Kontron Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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    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

    I have been working at Kontron full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company struggling to find identity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kontron full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company for those not seeking career development

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Poway, CA

    I worked at Kontron full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A friendly environment and co-workers to work with.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kontron

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and nice management team

    Cons

    Salary pay is not too well

  6.  

    Great Place to work

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

    I have been working at Kontron full-time

    Pros

    Easy work environment, management that is not full of themselves, ok pay and great benefits.

    Cons

    I can really only say my boss screwed me over and the head office in Germany has no idea what they are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you say you are going to do something then do it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Would not suggest working for this company at an entry level position.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kontron

    Pros

    Large company with global reach. Varied product offerings to meet the needs of many industries.

    Cons

    Low moral on the sales team. Compensation plans set up to be unattainable by management so pay was not inline with market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Decent

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kontron

    Pros

    Flexibility, good people, fun, enjoyable

    Cons

    the pay was not great

  9.  

    Challenging, interesting environment

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Kontron full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Ability to work independently, small enough that your efforts have an impact

    Cons

    Very political, controlled chaos, may the best man win. Not very focused on developing internal talent, particularly with all the acquisitions. Intentionally create a competitive internal environment rather than a supportive one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Particularly in NA, upper management likes to have their stars and failures in middle management that they use as examples and talk about publicly and privately. You can flip from one day to the next in an instant. It is uncomfortable for the team to hear the management member that is performing below standards to constantly be criticized by the 'OO's'. And the stars, no matter what questionable thing they may do can do not wrong because they are the pet of the week. Little professionalism. The same lack of conviction and clarity carries through into the strategy and planning of business goals. I wonder why they are performing below expectations when tings just kinda happen, typically after the fact.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Management needs an overhaul.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Kontron

    Pros

    There is a good benefits package. The location is nice. Ample parking as well. The CEO is a friendly person and seems interested in the employees.

    Cons

    Morale is very low within the corporation. There is a general theme of "under appreciated" and "under paid" amongst the workers. Management does not seem concerned with contributing to growth of employees. Upper management appears oblivious to the dis-ease within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team building would boost morale. Listen to your employees. Make them feel important to the cause and a part of growth and profit. Communicate. Show interest in your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Pay rate could be higher

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA

    I worked at Kontron

    Pros

    There was definitely flexibility in terms of time off for personal matters.
    The people who work there are fun to be around.

    Cons

    The pay is under what market rate is.
    Market strategy could improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to the managers below you and find out what is going on in each department. I don't think this was done much when I was there.

    No opinion of CEO

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