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Michelin North America Overview

Greenville, SC
10000+ employees
1889
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Manufacturing
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Michelin, the leading tire company, is dedicated to sustainably improving the mobility of goods and people by manufacturing and marketing tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles/motorcycles, earthmovers, farm equipment and trucks. It also ... Read more

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Michelin North America – Why Work For Us?


Michelin North America operates in the United States, Canada and Mexico with headquarter operations and plants in each country. This demonstrates Michelin’s long-term strategy of being close to its customers.

 


 

U.S. Operations

 

Michelin North America is a $7.25 billion dollar a year company operating 18 plants in 16 locations and employs 22,270 people. It manufactures and sells tires for airplanes, automobiles, farm equipment, heavy duty trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and the space shuttle. Michelin manufactures tires in six states: Alabama, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina and South Carolina. In addition, there are three plants in Nova Scotia, Canada and one plant in Queretaro, Mexico. Two plants specialize in the manufacturing of semi-finished goods taking raw materials and turning them into components for the plants that produce tires and one plant strictly produces synthetic rubber. Finished goods are produced in sixteen plants, two sites produce retreads for the trucking and one site produces retreads for the aircraft industry. Michelin Maps and Guides also produce road atlases, road maps and travel guides for all the major cities in North America.

 


 

Product Range

 

Globally Michelin produces tires for virtually every category of the tire market. Michelin North America offers:

 

  • Passenger and light truck tires
  • Heavy duty truck tires
  • Recreational vehicle tires
  • Earthmover tires
  • Agriculture tires
  • Aircraft tires
  • Bicycle tires

 


 

Our Economic Impact

 

With annual sales of $7.25 billion, Michelin North America Inc. has a substantial economic footprint in North America. The effect of Michelin’s presence is felt in numerous ways beyond sales.

 

Tax contributions$24.6 million
Total capital investment$6.2 billion
Goods purchased annually$134 million
Jobs created outside Michelin35,550

 

 


 

Employment by country

 

United States17,313
Canada3,550
Mexico710

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


 

Employment by State

 

South Carolina7,711
Alabama1,950
Oklahoma1,783
Indiana1,603
North Carolina425

 

 

 

                                                                      

 

Our commitment to the future

Michelin announced investments in North America totaling $346 million in 2005. These investments were made across product lines and in both the U.S. and Canada. Michelin capped 2006 with an announcement to build a new tread processing plant in Queretaro, Mexico, adjacent to Michelin Mexico headquarters and its passenger tire plant.

 

Investment

Location

Product line

$60 million

Spartanburg, S.C.

Truck tires

$80 million

Waterville, Nova Scotia

Truck tires

$80 million

Starr, S.C.

Semifinished products

$26 million

Greenville, S.C.

Passenger tires

$85 million

Lexington, S.C.

Earthmover tires

$15 million

Covington, Ga.

Retread rubber production

  


 

Innovation

 

Research, Development and Testing

Producing the highest quality tires that deliver miles and miles of driving pleasure isn’t luck. It starts at the Michelin Americas Research and Development Corporation, where innovation and technology converge with the real-world needs of demanding consumers in a highly fragmented industry. Employing 888 people, mostly engineers, Michelin’s R&D center in North America has developed some of the finest products in the world, including the first 80,000-mile passenger tire for American-made vehicles. Rather than focusing on one strong attribute, Michelin tires deliver just the right combination of benefits. For example, great handling combines with exceptional wet traction and high mileage together with comfort. That’s because Michelin engineers are not content with any sort of compromise or trade-offs.

 

Laurens Proving Ground

A vital extension of Michelin’s research and development community is the Michelin test facility in Laurens, S.C. This 3,500-acre site maintains 12 special tracks of varying lengths and surfaces for testing tires and suspension systems and for driver training. Engineers test tires for noise, adherence to wet surfaces, gravel endurance, off-roadinclines, traction in mud, and vehicle dynamics, such as high-speed lane change and drift. Used primarily by Michelin, the facility also offers other groups test opportunities, such as vibration analysis and chassis loading tests in a confidential environment. The facility is also used to train law enforcement officers from North and South Carolina to enhance their skills in handling emergency situations.

 

Training, Sales, and Marketing

A large degree of Michelin’s success in North America can be attributed to its sales and marketing groups. Michelin has long been recognized by the industry for having the best and most complete training for its sales force. The current training center in Greenville, S.C., not only conducts sales training but also hosts Michelin dealer sales personnel from all over the country to help them become more professional salespeople and better business managers. Michelin marketing teams strive each day and in every category of tires to bring increased value to consumers.

 

 

 

Just as tires are a complex blend of elements, so too are people. We don't believe in established and pre-determined job paths. At Michelin you'll have the opportunity to let your talents and interests guide your career.

As you go through your career at Michelin, you'll be given the opportunity to branch out into areas of the company which interest you. It's not uncommon to find a Michelin manufacturing engineer exploring a new career in product development or a production supervisor moving into sales. Your opportunities aren't limited by your formal education. They're only limited by your imagination.

