A Culture of Conformity, Not Creativity
Head of Business Line (Current Employee) – Troy, MI – December 22, 2016
An outstanding brand with outstanding technical capabilities, poorly led and management at the divisional and business unit levels. I can speak only for my experience in a smaller business unit of the Interior Division of Continental Automotive Systems; this should not be taken as a review of the entire company. The culture is one of conformity, not collaboration, and certainly not creativity. Many of the business units are pitted against one another, with overlapping missions and products; the portfolio strategy in the Interior division is muddled. The environment can be highly political, overly bureaucratic, many executives (especially those of the veteran Siemens-VDO organizations) do not prize experience or creativity. Compensation and benefits are very good, work life balance fairly good. Beware of the "two boss" system, which is part of the regional vs. central (Germany) struggle for direction and control. If the organization as a whole was as concerned with the business as it is with politics, it would be an absolute juggernaut. CEO has recognized many issues needing improvement, and he models good behavior, but in this organization, that good behavior is not modeled two or three levels down, where it needs to be. Very hardworking and talented people on the front lines, especially in Engineering.
Compensation, benefits, technical expertise and know how.
Expertise and know-how is kept under a bushel by inexperienced political operatives, many of whom are simply there to go along to get along, while their businesses continue on auto-pilot.