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Ford Motor Company Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
966 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. 9 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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.  

    Endless opportunities

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    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Dearborn, MI

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

    Pros

    There are endless opportunities due to their size. Despite the common perception that the company is old school, they truly are a modern company in many ways (e.g. HR policies, flexible work schedules, and tuition assistance). I work with a diverse group of people and it really feels like I'm part of a family.

    Cons

    With a company so large network within the company is critical. Employees need to recognize this is a challenge and be proactive about it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Quality Products, Best in the buisness labor and salary.

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    Current Employee - Fire Protection Specialist in Batavia, OH
    Current Employee - Fire Protection Specialist in Batavia, OH

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company

    Pros

    Know we were producing a world class product everyday.

    Cons

    Do to being market driven downsizing is always a possibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the labor force they are the key to your sucess

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place... depending on where you land!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company

    Pros

    autonomous work schedule, flex time, holidays off, cycle positions within 2 years to something else

    Cons

    always in a state of flux; constant movement, continual changes, low ball pay, lack of prominent leadership, questionable management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    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

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good if stable 9-5, good benefits, training, growth and recognition are priorities; over-achievers will be dissappointed

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    Current Employee - Ford College Graduate in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Ford College Graduate in Dearborn, MI

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

    Pros

    Good place to start a career, get experience, make a decent living. Can be challenging and innovative if you work in research & development or design & release and the program is launching.

    Cons

    Behemoth of a company - this means a lot of places where quality (of product, employees, suppliers, motivation, etc.) can slip through the cracks. People are too talkative in the office and often put other engineers down. Employees need to respect each other more and let go of ego to proceed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of lazy engineers with no motivation or drive. They are killing the company. Don't be afraid to fire them and promote talented, capable younger engineers. Improve your locations outside of Michigan, where you might have a better chance of bringing in talent from the East/West Coasts or South. Too much politics and bureaucratic structure at Ford. Who runs development...the OEM or Suppliers?? Bring your innovation in-house; give your engineers more responsibility so they'll be more challenged, like their work, the lazy will get weeded out and you'll have higher quality products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Supervision makes or breaks the amount of enjoyment that you will experience working at this employer.

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    Current Employee - Labor Relations Specialist
    Current Employee - Labor Relations Specialist

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company full-time

    Pros

    Good Compensation, If you have a good manager/director then life can be great. This is especially true since the organization continues to get leaner. Company is posed to start growing and should result in more opportunities.

    Cons

    Promotions have been stagnant for years due to leaning of the organization. Being near HQ is paramount to ensuring career does not stagnate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    One of the best automotive company.

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    Current Employee - Performance & Vehicle Simulation Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Performance & Vehicle Simulation Engineer in Dearborn, MI

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

    Pros

    good company with a great managers who lead this huge automotive company.
    Great salaries.

    Cons

    they always want more from you

    Recommends
  11.  

    Very good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Ford Motor Company as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment and wonderful atmosphere

    Cons

    None-the place is great and I loved it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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