Continental Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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Continental Chairman Executive Board, Finance, Controlling, IT, and Law; Powertrain 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. Helpful (1)

    Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  2. Management Supports its Employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Continental full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities within the organization. Able to move in different directions, as well as throughout different divisions for great career opportunities. Overall, a great place to experience any side of automotive engineering development. Plenty of support for leadership development if upward is the choice you want to follow as well.

    Cons

    Large company, but for the reasons given in the Pros, this is not always a Con.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focus on developing employees! It is a wonderful environment.

  3. It feels a better company to work for than the other german competiiton

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Resident Engineer in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Resident Engineer in Troy, MI

    I have been working at Continental full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-Life balance depending on project needs. Availability to work from home if the project is covered. nice start on vacation package, standard on automotive industry +December shutdown.

    Good bonuses if personal goals achieved, financial goals are not up to standard engineer but profit is shared almost fairly.

    Cons

    Still a German company so all the same for the German company reviews. Some upper management are from North America so it helps balance the management/employee struggle.

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  5. It is great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continental

    Pros

    great values
    good helpful people
    work life balance
    shared responsibilities

    Cons

    too much management redundancy
    not enough young people

    Advice to Management

    reduce management and increase engineer
    also increase new innovative products

  6. Technical Project Leader

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Project Leader in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Technical Project Leader in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Continental full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent company for networking, relationships, global communication and automotive growth and knowledge. Continental supports their employees and has a wonderful culture.

    Cons

    Continental is big. While the stability is there, change can be difficult and they sometime come off as 'unaccomodating'. However, this is often counter-balanced with a reasonable supervisor/manager.

    The centralized German 'privilege' is true within the company. To clarify, it is easy to move around and up in the company, but it is easier if you are German or move to Germany.

    Advice to Management

    Not really a surprise here, but "invest more in the USA and trust the people and leadership more." Core development centers in USA are nothing compared to the German facilities. The lack of diversity of the board members is also an example of this mindset.

  7. Systems engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Continental full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, technical strengths, global company.

    Cons

    German influence, limited promotional opportunities to technical employees and engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Offer technical employees and engineers an opportunity to get promoted similar to project managers.

  8. Manager Engineering

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Seguin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Seguin, TX

    I have been working at Continental full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good culture of continuous improvement. Good people. Large global organization good opportunities for mobility if you are interested in international assignments.
    Lots of people stay for decades
    Excellent benefits
    Very stable business environment

    Cons

    Slow technology evolution.
    Lack of remote/telecommuting opportunity
    Large global organization, some projects take on a life of their own focused more on the project than on the reason and completion.

    Advice to Management

    Technical ladder should be used more for senior people.

  9. This is a good company, I learned a lot from it.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continental

    Pros

    This is a big company, I learned a lot from it.

    Cons

    I have no idea about this, I'm doing intern here.

    Advice to Management

    everything is okay. Management is okay with me.

  10. This is a brand new company, but i really like what i have seen so far.

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    Current Employee - Tool and Die Maker in Sumter, SC
    Current Employee - Tool and Die Maker in Sumter, SC

    I have been working at Continental

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    New equiptment, and a willingness to learn and work together to achieve our goals.

    Cons

    Not enough trained people in key positions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring good, skilled people and make sure the training is in place for them.

  11. Very political and separated into silos.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Deer Park, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Deer Park, IL

    I have been working at Continental full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is not bad. The benefits are good, especially the time off. Health insurance is good, but declining at this point (2014-2015). 6% match on 401k.

    Wonderful, if you enjoy politics.

    Cons

    Very paternalistic. All significant decisions come from Germany. Very political - if you fall out of favor, you are pretty much done.

    SILOS, SILOS, SILOS.

    Advice to Management

    Really engage the employees, rather than all the signs, slogans, and pictures that are printed and slapped up telling us to be engaged.

    Also, do what you can to break down the silos that keep the groups (by country, by function, by business, etc.) separated. We aren't scary. If we were allowed to work together, it will help the company, not hurt it.

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