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Continental Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
227 Reviews
3.8
227 Reviews
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Elmar Degenhart
227 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance - People know when to get things done and when to go back home (in 21 reviews)

  • Compensation, work environment, freedom, flexibility, and opportunity for advancement (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-Life balance is good only in certain (very few) departments (in 6 reviews)

  • can be close to the car automotive industry (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Continental is a great company that pays well

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Validation Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Validation Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI

    I have been working at Continental full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Excellent Pay
    - Good people
    - Flexible hours
    - Work from home 4 days per month

    Cons

    - Some managers travel too much when they need to be around more when problems arrise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - help focus on problems on existing programs rather then just focusing on future business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Shipping in Allentown, PA
    Current Contractor - Shipping in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at Continental as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing place to work, great experience

    Cons

    I only worked as a temp, therefore i could not stay longer!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the work you guys have been doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of Unrealized Potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Support in Fletcher, NC
    Current Employee - Production Support in Fletcher, NC

    I have been working at Continental full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    For Professionals - Salary, Holiday, Vacation, genuinely good people
    For the plant - continued growth of new products - stability in an automotive market.

    Cons

    This plant makes brake calipers and is headquartered in Frankfurt Germany, so Germany calls the shots - lots of lipstick put on a pig to make it look good but not function better.

    For professionals - long hours, too many projects, tight deadlines, few growth opportunities

    For the plant - 12 hr shifts - repetitive motion, lifting heavy castings all day, little training and high expectations on quality on unstable processes

    MicroManagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the vital few improvements and get them done right the first time - then on to the next
    Train your people so they can succeed
    Live your values
    Stop the MicoManagement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company that values employees and promotes work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Good challenging work that will motivate continuous improvement. Constant availability for additional training and good mentoring programs. Growth opportunities across the board for self motivated, top employees. Good benefits package and company success sharing through a variable compensation program. ...growing company with smart leadership.

    Cons

    Matrix organization that has you reporting to more than one boss.

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

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Deer Park, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Deer Park, IL

    I have been working at Continental full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to act, international mobility, good benefits

    Cons

    Not close from public transportation,

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Lots of work, but no change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at Continental full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced, high volume work with multiple customer bases.

    Cons

    Most of the people there are unhappy and it shows. It's very hard to be motivated at a company with such a negative employee culture. The basis of most of the production is of the mindset to make everything just good enough to get it out the door as soon as possible. Quality is sacrificed for volume of work. Also, very little room for advancement unless you want to move to China.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your foot down to maintain quality, and to quit shipping poor product. Why do you think there are so many automotive recalls?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great, international, and diverse company.

    Current Employee - Central Function in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Central Function in Auburn Hills, MI

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

    Pros

    Continental is lead in Technolog and the largest Automotive Supplier world wide.

    Cons

    Continental is Slow with emplyee development

  9.  

    A responsible organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI

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

    Pros

    If able to work with ownership attitude, have ideas & self starter, good place to work

    Cons

    Too many controls implemented, sometimes ties people down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust & encourage the employees more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Solid company with good growth potential.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continental full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are a highly valued resource.
    Work climate is positive and management is focused on continuous improvement.
    Worldwide exposure is interesting.

    Cons

    Excessive bureaucracy. (It can be difficult to get your job done)
    Glass ceiling for non German managers.
    The pros outweigh the cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with your employees.
    Eliminate processes that slow the company down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Auburn Hills, MI

    I have been working at Continental as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    In my department there are many reasons. The people are great, the explanation when struggling with something, the atmosphere is great.

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say.

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