Career path categories include the following:

  • Purchasing
  • Internal Audit / Finance
  • Design / Project Engineer
  • Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Research and Development
  • Marketing / Sales / Communication
  • Manufacturing
  • Safety and Environmental Protection
  • Information systems

Michelin believes in people, so much so that it has developed a comprehensive career development system that puts no limits on career growth.

Just as tires are a complex blend of elements, so too are people. We don't believe in established and pre-determined job paths. At Michelin you'll have the opportunity to let your talents and interests guide your career.

It's not uncommon to find a Michelin manufacturing engineer exploring a new career in product development, or a production supervisor moving into sales, or an information systems professional seeking a new direction in the marketing world.

Opportunities are not limited by formal education. There are plenty of opportunities to receive professional enrichment, education and training at Michelin.

  • Open positions through middle management are advertised internally for visibility to employees.
  • As employees evolve into middle and upper management, they are assigned a dedicated career manager.
  • Every Michelin manager helps his/her employees map out long-term career directions and interests.
  • Every Michelin employee is encouraged to establish clear career objectives.
  • Every Michelin employee receives ongoing feedback and evaluation.
  • Every Michelin employee and manager is expected to regularly engage in meaningful two-way discussions about career interests.
  • Every Michelin employee can take advantage of numerous technical and professional training programs.
  • Every Michelin employee can pursue opportunities outside his or her formal education.

Marketing / Sales / Communication

undefinedMegan - Customer Service/Solution Development

"My name is Megan. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management of Human Resources in the spring of 2009 from the University of South Carolina. I began working for Michelin the following fall. My first role was in the Customer Service department as an account coordinator. This job proved to be both challenging and rewarding. Being an account coordinator exposed me to all facets of the business. 

I have worked for Michelin for three years now and have been given opportunities to take on different functions each year. After my time as an account coordinator, I became an account coordinator for our commercial truck OE customers. In my current role, I am a Solutions Development Engineer supporting our Customer Service Department. Michelin has allowed me every opportunity to grow in my career, including participating in the Mentoring program and pursuing my MBA in the 2013-2014 school year. 

What I enjoy most about this company is that it is not just a workplace; it is a community of people who share the same core values working toward shared goals. Michelin is a great fit for anyone who has a desire to grow both personally and professionally.”

undefined Mike - Vice President, North American OE Sales

"I joined Michelin in 1988 after serving in the US Army Corps of Engineers and working for another US manufacturing company. My educational background in mechanical engineering and business administration prepared me well for each of my opportunities at Michelin. I began my career in manufacturing and then moved to a senior technical advisor position in our products liability group. The past twelve years of my career have been spent in automotive original equipment sales, where I have had the opportunity to work extensively with our Michelin teams in Paris, Karlsruhe and Tokyo. 

Teamwork and networking have been two keys to my success with Michelin. Each opportunity has given me a greater appreciation for our corporate culture and the diversity of our operations throughout both North America and the world.”

 

undefinedTrey – Sales/Marketing

Two reasons come quickly to mind about why I enjoy working for Michelin. First, being in sales, the value of the brand name cannot be overstated. Not only does the name “Michelin” open doors of opportunity, but it also positively frames the sales conversation before it even begins. This helps customers quickly see our product as a true asset, and creates deeper, long term business relationships, which is the best part of sales.

Second, before coming to Michelin I was looking for company that would provide a wide range of opportunities. Still early in my career, I’ve already realized several different job roles, and I enjoy the way that Michelin encourages employees to take ownership in their long term career goals while also providing the tools and support to achieve them. Michelin values well-rounded employees and that is exactly what I was looking for in my career search.”

 

undefinedJill - Marketing

My name is Jill and I have been with Michelin for six years. I started in the passenger car and light truck marketing department as a Marketing Communications. I was responsible for all aspects of advertising which included the brand websites and social media efforts. In 2009 I helped create of a social community for our BFGoodrich brand which reinforced my interest in digital marketing.

A new eBusiness department was formed and I joined the team as a Digital Solutions Manager in 2010. I lead a project to implement new content management and digital asset management systems which lead to a project to redesign our brand websites. Currently I’m leading a project to make our websites mobile.

Michelin has allowed me many opportunities to grow in my career with training classes, external conferences, a career manager and a mentor. What I enjoy most about this company is the people and the way Michelin allows you to explore a variety of career paths and doesn’t limit what’s possible.

Megan - Customer Service/Solution Development

Cristina – Customer Service

After moving to Greenville in 2007 one of the first things I noticed was the Michelin Headquarters building and set myself a goal to join Michelin. My professional career started in 2002 upon earning my degree in general business.

I started as a Customer Service specialist with a multi-national pulp and cardboard packaging manufacturer in charge of Key Accounts. Prior to joining Michelin I spent three years working as a Store Manager.

What I love about Michelin are the many opportunities for career growth and personal development. “Your opportunities aren’t limited by your formal education, they are only limited by your imagination”.

Advancing in a strong and diversified culture; Michelin’s passion for quality in all aspects of its business has made Michelin a leader worldwide; its commitment to team work and continuous training programs that allow a person’s dedication and creativity to thrive.

