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Volkswagen Group of America President and CEO, VWGoA Scott Keogh
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Pros
  • "Good benefits in terms of work flexibility(in 31 reviews)

  • "the ERL has really embraced the idea of a Silicon Valley like work environment(in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • "Sometimes it's a pain to have to communicate with Germany to get information on the cars or have to translate German text when I don't speak(in 27 reviews)

  • "Work life/balance is non existent(in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Mustang ConPro or ProCon"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Volkswagen Group of America for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Organization If you're new here make sure you find out what organization you're REALLAY going to: NAR, VWGoA Group Functions, Audi of America, VW Brand (or the other automotive brands). This will be really helpful as each offers its own subculture and perks that are unique to the leadership in each of those brands. VWGoA is the parent entity on legal paper only. What that means is that most of the cost center organizations like Legal, HR, Compliance roll into a group function, so you're a VWGoA employee. There are some nuances which makes this a very confusing messsssss--but best to ask questions in advance of your start date from the hiring manager if you can, not the recruiter. Free Car All Management get a car and a gas card. Some get two or more. Free gas? Not really--everything is heavily discounted but it all serves as "income". Ever heard that nothing in life is free? Same notion applies here. VWGoA gives you some credit when it comes to the IRS. Something to the tune of 25% credit. Is your effective taxes somewhere in the 35% rate? Be prepared to make up the 10% difference to the IRS at year end. If you work for VW, and you are Management you can only get a VW vehicle. VWGoA? You have to alternate between Audi and VW. Some archaic rule says that if you are on vacation you can't use your gas card. As in, if you decide to take off on Friday and drive to Pittsburgh, you cannot use your gas card. You have to pay out of pocket until you return to work. This isn't practical in application but if you dare violate this rule, you will be disciplined. Leadership Every company has politics. But this place is like Game of Thrones on steroids. If you are lucky to be at least a Senior Vice President (level 15) since there are not a lot of written rules, you can get away with almost anything as long as you show there was some business rationale. That is changing bit by bit. At the top is a CEO who gets orders from Germany. And by the way, not one person. It is an oligarchy. So leadership locally have to pacify various powerful people in Germany. That means it takes 5times as long to make a simple decision. Look how long it took to get a large SUV in the market. There is a lot of infighting and currently there is a standstill on all promotions since 2018. That means even if you are a star performer and get a 4 or 5 on your performance review, you're not moving anywhere, buddy. Be happy with your little bonus. If there is an opening up top, it will likely be filled by a transfer from Germany HQ who you will have to teach his her job in the American marketplace. Fair? No. But the guy up top doesn't make the decisions, folks in Germany do. And even in Germany the brands fight among themselves, its always a battle. This is why Porsche does not want to socialize with the rest of the automotive brands under VWGoA. Most tip top leadership positions are German or European FSEs who are here on contract for about 3 years. You will never get to the top. Forget it. Diversity? What is that? Are they all homogenous? No, but close enough.

    Cons

    Food Café in Herndon headquarters? Meh and super expensive. They won't let food trucks in like most companies do. Even the VCI building café is slightly better but not too far away in costs. Just bring your lunch and eat at your desk like the rest of us zombies. Surf the 3rd and 4th floors (Audi) and you'll always get some free food. They have bigger budgets and the beautiful people up there watch their weight. More for us fatsos. Summer Hours Shut down to go home on Friday afternoons, as long as you work 40 hours. Who works 40 hours anymore? You can take it, but the same work will be waiting for you on Monday. Some bosses don't permit or make snarky remarks about it. Just take it. It makes life a little bearable here but it ends on Labor Day. Morale Audi has the best morale. Try and get into Audi. Free food, many perks that aren't open to the rest of the corporate zombies. They also have the best looking people. Morale is very low among folks that are not considered management. There is talk that VWGoA is too top heavy and full of executives. It is true. But it is not the how many, but the what these executives do. Some of them are just downright awful and think they are better than everyone. The rest are too scared to go against the grain. The best position is likely a specialist. Not too much responsibility and you can leave at 4:30ish most days. Be careful. Folks don’t see you come in but see you leave. You could be there at 6am and leave at 3pm and you'll be considered a slacker. Most never stay until 6pm as the demographic usually have kids and either have to pick them up or do something related to family. The average age is between 25-40. Dont ask for a date. You will get canned.

