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Tenneco Reviews

Updated April 4, 2017
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Tenneco Chairman & CEO Gregg Sherrill
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Pros
  • Friendly environment, advancing possibility, good pay (in 12 reviews)

  • Good benefits and great employees (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Wages at the time did not keep up with the market and as with many public companies the vision of upper management was fairly bleak (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Fromer TENNECO Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Officer in Monroe, MI
    Former Employee - Officer in Monroe, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    TENNECO was a good company several years ago, however

    Cons

    Multiple Senior Management activities (hiring Execs with poor prior company results, among other things ie. TOP Heavy, poor leadership). With the advent of Trump's NAFTA re-engineering, TENNECO will have to close many of their current plants in Mexico (ie. Celaya, Reynosa...) moving back to USA plant locations they closed years ago. Which is good for US workers, but overhead cost for move based on poor leadership.

    Advice to Management

    TENNECO has too many directors, execs, which do nothing for the bottom-line. The real profit making people are in the ranks (supervisors and associates) which are treated poorly.
    I loved this company , but too many poor, forward thinking leadership and exec decisions have crippled this company. Stock is on it's way down...sorry to say.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "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


  3. Helpful (2)

    "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.


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  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Bait and Switch during recruitment"

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Lake Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is in market range and it is consistent. For now they still begrudgingly cover health insurance. Following an older culture model, if you can become some one's favorite, you can go far.

    Cons

    They will interview for one technology but you end up doing something different. When I started I had to double check my resume to see if I had a typo saying I could do the stuff assigned to me. They will offer a set of softer benefits like work from home days during recruitment but will take those away stating they are not policy.

    Advice to Management

    Find hiring managers who actually understand the technology they are managing and recruiting for. Offer during recruitment what you can deliver. The culture needs to evolve into a more collaborative environment.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Would not recommend as a place of employment."

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    Former Employee - Operator in Smithville, TN
    Former Employee - Operator in Smithville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Paid holidays after one month of direct employment. A pay raise for all employees recently makes the grueling work almost acceptable.

    Cons

    Depending on the line, working six days twelve hours a day every week with heavy lifting/unacceptable PPE make life miserable. Breaks are a minus as well.

    Advice to Management

    Breaks every two hours would be nice. The employees that have mandatory six day twelve hour shifts deserve some leeway on attendance policy.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Long time faithful employee of 20+ years, ready to jump ship."

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    Current Employee - Plant Staff in Ligonier, IN
    Current Employee - Plant Staff in Ligonier, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tenneco has excellent vision, talented team members, benefits are top notch, business platform is well diversified, opportunities are available for some.

    Cons

    Execution of the Tenneco's vision falls apart at shop floor supervision level, promotion from with in does not take place as it should. The company has created too many special positions for executives which is not needed, by doing this it interferes with plant level teams ability to grow by learning. At the Indiana plants the quality engineers and managers are completely incompetent to do their tasks and rely on others from other departments to do the work for them. Individuals who are workhorses or individuals that have excellent work ethics will never reach higher then plant staff position and paid much lower, because the work will get done, where as the slackers are promoted over paid and given plants opportunities that are above plant staff.

    Advice to Management

    Gregg Sherrill, you have an excellent untapped resource of loyal life time employees, my observation is utilize the TMS process. Coach and develop this resources. Or you will lose this group. Nothing speaks volumes more then watching a hard working blue collar TM be developed into a corporate executive. At what point do you stop, call, and wait? This ship is taking on water....


  9. Helpful (1)

    "got really tired from the 7days every week."

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

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

    Pros

    the pay is very good.

    Cons

    to much working 7 days a week.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A hectic lack of communication"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Lincoln, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    They have great pay, its nearly impossible to get fired as long as you follow attendance policies, and its very laid back on certain shifts.

    Cons

    They have absolutely horrid communication, the company they contracted for plating at my location tended to scratch the parts, and then blame us. Management is very disconnected from the floor. also, Their overtime policy is a joke, they believe they own your time first, and everything else in your life is second, refuse to build up stock during the slow season so we don't have to come in for as much overtime during the busy season, and rarely keep all shifts fully staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep all shifts staffed and actually listen to your employees, and knock off the no inventory policy, your customers demands make it hard on to keep a proper work/life balance otherwise.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good pay but hours suck"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Seward, NE
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Seward, NE
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Easy work. Good job to get manufacturing experience

    Cons

    Lots of overtime and very little time to spend with my daughter. Not a good place to work if you have a family

    Advice to Management

    Be more consistent with production scheduling instead making people work months straight without a day off


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