Ford Motor Reviews

Updated 29 September 2014
Updated 29 September 2014
848 Reviews
3.8
848 Reviews
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Ford Motor President & CEO Mark Fields
Mark Fields
38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • a lot of flexibility in the field (they like to call it "work-life balance") (in 77 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are competitive (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Make just a small effort to provide work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • You've got to be willing to work long hours at a hard job (in 36 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.  

    Job not stable

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    Current Employee - Product Designer  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Product Designer in Melbourne

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, relatively easy job, friendly colleague relation

    Cons

    A lot Overtime in peak project timeline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transfer contractors to employee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    not good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ford Motor

    Pros

    Money, and that is ll

    Cons

    Too many bad people work there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go away

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Wonderful!!

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    Current Employee - Purchasing Intern  in  Dearborn, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Purchasing Intern in Dearborn, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    I interned at Ford this past summer, and it was a great experience! I had their purchasing internship, so I was located in their Rotunda Building, Dearborn, MI. My department was interior- seating, and my commodity was leather. I must say this was probably the coolest commodity I could of asked for. Totally beat out plastics or chasis. The Pro's are as follows

    -Learn A LOT
    -Able to network extinsively
    -Pay is grat mine was somwhere around 18.36/hr
    -Ford is very family oreinted, tons of department outings, corporate events. Really breaks up the day I must say!
    -interns can attend company trainings, which is very benificial, and a killer resume builder
    -Offer free housing, for those over 70 mi (away or something like that) they also reumburse you for any car rentals you may need

    Cons

    -Rotunda Building is crap, falling apart, roof leaks, however they are trying to fix it up, made some improvements while I was there
    -Filling out time card was confusing at first
    -If you have issues with your paycheck, HR is impossible to get a hold of. They do not have a direct number, and communcation is soley through email

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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