Continental Named One of "America's Best Employers" by Forbes for Second Consecutive Year

Continental Named One of "America's Best Employers" by Forbes for Second Consecutive Year

23Mar 2016
  • The annual survey is a national benchmark that rates employers who continuously raise the bar on employee initiatives.

Auburn Hills, Mich., Mar. 23, 2016. For the second year in a row, the technology company Continental was ranked one of America’s Best Employers 2016 by Forbes magazine. Widely recognized in the automotive and tire industry, Continental has invested more than $1.5 billion in the United States since 2011 and just announced a $1.4 billion investment for a new commercial vehicle tire plant in Mississippi. With more than 208,000 employees worldwide, the company employs approximately 17,000 people in the United States. Forbes magazine’s list of America’s Best Employers is generated from a national survey among 30,000 employees from companies throughout the United States and rates employers who continuously raise the bar on employee initiatives and strive to achieve corporate culture excellence. Each survey participant was asked to rank both his own employer as well as other employers in the same industry sector.

“We are extremely excited and proud to once again be named as one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes,” said Rick Ledsinger, Vice President Human Relations, Continental North America.  “Attracting and retaining top talent has become more challenging in our business. As the tech-driven automotive industry continues to evolve, we must remain flexible within this changing landscape by offering unique programs and services that not only meet the needs of employees, but their families too.”

With millennials increasingly joining the workforce and drastically changing the workplace, so are the expectations that employees have towards employers. Flexible working arrangements, a casual work atmosphere, more creativity in the workplace as well as an improved work-life-balance are just a few of the factors that today’s employees are taking into consideration when deciding on a new job and selecting their employer of choice.

 “At Continental, our employees are our greatest asset. In our 2015 worldwide employee survey, the vast majority – 85 percent – of employees said they were proud to work for Continental. This result is around 10 percentage points higher than the previous survey carried out in 2011. Our employees are working on ideas and technologies that are shaping future mobility. They are the drivers of our business growth and long-term success. That is why we remain committed to advancing our talent development strategies, ensuring we are continuously creating impactful and engaging opportunities across the organization,” said Ledsinger. “Each year, we strive at becoming the employer of choice. Our innovative employee initiatives and dedication to creating an excellent work-life balance culture are among the many reasons we have again made it to the Forbes list this year. At the core for all of this are our values – Trust, Passion to Win, Freedom to Act and For One Another. These four pillars are what guide us and contribute positively to our company’s culture.” 

America’s Best Employers 2016 list will be published, in print, in the April 11 issue of Forbes magazine.

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Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2015, the corporation generated preliminary sales of €39.2 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tires, and ContiTech. Continental employs more than 208,000 people in 55 countries.