Ford Motor Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
842 Reviews

3.8
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Ford Motor President & CEO Mark Fields
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • a lot of flexibility in the field (they like to call it "work-life balance") (in 73 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are competitive (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes women are given a hard time when they take maternity leave, or try to utilize the work-life balance policy (in 20 reviews)

  • You've got to be willing to work long hours at a hard job (in 33 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Ford in Australia has closed down

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ford Motor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    no longer bad cars, mismanagement and low quality

    Cons

    I am not sad about it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best car: Design in Italy, build in Germany

  2.  

    Surviving before thriving

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ford Motor full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Within Ford Australia, many technical areas have a collaborative team culture. There are some good learning and development opportunities on complex projects, even for relatively new employees. Pay and conditions are competitive for those qualified, including lease cars. Hours are generally standard, though some may be required to support meetings across US, Europe and Asia Pacific timezones.

    Cons

    As Ford Australia and the local automotive sector continues to face structural challenges and external competition, developmental opportunities have sharply declined. Many employees are anxious for their futures with redundancy programs announced. Survival and risk-adverse and bureaucratic culture has taken hold.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Solid, uninspiring place to work.

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Melbourne

    I have been working at Ford Motor as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Job security, the engineering team is friendly and committed, most people there want to do a good job, plenty of travel opportunities, a good understanding of work/life balance, ability to live in Melbourne.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. The company is large which necessitates systems and processes to ensure that goals are met but the time spent attending to metrics and working with unwieldy, poorly designed systems is too great. Focus on cost which often overrides every other consideration becomes frustrating. Poorly designed offices with minimal natural light, outer suburb location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the reporting out process, allow more time to do actual design and engineering and trust that the team is dedicated to engineering a great product. Inflationary pay increases are a bare-minimum and people get highly demotivated when salaries decrease in real terms. Performance related bonuses would help motivation. Where's your passion for exciting cars gone? Let's not become another Toyota...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Project Engineer / Design and Release Engineer

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Geelong
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Geelong

    I have been working at Ford Motor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting to see and feel your work after 3-4 years.

    Cons

    Worst culture, all work is hughly under manned (hence workload is un manageable), no innovation at all is allowed. The processes prevent you from achieving meaningful results, even if you are driven to get things done, managers miss the point of why the engineers are there. Only way to be a manager of a small team is to stay for 10-12 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See cons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work at in a nice and friendly environment,

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    Current Employee - Studio Engineer  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Studio Engineer in Melbourne

    I have been working at Ford Motor as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good and friendly environment at the office.

    Cons

    Weak management so no clear future plans for new projects...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more clear and honest about future programs

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great products, great colleagues, tangled structures and processes

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    Current Employee - Vehicle Engineering Supervisor  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Vehicle Engineering Supervisor in Melbourne

    I have been working at Ford Motor full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent engineering processes
    Colleagues are passionate about the products they design and engineer (most are, anyway)
    Global company, job variety, cultural diversity
    Great engineering facilities
    Strong focus on quality improvement

    Cons

    So many different engineering processes to track or follow takes up a lot of the engineering time.
    US-centric development processes and targets can miss the mark in other regions
    You have to love the job because hours are long and pay is low w.r.t. other engineering jobs
    Low quality work environment
    Chaotic approach to cost reduction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show passion and enthusiasm for the work your teams do. Encourage cooperation between departments. Seek to simplify processes and communication channels.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Professionally fulfilling

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Melbourne

    I have been working at Ford Motor

    Pros

    Diversity of people, respect for others

    Cons

    Recognition for performance & contribution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus / recognition for employee performance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    great place to work

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    Current Employee - Business Manager
    Current Employee - Business Manager

    I have been working at Ford Motor full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    everyone I interacted with was not only smart and knowledgeable, but also nice. It seems like the One Ford, One Team mantra is making a difference in the way everyone behaves

    Cons

    too many meetings; plan to be able to manage 2 jobs: what is on your job description and then attending meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Team Member  in  Coimbatore (India)
    Current Employee - Team Member in Coimbatore (India)

    I have been working at Ford Motor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It is a great Work Environment, Recognition for the great work you do is on time.

    Cons

    Career opportunities to work in different countries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company in a tough business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dearborn, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn, MI (US)

    I worked at Ford Motor full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good opportunities for competent people. Great product line-up. Nice pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Big time CYA attitude among middle managers. Very reluctant to take chances or make decisions that might rock the boat. Lots of effort to tell the bosses what they want to hear. A few incompetent senior managers, but most are solid. Make just a small effort to provide work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier for mid-level employees to tell the truth. Learn from the GM recall fiasco.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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