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Volkswagen Group of America Overview

Herndon, VA
1001 to 5000 employees
Volkswagen
1955
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$5 to $10 million (USD)
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. It operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a ... Read more

Mission: We offer tailor-made mobility solutions to our customers. We serve our customers' diverse needs with a portfolio of strong brands. We assume responsibility regarding the environment, safety and social issues. We act with integrity and build on reliability ... Read more

Company Updates

  • VWGoA is a proud winner of the 2017 CandE Award! The CandE Awards recognize outstanding candidate experience throughout the entire recruitment process. Apply for any of our open positions today and see why candidates love interviewing with us!

    The 2017 North American CandE Award Winners Are Here - Talent Board

    By Kevin Grossman The differences are again dramatic. When we asked tens of thousands of job candidates whether or not they'd refer others to apply at a specific company based on their recruiting experience at that same company, 14 percent said they would "definitely not" while only 24 percent said they'd be "extremely likely".

  • Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of 609 major U.S. businesses that scored a 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), earning the designation as a 2018 Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

    VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA RECOGNIZED AS A TOP LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE BUSINESS BY THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOUNDATION

    Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) today proudly announced that it has been honored by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of 609 major U.S. businesses that scored a 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), earning the designation as a 2018 Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

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Volkswagen Group of America – Why Work For Us?


Founded in 1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Va., Volkswagen Group of America brings vehicles to the U.S. that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and eco-conscious automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes. The company has approximately 5,900 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a 990-strong dealer network.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group operates in more than 62 production plants in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. Around the world, more than 400,000 employees produce about 30,000 vehicles that are sold in 153 countries. It operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc.

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Our work represents the juncture of automotive technology, design and business. Our global presence allows us to offer international career opportunities. We believe that strong global partnerships and the exchange of ideas build better outcomes.

We also believe that the powerful principles of diversity and inclusion help us create an environment where each person feels respected and appreciated. This enables us to develop a workplace where employees can realize their full potential and individually and collectively do our best work. In doing so, we can better achieve its full potential too, because Diversity and Inclusion promotes superior business performance and a competitive advantage.

Fostering a culture of development and inclusion supports our corporate vision of creating an environment of achievement, excitement, trust and teamwork.

It also makes Volkswagen Group of America a great place to work.


In The Community

Volkswagen Group of America has been part of American culture since the first Beetle arrived more than six decades ago. Since that time, we have grown into a family of iconic brands that includes Audi, Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini. Across those brands, more Americans are buying our vehicles today than at any other point in our history, and our financial arm, VW Credit, Inc., is providing new financing to record numbers of American consumers.

As a family of brands and businesses, Volkswagen Group of America is unified by much more than our dedication to building great cars. We are unified by a shared mission and commitment to putting our engineering expertise, innovation and vision to work for the greater good, to help improve our communities and solve the sustainability challenges of the future.

Corporate giving and involvement in our communities is deeply rooted in our culture, and we believe that vibrant public-private partnerships are critical to a strong, sustainable economic future. In 2013 alone, Volkswagen Group of America donated nearly $10 million in funding and in-kind donations to organizations across the country, and we’ve continued our commitment of more than $7 million to support education programs in Tennessee and Virginia.

Partners in Education

The strength of any community in the future depends on how well we educate our young people today. That’s why our flagship Partners in Education program is so near and dear to the hearts of everyone at Volkswagen Group of America. We’re not just preparing students for America’s future workforce. We’re helping them realize their full potential.

Launched in September 2008, Partners in Education is designed to support students and teachers interested in advanced automotive technology and next-generation automotive engineering. Our programs help students from kindergarten through high school, and even at the college and post-graduate level.  

Partners in Education: Virginia

Partners in Education began with a five-year, $2.1 million initiative to create a comprehensive education partnership with schools and technical institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C., area.

Together, we’re making a positive difference in the educational experience of students at Fairfax County Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College, The Excel Institute, George Mason University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. 

Partners in Education: Tennessee

In March 2009, we initiated a $5.28 million Partners in Education expansion in Tennessee, home of our new assembly plant. With this expansion, we can help support students and teachers throughout the state — at Chattanooga State Community College, Fisk University, Hamilton County Public Schools, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee State University, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, and University of Tennessee – Knoxville.

Community Partners

At Volkswagen Group of America, we are proud to be at home and at work in the United States. We take being a good corporate citizen very seriously, and pledge to do everything we can to invest in and give back to the community. And we know that being a good neighbor is simply the American way.

Our people do remarkable work, within our facilities and beyond. We encourage them to take time to give back through our Volunteer Day program, which provides paid time off to get involved in community programs, as well as state and national charitable, service and relief efforts.

Our employees bring the passion and energy that makes our organization so successful to their individual volunteering efforts, and we are proud of everything they’ve accomplished to make our world a better place.

Philanthropy Across the Group

We believe corporate social responsibility is a collective effort, involving every aspect of our business, including each individual brand. Among our brands and locations across America, we make philanthropy a priority by promoting employee volunteerism, making financial and in-kind contributions, and partnering with employees to support causes they personally care about. Across the United States, our employees participate in numerous volunteer and philanthropic efforts in their communities. From the Portland Service Center’s support of The Lambert House and Auburn Hill’s volunteering at Grace Centers of Hope to the ERL’s participation in Bike MS and Herndon’s commitment to the Boys and Girls Club, philanthropy and service is an intrinsic part of who we are as a company.

Employee Engagement

We are only as good as our people!

We believe involved, inspired and energized employees are the hands, heart and soul of the company, enabling us to grow and thrive while meeting constant challenges in the marketplace. 

