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Kongsberg Automotive Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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  1. "Good and bad"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Easley, SC
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Easley, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Local management was great. Good people to work with

    Cons

    Senior division leadership did/does not have any operations experience, and does not understand how the local plant and business operate. Hence they are moving the plant to Mexico.


  2. "Overall satisfied with my time at Kongsberg."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The best thing Kongsberg has going for it is it's leniency and understanding the management provides it's employees, within reason.

    Cons

    Kongsberg automotive has a minor flaw with holding too many meetings to talk about problems as opposed to spending that time working on solutions.

  3. "Moving South"

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    Current Employee - Professional in Easley, SC
    Current Employee - Professional in Easley, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great group of people at the local level.

    Cons

    Unknown people at the upper levels.

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy Mexico


  4. "Decent place."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kongsberg Automotive full-time

    Pros

    Clean, fair wage, and flexible when needed.

    Cons

    Deadlines are sometimes difficult to achieve with the resources in place.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Do not give them a notice!"

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    Former Employee - Project Buyer in Easley, SC
    Former Employee - Project Buyer in Easley, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is great, working hours are very reasonable, and most of the people (excluding management) are great.

    Cons

    When you give a notice that you're going to take another job, you will be released immediately. If you plan to leave, I would recommend waiting to give notice only a day or so before your last day.

    Advice to Management

    Value the work the employees do more, give more thought to the contributions the employees make, show the appreciation with honest evaluations and merit-based raises.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kongsberg Automotive full-time

    Pros

    fast paced enviroment, you learn alot and at a fast pace

    Cons

    not much room to move up


  7. Helpful (2)

    "No Direction"

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

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed atmosphere.
    Good work life balance.
    Very little pressure.

    Cons

    Lots of upper management, structure, and executive changes.
    High turn over rate.
    Very little direction.
    Confusing and lacking systems.
    Very little to no outlook for advancement.
    Not aggressive at pursuing business.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction and stick to it. Organize your systems better to save time and keep project quality.Take more interest in what is going on on the working level.

  8. "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.


  9. 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.


  10. "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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