Michelin North America

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Michelin North America Reviews

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
99 Reviews
3.1
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Michelin North America Chairman & President Pete Selleck
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is the leading factor for most employees' happiness within the company (in 6 reviews)

  • They are very family friendly and have good benefits (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Working in the older BF Goodrich facilities guarantees you will have no work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • best positions and advancement opportunities go to european counterparts (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    A lot of great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Employee in Lexington, SC
    Former Employee - Student Employee in Lexington, SC

    I worked at Michelin North America as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Engineering staff took personal interest in making sure I got the most out of my internship. Other electrical engineers spent a lot of time teaching me how to work with company equipment and software, rather than just handing me a book and saying "good luck." Flexible with hours, and were willing to keep me on part time when the semesters started.

    Cons

    Some of the company policies seem a bit draconic. Unrealistic goals set for plant engineers. Safety notices sometimes written in such a way that the operators could not understand them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company stuck in the past.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Michelin North America

    Pros

    There are good people within the company. One can learn a lot from the right people if you are in the right place. It's a steady paycheck.

    Cons

    They are company who thinks they can get by on their name and continue to loose talented people because of out of date practices. You will never make a ton of money or receive a large raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow up on your employee surveys. Look to improve compensation for employees because you are well behind the market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A global number 1 tire-making, Engineer-heavy firm, with limited focus on management potential and growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Area Manager in Lexington, SC
    Former Employee - Maintenance Area Manager in Lexington, SC

    I worked at Michelin North America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good collaboration within, even across countries. Good for engineers looking to grow up in technical fields. Good Compensation but remote locations. A good global training program. Leadership roles are hard to get.

    Cons

    No growth for an engineer looking at managing people. Promotions are seldom. Managers in plant are too skewed in their traditional views on factory operations. People in Maintenance have the hardest time. Michelin holds true to its values, but sometimes at the expense of its plant employees.No encouragement to study further. No support from the company for MS/MBA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to your employees. Listen to their goals and aspirations. Do not push someone to do things they are not designed to do. Handle your other managers in being better equipped intellectually to support their subordinates. Develop a work culture of inclusion and encouraging talking out, rather than keeping stuff within the employees themselves. Support people when they are in need of support. Tell your managers to understand their employees and tell them to create an atmosphere to help employees come out with feelings about the job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Experience, but not a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Ardmore, OK
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Ardmore, OK

    I have been working at Michelin North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good training and professional experience, there are a lot of good people. good advancement opportunities. Good interaction between coworkers.

    Cons

    Not a good work-life balance, time expectations in same positions keeps getting longer and longer than promised in the hiring interviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Safe, stable employment from a very traditional company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Unit Leader in Anderson, SC
    Current Employee - Business Unit Leader in Anderson, SC

    I have been working at Michelin North America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company is very loyal to it's employees once they have been hired.

    There are published company values that are very noble and are strictly adhered to throughout all levels of the organization.

    Work-life balance is the leading factor for most employees' happiness within the company. The benefits and polices around any life issues are generally well above and beyond with is require by law in terms of things like leaves of absences, etc. The vacation and holiday (French, not specifically American) policy is fair when first hired and is tiered to reward long tenured employees.

    From a business model standpoint, Michelin excels in recognizing where expanding markets could appear ahead of competitors as well as research and development. Both advantages help them easily sell more expensive products while guaranteeing the best quality on the market.

    Cons

    The salary compensation is admittedly "comparable" by the company values, but if compared to like businesses is below comparable.

    The training when on-boarding is extensive, but poorly timed. Many courses that are "mandatory" to complete require someone to be in the position for 6 months to a year before being accessible. The culture of the company is difficult to deal with.

    All decisions, big or small, are met with a typical questioning mentality and general resistance change. Decisions come with a long lead time for implementation on all matters of company business from safety, to quality, to production which can be frustrating for pressing issues. The practice can tie adaptive leaders' hands from implementing changes until certain levels of the organization can make a decision robbing them of authority while still demanding the same responsibility.

    So much time is spent trying to indoctrinate newer employees to the "culture" of the company it inhibits their ambitions and retards their will to speak up and bring new ideas to the table. There is a lot of reference to "the Michelin way" of doing things when accomplishing any task that shuns new paradigms and thought processes.

    The company also realizes that it's "Management Quality" is not up to standard. Major emphasis has been placed on training new leaders; however little to no effort is placed into identifying and training/retraining older managers who are some of the larger culprits of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a new employee, it's always felt like Michelin employees with long tenure are no longer contributing to the company to best of their ability. An "active retirement" approach, where employees stay until their pensions or retirements mature without applying themselves seems to be very prominent with these employees. The key leaders and plant staff management teams should be some of the most dedicated personnel at the facilities, but there seems to a large amount of complacency that is infectious the rest of the employees working for or with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of issues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Lexington, SC
    Current Employee - Manager in Lexington, SC

    I have been working at Michelin North America full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They have benefits.

    Cons

    High stress. Low caring. Management loads up good employees to carry all the dead weight in the company, including many of them. Add this to the non-sensical policies and practices and it sure makes for a frustrating life. Pay low to the standard. Used to have a great culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening and stop thinking you're the savior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    So French

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC

    I worked at Michelin North America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Greenville, SC is a nice city and the HQ offices are nice, pay is good for the area and the workload, the work is interesting and the company makes excellent products

    Cons

    Despite being the North American office, Michelin retains a collectivist/French culture of navel-gazing and obsessive reflection on problems instead of taking action to fix them. Everything takes a long time to get done, from the simplest HR task to product changes. There's a chance to change job roles but this never comes with more pay, just a different job. As a result, there are many engineers in roles for which they are ill trained (like marketing, sales, HR).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you love money, This is a wonderful company to get your first 3 years job experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Factory Worker in Sandy Springs, SC
    Current Employee - Professional Factory Worker in Sandy Springs, SC

    I have been working at Michelin North America full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, relocation, and compensation for people entering the workforce straight out of school. Training is world-class, and if you you can tolerate the low salaries, a great place to expand your career and bring up a family.

    Cons

    The salaries start out good, but your yearly appraisals over time will push you to the middle of the pack. If you want to make more money, you need to be willing to make a significant lifestyle change for the benefit of the company. If you stay stagnant, you will eventually find out that the company is hiring people out of school with zero experience and paying them more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retaining workforce is not possible with such low salaries. Enticing kids, putting them under contract, then watching them walk away with experience and take a job that pays them almost double what Michelin will pay for comparable responsibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michelin North America

    Pros

    Work-life balance and treated like a professsional

    Cons

    salary could be 10% better for the time /experience with the company. Max vacation is only four weeks and that's at ten years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider boosting salaries a bit

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to get training. Not somewhere to you'd want to retire from

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michelin North America

    Pros

    Not many pros in working for michelin

    Cons

    Disorganized management, favoritism, not compensated enough for the amount of work you do.

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