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Updated November 28, 2017
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Continental Chairman Executive Board, Finance, Controlling, IT, and Law; Powertrain Elmar Degenhart
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  1. "Quality Inspector"

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    Current Employee - Quality Technician in Rochester, NH
    Current Employee - Quality Technician in Rochester, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Like working with suppliers and other group to resolve PPAP issues

    Cons

    Current job description does not reflect what I do

    Advice to Management

    Change the job description


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Nothing to brag about."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard working people. They really bust their butts to get things done and make it right for the customer.
    Medical benefits are just OK. People are willing to roll up their sleeves and do what's needed.

    Cons

    Over worked and under payed. Management will squeez the life out of you. Lack of resource has always been an issue. Management doesn't want to hire people, but would easily acquire other companies. There is no succession build. US based teams are extremely under staffed however the Germany group is seated well making process improvement after process improvement. You can't execute because by the time things are getting rolled out, guess what another change and process improvement on the banks.
    Your paycheck comes in at the end of the month. Shocker. Your rich for that one day (30th or the 31st).

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people in the US. Your revenue stream is coming from US manufacturer not the European makers.
    Enough with the good ole boys club. The mentality of CYA has to stop. Listen to what the data and analysis tells you. Failure in this company is not an option. If you mess up your own manager will leave you hanging and will not have your back. So CYA comes in.
    If you don't stand with the "in" group good luck getting things done.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Corporation is good, but local facilities need work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great global corporation with talented employees worldwide. Some opportunities for travel. Good benefits. Flexible schedules available for salaried employees ( telecommute/work at home days), and 17 PTO days to start , 14 paid holidays. Salaries and bonuses are about market average.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for career growth or cross-functional training on local level. Executives claim they support work-life balance, but local management discourages it. Corporate and global management are too far removed from local facilities to affect any change. Lots of internal changes so the target is constantly moving and it's nearly impossible to keep up.

    Advice to Management

    It's not enough to say there are "core values," you need to live them too. Show employees that you value them.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "alright job"

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    Former Employee - Continental Laborer in Seguin, TX
    Former Employee - Continental Laborer in Seguin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good hour's With good benefits

    Cons

    Disrespectful worker's And not to much structure

    Advice to Management

    I am willing to work. I am in need of a job asap. I am willing to work and do what ever is required. I am also a very hard hands on worker


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Not a long term place to work for"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Carpinteria, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Carpinteria, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This review is for the Carpinteria, CA location. The work/life balance here is very good, no one will bother you about work when you are not in the office. The location of the office and its vicinity to the ocean and nature is incredible. There are subsidized lunches once or twice a week which is nice. Weekly volleyball and every once in a while BBQ after work. Vacation days and holidays are good, you get an extended break during Christmas/New Years. Benefits are also very good. You get yearly profit sharing and variable compensation which can add to a lot of money. Gym reimbursement, although the choice of places is very limited.

    Cons

    Where to begin. To understand some of the problems a little history is necessary. This was a local Lidar company in Santa Barbara (ASC) that Continental bought. Continental is a big international company, but you get a feeling that the German colleagues are preferred over others (look at the board members and you get an idea) so of course a bunch of German engineers/managers who were eager for promotions were sent to this location for the transition. The cultural gap really didn't help during the transition period and there were problems right off the bat. The original engineers that really knew the technology hated how things were, to a point that just after a year the main hardware guys from ASC all quit so I'm not sure how the next generations of this lidar sensor would be successfully developed.

    The upper management at Continental is eager to ship all the jobs it can to countries where they don't have to pay as much money and you are told that your salary is too high compared to them so this is justified. In the time I've been at conti, I've seen most of the hardware/software components shipped out to other places for the sake of saving money on paper. Most of these places are on different time zones with some not having any overlapping working hours. To make things worse, you have no power over the other teams in other countries as they have other bosses and also other tasks from other branches. This creates an incredibly inefficient system, where it takes forever to get something done, and when it's done it better not have any bugs/issues because resolving them takes even longer. So you end up tracking other people's work, and conti has actually created a lot of positions specifically for this reason, track what others do and bug them until they do it. A lot of smart people who were hired to do real work are used for this, and you can see that they are not happy about it and are already looking elsewhere for employment including myself. The management has mentioned that this is Conti's most expensive branch to keep open so I really wonder how long more it will be here once all the components can be done elsewhere. I really would not recommend this branch to anyone. I can go on and on about the problems but this should be enough to help smart candidates stay away. Too bad the top managers at this branch don't even care as they are on temporary expat contracts so they can just go back to where they came from, or to another branch where they can focus on collecting their big bonuses while it lasts.

    Advice to Management

    No advice for the management. In my opinion they are salesmen who are under-qualified to lead research and development of such a cutting edge technology.


  6. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company structure, benefits, variable compensation when targets are achieved

    Cons

    Some decisions are not very smart in the Business Unit Engine Systems.

    Advice to Management

    Invest on the right places so no extra costs are spent to fix the bad results of bad project management.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Deer Park, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Deer Park, IL
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Good benefits
    2. Some of the people are extremely knowledgable
    3. High-tech oriented place
    4. Anual raise and bonus

    Cons

    1. Horrible management
    2. Lack of teamwork
    3. Plenty of internal politics - you just need to be political, know how to play, which sometimes speaks aginst engineering and resambles game.
    4. Some of the people (Deer Park campus) are extremely knowledgable, but those either leave for much better places, are close to be retired (Motorola), or were terminated in 2012 -13 because of cuts. It is automotive, so it comes with waves.
    5. Some people are strictly not knowledgable in the area of their expertise, but politics keep them on.
    6. Overal, unpleasant experience.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed feelings"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, 401k matching, travel to Germany is common, paid to carpool, amazing location right on bluffs with nice ocean view, weekly volleyball group

    Cons

    Most decisions are made in Germany, it's hard to get information or responses.

    Work has been largely outsourced to low cost countries, main activities are to track. With all the outsourcing you wonder how long before it's your job.

    Too many often conflicting processes

    Frequent reorganizations in Germany

    Daily Scrum occurs but mostly is talk about what they accomplished and often falls into technical discussions or arguments. Definitely not Agile

    Work goals are changed frequently when newest manager is in office

    Many managers are on contracts from Germany - wonder if that's a sign about the place being short term

    Office has great ocean views, but there aren't enough desks or parking spots

    Advice to Management

    Use local talent and streamline the processes


  9. "poorly managed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good hourly workforce for the most part, good lower management(supervisor level) for the most part, decent pay for area

    Cons

    poor upper management, constant mandatory overtime causing stress & fatigue and making hourly workers work most of your weekends not giving people time for family/home. turnover rate very high. cant get qualfied applicants for positions so they hire anyone causing stress on others. pay is decent but after costs of benefits pay doesn't compare as good. Uper management doesn't listen to issues and doesn't care. No technical support for nights and weekends.

    Advice to Management

    value employees and family life for hourly workforce like salary enjoys.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "My experience"

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    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


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