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Ford Motor Company Dearborn Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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  • Lots of programs to support work / life balance but expect to work hard (in 60 reviews)

  • long hours and dealing with the union (in 96 reviews)

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  1. "Program manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn, MI

    Pros

    Great Company to work for

    Cons

    Stay away from internal polictics


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    "Research Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some good coworkers, work-life balance is assuredly better than many companies. For better or worse, there is a procedure for everything.

    Cons

    Lots of complacency, very political, not the best culture for minorities in the automotive industry. Multiple instances of unfair distribution of benefits (that's the one star on compensation/benefits). The mindset to change things for the better is not welcome--much more valued are keeping the status-quo and not making waves.

    Advice to Management

    Work to hire for abilities, not just your narrow definition of relevant experience. It doesn't matter if someone's done a bit of automotive work if they can't effectively organize materials, communicate findings, or work well with others. This approach could also help promote diversity and inclusion, which are sorely lacking.


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    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Dearborn, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, cars and trucks.

    Cons

    Management is uptight with infighting at the director and VP level.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up


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  5. "Poor marketing acumen throughout"

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    Former Employee - Senior Market Research Manager in Dearborn, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Market Research Manager in Dearborn, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ford Motor Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good resume builder
    Decent work hours (at least in the US)
    International opportunities
    Stable management
    Good leadership team
    Good long-term strategy

    Cons

    Very poor marketing skills throughout: marketing people are career sales people who one day graduate into marketing. Hard to instill branding ideas into most of them.
    Personnel rankings, bonuses and compensation more often than not have little to do with performance, and much with politics and "what's the chance that this person would leave if we pass them up for someone who is a higher flight risk".

    Advice to Management

    Reward the good workers, let go (or at least demote) the useless ones instead of rotating and promoting them when their poor leadership makes direct reports start fleeing.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Boring..."

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    Current Employee - Electrical Systems Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Electrical Systems Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not stressful, stable pay, sense of family, as long as the company sells F-150's and some other SUV's, we are cool.

    Cons

    Boring, lots of old systems and processes, lots of bureaucracy and backstabbing, careless managers.
    The pay is steady, but the growth is super slow while your soul gets crashed.
    The Dearborn campus area is in general dull, kinda disgusting, very old and dirty. Some cafeterias are really bad (only pizza and burgers) and very expensive. They said remodeling is coming, but I guess by the time that happens, this place would be plagued by Indians, the only people that love this kind of environment.
    Lots of untalented people even though there is a very stringent online system that filters out lots of great local people so that in the end we end up with importing unfit, cheap labor, specially from India, who drag down our annual incentives and make our kids rethink STEM.
    I think bad decisions are being taken: a lot of investment in "mobility" and software, yet no clear path on how to execute that vision and generate revenue. A lot of dependency on trucks, yet we says its unprofitable to sell small cars. Toyota somehow is the number 1...
    Example, "let's reduce the weight of the gas tank as much as we can, like paper wall, so that it costs next to nothing to manufacture", "let's add a four-figure dollar software feature that nobody uses but looks cool".
    No clear strategy on how to top Tesla in the EV world. Old roots seem to be too entangled to allow green innovation; maybe engineering politics have to do with it, along with cross "favors" from suppliers.

    Advice to Management

    Please recruit local candidates rather than importing unfit, cheap labor. Not because they worked at the back office of IT troubleshooting PC's back at India would they be able to do code for autonomous vehicles.


  7. "Dealer Auditing"

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    Current Employee - Dealer Auditor in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Dealer Auditor in Dearborn, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment . Good opportunity to advance . Creativity is encouraged. Excellent benefits including vehicle discounts . Individuality is rewarded.

    Cons

    Would love to have more flexible work weeks


  8. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Dearborn, MI
    Former Intern - Intern in Dearborn, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ford Motor Company as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Was very involved in the project I was given. I was great because the people I worked with were very helpful and great people to talk to.

    Cons

    Not enough exposure to some of the other departments I wanted to work on. Would have liked to have some type of exposure in other departments

    Advice to Management

    I would make the experience for working as an intern more towards working with the full-time employees, in order to get a better experience.


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    "Product & Program Engineering Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Product & Program Engineering Supervisor in Dearborn, MI
    Former Employee - Product & Program Engineering Supervisor in Dearborn, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always new product to work on.
    Very customer focused.
    Always using the newest processes.
    Always have the latest software for your job
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Work life balance is not good.
    Very high workload.
    High stress at work. Tight deadlines. Lots of meetings.
    Can be away from home for long periods of time

    Advice to Management

    You need to manage your own career.
    You need to network all the time
    You need to put in very long days.


  10. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dearborn, MI

    I worked at Ford Motor Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of successful brands

    Cons

    lots of process to follow... Union makes the job harder

    Advice to Management

    Promote more innovation in the work force


  11. "Great office culture"

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    Current Employee - Product Design Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Product Design Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flex Time, Finish your work and you have a hard time enjoying work and accommodating personal life

    Cons

    Dearborn is not the nicest city in the world



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