Ford uses 25% more engineers doing same work as rivals, Farley says

Ford Motor Co.’s engineering ranks may bear the brunt of additional job cuts the automaker has alluded to in the wake of disappointing earnings, judging from CEO Jim Farley’s latest interview.

“It takes us 25 percent more engineers to do the same work statements as our competitors,” Farley said on “Cars & Culture with Jason Stein,” a SiriusXM radio show that will air the interview on Friday. “I can’t afford to be 25 percent less efficient.”

Farley said last week that Ford missed out on about $2 billion in profits last year as a result of avoidable expenses and supply-chain issues. He pledged to cut $2.5 billion in costs this year and said job cuts are on the table.

In August, Ford eliminated about 3,000 positions, most of which were in the U.S. The German union IG Metall warned last month that it’s expecting about 3,200 reductions across Europe. Bloomberg reported in July of last year that Ford was preparing to cut as many as 8,000 jobs.

Last week, Ford announced it would reduce bonuses for hundreds of top executives, including Farley, who’s been CEO since October 2020. The automaker’s shares have almost doubled during his tenure.


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