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Volkswagen Group of America – Why Work For Us?

The Volkswagen Group of America, with its US corporate headquarters in Herndon, VA, is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group operates in more than 62 production plants in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. Around the world, more than 400,000 employees produce about 30,000 vehicles that are sold in 153 countries.

Our work represents the juncture of automotive technology, design and business. Our global presence allows us to offer international career opportunities. We believe that strong global partnerships and the exchange of ideas build better outcomes.

We also believe that the powerful principles of diversity and inclusion help us create an environment where each person feels respected and appreciated. This enables us to develop a workplace where employees can realize their full potential and individually and collectively do our best work. In doing so, we can better achieve its full potential too, because Diversity and Inclusion promotes superior business performance and a competitive advantage.

Fostering a culture of development and inclusion supports our corporate vision of creating an environment of achievement, excitement, trust and teamwork.

It also makes Volkswagen Group of America a great place to work.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. It operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc.


Founded in 1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Va., Volkswagen Group of America brings vehicles to the U.S. that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and eco-conscious automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes. The company has approximately 5,900 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a 990-strong dealer network.




Michael Horn

President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America


Michael Horn is the president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America (VWGOA) as well as president for the Volkswagen of America brand. Horn assumed this position in January 2014.

Horn joined VWGOA with twenty three years of experience with Volkswagen. Most recently, Horn served as the Global Head of After Sales at Volkswagen AG (VW). Horn joined Volkswagen in 1990 and has held many roles within the Volkswagen Brand, including Head of Volkswagen sales North West Europe, Head of sales and marketing luxury class vehicles, and Head of sales for Europe since 2004.

Horn, a native from Hamburg, Germany is 51 years old.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the European University in Antwerp, Belgium and a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.


Scott Keogh

President, Audi of America, Inc.


HERNDON, Va., June 20, 2012 – Audi will build on its record-setting performance in the U.S. market with a new President to lead Audi of America. 

Scott Keogh will assume the top leadership role for Audi brand activities across the U.S. effective immediately. Keogh comes into the job with experience of six years as Chief Marketing Officer at Audi of America. In that position, he led all product planning for the U.S. market in addition to award-winning marketing and advertising campaigns that helped Audi of America achieve record levels of consumer awareness and consideration. 

A strong advocate for Audi performance and efficiency engineering, Keogh helped steer the introduction of Audi TDI clean diesel technology to the U.S. market by positioning it as a social cause rather than a mere engine variant. He developed the strategy to re-introduce RS performance models, including the new RS 5 coupe coming to dealerships this year, to the American premium sports car segment. Keogh also advocated for the return this year of the iconic Audi allroad, as part of a strategy that has resulted in 14 new Audi model launches for American consumers since 2006. 

Among the Audi brand accomplishments led by Keogh – each with its own portion of risk and unconventional thinking for the segment – have been early awareness-building exercises such as the Truth in 24 documentaries about the Audi dominance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race; bold Super Bowl advertising; a significant push into social media; and integration of Audi into blockbuster Hollywood productions, such as the Iron Man movie series. 

The Audi brand has established sales records over the past 17 consecutive months, culminating in an all-time annual record of 117,561 premium performance models sold nationwide in 2011. That topped the previous annual sales record of 101,629 Audi vehicles sold in the U.S. market just one year earlier. 

“We see exceptional growth opportunity in the U.S. market as we continue moving toward our goal of positioning Audi as the leading luxury automotive brand in the world by 2020,” said Rupert Stadler, AUDI AG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Gains in the U.S. are truly a strategic pillar for the brand and we are confident that the leadership provided by Scott Keogh will continue the momentum at Audi of America.” 

Audi of America has shown momentum across its businesses. Consumer awareness and consideration are at an all-time high level thanks to Audi of America marketing and media activities. Audi Parts and Accessories sales reached record levels in 2011, and are poised to eclipse those results in 2012. Audi Certified pre-owned sales achieved record numbers in 2011, as well. The 278 Audi dealer partners in the U.S. are seeing record returns on sales on average, and the brand demonstrated solid profitability in the U.S. last year. 

“Audi has demonstrated remarkable progress in recent years,” Keogh said today at Audi of America headquarters in Herndon. “There is much work to be done in a highly competitive segment of the auto business. But the sights are set and the team is in place to meet our goals.” 

As the next Audi of America President, Keogh replaces Johan de Nysschen who led the organization over the past 7 ½ years in an Audi career that spanned nearly 20 years.


