Ford Motor Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
871 Reviews
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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 82 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are competitive (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Make just a small effort to provide work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • You've got to be willing to work long hours at a hard job (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Optical Quality Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Optical Quality Engineer in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ford Motor as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The vast majority of people here are conscientious, cooperative, friendly, and smart. The work is challenging, while (for most of us) not so much as to to be a stress burden.

    Cons

    Because Ford no longer makes all of its components, obtaining consistent quality between suppliers can be a time- consuming effort. Lab space for evaluating quality of production parts can be difficult, requiring over-reliance on supplier evaluations. Purchasing small items for measuring component quality is difficult and sometimes impossible due to company procedures and requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a way to make small purchases quickly, such as a corporate credit card. Provide more support for quality evaluations at Ford facilities, in terms of both space and funding.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company in a tough business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn, MI

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for competent people. Great product line-up. Nice pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Big time CYA attitude among middle managers. Very reluctant to take chances or make decisions that might rock the boat. Lots of effort to tell the bosses what they want to hear. A few incompetent senior managers, but most are solid. Make just a small effort to provide work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier for mid-level employees to tell the truth. Learn from the GM recall fiasco.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company to Work With!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Development Co-op in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Product Development Co-op in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ford Motor as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging Environment
    Large Company that Feels Small

    Cons

    Feels Understaffed. Ford cut many engineering positions during the bankruptcy years and thus there's a lot of engineers who have more on their plate than they can chew

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great ideas can come from many different places. Let's continue breaking down silos and work together. OneFord really does work!
    We're all here for the betterment of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    great place to work

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    Current Employee - Business Manager
    Current Employee - Business Manager

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

    Pros

    everyone I interacted with was not only smart and knowledgeable, but also nice. It seems like the One Ford, One Team mantra is making a difference in the way everyone behaves

    Cons

    too many meetings; plan to be able to manage 2 jobs: what is on your job description and then attending meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    Good place to start and learn fundamentals of engineering

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineering Manager in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Product Engineering Manager in Livonia, MI

    I worked at Ford Motor full-time (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
  8. 3 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hope for the future if politics are in check

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ford Motor full-time (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
  10.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Dearborn, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Dearborn, MI

    I worked at Ford Motor full-time (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
  11.  

    Great company, great culture, great pay!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Dearborn, MI

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

    Pros

    Great company, great culture, great pay!

    Cons

    Long hours during certain times of the year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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