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Kontron Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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  1. "Kontron was disorganized"

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    Former Employee - HW Software Consultant in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - HW Software Consultant in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kontron (More than a year)

    Pros

    They tried but were not organized

    Cons

    Get software under control using version control

    Advice to Management

    Get a software version control person


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Still a major leader in the Embedded space"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great industry and technology, turning the corner and on the right path

    Cons

    Last couple years turmoil and loss of some quality people. Lead time of product is too long and doesn't seem to be an end in sight

    Advice to Management

    stay true to what our customers want and work to improve the employee and customer experience.

  3. "Manager of Engineering Services and Fremont Site Leader"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kontron full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very nice people to worked .

    Cons

    Kontron America merge by other company.

    Advice to Management

    I really miss the management Team. They are so nice people to worked with.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "A mess the last several years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kontron full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many employees are like a family, ability to travel globally, autonomy, interesting industry, medical and 401k benefits, multicultural

    Cons

    lack of training for unskilled management, some employees goof off instead of manage responsibilities and others are required to pick up the slack, lack of budget - including salary increases for many years, promotions based favoritism, does not maintain environmentally sustainable work practices, not accepting new ideas, too frequent restructuring and management changes, executive management does not enforce company policies, no market research before products developed


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Project manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great people
    Great 401k match

    Cons

    German run and try to instill German policies, procedures and practices into America and doesn't work. Tried to make global company but frustrating and doesn't work.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. They are what make you successful.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great technology"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting technology. International company with a global structure.

    Cons

    Constant re-organization mode and lack of leadership


  7. Helpful (4)

    "2016"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Quality people and reasonably nice location

    Cons

    Poor people management - emphasis is on profit to the exclusion of personnel

    Advice to Management

    Think of your personnel, as well as profit - people define the profit and ignoring them is short-sighted.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting work, but..."

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Poway, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    If you enjoy the challenges of working in a manufacturing environment with a fast-paced development-to-market cycle, or if you have an interest in the various applications for embedded systems, Kontron can be an interesting place to work.

    Cons

    Kontron is a a German-based multinational company, and the US accounts for only a small part of their production resources and market. So it can feel at times like Kontron US is little more than an afterthought.

    This also has an effect on management style. Important decisions, such as initiating layoffs or closing plants, are made in what feels like an information vacuum. In my own case, I was laid off without ever knowing what business conditions necessitated a reduction-in-force. One Friday afternoon, myself and several others (about 10% of manufacturing support staff) were simply shown the door.

    Since this decision was imposed from above, outside of the US management, I never held it against the people I worked for directly - just the faceless corporate types that made the decision.

    Advice to Management

    A little bit of warning wouldn't have cost them anything, and could have purchased a little good will.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "SR Project Manager"

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

    Pros

    Energetic environment, some good areas of competencies

    Cons

    Could care more about the employees

    Advice to Management

    Management has changed


  10. "Repair Tech"

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    Former Employee - Computer Repair Tech in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Repair Tech in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kontron (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of good people and good middle management.

    Cons

    Lacking full support
    Lacking full equipment

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees, support ans infrastructure.


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