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3.5 63 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

Volkswagen Chairman Management Board Martin Winterkorn

Martin Winterkorn

(22 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • Biggest brand name in Auto industry (in 3 reviews)

  • Future Good company for existing employee irrespective of profit of organisation (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • German culture too strong and sometimes difficult the work (in 5 reviews)

  • Take time to deal with HQ in Wolfsburg (in 3 reviews)

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    bad rules and policies.

    Accounts (Current Employee) Ambāla (India)

    Prosno pros to tell about this co.

    Consunhealthy and unsatisfied atmosphere, no support of management, negative response management, salary is very low, late night work and no overtime is given and many more....

    Advice to Senior Managementthey are like The thief blaming the cop

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Incompetent and clueless management at Volkswagen IS department

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Milton Keynes, England (UK)

    ProsBrand name is the attractive feature

    Cons1- Incompetent management: The management skills of middle and top management are very poor. Firstly the managers do not understand how the software industry works and then do not have the inclination of learning how it works. The people management skills of most of these managers can be gauged from the fact that a four member team has seen 8 people leave(in 2 years time) because they couldn't work in the VW IS environment.

    2-Management focus: The top managers hardly play any role in the success of the IT projects. Top/middle managers or project manager hardly come into picture.
    One senior manager seemed to have just one role - point out to people that "this door can't be used for exit", "you need to wear tie" "you are only working the normal working hours??"

    3-work-life balance: It is a very clear message from managers that developers need to work more that the normal working hours(No, budget doesn't permit overtime).
    Their estimates are generally very very poor and people end up working on weekends.
    To give you an idea of the estimates: For one project the development lead estimated 115 man days of effort however the total development effort was 500+ man days..that too when developers had to cut corners to get the minimum functionality delivered.

    I don't think there was even a proper discussion on why the estimates were so wrong.

    4-software development processes:
    Agile? -NO
    Waterfall?- NO
    adhoc? - yes
    wierd? -yes
    depends on the whims and fancy of managers? - NO (remember that managers do not come into picture at all)
    depends on the whims and fancy of lead? - YES and NO (yes, the development process keeps changing on the whims and fancy of the lead, however as the lead has no control - developers can divert the process at will)

    Does the process work? - Good question!!

    5-more focus on lip service than performance: This organisation doesn't value performance. To be really valued, one needs to be close to either the lead or the manager and if so, then he can get away with murder.

    6-Highly political environment: 99% of employees in this department are contractors, including lead and project manager. First focus of these people is to cover their ^**£% and think about the task in hand later.
    It is a highly political environment. Good people keep leaving as they can't survive and the crappies keep accumulating.

    7- Not learning from mistakes: The worst part is that the VW IS department is not learning from its mistakes. I could see the same mistakes being repeated over and over again.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a meritocracy
    Value competence and performance
    learn from your mistakes
    get rid of the existing crap managers
    Managers need to play a part to see success in IT projects.
    Concentrate on process

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unfortunately not as efficient as the products...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPackage, car, products, location, brands, potential to work in different areas and in different countries,

    ConsBureaucracy, unfriendly, corporate, lacking passion, very sterile work environment, no team spirit, very very political, systems are very poor, slow decision making process, poor management structures, blame culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to ensure management really are managing employees and not looking at Rightmove all day. You know who you are. Invest more in systems - don't rely on excel - BI needed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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