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    theoldwizard got a reaction from paintguy in 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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    theoldwizard got a reaction from paintguy in 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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    theoldwizard got a reaction from YT90SC in As Farley's tenure begins, Ford focuses on growth, improved execution, faster transformations   
    After Windstar/Freestar were finally killed off The word "minivan" was never even whispered in the halls at Ford !  Even today, the passenger version of the Transit and Transit Connect are NOT called minivans.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from bobbyd in As Farley's tenure begins, Ford focuses on growth, improved execution, faster transformations   
    Got any proof that this is the case with the camera issue ?
     
     
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from bobbyd in As Farley's tenure begins, Ford focuses on growth, improved execution, faster transformations   
    Very seldom do the suppliers "cost share" in recalls. (This was the big issue with Ford and Firestone on the Explorer tire fiasco.)   The mailing of recall notices, stocking and distributing parts, costs millions beyond the cost of the part.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from twintornados in 7.3L Gas F350's - 40k mile update   
    Uncorked as in some emission control equipment bypassed ?  Are you running DEF ?
     
    No company that wants to stay in business is going to bypass emission equipment.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from twintornados in New light & medium duty news   
    I don't see that as being any different than any other manufacturing company !
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from NLPRacing in NA Transit "abandoned" ?   
    Transit at Nurburgring
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from passis in Did Ford make a mistake killing its sedans?   
    The biggest mistake that Ford made was announcing a couple of years ahead of time that these cars were going to be "orphans".  Anyone with any marketing sense would have just "eased into it".
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from MY93SHO in Death Wobble?   
    That is a GREAT video !
     
    I always knew that worn parts were part of the death wobble problem.  I always SUSPECTED that more caster would help and it was explained very well in the video.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from rperez817 in No corporate "history book" !   
    One of the biggest Ford IT disasters was something called Everest.  It was a purchasing system meant to replace the ancient IBM main frame system.  It was meant to be a "no touch" system.  Order were entered and when received at shipping and receiving were checked into the computer and the vendor was paid.  That is how it was supposed to work !  The short version is it did not.  "Non-production" turned into a nightmare for vendors who only did a few order with the company annually.  Many did not get paid "net 90" and there was literally no one left in "accounts payable" for them to talk to !  Some just refused to sell to the company.
     
    After about a year, when IT threatened to shut down the old system, assembly plant managers got involved.  I don't know what their specific problem was, but Everest failed to solve it.  When a plant manager says a plant will shutdown people listen !  After several months of fumbling around, IT said that V2 of Everest would address all issue AFTER more detail analysis of what the open issues were.  The analysis and implementation phase were going to be much longer than V1 and cost much more than V1.
     
    In the end, the decision was made to upgrade the IBM mainframes because it would cost a fraction of what the project Everest V2 upgrade was going to cost !  Everest, quickly amd quietly disappeared.
     
    Automaker dumps Everest procurement system to revert to older technologies.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from rperez817 in No corporate "history book" !   
    One of the biggest Ford IT disasters was something called Everest.  It was a purchasing system meant to replace the ancient IBM main frame system.  It was meant to be a "no touch" system.  Order were entered and when received at shipping and receiving were checked into the computer and the vendor was paid.  That is how it was supposed to work !  The short version is it did not.  "Non-production" turned into a nightmare for vendors who only did a few order with the company annually.  Many did not get paid "net 90" and there was literally no one left in "accounts payable" for them to talk to !  Some just refused to sell to the company.
     
    After about a year, when IT threatened to shut down the old system, assembly plant managers got involved.  I don't know what their specific problem was, but Everest failed to solve it.  When a plant manager says a plant will shutdown people listen !  After several months of fumbling around, IT said that V2 of Everest would address all issue AFTER more detail analysis of what the open issues were.  The analysis and implementation phase were going to be much longer than V1 and cost much more than V1.
     
    In the end, the decision was made to upgrade the IBM mainframes because it would cost a fraction of what the project Everest V2 upgrade was going to cost !  Everest, quickly amd quietly disappeared.
     
    Automaker dumps Everest procurement system to revert to older technologies.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from Harley Lover in No corporate "history book" !   
    In a few small cases, they are using public cloud but only because IT can not react fast enough to purchase and install new equipment.
     
    Your second statement is COMPLETE WRONG !  Again, I have first hand knowledge of this.  30+ years ago your statements are accurate.  Today, with the PROPER personnel, design and implementation (admitted, not exactly up to Ford IT standards) less than a dozen people can support a key internal software development process (powertrain controls) on equipment that fits in 2 or 3 racks and would fit in a large closet.  30 years ago, this was 50+ people and server rooms the size of a couple of tennis courts !  I know this because I know the person who took over my job 13 years ago.  The process has not changed much, but the equipment and personnel has.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from twintornados in New light & medium duty news   
    I was there when this happened.  The quote from Jack Nasser was "HD truck only makes about 3%-5% profit.  We could make more profit by putting that money in the bank !"
     
    I don't know where the money went from the sale of HD truck, but that profit was year after year, with next to no engineering or production investment.  And yes, it did help to see the Blue Oval on those rigs running down the road.
     
    Class 8, like the old L-Series and AeroMax, is hard to make a profit when the customer demands certain engine, transmission axle combinations.  Effectively there is no profit on component that are made by others.  After the Blue Diamond disaster, Ford was smart by bringing back the F650/F750 with in-house powertrains. Being able to use the same "base" powertrain from Class 3 through the bottom of Class 8 is a brilliant idea.
     
