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Continental Reviews

Updated 10 Nov 2019

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2.6
43%
Recommend to a Friend
92%
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Continental CEO Elmar Degenhart
Elmar Degenhart
4 Ratings
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  • "Nowhere near to any German Conti location (feels like a totaly different company)(in 60 reviews)

  • "Falta de suporte interno e equipe(in 59 reviews)

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  1. "Great Organisation To Work For"

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    Current Employee - Support Team in Lewes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Continental full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Strong first impressions Great People To Work With Exciting and Innovative Products Flexi Time/Work-life Balance

    Cons

    No onsite parking so short walk required

    Advice to Management

    None

    Continental2018-07-21
  2. "Good but could do more"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Burgess Hill, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Continental full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting work Opportunities to travel Reasonable salary Flexible working

    Cons

    Benefits are below average compared to other companies

    Advice to Management

    If you want to hire and retain the best people, look at what other engineering companies nearby are doing with their employee benefits

    Continental2019-11-07
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Nothing special"

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    Current Employee - Computer Vision Engineer in Burgess Hill, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Continental full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really friendly and experienced engineers Development opportunities Everyone is helpful and kind New Location

    Cons

    Pout Benefits Really bureaucratic mid-level management Nowhere near to any German Conti location (feels like a totaly different company) Pour holiday allowance and pension contribution

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your engineers - people are leaving Start actually doing what you say you will do Improve training programs (technology is constantly changing) Be more flexible with salary negotiation

    Continental2019-09-04
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer - Coventry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coventry, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Continental full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good global company who respects their employees Most of the people I work with are nice. Some of the work is interesting and varied

    Cons

    Continental UK is disconnected from the global Continental , poor local management. Low pay and no career progression.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and adapt based on this

    Continental2019-08-13
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Aftermarket Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Aftersales Manager in Lewes, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Continental full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, innovative business and flexible working

    Cons

    Hierarchical structure, with little respect for experience or knowledge. Voices go up heard

    Continental2019-03-23
  6. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lewes, England
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Continental full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly staff and good local managers (things seemed relatively calm!). I was able to maintain a reasonable work-life balance. The possibility to travel and work abroad, if desired. Potential to be involved with interesting projects. The location seems to be growing rapidly (always hiring new staff, and not too many leaving) Nice location. Flexible hours, and possible to work from home occasionally..., if needed.

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    Cons

    The method of working (Continuous Integration with Agile Scrum) feels a little chaotic. Of course, I'm not that keen on Agile Scrum, but that's my own opinion! I worried that a lot of my work would be wasted because of a culture of always working towards demos. I found the work a little too basic.

    Continental2018-11-29
  7. "Resident Engineering Manager"

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    Current Employee - Resident Engineering Manager in Basildon, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Continental full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Freedom to act on own initiative, employee tyre discount, company car allowance

    Cons

    Lack of support, no clear direction, trapped between customer and company.

    Advice to Management

    More support and direction needed.

    Continental2018-10-22
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Continental full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. Opportunity to move around.

    Cons

    Not a great place. Low pay .

    Continental2018-08-23
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Only go if you want to learn about toxic organisations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Continental full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nothing that I can think of.

    Cons

    Tasks/projects on which people are working on can be changed suddenly and with no prior warning. Line management tells you what your time allocation between projects is (approximately - no explicit figure ever given - it's always 'around' - but that makes it difficult when different projects leads are imposing requests to adequately negotiate). This is especially true when priorities are not clearly laid out.... More importantly, the dependencies of the project have not been thought through. You can start working on a task and ask about components/resources you realise you will need and be told that they are coming (documentation is one good example - no documentation available - or, well, maybe the stubs of documentation - e.g., headers of the documentation but no relevant information but you have to use the component - it turns out that the component itself is still evolving - which is why the documentation is still in its infancy). Tools are changed with no warning, no training, no explanation. The only time you realise that there is a new tool is when you've been put on a mailing list and get updates about it - you may not even know what the point of the tool is, what it's meant to be used for or which teams are using the tool - are you getting notifications because you have been assigned to a task/project or is it because someone has decided that at some point you may need to use the tool or work on that task?). There seems to be some power struggles between management. it is not uncommon for questions that you had thought resolved gets brought up a few weeks later by another manager (they will argue that it's in the context of a different project - but then something has failed if a generic component is not generic enough to be used in more than one project - or if the projects who have dependencies on a specific components have not coordinated to make sure that work does not have to be done 3, 4, 5, or more times). My recent favorite was a discussion where an engineer was told to go ahead making certain assumptions as there was a meeting the following day to sort out most of the questions. Is there really not enough work that the task cannot be put on hold for 24-48 hours while the uncertainties are resolved to avoid going up the wrong path or doubling work? Or is this a recognition that for all the talk nothing is going to be resolved? Or is this a preemptive strike to force other stakeholders to be committed to one vision of how a component is to be designed/implemented? In any case, the word I can say is 'chaos'....absolute and utter chaos. Standups are regularly moved around to suit the schedules of the scrum masters (or deputy scrum masters) rather than sticking with the concept of standups being fixed to help develop the communication pattern that is needed. And, post-fact e-mails to justify that agreement had been obtained from the team members even though at least some team members were not consulted.

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    Advice to Management

    I don't know where to start. Closing the site down would probably be a good starting place.

    Continental2018-05-06
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Board are not aware of the reality"

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    Former Employee - Finance in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Continental full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great to be at the cutting edge of the industry. Lots of opportunity for international travel

    Cons

    Many of the good initiatives ar3 not followed through at grass roots and the heavily financial bonuses fo4 senior staff mean many crucial decisions are led by personal agenda rather than what’s actually best for the business. Bonus targets are heavily manipulated

    Advice to Management

    Realise you are only being told what employees think you want to hear.

    Continental2018-01-05
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