Christophe Georges

Chief Operating Officer, Bentley Motors, Inc.


Christophe Georges is Chief Operating Officer of Bentley Motors, Inc. His position ensures that Bentley's largest worldwide market is executing a consistent business strategy with the company's central and regional operations around the world. This includes a strong focus on customer service and building on the brand's recent successes in the U.S. market. 

A native of France, Christophe has extensive experience with the Bentley marque having worked in various roles throughout the company for the past nine years. Prior to becoming COO in North America, Christophe was Managing Director for Bentley Europe, based in Berlin. 

During his time in the Berlin office Christophe presided over a 20-fold increase in Bentley sales and was responsible for the introduction of the marque to six new markets including the fast growing Russian market. He was instrumental in guiding the investment plans of all 34 European dealers over the period from 2002 to 2007.



In The Community

Volkswagen Group of America has been part of American culture since the first Beetle arrived more than six decades ago. Since that time, we have grown into a family of iconic brands that includes Audi, Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini. Across those brands, more Americans are buying our vehicles today than at any other point in our history, and our financial arm, VW Credit, Inc., is providing new financing to record numbers of American consumers.

As a family of brands and businesses, Volkswagen Group of America is unified by much more than our dedication to building great cars. We are unified by a shared mission and commitment to putting our engineering expertise, innovation and vision to work for the greater good, to help improve our communities and solve the sustainability challenges of the future.

Corporate giving and involvement in our communities is deeply rooted in our culture, and we believe that vibrant public-private partnerships are critical to a strong, sustainable economic future. In 2013 alone, Volkswagen Group of America donated nearly $10 million in funding and in-kind donations to organizations across the country, and we’ve continued our commitment of more than $7 million to support education programs in Tennessee and Virginia.

Partners in Education

The strength of any community in the future depends on how well we educate our young people today. That’s why our flagship Partners in Education program is so near and dear to the hearts of everyone at Volkswagen Group of America. We’re not just preparing students for America’s future workforce. We’re helping them realize their full potential.

Launched in September 2008, Partners in Education is designed to support students and teachers interested in advanced automotive technology and next-generation automotive engineering. Our programs help students from kindergarten through high school, and even at the college and post-graduate level.  

Partners in Education: Virginia

Partners in Education began with a five-year, $2.1 million initiative to create a comprehensive education partnership with schools and technical institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C., area.

Together, we’re making a positive difference in the educational experience of students at Fairfax County Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College, The Excel Institute, George Mason University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. 

Partners in Education: Tennessee

In March 2009, we initiated a $5.28 million Partners in Education expansion in Tennessee, home of our new assembly plant. With this expansion, we can help support students and teachers throughout the state — at Chattanooga State Community College, Fisk University, Hamilton County Public Schools, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee State University, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, and University of Tennessee – Knoxville.

Community Partners

At Volkswagen Group of America, we are proud to be at home and at work in the United States. We take being a good corporate citizen very seriously, and pledge to do everything we can to invest in and give back to the community. And we know that being a good neighbor is simply the American way.

Our people do remarkable work, within our facilities and beyond. We encourage them to take time to give back through our Volunteer Day program, which provides paid time off to get involved in community programs, as well as state and national charitable, service and relief efforts.

Our employees bring the passion and energy that makes our organization so successful to their individual volunteering efforts, and we are proud of everything they’ve accomplished to make our world a better place.

Philanthropy Across the Group

We believe corporate social responsibility is a collective effort, involving every aspect of our business, including each individual brand. Among our brands and locations across America, we make philanthropy a priority by promoting employee volunteerism, making financial and in-kind contributions, and partnering with employees to support causes they personally care about. Across the United States, our employees participate in numerous volunteer and philanthropic efforts in their communities. From the Portland Service Center’s support of The Lambert House and Auburn Hill’s volunteering at Grace Centers of Hope to the ERL’s participation in Bike MS and Herndon’s commitment to the Boys and Girls Club, philanthropy and service is an intrinsic part of who we are as a company.

Employee Engagement

We are only as good as our people!

We believe involved, inspired and energized employees are the hands, heart and soul of the company, enabling us to grow and thrive while meeting constant challenges in the marketplace. 

Volkswagen employees from the Network Development team donned blue t-shirts rather than traditional painter’s whites for their volunteer day. Back Row: Bryan Connor, Mike DiStefano, Brian Kelly, Alan Veit, Marcus Brodfuehrer, Erik Peterson and Mike Dwyer. Front Row: Bob Kim, Katja Hungarter, Rachel Whitwell, Danielle Piesco, Erik Louderback and Scott Harrison.

