Continental Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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Continental Chairman Executive Board, Finance, Controlling, IT, and Law; Powertrain Elmar Degenhart
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)

    Great company to join in Singapore until year 2015

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer, Senior in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer, Senior in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Continental full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Here you'll learn the strict process of delivering software for vehicles, for obvious safety reasons. Staff working here are multinational, multiracial and professional. You can learn from the experts of their advanced technical knowledge, and they are willing to share.

    Cons

    A big super unpopular change has been introduced this year to compensation package. The manager may sometimes push your to your limit, by making you work overtime disregards of if the demands are reasonable in the first case, and there is no work-life balance at all.

    Advice to Management

    Do the work yourself and you will understand the staff's pain.

  2. Viel Show, wenig dahinter.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Regensburg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Management in Regensburg (Germany)

    I have been working at Continental

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Großer Arbeitgeber. Sicherer Job. Tarifgehälter.

    Cons

    Der Mensch zählt nichts. Kein Respekt vor Mitarbeitern. Keine interne Demokratie. Keinerlei Mitsprachrechte von Mitarbeitern. Je höher die Position, desto asozialer der Umgangston.

    Advice to Management

    Entlassen Sie sich bitte selbst, Sie sind Ihr Geld in keinster Weise wert! Es gibt keinen Grund warum wir Sie überhaupt von unserer Leistung mit durch schleppen! Sie kosten den normalen Mitarbeitern nur Motivation und Ihre Faulheit und Dummheit sind eine Beleidigung für jeden anderen normalen Mitarbeiter!

  3. ein Überhebliches Unternehmen

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Continental

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    gute soziale Leistungen Leider nicht für Zeitarbeiter.

    Cons

    dem Markt nicht gewachsen und nur Überlebensfähig durch gute Lobbyarbeit und verkauf von überteuerten Ersatzteilen

    Advice to Management

    Hang zur Selbstüberschätzung.
    Konstruktive Kritik ist unerwünscht und fehl am Platz
    Personalabteilung viel zu groß und in keinster weise den anstehenden Personalaufgaben gewachsen.
    Auf Vorschläge die dem Unternehmen förderlich wären, wird mit Kündigung gedroht. Ein Brief an den Geschäftsführer blieb unbeantwortet.

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  5. Lots of Unrealized Potential

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Support in Fletcher, NC
    Current Employee - Production Support in Fletcher, NC

    I have been working at Continental full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    For Professionals - Salary, Holiday, Vacation, genuinely good people
    For the plant - continued growth of new products - stability in an automotive market.

    Cons

    This plant makes brake calipers and is headquartered in Frankfurt Germany, so Germany calls the shots - lots of lipstick put on a pig to make it look good but not function better.

    For professionals - long hours, too many projects, tight deadlines, few growth opportunities

    For the plant - 12 hr shifts - repetitive motion, lifting heavy castings all day, little training and high expectations on quality on unstable processes

    MicroManagement

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the vital few improvements and get them done right the first time - then on to the next
    Train your people so they can succeed
    Live your values
    Stop the MicoManagement

  6. Poor quality

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembler in Fletcher, NC
    Former Employee - Assembler in Fletcher, NC

    I worked at Continental

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

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits, pay was ok, 12 hour shifts were so much better than 8s, easy work

    Cons

    A lot of overtime when on 8 hour shifts, they will use you to do a job above your pay without paying you that rate or promoting you. Cliquey high school culture, get in with the right people. They claim quality is their biggest concern, especially in front of the Germans, but it's just smoke. Present a problem, they say they will work on it but eventually it gets passed on as a good part

  7. Helpful (2)

    Systems Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continental

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, flexible work schedule, few people are good to work with, good bonus. 20% good and 80% not good.

    Cons

    Poor management, heavy work load, no help for people under Visa and who needs GC. They will make you stay with the company forever(basically make you stuck with no choice) if they hold your visa/GC process. Management doesn't recognize hard working people. It's all politics inside the company and HR department will make sure that the employee is not happy.

    Advice to Management

    Management should seriously concentrate and recognize on people who has real talent and are hard working.

  8. Fed us a line of BS

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in Elma, NY
    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in Elma, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Their decisions cost them 100's of millions more than anticipated.

    Cons

    After the Motorola Takeover, they came and assured us that we were doing an excellent job and that there were no plans concerning any changes. Four months later, they announced the plant shutdown. When you go for the cheapest worker, you get a similar result.

    Their CEO said that the addition of the Motorola automotive group would not result in job losses or reductions. I guess that means when you lay-off some and then rehire in another country... it's all a wash. They tried to save a dime and it cost them a buck.

    They dismantled the facility in NY that consisted of a newer plant and an educated non-union workforce that was among industry leaders in delivery and quality. Lines were sent around the world and it has been nothing but trouble for them ever since. Some of those lines had to be returned to the states due to production obstacles they couldn't overcome offshore.

    It will take years and years for them to just break even let alone be profitable on such a dismal decision. Good job boys....

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for

  9. Helpful (1)

    The best of the worst or worst of the best.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Technician in Huntsville, AL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, awesome job function, very interesting work, felt like what you did really mattered.

    Cons

    The most bizarre work environment I've ever witnessed, 3 different groups of workers covered by 3 different contracts, union officials only looking out for the "old" regime and screw the rest. Got bilked out of a buyout by the union and company. Definitely learned not to trust either party. Typical union BS, they stick their necks out for the troublemakers, the cons, the useless people and then screw anyone else who they don't have to come bail out every other day.

    Advice to Management

    Good thing you SOB's shut our location down and moved all those jobs to Mexico. One thing really important I learned is that I'll never ever support your business by buying a vehicle that has parts Continental manufactured at all, this means anything from Detroit, especially GM or Chrysler and even more especially since they received a government bailout and me and 198 other workers only got layed off. Thanks a lot.....

  10. review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Layout Designer in Timişoara (Romania)
    Current Employee - Layout Designer in Timişoara (Romania)

    I have been working at Continental full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    segmented work, flexible shifts, salary bonus, healthy packages

    Cons

    small workload, big breaks, not a central location

    Advice to Management

    keep it up

  11. Screwed My career by Trusting them

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Contractor - Senior Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Continental as a contractor

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You will get free diner and taxi fare if you stay late, as most of manager will have dinner in office so you can also join them.

    Cons

    - Poor Management, Micro management, Manager will stab on your back.
    - Trusted them and joined them leaving one of the Biggest software Services MNC, Now regimenting why I made such a bad decision to join them. They offered me consultant role for 1 year + extension, within 6 month, asked me to go as company was not doing good, and they are planning to minimize BU operation, guss what? Hire more people and finish work.
    - If Management cannot foresee whats there for next 6 months, then what kind of management it is. Giving excuses that cannot sustain consultants, and we are taking out all the consultants.

    - They just want work done, once used throw the resource, Hiring 100+ engineers for 2 years, then you can imagine their plans.

    - It is good for people who are from very small company, not for people from big MNC.
    - Anyone working in Big MNC in india, beware of their traps. Once you are here, your career finished.
    - Consultants are not allowed in Team Outing,

    Advice to Management

    - Stop hiring stupid managers, find real managers who can manage and take responsibility.
    Because of these managers you Infotainment & Connectivity (IC - division) BU , is ramping down in singapore

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