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Continental Reviews

Updated May 27, 2017
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Continental Chairman Executive Board, Finance, Controlling, IT, and Law; Powertrain Elmar Degenhart
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  • Teilweise nicht immer gute work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Average low salary package compared to outside (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Great opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional GOLD Coordinator in Fort Mill, SC
    Current Employee - Regional GOLD Coordinator in Fort Mill, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Continental (More than a year)

    Pros

    Solid opportunity for a fresh graduate. Great benefits. Lots of travel experience.

    Cons

    Random relocation isn't fun.

    Advice to Management

    The random relocations aren't always fun.


  2. "decent company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI

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

    Pros

    Good work culture
    work life balance
    good management

    Cons

    Less salary
    slow growth
    Most of the technology in germany


  3. "Truck driver"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Delivery Driver in Glendale Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Delivery Driver in Glendale Heights, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy load truck with pallet jack unload at docks done

    Cons

    No where to move up

    Advice to Management

    Communication


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  5. "Good company to work for if you're interested in taking technical courses to advance your career."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Line Worker in Seguin, TX
    Current Employee - Production Line Worker in Seguin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Over-time, time and a half over 40 hrs a week, is a possibility depending on which department you end up being placed. Pay is bi-weekly. 2 size-able, around 1 k each, are available to Continental employees every April. An employee must be employed on or before Jan. 1 thru Dec. 31 of the preceeding year to receive one of the bonuses. Continental offers medical, dental, vision, 401 k match up to 6%, tuition assistance for approved certifications/degrees, discounts with various vendors i.e., life/auto insurance, cell phone providers, plus many more. Decent production associate hourly pay if you're able to be promoted to a lead operator (average time period I've seen is at least a year of excellent employment history and a lead op. position becomes available).

    Cons

    I emphasize you apply with Continental thru the Texas. Workforce Commission website. DO NOT apply in person at the facility. Front door security personnel will direct you to their contracted temporary staffing agency. If hired by the temp/staffing agency, your starting pay will be only $10/hr. and way below par benefits. Then you try to work hard to get converted to Continental to realize the $2.50 hourly increase and much better benefits. I've seen a very small percentage of people get converted rather quickly, 2-3 months. But most take several months which adds up to a substantial sum plus a possible forfeiture of one of the annual bonuses every April. My conversion took 9 months costing me thousands of dollars in pay and bonuses. Even though I worked as hard or harder than everyone else on my line, I still lost several thousand dollars just because I did not know about applying directly with Continental on the Texas Workforce Commission website. I know one individual who quit a week after being hired by the temp staffing agency and immediately applied directly on the TWC website. Good for him he was hired by Continental. I thought about doing that while waiting for my conversion but I errantly believed there was a 6 month waiting period before being able to apply directly. The 12 hour day, 2 days on 2 days off 3 days on 2 days off 2 days on 3 days off work schedule is setup so that hourly production associates work 6 months out of the year, while still averaging 40 hrs per week. But 12 hour days on your feet get tiresome with no opportunity to sit, other than breaks, in most production departments. Hourly production rates can be more difficult to attain depending on your department/product line. Current hourly starting rate is $12.50/hr. Unless you are single and live with your parents or have another wage-earner in your household, the starting rate pretty much mandates getting a second /part-time job if you're unable to get over-time approved every pay period. A point of contact is an individual with lead operator responsibilities right. The point of is one level below lead operator but above line production associates. The point of contact does not receive additional hourly compensation. My lines point of contact makes the same hourly rate as I do. He does the lead operator job when the lead operator is out sick/approved time off/etc. I've seen some smaller department go without a lead operator for months.

    Advice to Management

    Consider a slight increase in hourly pay. Allow more over-time. Find a way to cut down on the amount of time production employees are on their feet. These are some of the main reasons I am beginning a new job search today. All of my co-workers and I get along great and I've gotten to know many other good and hard working people in the facility. I will miss them but we plan on keeping in touch.


  6. "Good Benefits, poor leadership."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somersworth, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somersworth, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Continental full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company Benefits, Weekly Paycheck, Co-workers, Hourly Schedule, 401 K match.

    Cons

    Payroll errors!
    Lack of communication between management-leads-employees.
    Employee input to help move company forward is disregarded because they didn't come up with solution themselves.
    You start as a temp and it will take a year or more to be hired on regardless of what they tell you during interview or how well you perform.
    They have a no drug policy but if your friends with management and get caught on property doing drugs they will take you back, multiple times.
    The fire the good ones for small infractions and keep the repeat offenders of greater infractions long term.
    Lack of concern over safety for employees with poor air quality.
    They hire anyone, place is rampant with poor and aggressive attitudes, sexual harassment .
    Leadership regularly partakes in bashing other employees creating a caustic environment.

    Advice to Management

    Do your job. Listen to your employees. Be a part of the Continental team instead of a chair weight. Everything said even behind closed doors runs through company so learn to keep private issues private and that might ease peoples attitudes towards the company. Don't preach Quality throughout the departments then tell employees to pass bad parts on so the company can meet numbers.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Area Dealer Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Dealer Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Area Dealer Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Continental full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Responsibilities
    Coworkers
    Management
    Corporate Culture
    Money spent on Infrastructure
    Opportunities for Advancement

    Cons

    Work place Politics
    Time spent away from Family
    Consistent Moving

    Advice to Management

    More money to be spent on Marketing & Information Technology


  8. Helpful (1)

    "My experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in German, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in German, VA

    I worked at Continental part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was a good opportunity

    Cons

    Didn't have the opportunity to learn too much

    Advice to Management

    Make the environment more comfortable


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Feels like things are going downhill"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Continental full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits package, above average PTO

    Cons

    Office politics, dated workflow, tools and processes, cannot hold on to talent, seem to know how to "utilize" visa workers, lots of frustrating inefficiencies.

    Advice to Management

    Work on talent retention and raising overall morale. Learn that people in this field don't need to feel "lucky to have a job" and are in high demand. Make better project estimates and forecasts so that "work/life balance" is not just HR lip service. People are wearing themselves out and rarely get proper recognition.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Eh?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Asheville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Continental full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, diverse company profile

    Cons

    Inter-department communication is a struggle. Lots of people "Set in their ways"


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great vision and flexible with employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Auburn Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible employer, great vision, great values

    Cons

    A lot of focus on money money money and send messages of struggle even when the company is making great profit.


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