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theoldwizard last won the day on January 2 2018

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    Ford Salary

    I have been retired for 13+ years, so things may have changed (but I doubt it). You had better be a good talker and hope your supervisor will "go to bat" for you with the department manager. Usually it takes an "outstanding" to get a larger raise. (Flip Side - I think it was during the Nasser era, when it was decreed that 10% of the salaried work force should be classified as "below average". They would not get raises and unless their performance increased the following year they would face dismissal. I got tagged. When I asked the boss specifically why I was given a below average rating I was told, "I had to pick someone, so I picked you", probably because he knew I really liked my job. That gives you such a nice warm feeling.) Sadly, you may NEVER get past "midpoint". Some people have people are just born with "the silver spoon in their mouth" (or are good brown nosers) and others are not. Another "story". Female who started working for Ford in her early 40s. Quickly made it up to a Grade 8. Already had one Masters (Mathematics) but went back and got a second (special one, designed for Ford, through Wayne State). Took "extra" internal training. Volunteered for various "task forces". Always got "above average" reviews. She was bucking for an LL6, but by the time she was in her 50s, she realized that hey age was against her. Maybe it was because she did not play golf with the "good old boys".
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    Ford Salary

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    Ford Salary

    I worked 31 for the company. My experience was that unless your immediate supervisor really like you, you would probably NEVER get out of the bottom quartile. I had a friend who was a LL6. She regularly fell BELOW the minimum, despite having above average ratings and HRs only response would be, "Wait for the next PR cycle." A different friend was promised a "significant raise" when he complete a special Master in Business Engineering degree (this was at MIT; company paid for it, but it was a huge amount of work). After completion of the course and some period of time, he contacted HR as to when he could expect his raise. "Oh, you were above mid-point so we decided you did not need a raise". He quit within 3 months.
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    New light & medium duty news

    And that is my point ! Any accountant that looks at the numbers, should figure out that for a FLEET of vehicles, the gas is a big $$$ savings !
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    New light & medium duty news

    Is anyone else surprised that the new 7.3L gas has not increased sales significantly ? I thought for sure fleets would jump on this as the "total cost of ownership" is much less.
  6. The 2.3L has an "open deck" block. There is no surface that the head mates to. The hot rodders with deep pockets, scanned the top of the block, used CAD to make a "plug" that fits in the void, with a few water passages. Now they can really crank up the boost ! A few people are running E85 for max boost.
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    A Plan web site

    A week ago yes, Tried it last night, no problem.
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    New light & medium duty news

    I guess they do not include the CO2 being released by the farmers tractors !
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    New light & medium duty news

    ALWAYS THE CASE ! Second Law of Thermodynamics Fission, using different design reactors (fail safe, no radio active waste) is much more feasible.
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    New light & medium duty news

    Nope. Second Law of Thermodynamics.
  11. That was based on managements decision to install the transmission in a vehicle/engine combination that it was not designed for (meant to go in Fiesta).
  12. Concur ! Lots of effort was put in by Ford and it is certainly questionable if they really got "paid back".
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    New light & medium duty news

    First Law of Thermodynamics
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    New light & medium duty news

    E450 DRW has 14,500 lbs GVWR
  15. Back in the "hay day" of Ford's Class 8 business, I was always told it was all the thousands of combinations of engines, transmissions and axles that brought in the customers, especially the owner/operators. Don't forget, the reason Ford is in Class 6 and 7 today is because the can use engines and transmissions that were already in production for other vehicle. This gave those products a larger profit margin. I still see very few of F650/F750 around Motown !