@OP at the 5 year mark it is a good time to find another job. Early in your career it is important to find and take jobs that will increase your competency and skill sets every 3-5 years. It is important to learn how other companies and people do things and to adopt the best practices from each place you work. You will become well rounded and highly skilled. You will not be fearful of layoffs as you have skills that are in demand. Later in your career if you want to return to Ford you can. Many return to Ford late in their career for a relaxing job and find they have a significantly higher salary than those who stayed at Ford their entire career.
Spend sometime with financial calculators and see how much money you will lose out on in your career, plug in Ford 3% annual raise vs 10% raise as an example. Factor in compound interest of the money you can save and invest with the higher salary and you will see you will be leaving millions of dollars on the table by staying at Ford.
The difference is profound, especially now that there is no pension.
In the early 80s, a friend started at Ford and retired this year. His ending salary was 110K.
He was very frugal. His ending 401k was 600K, he took lump sum 1,400K. Total retirement savings 2 million.
Another friend also started at Ford in early 80’s, switched jobs every 3-5 years, retired in 2000 making 170k, returned to Ford in 2005 at 116k, left Ford in 2015 at 155k. He was not all that frugal. His ending retirement savings was 9.8 million due to compounding interest of the early years contributions, he always contributed the max to 401k and Ira.
Do the math and make an informed decision.