    The only thing holding Ford back from expanding deeper into Class 8 is the cost of developing an large, emissions compliant I6 diesel aimed exclusively at Class 4 and up and the cost of any necessary upgrades to their current 6R140/10R140 transmissions.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from Harley Lover in No corporate "history book" !   
    In a few small cases, they are using public cloud but only because IT can not react fast enough to purchase and install new equipment.
     
    Your second statement is COMPLETE WRONG !  Again, I have first hand knowledge of this.  30+ years ago your statements are accurate.  Today, with the PROPER personnel, design and implementation (admitted, not exactly up to Ford IT standards) less than a dozen people can support a key internal software development process (powertrain controls) on equipment that fits in 2 or 3 racks and would fit in a large closet.  30 years ago, this was 50+ people and server rooms the size of a couple of tennis courts !  I know this because I know the person who took over my job 13 years ago.  The process has not changed much, but the equipment and personnel has.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from rperez817 in No corporate "history book" !   
    Now you are talking about something I know about (this was my job before I retired and I still have friend working in this area).
     
    First, the cost of computing and storage for software development for automotives is DIRT CHEAP theses days.  Servers today cost $10-$20k.  20 years ago they were $100s of thousands !  A decent sized server room would fit in a large walk-in closet.  20+ years ago, you need a server room the size of a couple of tennis courts with multiple A/C units that were the size of 4 or 5 residential refrigerator.
     
    Ford HAS recognized that they need a better, probably standardized, software development process than the dozen (or more) different "ad hoc" processes that they have.  Some people are trying to "build empires" on this premise.  Middle and upper level management don't want to touch this subject because it is so foreign to them.
     
    The Ford IT Organization is a joke !  First level tech support is "off shore" and has no native English speakers.  Second level support is local, but their response window is 48-72 business hours.  Executives are insulated by having their  own IT staff that is on call 24/7, including home support.
     
    Worse, the Ford IT organization are nothing but a policing organization.  They are great at telling you what you can not do and do nothing about helping you "get the job done".
     
     
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from rperez817 in No corporate "history book" !   
    Now you are talking about something I know about (this was my job before I retired and I still have friend working in this area).
     
    First, the cost of computing and storage for software development for automotives is DIRT CHEAP theses days.  Servers today cost $10-$20k.  20 years ago they were $100s of thousands !  A decent sized server room would fit in a large walk-in closet.  20+ years ago, you need a server room the size of a couple of tennis courts with multiple A/C units that were the size of 4 or 5 residential refrigerator.
     
    Ford HAS recognized that they need a better, probably standardized, software development process than the dozen (or more) different "ad hoc" processes that they have.  Some people are trying to "build empires" on this premise.  Middle and upper level management don't want to touch this subject because it is so foreign to them.
     
    The Ford IT Organization is a joke !  First level tech support is "off shore" and has no native English speakers.  Second level support is local, but their response window is 48-72 business hours.  Executives are insulated by having their  own IT staff that is on call 24/7, including home support.
     
    Worse, the Ford IT organization are nothing but a policing organization.  They are great at telling you what you can not do and do nothing about helping you "get the job done".
     
     
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from J-150 in New light & medium duty news   
    Not enough power for the E350 payload.  I guess you could put a 4.10 or 4.33 rear axle in it and a limit the RPM so it does blow itself up.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from twintornados in Transit issues...   
    Hooke's Joint (a.k.a. U Joint) work fine as has been proven for many, many years !
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from kyle in Transit issues...   
    History has shown that Ford will not fix a serious problem like this until there are a significant number of buy backs.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from rperez817 in ActiveX   
    In general, Ford used recycled plastic or parts made from "non-traditional" raw materials in areas that you do not see or come in direct contact.  Recycled plastic does not always have uniform and consistent color.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from YT90SC in Death Wobble?   
    "Death wobble" is NOT unique to F250/F350.  It is seen in almost all 4WD drive vehicles with a solid axle !
     
    It show up at speed above about 45 MPH, so mostly on the highway.  You hit a small bump and suddenly the steering wheel and all of the steering system go into a violent oscillation.  The vehicle still is going straight (more or less) and you do have some control.  The only solution is hold on tight and take your foot off the accelerator and coast to a lower speed where it will stop.
     
    No one has ever pin pointed a cause or a solution.  Tight (new) steering components help.  A steering damper helps.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from rperez817 in Ford plans to use batteries supplied by BYD   
    Lithium is NOT the most expensive part of the battery.  It is cobalt, which is much more scarce.
     
    Luckily, for the past 5 or 10 years, battery manufacturers have been adjusting the chemistry to lower the amount of cobalt in each battery.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from rperez817 in Ford plans to use batteries supplied by BYD   
    Lithium is NOT the most expensive part of the battery.  It is cobalt, which is much more scarce.
     
    Luckily, for the past 5 or 10 years, battery manufacturers have been adjusting the chemistry to lower the amount of cobalt in each battery.
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    theoldwizard got a reaction from MY93SHO in Ranger gets Ford Performance boost   
    The biggest problem with oiled gauze air filters is that they get dirty/clog very quickly.  They maybe "lifetime", but they require more frequent cleaning.
    As mentioned, they are known to cause MAF problems. 
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