Kontron Reviews

Updated May 30, 2015
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  1. Quality Engineer

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Chula Vista, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kontron full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with various departments and employees to resolve quality issues and customer requirements.

    Cons

    Challenges to meet all customer (internal and external) and compliance requirements.


  2. Abhorrent !

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Set hours and little overtime.

    Cons

    There is no sense of direction and the spoken words are rarely followed by actionable items. It seems that someone has read the first chapter of the management guide and never finished the book. Well, there are 35 more chapters that should be reviewed before trying to manage a company. The bosses reply "if you think it's so easy, then you can try it"! I don't think it would be easy, just do-able !

    Advice to Management

    Bring in a management consultant to teach you what needs to be done in order to do a good job - or even just to do your job really !


  3. Don't event think about working here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kontron full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most people are pleasant to work with, friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there a few influential people who whine and back stab; upper management listens to them. If you are not part of the legacy mafia that currently runs Poway, you won't be there long. You will get no training on internal systems and then get lectured for being inefficient. Received NO training on software tools I was expected to use for my job and when I did my best to self-train and still output quality work, immediate manager chastised me for being 'too slow'. Of course the same manager did not have any skills/experience with the tools either and was no help; no offer to get any formal training either. Pathetic.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the whipsaw development cycle by creating a firewall between product portfolio management and engineering.


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  5. I would never recommend anyone to work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kontron full-time

    Pros

    Good people who want to keep a positive environment Good innovation to make more marketable Decent benefits Flexible schedule with SOME managers

    Cons

    You have a lot of great people in the company who are stuck because they do not promote from within, they hire outside first. Which creates a bad morale. These loyal and intelligent people have been departing Kontron for years now because they realized there is no growth. They keep these people at entry level positions for years. They only promote up people who have been entry level for 15+ years into basic management positions which they are not qualified for. NONE of the management is effective. They lie, play political games, blame others for all failures, and take zero accountability. They provide no training. They do not give budget for teams to bond or train. The management style is a "I am better than you" and they do not bother with anyone below their level. They do not take input from anyone but their own way is the best way - type attitude. High turnover. Employees just want a paycheck. Not to mention the building is far away and in TERRIBLE shape. It's molding, old, and very dirty. Disgusting to work within. Highly wish you do not choose them as a company. They will invest nothing in you, you will go nowhere, and be treated like nothing special.

    Advice to Management

    Remove management entirely, promote qualified loyal people (from within) who have proven themselves, and then provide training to them from an external consultant. OR Just let yourself be bought out.


  6. Extremely Dysfunctional Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Except for management, Kontron is full of good people that care about their work and customers. Unfortunately, they are leaving after fallout from 'New Kontron' global reorganization.

    Cons

    Completely dysfunctional organization. Sales effectively running the company, but with no accountability for bad deals and unachievable promises made to customers. Incompetent self-serving executive and middle management that thrive on micromanaging staff then blaming them for their mistakes. Management politics and infighting out of control. Management involved in harassment cases promoted instead of fired. Financial accounting practices effectively hiding product life-cycle revenue issues in overhead. Production product quality issues resulting in customer audit failures. Resource issues including chronic under resourcing of product development and lack of resources available for new work committed by Sales. Resources often lacking required skills and experience and no training to develop skills. Sweatshop mentality. Extremely poor employee moral. Low pay and poor benefits. Employee development exists on paper but lacking any substance. No job security. Talented and skilled people are leaving while poor performers and bad management remain.

    Advice to Management

    Given you cannot address organizational, compensation, benefits, process, and product quality issues, you should sell the company to a competitor that can at least pick up the pieces and move on.


  7. Every Day is like living in a abusive family

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None that i can think of

    Cons

    Saying everything sounds brutal but totally honest. The company does not pay its employee's well, it has 0 growth opportunities with a hire outside first attitude. Nearly all of the leadership micro manage you into the ground, and the benefits are pretty poor.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within, provide growth plans for career minded employee's. Offer better salaries, and recruit younger staff.


  8. Sr Software Engineer BIOS, Operational and functional test software

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kontron full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Kontron is a great company, focused on customer satisfaction, and treats employes very well.

    Cons

    Technical professionals can keep very busy with plenty of work.

    Advice to Management

    There could be better planning and forecasting to be better prepared for future creep.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Company struggling to find identity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The People. Overall most employees at Kontron are very knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. Products. Strong product base with innovative ideas being released quite frequently.

    Cons

    Overall moral should be described as disenchanted and pessimistic. Raises have not been issued in 2 years and many question the direction of the company. New employees are not trained. This is as much a problem for employees with 15-20 years of experience as it is entry level employees, as processes are not explained to new salespeople, program managers, etc. This leads to production issues and ends up being reflected in Kontron's pricing and delivery, which only seems to be getting worse. This is something that has been brought up many times internally and managements response is always "your direct supervisor is responsible for all training's" which compounds with my next point. Middle management is a serious issue at this point in time for Kontron. With top down restructuring taking place many are concerned about job security and are unwilling to train or provide knowledge. Far too many people with "manager" titles are incompetent. With the marching orders coming from Germany and no bottom up review process in place, it is very difficult to foresee any positive changes any time soon on this front. High turnover rate of employees. Throughout the entire organization, from marketing and sales, to engineering and accounting. This is an issue again compounded by the lack of training. Focus on product development not employee development. Overall the organization is innovative rolling out new products and making a full fledged effort to stay on the leading edge with their products, however this is not the case with employees. Kontron's current model, in this time of restructuring and struggle, is to bring in veteran employees with 15-20 years of experience and let them run free. Although this has worked in spots it appears Kontron is not interested in promoting from within or hiring recent college graduates. There are no metrics in place for promotion, nor are yearly reviews completed by managers. Red Flag. On the business side, the main negative that effects Kontron on a daily basis is lead time and internal processes. There are very few formal processes in place for such a large organization, and very rarely are they adhered to, making it extremely difficult to get things done properly and creating lots of back end work for engineering/accounting. These two issues coincide with each other, as corners are often cut in an effort to reduce lead times thus creating back end work. When the processes are followed most in sales believe they are unnecessary and require too many signatures, (there may be some truth to that), that inevitably results in the loss of an opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in an outside consulting firm to evaluate your sister company (Kontron America) and make serious changes. Incentivize internal teams, marketing, sales and support, etc.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great company for those not seeking career development

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kontron full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits - healthcare, dental, vision, 401k Ever so changing with new customers, new products always coming out. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Nearly impossible to get anything done. Too much middle management doing nothing in addition to others who are there simply to collect a pay check. No ROI's for sales which makes it tough to compete with competitors who's pricing is much lower. No incentive plan, no bonuses, subpar pay.

    Advice to Management

    Groom talent for career development otherwise they will leave and not be loyal. Set goals so employees can achieve them otherwise there is no incentive to perform.


  11. A friendly environment and co-workers to work with.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and nice management team

    Cons

    Salary pay is not too well



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