Continental Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Continental Chairman Executive Board, Finance, Controlling, IT, and Law; Powertrain Elmar Degenhart
Elmar Degenhart
5 Ratings

Pros
  • Work life balance is also given important (in 21 reviews)

  • relaxed work environment and flexible work schedules (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. Lots of Unrealized Potential

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    Current Employee - Production Support in Fletcher, NC
    Current Employee - Production Support in Fletcher, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  2. Poor quality

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in Fletcher, NC
    Former Employee - Assembler in Fletcher, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits, pay was ok, 12 hour shifts were so much better than 8s, easy work

    Cons

    A lot of overtime when on 8 hour shifts, they will use you to do a job above your pay without paying you that rate or promoting you. Cliquey high school culture, get in with the right people. They claim quality is their biggest concern, especially in front of the Germans, but it's just smoke. Present a problem, they say they will work on it but eventually it gets passed on as a good part


  3. Helpful (3)

    Systems Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, flexible work schedule, few people are good to work with, good bonus. 20% good and 80% not good.

    Cons

    Poor management, heavy work load, no help for people under Visa and who needs GC. They will make you stay with the company forever(basically make you stuck with no choice) if they hold your visa/GC process. Management doesn't recognize hard working people. It's all politics inside the company and HR department will make sure that the employee is not happy.

    Advice to Management

    Management should seriously concentrate and recognize on people who has real talent and are hard working.


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  5. Fed us a line of BS

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    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in Elma, NY
    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in Elma, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Continental full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Their decisions cost them 100's of millions more than anticipated.

    Cons

    After the Motorola Takeover, they came and assured us that we were doing an excellent job and that there were no plans concerning any changes. Four months later, they announced the plant shutdown. When you go for the cheapest worker, you get a similar result. Their CEO said that the addition of the Motorola automotive group would not result in job losses or reductions. I guess that means when you lay-off some and then rehire in another country... it's all a wash. They tried to save a dime and it cost them a buck. They dismantled the facility in NY that consisted of a newer plant and an educated non-union workforce that was among industry leaders in delivery and quality. Lines were sent around the world and it has been nothing but trouble for them ever since. Some of those lines had to be returned to the states due to production obstacles they couldn't overcome offshore. It will take years and years for them to just break even let alone be profitable on such a dismal decision. Good job boys....

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for


  6. Helpful (1)

    The best of the worst or worst of the best.

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    Former Employee - Technician in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Technician in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Continental full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, awesome job function, very interesting work, felt like what you did really mattered.

    Cons

    The most bizarre work environment I've ever witnessed, 3 different groups of workers covered by 3 different contracts, union officials only looking out for the "old" regime and screw the rest. Got bilked out of a buyout by the union and company. Definitely learned not to trust either party. Typical union BS, they stick their necks out for the troublemakers, the cons, the useless people and then screw anyone else who they don't have to come bail out every other day.

    Advice to Management

    Good thing you SOB's shut our location down and moved all those jobs to Mexico. One thing really important I learned is that I'll never ever support your business by buying a vehicle that has parts Continental manufactured at all, this means anything from Detroit, especially GM or Chrysler and even more especially since they received a government bailout and me and 198 other workers only got layed off. Thanks a lot.....


  7. Helpful (1)

    Disfunctional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deer Park, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deer Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    building/campus; on site fitness center; decent pay; global experience

    Cons

    lack of trust among local employees, managers and with German collegues; high disfunction in some groups; expectation to work during vacation and time off -- Europe employees not expected to; key development work moving to Germany; building only half full with no solid plan to grow business; there has been high turn over in the human resource group over the last few years...due to HR leader of operational leader(s)?


  8. Helpful (1)

    Company in crisis

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deer Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deer Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They offer reasonable health benefits. Being a global company, you get the chance to work with teams from all over the world. Expatriate assignments used to be offered (at the moment halted due to economic conditions). Among the companies in the US automotive industry, they're doing better than most.

    Cons

    Continental leadership got too acquisition-happy. They bit off more than they can chew. The leaders who made the big Siemens VDO acquisition are gone now and guess who is in charge? Massive cultural mismatch, IT systems that don't talk to each other, and politics. Want to do everything the "German way", so they send a lot of German expats to become middle management in North America. These managers' assignments only last 1-2 years, so they don't make any real changes. Most decision making is centralized in Germany. They're preoccupied with survival at the moment due to the conditions in the US auto industry. Little R&D in N. America, instead focusing on re-use and cost cutting. Losing their technical edge very quickly. Being a matrix organization, each department has its own agenda and typically works against each other. Lots of bureaucracy and red tape. Middle management takes a lot of time to make decisions, and typically after decisions are made, someone else tries to steer the team in the opposite direction. A lot of time is spent in unproductive meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Trying to control and design everything from Germany for worldwide customers is very costly and ineffective. Utilize the knowledge and workforce you acquired in the first place or risk losing the value of your acquisition. Make sure you align your workforce.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Used to be great company, not any more

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deer Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deer Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good tire and break discount

    Cons

    Too many BAD managers from Siemens VDO

    Advice to Management

    Wipe out S-VDO managers who brought Continental down to deep trouble


  10. Poorly managed and weak leadership.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Industrial Electronics Technician, Electrical Technician, Electrician in Mount Vernon, IL
    Current Employee - Industrial Electronics Technician, Electrical Technician, Electrician in Mount Vernon, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is "good" for the area. Good benefits package.

    Cons

    New hires will undoubtedly work nights and weekends for many years to come. Promotions are not made on merit. Some technicians make significantly more money even though their level of expertise may not warrant such an increase. Causes much discontent.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some managers from other industries and stop promoting people with only tire plant experience. Pay for some corporate leadership training programs to improve the efficiency of those managers you currently have. Streamline the organization and eliminate the dead weight. (Having to answer to 5 supervisors is not efficient and makes for a lot of confusion.)


  11. Helpful (1)

    Advancement or pay raises are not an option

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Blythewood, SC
    Current Employee - Technician in Blythewood, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, benefits, benefits. Not much else to brag about with this company but the medical and dental benefits are good. Some benefits such as 401k company match used to be much better but some benefits have decreased in the last few years.

    Cons

    HR department and management are self absorbed and do not care for their employees. Hard work and accomplishment are not rewarded while favoritism is obvious. Also major differences in pay for doing the same job because of favoritism. Lower and mid-level employees are not appreciated at all while upper management and only a chosen few are given bonuses and perks.

    Advice to Management

    No reason to give feedback to Senior Management. The same practices have always been in place here.



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