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Kongsberg Automotive Reviews

Updated December 16, 2016
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  1. "Current"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kongsberg Automotive full-time

    Pros

    Company invests heavily in talented workers with internal programs for those invested in career development. The development opportunities are offered for a range of management levels.

    Cons

    Currently within the first six months of a new CEO and there is some uncertainty within various areas of the company as to what will happen in the next year.

    Advice to Management

    Have a unified message to the employee base and hold employees accountable for the core values, which in themselves are good.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Management Lacks Ethics/Morals"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Kongsberg Automotive full-time

    Pros

    Some of the employees are great to work with. Most are unhappy, but they need the job, which Kongsberg depends on. The building is nice enough.

    Cons

    1) The upper management team needs to be completely replaced. Management in Norway has no clue about the management team in the USA, and shame on them. There were lawsuits and threats, yet nothing changed.
    2) The pay scale is outdated for the floor employees.
    3) It's a revolving door. Managers/supervisors come and go constantly.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the upper management team in the USA. Listen to your employees, whether the employees work on the shop floor or otherwise.


  3. "Good company, benifits/ vacation is not great"

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Suffield, CT
    Current Employee - Engineering in Suffield, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to learn their processes. More employee appritiation steps bave been taken in the last year. There is a preformance reiveiw every yearn but this turns into just a cost of living raise for most, but it is appritiated.

    Cons

    Its the flavor of the week for management, what was important last week is forgotten by the next and completion of projects is hard tk achieve on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    Put some actual engineering into the chances on the shop floor, to often changes are made that are because managment feels it should be a certain way. Try interacting with the shop floor employes, you will find that you perseption of what is, is not acurate.


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  5. "miantenance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Willis, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Willis, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    hours, salary, friendly among workers only.

    Cons

    bad insurance due to overhead considerations and not employees, bestow responsibilities on others when actually managers / supervisory responsibilities, throw caution to the wind and blame it on others, baffle with....

    Advice to Management

    Be a leader not a manager


  6. "Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Mount Vernon, KY
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Mount Vernon, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kongsberg Automotive (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to Work given the location and budget constraints of the company. Very nice people to work with there.

    Cons

    Low Salary for the position and work I did there. Overall though, I learned a lot about what they do there. The people were good to work with.


  7. "US Based Position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kongsberg Automotive (More than a year)

    Pros

    The internal team are great to work with in all areas. Salary was competitive, and they were pretty flexible in terms of work and personal life.

    Cons

    Sr. Management needs to stick to a strategic plan not change it every 6 months. Engineering is extremely top heavy and has no accountability during the NPI process. Company's HQ is in Norway, and they promote mostly within Europe.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to a strategy to grow the business. Engineering and Senior Management need to be held accountable on the lack of sales growth.


  8. "Product Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Novi, MI
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Novi, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The local management was quite flexible with schedules.
    The office was pretty quiet.
    Salaries were competitive.
    There are opportunities for people motivated to travel or work internationally.

    Cons

    Training is lacking for new hires.
    Finding information was tedious.
    There is a strong separation between the two business units in the Novi office.
    The quiet office was almost unsettling.
    One division struggled with a weakening demand for the primary product line and a late entry into a replacement product.
    International projects require long hours to communicate with teams on other continents.

    Advice to Management

    Improve project management with stronger people and simpler process rather than cumbersome reporting systems. This is especially critical for international programs.
    Empower local leadership and project teams to make decisions.


  9. "OK Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novi, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kongsberg Automotive (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, most associates are ok to work with

    Cons

    Abuse of salary hours, poor staffing level

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff


  10. "quality"

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    Former Employee - Quality in Easley, SC
    Former Employee - Quality in Easley, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very good place to work at.

    Cons

    Not very good hr and management.


  11. "melt extrusion."

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    Former Employee - Extrusion Operator in New Britain, CT
    Former Employee - Extrusion Operator in New Britain, CT

    I worked at Kongsberg Automotive (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for!!

    Cons

    They don't pay well enough.



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