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    Volkswagen Group of America2019-06-20
  2. Helpful (5)

    "I love working at the electronics research lab for VW group of America"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Volkswagen Group of America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Awesome work environment. Cool fun projects and the chance to with for the largest Automotive manufacture in the world. The Erl had about 200 or so employees and had the feel of a small tech company with tht resources of VW.

    Cons

    Sometimes it's a pain to have to communicate with Germany to get information on the cars or have to translate German text when I don't speak German

    Volkswagen Group of America2018-03-23
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great for Work/Life Balance. Bad for ambitious early-career people."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Auburn Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Volkswagen Group of America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Volkswagen, like many European companies, has great benefits and work/life balance. You get standard 10-20 days of PTO depending on your level, Christmas Dec 23-Jan 3 off, half days on Fridays all summer and 1 work from home day per week. Managers here are laid back and let you do your work in general. Compensation is average for the Detroit area. Work environment is good with a standard cubical layout. There are good benefits for managers including a company car (including insurance, gas etc.). You can get exposure to anything you want within the VW world from manufacturing to IT to dealerships. There is also a lot of job security with very forgiving management.

    Cons

    With many companies with good job security, there are many complacent employees. Most people working here do not have ambitions to rise through the ranks or jump to other companies for upward momentum. Most of my coworkers have been in the same role for at least 5 years with little prospects of getting promoted. As a result, VW employees are from the “B/C” talent pool. Executive team members are chosen much on tenure, ability to speak German and age rather than skill level. For example: none of the IT management can code today and none of the executives are under 40. Naturally, ambitious early-career people should not expect to rise through the ranks faster than 5 year increments. You can see that the office does not employ many people under 30.

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    Volkswagen Group of America2017-09-08
  4. "Great Energy"

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Volkswagen Group of America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work/life balance was really good, the managers understood that life happens.

    Cons

    It being a German company, many projects failed to develop into a product.

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    Volkswagen Group of America2017-04-21
  5. Helpful (7)

    "A strong brand that continues to flail from weak leadership"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Volkswagen Group of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1. Car business 2. Company cars 3. Some great colleagues 4. Nice office 5. Opportunities to switch between different brands

    Cons

    1. Lack of long term strategy 2. Too many German ex-pats that limit upward mobility of locals, add a substantial cost to overhead, are clueless about US market, and often are inexperienced for assigned role 3. German corporate culture that is so outdated 4. Fail at convincing strong employees to want to stick around

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    Volkswagen Group of America2017-03-17
  6. "Great Job but Some Things Could Change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chattanooga, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Volkswagen Group of America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some departments are very relaxed Large established German company

    Cons

    Healthcare is expensive for corporate jobs Work life balance is not the best

    Volkswagen Group of America2017-01-25

    Volkswagen Group of America Response

    July 14, 2017TA Extern

    Thank you for your feedback. We are always looking to improve as an organization and we appreciate your comments.

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  7. "Good employer"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Volkswagen Group of America

    Pros

    Benefits and bonus structure - overall benefits are very good

    Cons

    Corporate culture is very German and can be intimidating

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    Volkswagen Group of America2016-11-17
  8. "Senior Engineer"

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    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Volkswagen Group of America

    Pros

    Good start to my career

    Cons

    No advancement without being German

    Volkswagen Group of America2016-06-28
  9. "VWGoA"

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    Current Employee - Finance in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Volkswagen Group of America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great Company Benefits - Managers are very collaborative - Diverse work environment

    Cons

    - Reputation has taken a hit - If you're not German, unlikely you'll be top management.

    Volkswagen Group of America2016-05-09
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great employer"

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    Current Employee - Test Analyst in Auburn Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Volkswagen Group of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Schedule Good work atmosphere Most Holidays+Last 2 weeks of the year off. Pay is competitive Opportunity for advancement Great benefits Great retirement plan

    Cons

    Expected to create set a goal for self improvement or learn a new skill (ex learn German,finish advanced degree, complete certification for a new skills set pertaining to your role). I know this sounds simple enough but some people have a family and life outside of work and simply do not have the time some of these tasks take during personal time. This is done during the bi-yearly review. A goal is set during first review and during the second some sort of goal is expected to be completed. Depending on the completion the review is scored. Depending on score you receive your merit increase. Doctors/Dentist visits are to be scheduled "preferably after working hours". Sometimes this cannot be avoided usually I call a doctor/dentist and I am given available times for appointment and cannot avoid going during business hours. I usually end up taking a vacation day to avoid the "stink eye" from the boss.

    Volkswagen Group of America2015-12-29

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