Continental Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
284 Reviews

3.7
284 Reviews
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Elmar Degenhart
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance (but it sometimes depends on the position and current workload) (in 18 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.  

    My experience is fair, but a lack of communication within management towards employee.

    Current Employee - Industrial Electronics Technician, Electrical Technician, Electrician  in  Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Industrial Electronics Technician, Electrical Technician, Electrician in Dearborn, MI

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good, bonus and compensation is good. Time off policy.

    Cons

    Lack of communication is a big plus,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a

  2.  

    10 years as software engineer

    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI

    I worked at Continental full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good life/work balance, good benefit, great potential.

    Cons

    Salaries aren't great, projects seemed limited when I left, sometimes get boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve salary to market level.

  3.  

    Financially Strong Company, Good people but HR support is severely lacking

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Successful company, very international, good opportunities (if your boss supports you), very skilled people, good compensation.

    Cons

    Very centralized, little cooperation between departments, No HR support (little training, no career follow up, poor recruiting, HR is completely disconnected), Company is struggling to define a culture. It is good work there as a start but you might quickly find the limits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are your main resources, re-think the way you manage them and do it fast. There are many very successful companies famous for the way they manage HR. Take their example and make some major changes.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent place to work, below average salary, very slow personal growth

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer  in  Deer Park, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Deer Park, IL

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

    Pros

    Good technologies to work on, very careful with hiring/lay-offs, good work life balance,

    Cons

    Poor manager accountability, not much freedom to move within company, very few training/development opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institute a better review system with feedback from employees about their managers. Make managers responsible for their employee satisfaction

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    okay place to start

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continental full-time

    Pros

    Laid back place to work for the most part and the pay is average for what you do. Free ice and coffee in the break areas.

    Cons

    Too many managers. Need more recognition and incentive to some of its dedicated employees. Rotating shift schedule for production workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was excellent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continental

    Pros

    Had well trained hard working loyal willing employees. The plant was clean and well lighted. The air conditioning worked well

    Cons

    too little time for job growth

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its a simple work place to get involved into but nothing much beyond that.

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    Current Employee - Line Operator  in  Seguin, TX
    Current Employee - Line Operator in Seguin, TX

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

    Pros

    The pros are that you its a simple job if your a line operator like I am, easy to get into and maintain. Bosses are way more lenient than what they make you believe at first. Relaxed work place.

    Cons

    The communication between the work force and management is lacking. Sometimes both have completely different expectations and often leads to very frustrating moments and interactions. Management does a poor job of keeping its workers motivated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I cant speak for the whole company as a whole but so far the plant in seguin has proved to be mediocre. Good enough to get the job done but so far away from the potential it has. It's sad that workers are only there because it pays the bills rather than to have a great time working for an international company. Upper management is awesome but lower and middle management is really lacking. The models for meeting production are there already. Start focusing on lower and middle management to be more of leaders and less of bosses. They are great at making things sound pretty and intelligent but lack the leadership skills to connect and set a waypoint for its workers. Besides throwing orders around they are really never there to build up their team or enhance the experience. Its almost as if they hated their jobs as much as the workers did! As for the production capabilities, a lot of line production workers don't care much for the company only doing the bare minimum. Thus reflecting on the lacking ability of its leaders to motivate them. Maybe better leaders would push away those type of workers and attract the right type? And i don't mean make them more up tight and meaner. Some already use intimidation with their rank as a method which is pretty sad. But besides from all that, the business model itself is fantastic. Congrats! Your business will keep growing, thats for sure. Just wonder how long it will be able to sustain itself with the people you got working for you.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting projects. Tough times with automotive unit and economic climate

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    Current Employee - Software Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    work, life balance
    travel
    good salaries and bonus plan
    company is trying to improve culture and employee satisfaction, work balance etc.
    automotive electronics is a growing field and while it does have some problems, will eventually grow and pick up further speed.

    Cons

    Economic environment is tough for automotive at the moment and so business is quite tough. Margins can be low in this business which can be tough for business units and employees with flow on pressure.
    Management from Germany can sometimes be difficult and the management has a very rigid way of doing things with not much discussion. Particularly, regarding software development -> company can improve in tools and processes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Decent company to work for, good benefits, slow automotive pace

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Deer Park, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Deer Park, IL

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

    Pros

    Large company with many locations around the world, opportunities to have a long career

    Cons

    Slow automotive pace, no stock options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be accountable when results are not as expected

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic learning experience! But burned out from managment mis-management

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    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer  in  Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI

    I worked at Continental full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Large company, good resources, diverse jobs, diverse people, interesting projects.

    Cons

    General Cons: Pay below median, benefits sub-par, Germany reigns, Germany gets the interesting work. Specific Cons: Depends on your department, could be none. In mine, and some others I knew, very over-worked. These guys will not hire appropriate staff. Also, the Motorola, Huntville, Siemens merger resulted in a "Brady Bunch" style clash of personalities, cultures, and organizations that is not being managed well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard to say, they have, almost, a "Mission Impossible" or, at least, indredibly difficult. They need to A. Have the strenght to say "No" (will not deliver) to Germany and to customers and B. Address inter-personnel cultural, career goal, and interactive issues, not ignor C. Deliver with quality or else, do not deliver.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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