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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morganton, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morganton, NC

    I worked at Continental full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of smart, hard-working coworkers
    Funding for projects is easily obtained if they relate to production lines
    Highly automated machinery that provides challenges
    If you want to learn something new every day, this is the place to work
    Plenty of opportunity for advancement
    Opportunities to travel and meet new people
    Overall a good place to work if you can stay out of meetings and surround yourself with technically minded people.

    Cons

    Will work you to death, average work week is 6 days (48+ hours) for plant employees
    50+ hour weeks for salary employees and constantly on call

    Revolving door of operators and material handlers through temp agency, management has no intentions of hiring permanent employees and refuses to replace permanents that leave.

    Lack of technical training mainly due to inadequate staffing. I.e. can't pull technicians off the line to do training and no backups for more than one person on vacation. Only two people can take vacation at a time, but employees have a minimum of 17 days and long time (1st shift) employees have even more.

    Local management is the single reason this plant is not able to achieve its true potential. They are unskilled and greedy. Morganton management distance themselves from plant employees, set unrealistic goals and will not provide adequate staffing to achieve them. They do not understand what it takes to accomplish their goals and refuse to acknowledge major concerns especially if it is personnel related. They push everything on quality and engineers and if you complain that something they can control will help, you get and a scolding and lengthy explanation that throws the blame back on you. There is no accountability for management and certain departments. If another department screws you over, it is your fault and you are supposed to fix it. Despite being one of the most profitable plants in the world, management operates the plant like it is loosing money. They refuse to invest in facilities and treat preventative maintenance like it is a joke. They plan for a 6 day a week work week, then lets sales people oversell the 6 day capacity making it a 7 day work week. Management then has the audacity to lie to the employees and tell them that if they hit their unachievable production targets Monday-Friday they would not have to work on the weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a new plant manager that will provide adequate staffing to reduce the number of hours of all employees and get rid of temp operators. Implement some form of accountability for management and certain departments.

Continental Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Continental.

    Interview

    I was taken into a conference room and asked some easy questions about my resume. I then was asked to solve a simple circuit problem. Another hiring manager came in and asked me some more specific questions about my resume, my school choice, etc. After that, I was given a tour of the building and various labs.

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Continental Awards & Accolades

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Absolventa Trainee-Seal, Absolventa, 2012
Best Place to Work, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, 2012
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Additional Info

Website www.conti-online.com
Headquarters Hannover, Germany
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1871
Type Company - Public (CTTAY)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Competitors Michelin, Bosch Security

With sales of €33.3 billion in 2013, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has more than 186,000 employees in 49 countries.

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