CTS Corporation Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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CTS Corporation President, CEO, and Director Vinod M. Khilnani
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  1. working for more than a yr

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CTS Corporation

    Pros

    good company to work with

    Cons

    no negative as of now

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Run before it's too late

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Elkhart, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Elkhart, IN

    I have been working at CTS Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The place is disorganized if you get the right position very little will be expected, sleeping at work is common and not discouraged. If you can play the local politics, which are immense, then no matter how poorly you perform you'll be ok. It is also good for laughs and to actual observe some of the jokes about bureaucracies and inefficiencies that you've read in Dilbert. If you like history the building, computers and tools that you use are antique. If you want a good laugh you get to frequently hear the elderly employees going off about politics or religion. It may not be bad for a 1 - 2 year fill in job, but certainly not long term.

    Cons

    Make sure you have everything they tell you for your offer in writing, even then you will have to speak up to make happen. Intelligence and technical ability are not appreciated and actually punished. Absolutely no career opportunities, any promotions are entirely based on politics, goals and reviews are intentionally ambiguous to aid this. Your boss will likely be unqualified, completely unable to understand what you are doing and unable to provide any training or support/learning opportunities. The people who have succeeded are good at avoiding projects that are going poorly, stealing credit for others work and finding scapegoats, it's a nasty backstabbing environment. After record profits they laid off employees just to hit immediate goals for managements immediate bonuses ignoring future success. Annual raises are either cancelled or well below inflation. They do have some engineers that have been CTS for a long time, don't let this fool you it is only because they were not able to find work elsewhere and having CTS on your resume does not help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worry less about appeasing immediate stockholder returns to get your bonus and look down the road at least a few years. Actually try to look at what is going on at Elkhart and question why you have more managers/supervisors than engineers. Try to move out of the 1960's in into modern times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Mismanaged; new team not making it better

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    Current Employee - Manager in Elkhart, IN
    Current Employee - Manager in Elkhart, IN

    I have been working at CTS Corporation

    Pros

    Good for a "fresh-out" engineer to get his foot in the door, then leave after 2 years. No rush hour in this area.

    Cons

    Quality engineers reported directly to engineering managers, and many procedures were eliminated to streamline. Imagine the damage an engineering manager or director could do if he pushed his quality engineer to ignore failures. The new execs eliminated this conflict of interest, but promoted the abusers rather than fire or demote them. This, in part, demoralized the troops. The performance review system has nothing to do with promotions and salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engineering directors and managers don't need performance bonuses. They'll just game the system as some already have. Eliminate them and use the money to clean and rehab the offices.
    Distribute employee job descriptions. You must not realize just how confused it is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Awesome place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CTS Corporation full-time

    Pros

    great pay, amazing work environment

    Cons

    poor management. they play favorites with employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve ur interview process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Not the company that you can rely on.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CTS Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    No reason to work here. Stay away.

    Cons

    company no long term view. Only care the Numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your employees as your family members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Mostly good experience with Automotive Business.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CTS Corporation full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Production Planning role is blended - includes customer service, production planning and vendor schedules. Most roles are not micro-managed. Trusted to make decisions and implement ideas for improvement. Good people / team members. Lots of recent and on-going changes to make improvements in management of business.

    Cons

    Morale needs to be improved - majority of the employees seem unhappy including most of the management team. Personnel issues with union employees can take away from time/energy management needs to manage and run the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to make changes to streamline and focus the Automotive division. Need to make more strides with: quality, safety and inventory control/management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Good Experience, I have had the opportunity to work with global cross funcional teams

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CTS Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many long tenured employees have a good understanding of the business, opportunity for working with people in intenational locations, new management team is still coming together but has aggressive plans for the future, competitive compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Typical work environment for today, reduced resource pool and long work hours, communication from management is sporadic and too high level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am optomistic about the future of the company but increased communication is sorely needed in order to boost morale

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Wonderful. I worked with some fantastic people. I was able to us my Team management skills.

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    Current Contractor - Customer Service Representative in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - Customer Service Representative in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at CTS Corporation as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fair training. Great people, including upper management and Production staff. Within my position I worked with everyone from Receiving, Shipping, Quality, Accounting, Program Management, and Scheduling.

    Cons

    Little space for upward movement. I was a Temp. for almost two years, which I feel is way to long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management seen more. Long term employees on the production should be paid more. They carry a huge amount of worth in there heads. Which leaves the Company when they do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Stay away

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CTS Corporation

    Pros

    Set time for breaks other than that nothing good

    Cons

    Union runs the place. Management will not control their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take control of your company. Management should run it not the union.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Stay away!

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    Current Employee - Accounting/Finance Department in Elkhart, IN
    Current Employee - Accounting/Finance Department in Elkhart, IN

    I have been working at CTS Corporation full-time

    Pros

    You work there means you are unemployed, that's reptty much the pro!

    Cons

    Worked in accounting/finance area. Management managed by fear. Extremely disorganized. My manager is extremely cocky, took no blame, no accountability, no interest in developing talent, he is extremely selfish, no career path monitoring. Senior Manager is a complete mess, extremely out of touch of the operation, and if you are putting out a sales numbers they didn't like, they will yell and scream over the phone and if they needed an ad-hoc report, they called you every 5 minutes to bother you and will not let you complete the request. If you want to learn, that's not the place!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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