Ford Motor Company Design Engineer Reviews

Updated Aug 23, 2020

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Ford Motor Company President and CEO Jim Hackett
Jim Hackett
33 Ratings
  1. "Lack of stability"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Release Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ford Motor Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with

    Cons

    No clue where they are going. Upper management struggling to relate to employees

  2. "Working for Ford Australia"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Manager in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good work culture, nice diverse work force.

    Cons

    Too much churn with no checks and balances.

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  3. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Ciudad de México
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ford Motor Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Worklife balance, salary, management, challenging environment, learning

    Cons

    Location with few viable ways to get to the company

  4. "Some Engineering with lots of paperwork"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design and Release Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ford Motor Company full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of resources. TDRM's are great places to learn. Lots of systems of lesson's learned and best practices, but they are not enough to get the whole picture and mistakes still happen. There are lots of people that are very good at their jobs. There are wonderful people who will help you constantly at WERS, or PDLs, or whatever other archaic/unruly system Ford is currently using. People are typically easy to talk to and will do their jobs. You can go around and stop by practically anyone's desk and discuss an issue, you will come to an agreement, and path forward. And know, that you'll only have to prod them 3 times to get what they promised you.

    Cons

    This will completely depend on your group, but mainly your supervisor. Your group is your program, NOT your commodity. Ford is completely oriented towards making a vehicle fit together, NOT making each component work the best. This is supposed to cause the different commodities to come together but it rarely does. It also causes repeated mistakes to happen. So you'll see the same issues on multiple programs because the same commodity engineers don't talk with each other that often. Also, products are moving so quickly, by the time an issue is detected, another program has it already in the pipeline. Issues are caused by lack of communication between the different engineers of the same commodity AND when specs change in one group that cause issues in another. There are so many supervisors that seem like lost workers. They have no idea what they are doing or how they got into their position. Even though they have a dozen people reporting to them, they will also be releasing parts and are too busy to BE a boss, or especially, a leader. Because of that, you will be on your own. Fend for yourself, most people will not try to help you on your issues. Rarely, yes, someone will, a bit, but that's rare. So many reporting systems!!! The same 5 pieces of information will need to be reported 90 times a month. Redundant work takes up 2/3 of your engineering time. Management implicitly favors this work rather than making sure everything else is complete.

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  5. "Mostly project managing"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design and Release Engineer in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good benefits, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Minimal engineering input. Lots of corporate bureaucracy

  6. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design and Release Engineer in Ciudad de México
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company take care of their employees

    Cons

    Big teams under same manager/supervisor

  7. "Great Position"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Design and Release Engineer in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ford Motor Company full-time

    Pros

    Fulfilling Work and Great Work Enviroment

    Cons

    Communication can be poor depending on group

  8. "Creative"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Design Sculptor in Dearborn, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ford Motor Company

    Pros

    Lots of generational families there

    Cons

    Huge campus with lots of walking

  9. "People First"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CAD Design Engineer in Ciudad de México
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great culture, good benefits, excellent work environment

    Cons

    Slow or nil professional growth,

  10. "Opportunities everywhere if you know where to look"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stamping Die Design Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Once you’re in, you can go everywhere

    Cons

    High scrutiny from media and critics

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