How to hand over money without thinking too hard?
I survived three years at Ford, it was as much as I could take.
An inefficient bureaucracy stuffed with people who did nothing but justify their own existence would be hard to create. The standard joke was that Ford was a paperwork company which had a waste product of cars which had to be disposed of somehow. 30% of the roles were entirely superfluous, further savings of about 30-50% could have been made if people just worked efficiently and quietly without a lot of paperwork, meetings and bullshit.
Despite the top-heavy management, the place was out of control. Most people I discussed it with reckoned that if they threw a sulk, put their feet on their desks and refused to do any work it would take about a year to be got rid of. Even then most likely they would be pushed sideways into somewhere they couldn't cause trouble. Worst cae you'd be retired on a full pension. Even then there were endless bolshie fuckwits to deal with who made the life of an engineer trying to get stuff done absolute hell. Getting a simple drawing change through took a days work and about five miles of walking. It was quicker, cheaper and a whole lot easier to go to a Ford dealer to get a vehicle component than it was to go through the internal store, wait half an hour and watch the storesman scratch his balls and talk about football to be told "we ain't got none" when you'd checked the system beforehand and knew they were right there.
There was one year when the person responsible for the fleet cars forgot to renew the road tax, for business trips we all rented GMs.
My managers were bloody terrible
Manager the First - "What should I do?" "I err ah I'll get back to you"
Manager the Second "I'm out of here in six months - do what the hell you want"
Manager the Third "This is all new to me, I was hoping you'd tell me what I should be doing"
I did a year at a manufacturing plant doing the process introduction work. At some point I discovered there was a complete shadow team of process engineers who sat in a hidden room and did nothing, the oldies, the useless, the obnoxious who no-one could work with. There was one guy who really fucked up about $1m worth of tooling, he was put in charge of cardboard boxes, he had to design about five cardboard boxes a year. After the third or fourth prototype they would usually be almost right.
The occasional trip to Detroit was enlightening, each year saw a thicker layer of dust on the test equipment which was so heavily used none of my parts could go on it, the CAE guys who were too busy to do my work but spent their day adjusting their stock porfolios or dozing in the cyclone shelter.
Really grating was how people worked the system. There was one woman who produced 5 kids in 10 years, then decided she'd like 10 years worth of promotions despite having done no actual work. And she got it.
Most irritating to me was the corruption, managers signing each other off for thousands of hours of overtime, at double or quadruple pay, when they were out of the office running their own businesses, execs taking massive backhanders from suppliers etc.
So yeah, run America like a business, it'll be great.
Last edited by Dilbert_X (2017-03-29 02:09:32)
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