Michelin North America

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Michelin North America Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
93 Reviews
3.3
93 Reviews
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Michelin North America Chairman & President Pete Selleck
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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.  

    A lot of great experience

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    • 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 for more than a 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.  

    Safe, stable employment from a very traditional company.

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of issues

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    • 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 for 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
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  5.  

    So French

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC

    I worked at Michelin North America full-time for more than a 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
  6.  

    Very good company with a lot of opportunity for growth.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Michelin North America full-time for more than 3 years

    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
  7.  

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

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    • 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 for 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
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • 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
  9.  

    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

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

    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
  10.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Greenville, SC

    I worked at Michelin North America full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfied

    • 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 full-time for more than 5 years

    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

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