Volkswagen employees from the Network Development team donned blue t-shirts rather than traditional painter’s whites for their volunteer day. Back Row: Bryan Connor, Mike DiStefano, Brian Kelly, Alan Veit, Marcus Brodfuehrer, Erik Peterson and Mike Dwyer. Front Row: Bob Kim, Katja Hungarter, Rachel Whitwell, Danielle Piesco, Erik Louderback and Scott Harrison.

Our Volunteer Day program provides paid time off for any of our employees who take active, volunteer roles in community programs, as well as state and national charitable, service or relief efforts.

At Volkswagen Group of America we are future-oriented in our approach to the challenges we face in our communities and in our world. 

Thanks to the volunteers’ time and careful attention to detail, kids who use the Falls Church Boys & Girls Club should find it easier to concentrate in rooms with calmer, brighter walls.

At all of our Volkswagen Group locations around the world, our responsibilities don’t end at the door to our showrooms, plants or research labs. We actively invest our time, talent and financial resources in education, diversity, health, sports, the arts and the environment.

We believe in connecting with our customers, our communities and the environment. We believe by sharing and by teaching, we learn. This helps us create a better product — for our customers now and in the future. 

At the Volkswagen Credit Inc.’s National Field Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, more than 130 employees from Sales, Marketing, Risk, Finance and HR built bicycles for children. A group of underprivileged children from the local Gila River Indian Community was on-site to receive the newly constructed bicycles at the end of the day.

Volkswagen employees from the Network Development team donned blue t-shirts rather than traditional painter’s whites for their volunteer day. Back Row: Bryan Connor, Mike DiStefano, Brian Kelly, Alan Veit, Marcus Brodfuehrer, Erik Peterson and Mike Dwyer. Front Row: Bob Kim, Katja Hungarter, Rachel Whitwell, Danielle Piesco, Erik Louderback and Scott Harrison.

Though hard numbers don’t tell the real story of lives touched, our team members give back in big ways and small.

Employee Giving

Matching Donations Program

Giving back to our communities and supporting individual philanthropic causes is an integral part of the Volkswagen Group of America culture. Our matching donations program allows our employees’ financial contributions to go even further. Volkswagen Group of America will match dollar for dollar up to $5,000 per employee per year designated to the organization of their choice. In 2013, employees donated more than $145,000 to close to 400 charities across the country.

Volunteer Day Program

Our people do remarkable work, within our facilities and beyond. We encourage them to take time to give back through our Volunteer Day program, which provides paid time off to get involved in community programs, as well as state and national charitable, service and relief efforts. Our employees bring the passion and energy that makes our organization so successful to their individual volunteering efforts, and we are proud of everything they’ve accomplished to make our world a better place

Becoming a Leader in Diversity and Inclusion

At Volkswagen Group of America, our goal is to be recognized as a top company for diversity and inclusion practices. Part of our diversity effort involves partnering with organizations such as the National Urban League and the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion supports our overall goal to become one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for in America, as well as a Top 50 Company for Diversity. Volkswagen Group of America has already received multiple awards and recognition for our efforts, including:

  • 2017: 100% Score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (Have received this designation 11 out of last 12 years)
  • 2017: Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council Corporation of the Year and Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year.
  • 2015: DiversityINC Top 25 Noteworthy Companies for Diversity
  • 2014: DIVERSITYPLUS Top 30 Supplier Diversity Programs
  • 2014: Emerging Leader Award: Rainbow Push Global Automotive Summit
  • 2014: National Black MBA Association, Inc. Washington, DC Chapter Corporation of the Year Award
  • 2014: Corporate Plus Award: INROADS Mid-Atlantic Region
  • First automotive company to sign the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealer’s “15% Formula for Success,” committing to improve the percentage of majority ownership that ethnic minorities have in new car dealerships.
  • Impact Award from Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council for 2012 Corporation of the Year.
  • 2012 National Association of Minority Automobile Dealer’s Woman of the Year:  Machelle Williams, general manager of Diversity and CSR, Volkswagen Group of America.
  • Established a robust Supplier Diversity program and exceeded VWGoA’s target with 12 percent for inclusion of women, ethnic minorities and LGBTQ owned businesses in our supplier network.

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    Pros

    Great benefits, awesome cars, high performance is rewarded. Each person can make a real impact. Many people who left for other opportunities came back to VWGoA because it is just such a great company. I left for personal reasons but really wish I still worked there. Best company ever!

    Cons

    None I can think of.

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Volkswagen Group of America Photos

Volkswagen Group of America photo of: Outside of VWGoA's HQ in Herndon, VA
Volkswagen Group of America photo of: VWGoA employees planned action-packed days for the kids spotlighting the departments and teams at each particular location.
Volkswagen Group of America photo of: VWGoA employees planned action-packed days for the kids spotlighting the departments and teams at each particular location.
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Volkswagen Group of America Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Volkswagen Group of America (Herndon, VA).

    Interview

    The HR manger that I worked with was an amazing introduction to the company. She was very receptive, easy to get along with and constantly keeping in touch which I greatly appreciated.

    As others have said the entire process is much more laid back than other companies. I felt totally comfortable from the phone screen to the in person presentation.

    Started as a phone screen with HR reviewing experiences, background, expectations and organizational overview. That lead to a phone interview with a panel of managers (including the hiring manager) that consisted of mostly behavioral questions. That lead to an in person care study presentation with a 4 person panel. All expectations were extremely clear and communicated well in advance.

    They are very direct and will ask you the tough questions so be prepared and know your subject matter like the back of your hand.

    Offers took less than 24 business hours to be communicated for all interviews and final offer.

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    • Where do we have opportunity in the market and where could we invest resources to grow the business?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time that you had to persuade someone to do something.   Answer Question
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Volkswagen Group of America Awards & Accolades

  • The Candidate Experience (CandE) Award, The Talent Board, 2017
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2017
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2008
  • Corporation of the Year and Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year, Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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