Tenneco Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Simple Minded Company Attempting Advanced Technology

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Engineer in Jackson, MI
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Engineer in Jackson, MI

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

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

    Pros

    Reasonable salaries for entry level engineers. Flexible with comp time when traveling over the weekends.

    Cons

    Typically given VERY little advanced notice for international travel. (2 days -14 days advance notice). Upper management does not listen to sound engineering advice provided by the experts they hired. Direct managers are expected to manage 5-15 employees and also manage customers that their employees are responsible for. This leads to VERY POOR managing of the employees. It is a shame.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to make proper engineering decisions and stop shooting from the hip due to tight customer timing. Your advanced technologies have no future with your current choices.


  2. Large paychecks for factory work, but excessive overtime.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Welder in Ligonier, IN
    Current Employee - Welder in Ligonier, IN

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

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

    Pros

    Seems like a stable job, but having to work almost every day of the year gets to be ridiculous.

    Cons

    No accountability for the employees on the floor. Employees have been caught doing an outrageous amounts of things that would normally get them fired but have not even been reprimanded. Company continues to hire the same sort of lazy people that do not have even the meager work ethics of a fast food place.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the staffing agency that can't maintain employee levels or manage to even hire people with mediocre work ethics. Start holding people accountable for poor performance instead of letting them laze about. Get off the "fake safety" issue of piercings, you are alienating the employee base. Long-term employees are quitting like rats from a sinking ship because of these issues.


  3. Strange culture in the past few years.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Project Engineer

    I worked at Tenneco full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, decent pay, generally nice people.

    Cons

    Boring work, an overall approach of doing the least possible amount of work for the client. Political, opportunities for advancement are limited.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Breakdown of Company Core Values at Facility Level

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Milan, OH
    Current Employee - Technician in Milan, OH

    I have been working at Tenneco full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Tenneco has a good benefit package, including vacation time and sends a good message on a corporate level with a focus of the company's core values.

    Cons

    On a facility level, there is a leadership breakdown when it comes to the company's core values. There is a leadership attitude which creates a "wall" between employees and leadership fails to recognize themselves as the reason for low morale. The IDP and Performance Appraisal system does not drive advancement as it is suggested it does. On a facility level, the "Good 'Ole Boys Club" drives advancement and puts the wrong personalities in leadership role.

    Advice to Management

    Do not forget to listen to the voice of all employees at all levels to prevent the low morale currently being seen at the Milan Engineering facility. A third party survey is suggested. No one will be honest in an all employee meeting when there is a culture of retaliation leadership and lack of integrity.


  6. A great place to start a career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best compensation in the automotive aftermarket.

    Cons

    Management is mostly reactive rather than proactive

    Advice to Management

    Anticipate change and listen to the streets, not just The Street


  7. over worked

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Hartwell, GA
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Hartwell, GA

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

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

    Pros

    the hours are there, the people are nice. the work is not that hard. Really can not be fired if you show up and don't say anything.

    Cons

    12 hour shifts, 7 days a week. There is no control over quality. All standards set by management are toss aside to make production quotas.

    Advice to Management

    no control


  8. on a downward spiral

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Elkhart, IN
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Elkhart, IN

    I have been working at Tenneco full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Used to have good benefits and pay but years of no raises and benefit cost increase and cuts have killed that i guess if you want to live at work thats a plus

    Cons

    now have more people in offices than on the floor safety first as long as its free and convieniant too many people creating problems to justify their jobs zero accountability beyond floor level low pay by industry standard {they only compare themselves to other ten plants NOT the area industry} no raise in 6 years ins has gone up 3 times no support from management if you aren't in an office you are a scape goat

    Advice to Management

    none t/a elkhart has evolved into a direct suckup line all the way to the ceo


  9. Helpful (1)

    I worked there for 18.25 years in Seward NE. I had a great time but a lot of stress.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machine Setup/Operator in Seward, NE
    Former Employee - Machine Setup/Operator in Seward, NE

    I worked at Tenneco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn and work in different departments. Fast paced environment so you don't get bored. Good support and training from Line Coordinators and Team Leaders. Great pay and benefits package.

    Cons

    10 hour days constantly, 12 hour days often and 8 or 10 hour days on Saturdays and sundays ( no family life ) A lot of stress to make shipping requirements. HR inconsistent with making and enforcing company policies. Direct family and community members are treated differently than individuals who are not part of the community or not a part of a family group who has years of service with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone the same regardless of how they became employed. Enforce your policies equally for all employees and don't single out individuals for different treatments of discipline. Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say. Get more involved with the individual employee, listen to their concerns or questions and make them feel like they are a actual part of the company instead of just some number. Be open and honest with everyone equally at all times not just when it suits some purpose.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Operates like most large American automotive companies.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monroe, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monroe, MI

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Happy I made a bundle when the stock went up.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Monroe, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Monroe, MI

    I worked at Tenneco full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.



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