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Continental Reviews

Updated April 15, 2014
Updated April 15, 2014
287 Reviews
3.7
287 Reviews
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Elmar Degenhart
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Systems Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continental

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Fed us a line of BS

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    Former Employee - Assembly Technician  in  Elma, NY
    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in Elma, NY

    I worked at Continental full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    You get what you pay for

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

    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

    I worked at Continental full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Disfunctional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Deer Park, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deer Park, IL

    I worked at Continental

    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)?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Company in crisis

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Deer Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deer Park, IL

    I have been working at Continental

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Used to be great company, not any more

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Deer Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deer Park, IL

    I have been working at Continental

    Pros

    Good tire and break discount

    Cons

    Too many BAD managers from Siemens VDO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Poorly managed and weak leadership.

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    Current Employee - Industrial Electronics Technician, Electrical Technician, Electrician  in  Mount Vernon, IL
    Current Employee - Industrial Electronics Technician, Electrical Technician, Electrician in Mount Vernon, IL

    I have been working at Continental

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Advancement or pay raises are not an option

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    Current Employee - Technician  in  Blythewood, SC
    Current Employee - Technician in Blythewood, SC

    I have been working at Continental

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    review

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    Current Employee - Layout Designer  in  Timişoara (Romania)
    Current Employee - Layout Designer in Timişoara (Romania)

    I have been working at Continental full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    segmented work, flexible shifts, salary bonus, healthy packages

    Cons

    small workload, big breaks, not a central location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Screwed My career by Trusting them

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Continental as a contractor

    Pros

    You will get free diner and taxi fare if you stay late, as most of manager will have dinner in office so you can also join them.

    Cons

    - Poor Management, Micro management, Manager will stab on your back.
    - Trusted them and joined them leaving one of the Biggest software Services MNC, Now regimenting why I made such a bad decision to join them. They offered me consultant role for 1 year + extension, within 6 month, asked me to go as company was not doing good, and they are planning to minimize BU operation, guss what? Hire more people and finish work.
    - If Management cannot foresee whats there for next 6 months, then what kind of management it is. Giving excuses that cannot sustain consultants, and we are taking out all the consultants.

    - They just want work done, once used throw the resource, Hiring 100+ engineers for 2 years, then you can imagine their plans.

    - It is good for people who are from very small company, not for people from big MNC.
    - Anyone working in Big MNC in india, beware of their traps. Once you are here, your career finished.
    - Consultants are not allowed in Team Outing,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stop hiring stupid managers, find real managers who can manage and take responsibility.
    Because of these managers you Infotainment & Connectivity (IC - division) BU , is ramping down in singapore

    Negative Outlook

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