Kontron

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Kontron Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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2.8 13 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

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Ullrich Gehrmann

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30% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great company for those not seeking career development

    Marketing (Former Employee) Poway, CA

    ProsGreat benefits - healthcare, dental, vision, 401k

    Ever so changing with new customers, new products always coming out. Great work life balance.

    ConsNearly 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 Senior ManagementGroom 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company struggling to find identity.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsOverall 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 Senior ManagementBring in an outside consulting firm to evaluate your sister company (Kontron America) and make serious changes.

    Incentivize internal teams, marketing, sales and support, etc.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    A friendly environment and co-workers to work with.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible working hours and nice management team

    ConsSalary pay is not too well

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    Great Place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you say you are going to do something then do it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Decent

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexibility, good people, fun, enjoyable

    Consthe pay was not great

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    Challenging, interesting environment

    Sales (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

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

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementParticularly 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Management needs an overhaul.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsMorale 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 Senior ManagementTeam 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pay rate could be higher

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Poway, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk 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.

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    KOntron... not a bad place to work

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    Proscurrent management seems to be aware and is willing to work with employees to keep things moving forward

    Consto much history. A lot of the old timers hold on too the way that things were done before

    Advice to Senior Managementcontinue moving forward being aggressive and focused

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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