Ford Motor Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
844 Reviews
3.8
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Ford Motor President & CEO Mark Fields
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • a lot of flexibility in the field (they like to call it "work-life balance") (in 73 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are competitive (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes women are given a hard time when they take maternity leave, or try to utilize the work-life balance policy (in 20 reviews)

  • You've got to be willing to work long hours at a hard job (in 33 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Innovative Product Development

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    Current Employee - Chief Engineer  in  Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ford Motor full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Outstanding management team to lead the company into the future. Ford understands what it take to be competitive without a government bailout. The company is strong and the product development line is getting stronger. Many opportunities for a new hire to grow in the a rewarding career. The focus of the company is global in nature. You will get many opportunities to work with many people around the world.

    Cons

    Competitive industry where every day you will need to find something extra-ordinary to help keep Ford on the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great opportunities for someone early in their career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Love the money, but you won't have a social life if you work in the plant.

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    Current Employee - Zone Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Zone Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ford Motor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Money, Benefits, advancement, good people, learn a lot

    Cons

    You will live at your job, management is HORRIBLE, communication sucks,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do as much research as possible before you take a job here, especially if you work in the plant

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to start and learn fundamentals of engineering

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    Former Employee - Product Engineering Manager  in  Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Product Engineering Manager in Livonia, MI

    I worked at Ford Motor full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Global, opportunities on 4 continents.
    Cars, SUV's, Trucks.

    Cons

    Diversity is being pushed to the detriment of more qualified individuals.
    Advancement of women and minorities is reverse discrimination to qualified employees.
    Company has lost its soul and is being run like it is going out of business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating senior level employees poorly.
    Looking for minor code of conduct nits and releasing employees who have devoted their life affects Fords reputation.
    People are your greatest asset and you are treating those with over 20 years of experience poorly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for.

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

    I worked at Ford Motor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People are nice to work with and great benefits and above average # of company holidays

    Cons

    Top management tends to go through cycles with its strategies. tend to start losing focus when company is doing well then getting back in game when company starts its downfall.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ford Motor 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hope for the future if politics are in check

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    Current Employee - Communications Manager  in  Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ford Motor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There's plenty of room to push yourself and find opportunities to grow with corporate jobs @ FMC. Within HQ, people are often moved around... one can continue to advance knowledge and skills. Some senior leaders - like Joe Hinrichs, Kumar Galhotra, and even new CEO Mark Fields - are sometimes willing to take smart risks to drive the company forward as the world continues to change. People are paid well for their work. Benefits are solid. Working for a Fortune 10 company is always good on a resume.

    Cons

    The politics, especially on the communications team, are unbelievable. Half of your time will be spent walking on eggshells as not to upset anyone and to stay on the good side of a few management team members so you can actually accomplish anything. The company claims to have a creative mindset where ideas are welcome, but that only applies to those "in" with senior leaders, who may turn on you quickly. People here learn to be experts on what leadership wants, not experts on social media or PR, which means there is a lack of creative, groundbreaking work. Teamwork is not encouraged or celebrated. Mentoring is actually discouraged. Turnover rate on this team was extraordinarily high while I was there - 1-2 people/month on average for the last few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ford's history is cyclical. Encourage teamwork and transparency at all levels and be careful not to get complacent again. The progress made can quickly and easily slip away...you have to fight for relevance to new customers and younger audiences everyday.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Been here for a year and can see the vast amount of opportunity!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ford Motor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Compensation, leadership, training - Ford pays well for those that want to put forth the effort. The training is in depth and the leadership is helpful and willing to coach.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, long hours - There are several launches going on and during the launch it feels like you basically live at the company and vacation at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put together a launch plan for all plants to follow. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc in order to be better aligned. It seems as though we start to focus more on the product than the people needed to build the product.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good culture, work environment. Need to learn how to hang on to young talent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ford Motor

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Although, need to continue to improve upon flex hour availability
    Family culture, friendly office environment with fun people

    Cons

    -Feel I could have been shown more about business processes as an intern
    -Having a difficult time hanging on to young talent (recent grads). Most likely due to old fashioned styles of running the business, and lack of appeal for the automotive industry as a whole

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really work on making Ford an attractive business to work for to young people. I can see you are trying but it still needs improvement.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company but sometimes relaxing

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    Current Employee - Simulation Engineer  in  Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Simulation Engineer in Livonia, MI

    I have been working at Ford Motor as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice supervisor, good working environment and culture.Good growth opportunities except for foreigners
    Very comfortable working, no high pressure.
    Great personnel.

    Cons

    Big company problem, slow reaction, low efficient meeting. Engineers only master the very narrow fields' knowledge. If you want to get answers to your questions, you need to ask at least 3 people.
    Bad communication. Sometimes If you don't cc the engineers' boss when you ask a question by email, you'll never get reply.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Finance Internship

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Finance in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Ford Motor as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great experience to work at a large corporation that provides the perfect work/fun balance during your internship. The structure of the internship is by the best I witnessed.

    Cons

    None to think of they made it a great experience no complaints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing the intern program is A++++

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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