Can we continue to bleed our dwindling talent and survive?
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Seems to be two basic groups of employees. Those hiding and coasting just waiting to hear “ Ollie ollie oxen free”, and those seeking to ‘get the heck out of dodge’.
The majority being in the first category.
Ford culture consistently retains and promotes the mediocre. It’s why some blow hard can sell hot air for years and everyone blindly follows along wasting billions of dollars.
The art of respectful disagreement and rational discussions based in fact and merit has been lost at Ford. Instead there is fear based dictatorship where all feedback sources are turned off when the leadership doesn’t like the feedback they receive.
You can get asked to come back as contract. I know a few people who were SRD and been asked. They all said no.
@gcy - too true. A cog. I retired after a long period at Ford and enjoyed it more days than not. That's all I could ask for. I suspected I was a cog no matter what specialized skills I brought to each area and was rewarded for it - while I was there. After leaving they plugged another cog in for me with almost no thought, and then another one shortly after until they both got 'worn' out. Another cog is on the way I am sure but it is just another cog. Thankful for the friends made and mentors helping me along the way - but you should fully know that this machine waits on no one and runs smoothly or bumpy just the same with or without you.
Market test, obtain and review all offers (if any) and compare to current status, assess risks and opps, then make the decision to take offer or not. Repeat every quarter. It’s as simple as that. As the old adage says…Ford will survive…you are just a cog in the machine no matter title
That and the question if automotive has a long term future? You sure can be developing AI solutions but at some point you can't do it in-house or your knowledge and skill level cant keep up with the pace of technological advancement. Sometimes I'm wondering if mechanical and electrical engineering have a future. For western countries it seems to be all about computer science going forward. then again, you can do that better in India. idk
Every time someone goes out on a package you have to sign an agreement that you will not sue Ford and not ever ever ever work for Ford again. So they don't want you back and they don't care if you were the expert in whatever you were an expert in.
pwh+1hnlGbDq You are correct. The writing has been on the wall for some time. Look at the body group. Interior is done in Mexico. They built a Design Center down there. Why would they do that other than to save money! NA is one of the larger markets in the world not Mexico. Like the UAW they are shipping D&R resp. south of the border. Especially for the old commodities. Then you add the JF comments back in February and the way the bonuses were handled the trust in senior management is gone. People are leaving in all age brackets. Do you blame them?
What did mgt think was going to happen. With Farley's comment that all current employees stink and are id--ts and need to be replaced...surprise. Frankly, I believe they don't care and only want the cheapest staff they can find. That, the recent quality comments are BS as if you continue on their current strategy, quality will only get worse as they are convinced a vehicle is only software. I guess they think we'll ride around on invisible mega bytes.