Ford Motor Company

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2 years with Ford

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Former Employee - Analyst in Dearborn, MI
Former Employee - Analyst in Dearborn, MI

I worked at Ford Motor Company full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Stable job, good salary, personal performance and company performance related bonuses, nice vacation packages, purchased vacation, pension plans, company matching funds, etc.

Slow yet steady pace. You can relax without anyone chasing you. Just be careful not to relax too much as to allow your performance to slip, hahaha.

This is a Car and Truck company. You will be reminded of that, whether your duties are or not related to building cars or trucks.

If you happen to get hired from college, you will be treated generally well.

Cons

Daily Grind: Meetings, Meeting, Meetings. If you are a General Salary Grade employee, expect 2-3 meetings a day, lasting from half an hour to one our each, on average. If you are Leadership Level (manager), expect your entire day to be in meetings, some of your time slots will be double- and triple-booked with meetings, you will have to select the "important" one to go to and skip out the others. The more senior employee you are, the more meetings you have.

Expect a lot of "Process" overhead - maintaining company-established policies, and procedures by doing reading, research, collaborating with others, hosting meetings, etc.

Company Culture is old and stale. People are old as well it seems that no one under 35-40 works there, except Ford College Graduates (collegiate hiring program). More than half of all people are overweight, it is sad. There are no colors in the workplace, things are dull and gray. Gray cubes.

Onsite dining: mediocre menu choices for food, although hamburgers are typically fine - I was always able to finish those every time, unlike mediocre reheated-like pizza. Create your own Sandwich bar seems to be hit or miss, depending on the building and your choices.

This is a Car and Truck company. You will be reminded of that, whether your duties are or not related to building cars or trucks.

It takes a while to know what's going on around you, if you are not quick on your feet. It takes a special person to work at Ford for long, as it is not all too exciting. It's more like treading, pleasing the boss, hitting your objectives.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you have lower performing employees, take some time to figure out what makes them tick, what they are lacking and if you can help. Maybe there is hope. Poking and prodding employees as it is happening now, is not a very effective way of leading. Although I get it -- managers are very busy and it is a shame there isn't much time for more personal supervisor-employee relationship.

Globally, I would thus suggest - scale down on process, find a way to have less meetings, find a way to place people closer into jobs they want to do.

On a team level, spend more time with your employees, especially newcomers, such as hires from collegiate program (Ford College Graduates).

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