Michelin North America

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Michelin North America Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
91 Reviews

3.3
91 Reviews
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Michelin North America Chairman & President Pete Selleck
Pete Selleck
45 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Truly care about the work/life balance of employees (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Working in the older BF Goodrich facilities guarantees you will have no work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    Current Employee - Professional Factory Worker  in  Sandy Springs, SC
    Current Employee - Professional Factory Worker in Sandy Springs, SC

    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
  2.  

    So French

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC

    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
  3.  

    Very good company with a lot of opportunity for growth.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Long term career opportunities with a chance to grow.

    Cons

    Management has been poor over the last two years, the company doesn't pay very well and seem to be behind of the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to evolve with the times. Start paying your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  6.  

    Good leadership ideas, poor implementation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Manager in Greenville, SC

    Pros

    - Great training opportunities, especially if you are located in or near Greenville, SC
    - Offers long-term career with the chance to explore various roles if interested

    Cons

    - Compensation is not up to par, especially for engineering graduates.
    - Lack of consistent culture. Your experience will very largely depend on your location/site.
    - Top management is out of touch with what happens at the ground level, especially in the factories.
    - Poor managers are not retrained or placed in individual contributor roles
    - Rankings are supposed to be based on performance but are also forced to a Gaussian distribution thus eliminating the intended objectivity. Those that can network with site leadership end up with the better rankings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware that the leadership values you promote are not experienced at all levels of the company. If pay is not going to be comparable to what graduates can get elsewhere, then culture needs to be universally conducive to innovative, cohesive work that motivates people to give their best and enjoy coming to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Greenville, SC

    Pros

    Work for life type environment. You can go to work here in one capacity and more all around the company in different roles.

    Cons

    I wanted to stay true to my skill set and did not prefer to move around. I prefer to specialize and that gives you less opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continuing making great tires....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Satisfied

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are the best reason to work here. Strong family culture and potential international opportunities combined with future career growth potential are the reasons I stay. Even if upward moves are not always possible, it seems as though lateral moves can be to keep you from getting bored or stuck in the same job for too many years. The company spends an immense amount of resources on training so you do not feel unprepared for an assignment (usually). Job security is also a big selling point amongst coworkers.

    Cons

    You will not achieve the highest pay for your position for sure. It's well known that Michelin does not pay the highest or even close for equivalent positions elsewhere. Sometimes bureaucratic tape can be frustrating. Working with the global French team can also be frustrating for Americans who are used to things happening quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure compensation of current employees at least matches inflation! Worry about younger employee retention in the next 5 years if not competitive in pay (or transparent about level/pay promotions)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work if you can afford to be underpaid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fantastic people. Good work life balance for most. Super responsible company, great leadership team that makes responsible and good decisions. Lots of lifetime careers are made here. Job stability & career progression.

    Cons

    Highly uncompetitive salaries. You won't get rich working here.

    Strong performers (1,2 &3s) will feel it the most because they tend to shoulder the bulk of the work, don't get the work life balance benefit. As you progress in your career with your pay gap to the market only increases. At this pace, high performers that do not have ties to Greenville, SC will likely leave what is otherwise a great company to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve salaries and other compensation options for strong performers to improve their morale - you'll get even more out of them and stop trying to treat all employees the same way. Whether they are high performers or not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to start a career in the Automotive world.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing  in  Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing in Greenville, SC

    Pros

    Michelin provides comprehensive sales and product training for new hires that is valuable for new graduates. The relocation benefits and company car are nice perks. If you are in field sales, you will enjoy spending time with your colleagues. Most of your fellow employees will be fairly intelligent and able to do the work (which is important since bonuses are shared and not paid individually). You will be promoted every 4-5 years, although you will only get a 3% raise.
    The best part about working for Michelin is the name recognition and the ease of selling the best product in the market.

    Cons

    The compensation is approximately $25,000 less than competitive companies and industries. They replaced the world class health care with second tier programs. Most of the upper management is incompetent as the best managers leave for other companies with more appropriate salaries. Your success is not gauged by results; instead, your success will be wholly graded on your computer work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would seriously consider the quality of your middle management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good values, phlegmatic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Works In GQA  in  Lexington, SC
    Current Employee - Works In GQA in Lexington, SC

    Pros

    Applies all company values in practice, rather than just preaching. Very committed to its people and proud of its product. Training and the availability of programs is fantastic.

    Cons

    Very mature workforce, stagnant bureaucracy, centrally driven from France. Difficult for a young, dynamic person to make lasting change. Pay is not competitive for engineers, a lot of turn-over amongst 3-5 year exp. staff. Recent changes to healthcare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attempt to become more competitive with salary and benefits (vacation time).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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