Continental Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Continental Chairman Executive Board, Finance, Controlling, IT, and Law; Powertrain Elmar Degenhart
Elmar Degenhart
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Pros
  • Work life balance is also given important (in 21 reviews)

  • relaxed work environment and flexible work schedules (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)

    Executive Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Detroit, MI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive pay, good benefits and 401(K) match. Good people work here.

    Cons

    Very lean company, people work a lot of hours..


  2. Helpful (1)

    engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good vacation time (17-day start up to 27-days total), & good employee culture

    Cons

    Its a German company so there is a little preference to Germans. HR not really the best; imaginary policies can tend to pop up.

    Advice to Management

    Help build and promote those that want to grow, those that do not let them do their job by providing clear communication. Do not allow HR to decide salary, grade level, or promote-ability you know your people and customer needs best !


  3. Project Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Continental

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lot of great design work

    Cons

    Need better guidance during the course of the project


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Stability and good salary including compensations.

    Cons

    If you are a full time employee, sometimes it is difficult to manage life balance.


  6. Great workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Continental full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Strong products that can be promoted to customers; broad portfolio

    Cons

    company is in so many different product areas including tires!


  7. Ok place to work but not for a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Salary Employee in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Salary Employee in Newport News, VA

    I worked at Continental full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Steady work and off weekends
    Some what flexible hours as long as you came in early and stayed late.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional management
    Lack of common business sense. Location run with an Engineering mindset and no common sense.
    Running a "business" and "engineering" are two different animals however Engineering mindset runs this location.
    Horrible cafeteria food and expensive.
    Very slow to change anything for the better.
    Open to suggestions but they fall on deaf ears.
    Older management in place who is not open to change.
    Decent benefits package and excellent 401k match.

    Advice to Management

    Open your minds to change and try to engage employees to improve moral.
    Be receptive to new ideas to improve the location and implement the ideas.
    Allow employees who can telecommute to do so a few days a month. Life isn't fair so if you're an hourly employee on the line, that's your career choice. Don't treat everyone as equal's because that's not the real world.
    Don't treat salary employees as hourly employees.


  8. good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continental

    Pros

    The environment was great they care about the workers plenty of training and good pay

    Cons

    The drive and they treated I as if u should be a professional already


  9. Helpful (2)

    Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Manager in Auburn Hills, MI

    I worked at Continental full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Having a Cafeteria in house was great.

    Cons

    There were very limited opportunities within Procurement for advancement beyond manager.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within


  11. Management Supports its Employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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