Thread regarding Ford layoffs

When will Farley be laid off for lacking competence?

Even the Detroit Free Ford Press cannot ignore our constant parade of failures. He has been here for over a decade, CEO for almost a year, but has made zero improvements. How much longer can this continue?

“Ford CEO Jim Farley has said again and again that reducing how much the company spends on recall and warranty work is vital for the iconic automaker, which has a long history of what industry analysts call self-inflicted wounds.

Yet costs to fix problems continue to grow with Ford's latest high-profile safety recalls.

Back-to-back-to-back recalls in recent weeks for issues ranging from spontaneous combustion to loss of power while driving at highway speeds puts Ford at a competitive disadvantage during a time when automakers are fighting to define themselves as market leaders, analysts say.

It is essential that Ford, like all automakers, focus its dollars on developing new products to compete in a rapidly-evolving industry that requires massive new investment, versus fixing mistakes.

"They are the No. 1 problem at Ford right now. And it's the worst in the industry when it comes to recalls and warranty work," said John McElroy, a longtime industry observer and host of "Autoline After Hours" webcast and podcast. "It’s been going on for years and they haven’t solved it yet."”

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Post ID: @OP+1hoVqZGX

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Back to the OT, I do not think Farley is a long term solution. Way in over his head, was not at all ready for CEO. Hinrichs would have been a much better option, and the quality issues since his departure show that he wasn't the problem!

The revolving door of CEOs since Mulally will continue. I'd estimate that Farley is roughly 1/2 way through his tenure as CEO. I give him another 2 years tops and he will opt to "retire to spend more time racing cars". The truth is that Bill has become teflon, nothing sticks to him. Problems turn into someone else's fault. The Ford CEO is now analogous to the Lions GM and head coach. When the same losing happens, just replace the CEO/GM/head coach.

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Post ID: @3zag+1hoVqZGX

Farley is used to Toyota version of quality where the Sensei will attack management if they aren't performing. He shared a story on how tough the Sensei were.

I think Ford quality is very different, more retrospective, reporting, and tracking.

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Post ID: @3qwh+1hoVqZGX

@1gpt+1hoVqZGX. You are a dreamer.

Ford/GM/Chrysler had consistently leaded NHTSA customer complaint counts. Each of these three sold less vehicles than Toyota. But the customer complaints against each of these three are three to four times higher than Toyota year after year. This is the only consistency you can find in term of vehicle quality/reliability/durability.

The pattern of the Ford error states are also very obvious: they are from a well defined subset of vehicle systems, i.e., they are repeaters. The most interesting thing is that the heads of these repeaters were not demoted or laid off. Some of them were promoted to have great control of the overall PD organization.

Effectively you are asking the criminals for helps.

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Post ID: @1ysh+1hoVqZGX

I sincerely wish we could get our quality issues under control. The problem is not fixing itself, and clearly it is up to upper management to fix the cultural and systematic issues. If quality continues to be a significant problem, it is Farley who is accountable, and he should go.

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Post ID: @1gpt+1hoVqZGX

Did our HR and bill already forget about the vax mandate they forced on us last fall?!?!?!?

Shouldnt I have made that decision as an individual???

How brain dead are the people running this company?!?!?

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Post ID: @1xoj+1hoVqZGX

“We believe medical decisions are best left to individuals and their medical providers.”

Where was this belief last November ?

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Post ID: @1drt+1hoVqZGX

Bill must have ordered Farley to send out that R vs W email telling us Abor-shun is covered under all Ford medical plans

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Post ID: @1kbs+1hoVqZGX

Yes, it is obvious Bill has been running the show the last two CEO’s - and the number one reason why Ford is where it is at today. Guess his disastrous stint as real CEO did not teach him anything….so he has been playing ‘undercover ceo’ with the same predictable results.

If you have a pension, strongly suggest you ‘retire’ now and take your pension in cash and go work someplace else where
Upper management are pretend figures.

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Post ID: @1lsy+1hoVqZGX

His awkward social behavior was rumored to be Asperger's by those who worked with him in marketing in 2009-2010. Those rumors went away in later years as his tempers flared more often and interactions were more one-way.

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Post ID: @eid+1hoVqZGX

The thing about Farley is he is a salesman, he tells people what they want to hear, then he has this ‘tell’ where he looks uncomfortable almost like did they buy that? People subconsciously recognize that his body language, facial expressions and words do not match. They then come to conclusions like he’s awkward, he’s weird, he’s nervous, etc.

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Post ID: @kiq+1hoVqZGX

When Farley joined as CMO I was in an introductory meeting with him and former Quality VP, Bennie Fowler. I do remember him making a big deal on the importance of quality in the Ford being a competitor. I really felt he sincerely believed this but was very nervous about it.

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Post ID: @bqj+1hoVqZGX

His competence is not a decision factor for layoff. From his own standard, his pay is.

From what is on the published financial reports, he automatically should be the #1 on his own layoff list. All the high-pay, high-demand employees should follow.

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Post ID: @mjm+1hoVqZGX

Bills daughter is being groomed for ceo

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Post ID: @gmp+1hoVqZGX

He will be out after the 2022 mass cull of salaried workers is complete. Bill will appoint someone else in 2023. The problem is Alex,, the heir apparent, isn’t ready for CEO so who will it be?

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Post ID: @hcm+1hoVqZGX

Anyone who has been around knew that Farley would be a disaster from day 1. A marketing guy with exactly zero experience in engineering or manufacturing. The only thing Farley has excelled at in his career is promoting Jim Farley. On his way up the ladder at Ford he treated people below him like dirt with his constant outbursts and temper tantrums, but always knew how to shine on the people above him - especially the Ford family. At Ford that's good enough to get you a shot at the CEO spot.

Well it took fewer than 2 years and what are the most serious problems that are consistently bubbling up? The ones Farley has exactly zero experience with. There's a shocker. It's gotten so bad now that even PWH can't hide it between puff pieces on Jimmy's grandpa and his (phony) love of racing. Now its starting to hit the bottom line and the company's reputation. The glow of the Bronco is starting to fade and customers are going to be pretty upset that their $60K Jeep knockoff needs a new engine after 10K miles. Jimmy can't dispatch Truby and the PR minions to paper over this one. This is going to require real, actual problem solving within the engineering and manufacturing organization. And that is something Farley is entirely incapable of leading. It's only going to get worse for him from here on out. The Farley honeymoon is officially over.

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Post ID: @jxp+1hoVqZGX

I'd say Farley is safe. Lets face it, Bill runs the show. And Bill can effectively continue to run the show with a lifeless talking head like Farley being his teleprompter reader.

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Post ID: @rma+1hoVqZGX

Maybe this can be the topic of the next podcast episode.

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Post ID: @emg+1hoVqZGX

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