual bonuses to regular employees compared to GM. This company, I think, is unethical. Very. The company calls for "ONE FORD", but that is only when they slave-drive engineers. When it comes to sharing company profits, the ONE FORD disappears completely. It was late for me to leave the company, but I am glad now that I am working for a company who treats even regular employees equally.

  2. Helpful (2)

    PM Analyst - Contract

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    Current Contractor - PM Analyst in Dearborn, MI
    Current Contractor - PM Analyst in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company as a contractor (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Hourly pay rate. Can be good for contractors depending on your management.

    Cons

    Us/Them mentality with respect to contractors and direct hires. Contractors not TRULY appreciated...just the hired help. It's in the air and obvious.

    Advice to Management

    Start acknowledging your contract emoloyees, especially when it's a terrible snow storm or -23 degrees outside and you send an email to your entire team saying they can work from home but the one contract employee is forced to come in or not get paid.

  3. Helpful (15)

    Political

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Ford Motor Company

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits package.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Internal auditing of promotional systems.

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  5. Helpful (13)

    Low-quality engineers and treats people like children

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  6. Helpful (10)

    Work/Life

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    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Helpful (6)

    this job is very restricted for supervisors.

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    pension and the pay is great

    Cons

    it depends on the job.

    Advice to Management

    very little room for advancement

  8. Helpful (5)

    I worked at Ford Motor Company

    Pros

    Great product development and production

    Cons

    Poorly ran dealerships. No training provided.

  9. Helpful (4)

    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 Management

    No favoritism

  10. Helpful (6)

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

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    • Senior Management
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    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (3)

    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)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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