Michelin also presents the opportunity to grow in an international culture. I look forward to the challenge to work in a location outside of the United States."

 

Supply Chain and Logistics

 

undefinedKevin - Supply Chain Analyst

…I began working for Michelin in January 2006. I did my initial training as an Industrial Engineer in Greenville. This was a great experience because it was clear that Michelin's commitment to training and excellence was the way they lived their corporate values. My first assignment there was as an IE in our Fort Wayne plant. Nine months later I became the IE Manager at a time of tremendous growth for the facility. After 3 years I became Project Coordinator and helped to manage not only projects, but also to support the progress of all capital spending in the plant. While in those roles I had the opportunity to travel to Japan, Thailand, Spain, France and Canada. In 2011 I returned to South Carolina in the role of Supply Chain Analyst for two of the 10 production facilities.

There are so many great things to say about working for Michelin - training, opportunity for international travel, support of external initiatives (Big Brothers Big Sisters and volunteering at a partner school for the Challenge Education program), ability to change jobs when there is a fit, etc.

The two things for me that are the best part of working for Michelin are knowing that we all see that "Quality is Safety for the Customer" and that it is a great set of people that you can respect and learn from every day.”

 

Internal Audit / Finance

Megan - Customer Service/Solution Development

John - Finance

My career started in 1980 when I was originally hired by the BFGoodrich Tire Company in Akron, Ohio. In 1986, the BFGoodrich Tire Company merged with Uniroyal Tires, Inc. to form the Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company. Then, in 1990, Michelin bought the Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company and relocated the headquarters staff to Greenville, SC. As you can see, I have really worked for three different tire companies throughout my career. Along the way, I obtained my CPA and earned an MBA.

Michelin really is a different kind of company that truly cares about the development and training of its employees. I have had assignments outside of traditional accounting roles such as Internal Audit, Pricing, Risk Management and Pensions, Co-op Advertising, Budgeting, Sales Programming, Business Unit Management and currently as manager of Finance Training.

In my various roles, I have had the chance to visit most of our facilities in the US, Canada and Mexico. In my current role, I travel to France once or twice a year. Again, Michelin really is a different kind of company and a great place to work.

 

Research and Development

 

undefinedMara - Research and Developement

I graduated from University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and joined Michelin straight out of school. As a new grad, I was looking to start my career with an international company where I could utilize and challenge my Chemical Engineering skills.

I started as a Curing Engineer as part of the Curing Process Improvement Team. This gave me the opportunity to work with different plants on solving Curing quality issues and work on initiatives to improve the current processes. I also had the opportunity to travel to different countries for projects. This gave me a chance to experience the company outside of North America while getting exposure to different cultures.

After five years in the technical field, I changed job completely and join the Recruiting Department. I mainly recruit engineers. The challenges in this role are different from the technical field. You interact with external candidates and when you are talking to them, you no longer represent yourself, you represent the company. Hence, having good communication, people skills and understanding of the business in great detail is essential. I'm glad that Michelin gave me the chance to experience a role outside my technical degree.

 

Michelin believes that a comprehensive benefit plan is an important component of its overall employee Total Rewards Program. Below are the major components of Michelin North America's benefit's program. Employee options are selected yearly during open enrollment.

Healthcare

  • Dental
  • Prescription drugs
  • Major medical and preventive care
  • Mental and behavioral health
  • Flexible spending accounts (PRA)
  • Wellness programs
  • Supplemental vision hardware plan

Life Insurance

  • Group term life
  • Accidental death and dismemberment
  • Business travel accident insurance
  • Dependent group term life
  • Voluntary permanent life
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Supplemental disability plan
  • Supplemental term life insurance

Retirement & savings plans

  • Defined contribution pension
  • 401(k) savings plan
  • 529 college savings plan

Other

  • 10 annual paid holidays
  • Employee assistance program
  • Michelin Employee Life Services Program
  • MTC Federal Credit Union
  • Tire service award program
  • Tire rebate program
  • Adoption assistance
  • Voluntary prepaid legal plan
  • Employee stock ownership program
  • Michelin Employee Activity Association (local discounts)
  • Paid leaves of absence
  • Reimbursement for the cost of continued education
  • Vacation

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    I have been working at Michelin North America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and people. Michelin is very loyal to it's employees through safety, career development, and job security. Average tenure of employees is extremely high.

    Cons

    Very few cons, but rubber can be a frustrating thing to work with as an engineer. Michelin can also be slow at upgrading some technologies and equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Love that you are loyal, but it needs to be easier to get rid of people who just aren't willing or capable of do the right things. We also need to stop trying to make new software run through old software. We need to upgrade or modify old software to run through the new.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Michelin North America (Dothan, AL) in July 2017.

    Interview

    Phone Interview: Very organized, the interviewer was very easy to talk which helped me tremendously. It lasted around 45 minutes mostly due to my end interview questions. I was offered an on-site interview and accepted.

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Michelin North America Awards & Accolades

  • Forbes 2016 America's Best Employes, Forbes, 2016
  • Thomson Reuters Award on Diversity and Inclusion, Thomson Reuters, 2016
  • The World's Top CSR Companies, Forbes, 2016
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