Our Volunteer Day program provides paid time off for any of our employees who take active, volunteer roles in community programs, as well as state and national charitable, service or relief efforts.

At Volkswagen Group of America we are future-oriented in our approach to the challenges we face in our communities and in our world. 

Thanks to the volunteers’ time and careful attention to detail, kids who use the Falls Church Boys & Girls Club should find it easier to concentrate in rooms with calmer, brighter walls.

At all of our Volkswagen Group locations around the world, our responsibilities don’t end at the door to our showrooms, plants or research labs. We actively invest our time, talent and financial resources in education, diversity, health, sports, the arts and the environment.

We believe in connecting with our customers, our communities and the environment. We believe by sharing and by teaching, we learn. This helps us create a better product — for our customers now and in the future. 

At the Volkswagen Credit Inc.’s National Field Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, more than 130 employees from Sales, Marketing, Risk, Finance and HR built bicycles for children. A group of underprivileged children from the local Gila River Indian Community was on-site to receive the newly constructed bicycles at the end of the day.

Volkswagen employees from the Network Development team donned blue t-shirts rather than traditional painter’s whites for their volunteer day. Back Row: Bryan Connor, Mike DiStefano, Brian Kelly, Alan Veit, Marcus Brodfuehrer, Erik Peterson and Mike Dwyer. Front Row: Bob Kim, Katja Hungarter, Rachel Whitwell, Danielle Piesco, Erik Louderback and Scott Harrison.

Though hard numbers don’t tell the real story of lives touched, our team members give back in big ways and small.

Employee Giving

Matching Donations Program

Giving back to our communities and supporting individual philanthropic causes is an integral part of the Volkswagen Group of America culture. Our matching donations program allows our employees’ financial contributions to go even further. Volkswagen Group of America will match dollar for dollar up to $5,000 per employee per year designated to the organization of their choice. In 2013, employees donated more than $145,000 to close to 400 charities across the country.

Volunteer Day Program

Our people do remarkable work, within our facilities and beyond. We encourage them to take time to give back through our Volunteer Day program, which provides paid time off to get involved in community programs, as well as state and national charitable, service and relief efforts. Our employees bring the passion and energy that makes our organization so successful to their individual volunteering efforts, and we are proud of everything they’ve accomplished to make our world a better place



Becoming a Leader in Diversity and Inclusion



At Volkswagen Group of America, our goal is to be recognized as a top company for diversity and inclusion practices. Part of our diversity effort involves partnering with organizations such as the National Urban League and the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion supports our overall goal to become one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for in America by 2018, as well as a Top 50 Company for Diversity. Volkswagen Group of America has already received multiple awards and recognition for our efforts, including:

  • First automotive company to sign the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealer’s “15% Formula for Success,” committing to improve the percentage of majority ownership that ethnic minorities have in new car dealerships.

  • 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the past six years.

  • Impact Award from Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council for 2012 Corporation of the Year.

  • 2012 National Association of Minority Automobile Dealer’s Woman of the Year: Machelle Williams, general manager of Diversity and CSR, Volkswagen Group of America.

  • Established a robust Supplier Diversity program and achieved the 10 percent target for inclusion of women and ethnic minorities in our supplier network.

  • 52 percent of corporate giving in 2012 was designated to organizations that benefit underserved communities.



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    I have been working at Volkswagen Group of America full-time for more than a year

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    So far, my experience has been fantastic. Top notch talent and organization. The benefits are world class, especially the 401K & lease program. My experience with Holly in recruiting has been great as well. First position, I went from telephone interview to official offer in less than 2 weeks. Upon my promotion, they handled everything with rapid speed as well.

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    While in Herndon, the work life balance can sometimes take a back seat. While they offer the summer hours program, it is very hard to actually use it.

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Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2008

Additional Info

Website www.volkswagengroupamerica.com
Headquarters Herndon, VA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Volkswagen Group of America is the US sales arm of Volkswagen AG (VW), Europe's largest automaker. The company sells Volkswagen and AUDI cars through about 800 dealerships in the US. Volkswagen Group of America also handles other VW brands, including Bentley, Bugatti, and Lamborghini, in North America. In addition, it offers leasing and financing through its subsidiary VW Credit (VCI). Volkswagen of America operates research and development facilities in Arizona, California, and New Jersey. Volkswagen founded the division in the US in 1955.

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