Tenneco Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
33 Reviews
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  1.  

    Operates like most large American automotive companies.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Monroe, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monroe, MI

    I worked at Tenneco full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They are a stable company that has a global presence.

    Cons

    Most locations are not close to metro areas where people live resulting in most employees having a long commute. Limited abilities to rise within the ranks of the company (opportunities exist they are just a bit too far and few between and are often filled with people outside of the company). Just like in most large companies it is difficulty to get process improvements supported/implemented and adaptability/innovation is stifled as a result. Current employee compensation has not kept pace with the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a real emphasis on process improvement, innovation, and performance recognition. Too much time is spent fighting fires and not enough defining and resolving the causes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Happy I made a bundle when the stock went up.

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    Former Employee - Senior Buyer  in  Monroe, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Monroe, MI

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot. Took on a lot of responsibility. First 2 years were fun. Worked with a lot of very talented people-on all levels, in all areas. Got a better job as a result.

    Cons

    Next 3 years were a nightmare. Everyone wanted to be a buyer, engineers, the plants, the salespeople. Vendor payments were delayed to help cash-flow, a practice that has been stopped. They break contracts. Pay was bad, as were the benefits. Plants routinely ran short on inventory and blamed vendor. Managers had no experience managing in most areas. Women were especially treated poorly-no matter their title. To many 'Indians' with little to-no authority, 'Chiefs' didn't like to get hands dirty, and wanted to protect their job. Very political environment. Senior Executive quoted prior to a meeting, "Check your ethics at the door", and another classic, "Sometimes you have to take the low road' In some areas morale was great, in others well pretty bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider training managers. Let some of the old chiefs retire. Promote from within. Executives should go undercover within the company-in any area to see how the work really gets done and dirty some people operate. Treat the women as your would your wife or daughter treated at a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    This job will bore you to death, very monotonous work. Hard manual labor daily. Very strict routine to follow daily.

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator  in  Marshall, MI
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Marshall, MI

    I have been working at Tenneco full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent Pay. 11/hour starting out with staffing company. 12.65 after 3 months.

    Set hours.

    Job security is good. Not much else.

    Cons

    Very boring, monotonous work. Do the same thing over and over and over all day.

    Can be hard manual labor for those not used to that.

    Management is runs around like chickens with their head cut off. More concerned about sucking up to the manager above them than doing a good job.

    You are just a cog in the machine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the points system for sick days. It makes you seem like you don't value your employees as human beings. I realize your excuse is "this is how the industry does it". How many great companies do things because that is how the industry does it?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Abusive towards employees.

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator  in  Hartwell, GA
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Hartwell, GA

    I have been working at Tenneco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and easy to get overtime.

    Cons

    Ridiculous hours and unsafe work conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your subordinates with more respect and listen to their concerns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Most Incompetent Management team I ever have worked for..

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kettering, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kettering, OH

    I have been working at Tenneco

    Pros

    No better jobs available in this economy, decent wages for maintenace and team leaders..Union offers a tiny bit of protection from favortism.

    Cons

    Too Many management pets, and pet projects wasting money on inappropriate things like 5-S and Kaizon junk, but won't spend enough to properly get a quality product to the customer. HR has a personal vendetta against virtually all former Delphi people that were bought as part of the package when buying the plant.. Worst part of that issue is that it;s the former Delphi Salaried that hold the grudge, not the Tenneco management team from above. With One exception the upper Management (not from this plant) Seem to be honest including the CEO..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of excess padded management levels at the plant, use the money to hire enough Maintenance people to fix the equipment properly.. YOUR own MISSION statement states CUSTOMER is first and SHAREHOLDERS..not wasting company funds on personal vendettas on people just because we belong to a Union. EFFICIENCY would be 90% instead of 65% if you had properly trained Skilled tades doing the jobs instead of operators and supervisors who aren't qualified to flip burgers at McDonalds, much less fix complicated equipment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It is not what it used to be

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst  in  Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at Tenneco

    Pros

    Flexible hours and that is about it

    Cons

    Promotions are limited - always a dangling carrot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the practice of offering raises and counter-offers when someone resigns. Cherish your employees while you still have them, not when they walk out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I enjoy the pace and team leaders there are always helpful.

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator  in  Ligonier, IN
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Ligonier, IN

    I have been working at Tenneco

    Pros

    Atmosphere.They do not encourage bad mouthing of other employees which helps with employee encouragement to advance in social and healthy environment.

    Cons

    3rd shift.But 3rd shift anywhere.The only thing worse would be 2nd shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    it's a job.. glad I have a place to work

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    Current Employee - Team Member  in  Smithville, TN
    Current Employee - Team Member in Smithville, TN

    I have been working at Tenneco

    Pros

    have been with the company a long time. Great co-workers, the team leaders are great & works with the employees.

    Cons

    need better pay for the workers that has been there longer than others. Moral needs to be better. HR & management needs to be out on the floor more to see what the employees actually do. Needs to be cooler in summer time (pretty bad when it feels better outside than it does inside the plant)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on the things I stated in the Cons of working at Tenneco. Better pay for the employees that has worked there the longest. Find a way to cool the plant down in the summer

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Loved the employees, Management has a terrible lack of communication and no real empathy.

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator  in  Ligonier, IN
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Ligonier, IN

    I worked at Tenneco

    Pros

    Good pay for the location. Great medical and dental benefits. Once hired on great attendance policy. HR does back their open door policy.

    Cons

    Favoritism among family members seems to be awful high. Discipline is not handed out fairly. Communication between management and workers is extremely lacking (especially on the off shifts). Too many in management trying to make all the rules with no concept how the processes actually work.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    somewhat satisfying,but watch your back..

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    Current Employee - Teamleader  in  Hartwell, GA
    Current Employee - Teamleader in Hartwell, GA

    I have been working at Tenneco

    Pros

    The pay is good , benefits are good for this area..A lot of good people work there,but is gets old being treated badly by upper management

    Cons

    upper management.....rules are inconsistant , they change without notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider the peoples views and concerns , they are the ones that actually make you the money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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