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Tenneco Reviews

Updated November 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay, benefits, new machinery and business (in 13 reviews)

  • Good benefits and great employees (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • The facility is a wreck and the upper management will not spend the money to improve conditions (in 10 reviews)

  • Expectations on work-life balance are unreasonable (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "TENNECO Antitrust"

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    Former Employee - Officer in Monroe, MI
    Former Employee - Officer in Monroe, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees/Workers the Greatest people to work with and collaborate.

    Cons

    TENNECO continues to deal and weave its way out of antitrust lawsuits, however, one that dealt with knowledge in the pricing arena, confirms positive that TENNECO Book of Business down in the guts STAMPS the EXACT (NOT LIKE or SAME AS) same Exhaust and Ride Control Systems with different numbers and charges different prices based on the customer/supplier.
    Tenneco still faces allegations from auto dealers and consumers that anti-competitive practices forced them to overpay for vehicles containing the company's exhaust systems.
    One lawsuit the company still faces was brought by a group of dealers, including Landers Auto Group No. 1 and Empire Nissan of Santa Rosa. The plaintiffs allege that Tenneco's practices have harmed their business and customers.
    Tenneco intends for the reserve to be used "to resolve the company's antitrust matters globally, which primarily involves the resolution of civil suits and related claims."
    New chief
    In late May, Gregg Sherrill stepped down as CEO of the company but remained executive chairman. Kesseler, 50, formerly COO, was named CEO.

    That's the RUB, as these apparent corrupt CEOs step down with no penalties and BIG "GOLDEN Parachute". Corporation EXEC Boards and Exec Cliques must change to enable the worker's salary/wages to level set with the Corp. Head.

    Advice to Management

    Workers must collaborate as group to stop this degrading (over 30 decades ++) situation for many corps.


  2. "So So"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Tenneco full-time

    Pros

    Paid Over Time, Continually growing.

    Cons

    Hours, Amount of Over Time,

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Swirling Motion of Flushing"

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

    I worked at Tenneco full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and close to home. Lots of room for improvement

    Cons

    Has got to be the tightest company that I have ever seen. The morale is terrible across the board. Little or no profits have been made at the Hartwell location in years. This results in severe tightness in spending. Even if it is critical purchases, they are pushed off till the next month. The facility is a wreck and the upper management will not spend the money to improve conditions. Hope my little ol' fan don't go out, cause they will not be replacing it any time soon. The equipment here is all worn out and no budget for replacement. You can almost feel the swirling motion of the flush coming on. Customers are furious with the company due to product issues. Lots of business moving out soon.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your word! The "Transformation Project" that you spoke about should have started with fixing the issues with quality and equipment, not axing everyone that moves. You now have noone (who cares) to make the changes that you need. It is falling down around your ears and the karma of your ethics is catching up to you. 30 years is a long time to serve a company. But you cut them just as fast as you could go. This company has been a pillar of this community since before you were old enough to work... but you will be sure to leave your mark on it... and this town.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Can do better"

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

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

    Pros

    Something different every day

    Cons

    No accountability, nothing really changes, no real strategy to improve, constant firefighting

    Advice to Management

    Need to lead by example


  5. "Maintenance, Smithville Tn. Plant. Started out very good went down hill quick"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance in Smithville, TN
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Smithville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn other areas of maintenance. Has potential to be better, but know someone who worked in a different plant/state had some of the same issues.

    Cons

    Alot of management change, want to run the plant department their way, not necessarily by the company hand book. Been here 11 month my schedule has changed 8 times. Had multiple ways to track downtime, while the computer system in place is not used

    Advice to Management

    Figure out your rules and software (payroll/points and production track) then stick with them.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Maintenance"

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    Current Employee - Machine Repair in Kettering, OH
    Current Employee - Machine Repair in Kettering, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Pay benefits, big enough company to hopefully not go bankrupt soon..

    Cons

    Sweat shop mentality, Anyone not in, or Brown nosing management treated like disposable employees

    Advice to Management

    Quit hiring useless pencil pushers and unneeded clipboard warriers, Actually let your maintenance people fix the problem instead of running scrap to sort later. Painting equipment to make it look pretty does not make it produce better parts.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Bad for advanced technology related work, good only for mundane engineering work"

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    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in Grass Lake, MI
    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in Grass Lake, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    decent salary and work life balance as an engineer

    Cons

    far from metro Detroit, poor upper management startegies, confused middle management mediocre employees constantly rewarded and promoted over the actually skilled and intelligent employees(hence the confused middle manageres), bit of a country boys club

    Advice to Management

    Back up your grandiose vision plans in technology with enough investment in future technologies and skilled engineers rather than half-assing it and getting nowhere

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Generally a mess"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ligonier, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ligonier, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tenneco full-time

    Pros

    Some good people at my location, some of the upper management seems very skilled

    Cons

    Local management suffers from terrible leadership skills, benefits are subpar, pay is low for the positions, processes are very rudimentary and OEE is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    You have some terrible leaders working in some of these plants. You need to develop them and ante up to attract quality talent.


  9. "Stressful work environment"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Hartwell, GA
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Hartwell, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tenneco full-time

    Pros

    Good health insurance, best pay for people with little education, quarterly Incentives, unlimited overtime, job security

    Cons

    Extremely Hot in summer and vice versa in winter, very poor management and team leaders, usually will have mandatory overtime meaning no family time or personal rest days. Unpaid lunch break

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and treat people with respect. Stop thinking you know it all cause... Treat all people fairly and remember code of conduct pledge you signed or agreed to.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It's a job."

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

    Pros

    There are definitely opportunities for overtime, and I have a good working relationship with my co-workers. The CEO seems like a stand up guy.

    Cons

    The driving force seems to be cut costs, cut costs, cut costs, and sell more, sell more, sell more. Granted, that's what any business does, but it just seems to be at a much more breakneck pace here. At the end of every quarter I'm almost always told without fail that it's the most important quarter in the history of the company. It's kind of hard to get excited about work when you're just chasing a number. And it seems like someone from Johnson Controls is getting hired for a middle management position every other week. The corporate edicts with little to no knowledge of what happens on the shop floor is kind of a bummer.

    Advice to Management

    Know how the factories actually operate. Step outside the offices in Monroe and Grass Lake and see how things really run. Stop making sales and production goals without knowing if they're actually feasible. Real world knowledge vs. book smarts-- you get the idea.


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